Albergo Milano Hotel & Apartments
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlbergo Milano Hotel & Apartments Varenna
Great little hotel! A lot of stairs but the view and service is exceptional. This is our third time here and we love every minute of it!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Milano Hotel & Apartments Varenna
My sister and I had the very fortunate opportunity to stay at this hotel while in Varenna. Operated by a local couple, the hotel couldn't have been more perfect. We stayed in a room with a terrace and the extra money was well spent. Walking out every morning you could see the sun coming up over the mountains and shining on the lake.
The hotel is full of quirky bonuses such as the window that looks into the shower - still confused by this one but good for a laugh none the less. The house cat, Sashimi, was quite charming and while the illergic couple was shooing her away we were wisking her into our room.
The food, cooked by the head of the house himself, was very good and we couldn't wait to come back the next night.
Varenna is a very quaint town and I would look forward to seeing it during the peak season as many of the stores and restaurants were closed for season.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone but book in advance as it is also recommended by Rick Steves and very hard to get into.
Quiet little place on the lake
This was the fourth (and last) place that we stayed on our honeymoon.
The taxi from the train station dropped us off at an unassuming archway. Walk down the ramp, and you will reach the hotel.
The place is small, only about eight rooms. It's run by a charming couple (the wife runs the front desk, the husband cooks dinner).
Our room was on the second floor upstairs from the lobby (no elevator, just beautiful hardwood stairs). Inside the room was a bit bare, but very clean and comfortable. No TV's, but who cares when you can sit on the balcony and watch the sunset over Lake Como?
The bathroom was in good shape, although the paint in the shower was starting to peel a bit. Products were limited to shampoo and soap.
One other minor quibble: the door locks are a bit noisy at night, but you eventually get used to it.
The hotel serves an excellent free breakfast, and dinner is also available for 25 euros/person. The food was excellent, often consisting of game meats (one night it was hare, the next venison). If you are vegetarian or have any other special requirements, let them know ahead of time. The dinners are popular, not only with hotel guests, but locals as well, so bookings fill up fast. Other alternatives in the center of Varenna (about 5 minutes walk away) include the Royal Victoria.
Internet access (one terminal in the lobby) is available for a nominal charge.
Getting here: I'd recommend a taxi (about 8 Euros) from the train station, as the roads here are narrow, hilly and lack sidewalks. To get to the ferry terminal, walk down the steps to the path along the lake. No cars whizzing by there, but be aware of uneven surfaces. Ferries to Menaggio, Bellagio and other lake towns are fast, frequent and cheap (about 2.80 Euros per person). The hotel front desk has ferry information.
This is not a twenty-four hour operation, but if you need to check out early, they will give you instructions on how to do so. They'll even leave out some breakfast for you.
(Oh, one more thing: The owners' cat has the run of the place. But if you are allergic or otherwise object, let them know and they will do their best to keep him away from you...)
What a fantastic place!
The food - well it could not be faulted! Dinner overlooking the Lake, but with no passers by looking in - serenity at it's best!
Bettina and Egidio are the most wonderful hosts, and we cannot wait to see them again. They treat you like old friends.
We wish them every success!
Jo & Gerry
La Dolce Vita
Our family of seven stayed 3 nights in July 2005. We loved this place. The owners are great. The food was especially good. The views of the lake just can't be described. We wished we could have stayed longer. Next time we will.
Charming place,friendly and helpful owners.Stayed 1 night in lake front room in May 2005,and very pleased with it.
My husband and I have just returned from a lovely stay at Hotel Milano. The setting is spectacular and we were charmed by the location after being a bit surprised by how hidden it is. The rooms are lovely and very nicely decorated after being newly refurbished.
The owner chief is wonderful, I practically licked my plate clean each night we had dinner there. He was very accomadating to our needs. The breakfast is hearty and all meals are served in the beautiful lake front setting.
We would happily recommend this hotel.
Is this albergo del duca? if so this is a great place to stay!
If this is the same hotel as Albergo del Duca in Como, Italy then it is a great place to stay.
It's an affordable hotel that has been recently renovated. The room and bathroom were very clean and the people working there were very courteous and helpful.
I highly recommend staying here if you are going to Como. If you do, you have to try the pizza downstairs!
Albergo Milano was Great!
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at this small hotel the beginning of September. This was our first trip to Italy. I reserved one of the famous terrace rooms 6 months in advance. We were not disappointed. Our terrace wea as big as our room and overlooked the lake. We spent each night after diiner watching the gogeorgous sun set and all the lake activity wind down.
The hotel and room was of classic decor and in good shape. The hotel served an excellent wide variety continental breakfast on another lakeview terrace this was also a great place to have a drink at night as they had bar service. There was also internet in the lobby. They charged for it, but it was so convienent for communicating with our kids back home.
Very special place and we thought the rates were very reasonable.
Charming but noisy
It's a delightful hotel and the rooms with a view are fantastic. However, the hotel is noisy inside, and there is a lot of clatter and banging in the morning. We woke up very early on both nights we were there.
Lake Como Hotel with no class
The view was fabulous, the town was incredible. The hotel was OK. But, the owners were very very rude, They hated Americans. I cant believe Rick Steves recommended this place. Lake Como was the most beautiful place we have been too in the world, too bad about the hatefulness and unhelpfulness of the Swiss owners.
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