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Hotel Villa Cipressi
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2017

If you are looking for a 5 star Hyatt hotel Varenna and it's hotels are not for you. If you'd like to know how the English lived in Italy100 years ago, Varenna and specifically Villa Cipressi is exactly where you need to be. I stayed here many times over a 12 year period in my life and even now when I go back, though I stay with friends these days, I always spend time relaxing in these gardens, having eaten a light lunch.

Always take a room with the lake view. What is the point of spending money to be on Lake Como and not have the benefit of watching the light change over the mountains and across the water as the day progresses? Even better if you can stretch to a suite or the house in the garden they can be lovely for a special occasion.

I agree the breakfasts are disappointing, but the weekend lunch menus are lovely and I've never been bitten by mozzies so slept well. Until ...after a very hot period, the rain comes and thunder skids and roars for hours across the sky. I've never seen such lightening shows as over the Lake. Don't try to sleep through them, you'll fail, so decamp to your bedroom window and watch the theatre, knowing everything will be fresh and calm by morning.

They'll arrange a private lunch for a party - it's where I had one of my big birthday celebrations and overlooking the calm of the lake was beautiful. They also arrange wedding lunches and the place is small enough to still feel like a private home.

The wisteria is a joy to see and was out when I was there in May this year.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Historical Villa/Hotel in quiet part of Verenna, away from the busy tourist areas. Beautiful gardens & lake views, spacious but basic accommodation, breakfast more than satisfactory and staff very helpful. Easy walking distance to main town square, shops & restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Kyle H
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

This hotel could be superb because its grounds are beautiful and its location excellent. It has a lovely terrace to sit and view the lake; and is just next door to fantastic gardens. And service friendly.

However, it has some drawbacks:

1. No air conditioning.

2. Mosquitos. We were eaten alive. Even with the windows closed. I killed many but they just kept coming. Drove us crazy. If there was air conditioning, this would have helped.

3. Breakfast is pretty bad. Very light on, and the only thing worth eating - the croissants - were stale on both days.

4. Bathrooms very outdated.

Admittedly, the price was fairly reasonable. If the above issues were addressed it would probably bump up the cost.

Still, the mosquitos were a deal breaker for me.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Gardens are beautiful. Enjoyed walking around and getting lost along all the various pathways. Beautiful views, breathtaking!

We had a standard room. It was the only room left. Very basic and pretty disappointing, really needs a facelift. Like staying in a convent. No iron, tea making facilities etc. Didn't compare to the previous place we stayed in Vareena.

It has so much potential. What a shame!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We've stayed here twice now and this is such a lovely hotel with big, beautiful gardens that are perfect for a wedding!!! The location on Lake Como is perfect. It's away from the crowds but still just a 10 minute boat ride from beautiful Bellagio.

The rooms are very plain and simple. (I might even say that they could be updated!) Please don't get me wrong because they're still beautiful! The real attraction here is the view of the lake and the gorgeous gardens!

There are electrical plugs in the bathroom but no iron or ironing board. This is common in Italy and I now travel with my own small travel iron. Also, the ceiling fan is wonderful, since the air conditioning is not on in May/early June.

The breakfast is simple but adequate. It's served in an beautiful old room with pretty ceilings or you can eat outside. The restaurant also does not disappoint. We'll continue to stay at this little gem!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank J K
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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Varenna
Price Range: $177 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Cipressi 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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