9 Places to stay in Varenna, Italy from Budget to Luxury Hotels

Looking for the best places to stay in Varenna, Italy? Varenna, a stunning town on Lake Como is also one of the most convenient towns to base yourself while visiting Lake Como. Whether you’re seeking budget-friendly accommodations or luxury, Varenna has many options to suit every traveler’s preferences. I truly love a unique stay and having the chance to stay in a hotel with a Lake Como view is always a good idea! Now, let’s go into my top picks for accommodation in Varenna, Italy.

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In a hurry? Here are my top picks

HotelPrice CategoryBooking LinkLocation
Villa Cipressi Luxury ⭐⭐⭐⭐Click to BookHeart of Town
Albergo MilanoMid-range ⭐⭐⭐Click to BookHeart of Town
B&B il Bolentino Budget ⭐⭐⭐Click to BookNear train

Is Varenna a Good Place to Stay in Lake Como?

Varenna is one of the most convenient towns to base yourself during your Lake Como trip. This is because it’s located where the Varenna Esino train arrives from Milan so you need to stop through here anyway unless you opt to arrive in Como. It is also connected by ferry too. Plus, it’s one of the most beautiful of the Lake Como towns.

Best Places to stay in Varenna, Italy

Accommodation in Varenna, Italy can be hard to come by if you don’t plan early enough. Lake Como is a busy and popular destination so be sure to book hotels early to avoid disappointment. With that being said, lets get into the very best places to stay in Varenna, Italy.

Best Luxury Hotels in Varenna, Italy

Unfortunately, there are no 5-star hotels in the actual town of Varenna, Italy but there are still some beautiful properties, especially the two hotels by R Collection: Villa Cipressi and Hotel Royal Victoria.

1. Vila Cipressi, by R Collection Hotels

Why stay: It’s the prime spot to be in and you can easily visit the stunning garden.
Booking.com Rating: 8/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Villa Cipressi is a stunning hotel and they have a villa botanical garden you can visit too which is actually one of the top things to do when you visit Lake Como. You don’t have to even be a guest to visit the gardens but you are required to pay an entry fee of €13 to visit. The gate overlooking the lake is one of the most instagrammable places in Varenna and is especially beautiful during wisteria season.

2.  Hotel Royal Victoria, by R Collection Hotels

Why stay: it’s one of the most luxury hotels to stay in Varenna and the Lake Como area.
Booking.com Rating: 8.8/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hotel Royal Victoria is one of the top places to stay in Varenna, Italy. The location is close to many shops and restaurants. They have an Instagram-famous restaurant and bar. You’ll find a table overlooking the lake with an arched barrier. In wisteria season, the wisteria hangs above making it such a beautiful photo spot and place to relax with a drink.

3. Hotel du Lac

Why stay: The kind staff, the spectacular views, and central location.
Booking.com Rating: 9.2/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hotel du Lac is one of the best places to stay in Varenna. The reviews are excellent at a 9.2/10 and that’s because of the great staff and location with easy access to the town center.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Varenna, Italy

4. Albergo Milano

Why stay: If you want a balcony with a Lake Como view at a slightly more affordable rate than luxury accommodation.
Booking.com Rating: 8.8/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Albergo Milano offers balconies with a Lake Como view and for. the view, the price isn’t too bad. It’s centrally located in the heart of Varenna. Free buffet-style breakfast is included.

5. Hotel Olivedo

Why stay: High reviews, 2 minute walk from the pier, lake views.
Booking.com Rating: 9/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Hotel Olivedo has a superior location, only a 2-minute walk from the pier. There’s an option for a lake view room. The staff is friendly and ratings are high at 9/10. You can enjoy breakfast here with panoramic views of the shores of Lake Como.

6. Villa Torretta

Why stay: Charming hotel with a kind host
Booking.com Rating: 9/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Villa Torretta is a charming hotel has lots of characters and a really nice host. The location is great and offers views of the lake. The rating here is good but the free wifi access has a score of 6/10.

Best Budget Hotels in Varenna, Italy

Looking for a more affordable stay in Varenna? It is harder to come by as Lake Como can be on the pricey side but it’s not impossible. Below are the top budget hotels in Varenna, Italy. If you need cheaper, I’d recommend changing your base to a lesser-known town like Nesso or even Menaggio had cheaper accommodation.

7. Bed & Breakfast il Bolentino

Why stay: For those on a budget and wanting to get in and out quickly. Also, to experience the nicest hosts.
Booking.com Rating: 9.5/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Bed & Breakfast il Bolentino is a simple bed and breakfast conveniently located right by the train and ferry terminal. I stayed here for one night since I had an early train the next morning and it was a great stay with the kindest hosts ever! An older couple are the hosts of this stay and although they don’t know English, they were so sweet and took care of us during our visit. They helped us find a really nice restaurant nearby to eat at for our late arrival and even walked us to the place! The free breakfast in the morning was great in the communal dining area. We got a small parting gift from the host which was a nice touch. There’s also a cute cat on the premises!

8. Albergo Del Sole

Why stay: Convenient area, breakfast included, single bed option for solo travelers on a budget.
Booking.com Rating: 8.3/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Albergo Del Sole is an Airbnb style accommodation is in a central location and offers free breakfast. You have the option to choose from a Lake Como view suite, a double room without a view, or the most affordable option which only accommodates one person for as low as €100 a night.

9. Varennahouse

Why stay: Great central location and good price
Booking.com Rating: 8.3/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Varennahouse is located centrally only a short walk from Villa Cipressi. Offers basic but affordable rooms. There’s a fully equipped kitchen area if you want to save money and cook.

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