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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- Cipressi Hotel Varenna