Hotel Royal Victoria 

Lake views to write home about

On one of Italy’s most famous lakes, Hotel Royal Victoria has been charming guests for years. Come for the dreamy setting, the divine restaurants, the secret gardens and the peaceful pool.

Hugging the spellbinding shores of Lake Como, this 19th century hotel, once an 1800s spinning mill, captures the enduring charm of yesteryear. Set in the medieval village of Varenna, it’s here you’ll wake up to church bells ringing, sip espresso after breakfast and return for golden hour views of lake and mountains from Visteria Restaurant’s outdoor terrace. A big highlight is the outdoor lake-facing pool, a tranquil spot for an early morning dip or late swim after exploring castles and villas or sailing across the lake. The hotel’s 43 rooms range from pocket-size and simple to spacious Junior Suites, a few with balconies and lake views. Other perks include a bookable in advance wellness suite with a sauna, steam room and sensory showers and access to neighbouring Villa Cipressi’s botanical gardens.

Why we love Hotel Royal Victoria

  • Three restaurants and two bars mean you’re never far away from authentic Italian cuisine, fine wines and artisan desserts.

  • The fairytale setting – glistening lake views in front of you, a vibrant botanical garden next door and Castello di Vezio just a ten minute drive away.

  • The only hotel in Varenna with a swimming pool.

  • A stone’s throw from Varenna Old Town’s cobblestoned streets, churches, cafes and gelato shops.

4 stars
May - Oct
Lake Como
Milan: 2 hours
On the eastern shore of Lake Como in the historic fishing village of Varenna.
Approx. 1½ hours’ transfer from Milan airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability

The hotel offers a choice of three restaurants and three bars. Enjoy buffet breakfasts of cold cut meats, cheeses, fruits and cereals, take light lunches and informal dinners at Victoria Grill and enjoy all-day dining in the hotel’s gardens at Giardino Restaurant. The highlight is certainly the hotel’s fine dining Visteria Restaurant, where regional dishes with a contemporary twist are served alfresco on a stunning terrace overlooking Lake Como.

Victoria Grill
Set in Varenna’s central piazza and offering indoor and outdoor dining. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu of pizzas, pasta, seafood and Mediterranean inspired dishes.

Giardino Restaurant
Open from 11am to 6pm, Giardino serves fine Italian dishes in a beautiful garden setting overlooking the lake.

Visteria Restaurant
The hotel’s new fine dining restaurant boasts a sublime terrace with spellbinding views of one of Italy’s most glamorous lakes. Offerings include Mediterranean and regional cuisine as well as four-course and six-course tasting menus alongside wine pairings.

Bar Visteria
Creative cocktails with Lake Como views.

Garden Bar
An extension of Giardino Restaurant, the Garden Bar is designed with apéritifs and digestifs in mind.

Switch up your setting and have drinks at sister Hotel Villa Cipressi surrounded by colourful botanical gardens.

What's included

Breakfast in the breakfast room

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast in the breakfast room • Dinner at Grill or Sala Victoria (where dinner is served depends on the time of year and the number of guests at the hotel)

A small Spa Suite is available to book in advance and is designed for two. Here you’re able to indulge in a mini spa session in complete privacy with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and multi-sensory showers.

The hotel has a tranquil outdoor swimming pool with views stretching out over the lake.

Hotel Royal Victoria has eliminated as much single-use plastic as possible, has installed water-efficient bathrooms, is kitted out with double glazing and uses energy-efficient LED bulbs in most spaces. The restaurants source local produce where possible and also offer vegan and vegetarian options.