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Maria's House
Ranked #11 of 12 Varenna B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 December 2013

My husband, my son and I stayed in Maria's House on our last visit to Italy. I did not write a review back then because it wasn't listed on Trip Advisor then. We loved it so much we just booked her other apartment, Annina's House (studio apartment) for April 2014. This time it will be just the two of us so we only need the smaller place. Maria's House was exceptional, everything one needs to call "home" while on vacation. The washing machine was handy. The kitchen was roomy and had all the cooking essentials. We loved living with the local people as opposed to staying in a hotel. This apartment is central to everything. The owners really impressed us and made such a positive impact that we would not think of renting from someone else. They were accommodating and helpful, picked us up at train station, showed us around town and returned us to train station when we left. They were sincere people that I knew we would see again one day! Four more months and then I will write a review on their other property. Book at one of their two locations for you will not be sorry.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
4  Thank teacher6th
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Maria's house was a gem. It is only steps from St.Giorgio's square and a just a short stroll to the waterfront. The ferry terminal is about a 10 minute stroll away. The place is well furnished with everything you might want and has a warm, homey feel to it. We were there for only a few days but felt right at home. Maria and Pietro were wonderful hosts. They picked us up at the train station and returned us there early in the morning when we were due to leave. They were extremely warm and friendly and, although we had some language problems (they had only some english and we had almost no Italian) we managed to communicate. We had a problem with the power going out and Pietro came over within a few minutes to fix it (blown breaker - he knew where the breaker box was). I don't think you could find more accommodating hosts or a nicer place to stay. I recommend it wholeheartedly! Thank you Maria and Pietro!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rita C
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

dear tripadvisor,
I can find no other way of contacting you, so to those that may read this Maria's is in no way involved. i tried to make a booking thru tripadvisor last night, and a website that called itself Late Rooms.com took over the booking process, now has my credit card details, and i have no confirmation of booking and Maria has not heard of them so must presume we have a scam.Tripadvisor, Plse contact me and Maria's House ASAP.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank mickywai
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

we arrived late in the sept afternoon when the golden sun was shimmering on the lake...marias B&B was beautifull appointed and comfortable...we had two rooms with ensuites and stayed only 1 night enroute to chamonic via menaggio , lugarno and the simplon pass...the breakfast was fantastic and marias attention to every detail amazing...varenna is such a beautiful village...we were so happy to stay on the side of the lake, where we visited villa monastero gardens and villa carlotta near menaggio...

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Blacksquidie
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I requested a room for Sept. 25 and 26 in 2011, on Sept 21st of that year, just three days out. That same day they sent an email confirming a "double bath, TV, beautiful lake view...".

We arrive at the train station in Varenna and hire a cab to take us to their B&B Fontelago. I then dial their phone number and hand my cellphone to the cabdriver (lady) to speak to them in Italian. The cab driver then tells me that she is informed we do not have a reservation!

So there I was stuck, to then find a room elsewhere. (I suspect they were able to get a week-long booking, we we got screwed). Ciao'

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Larry C
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We stayed at the other property that Maria and Pietro own, called Annina's House. It was perfect! Maria and Pietro met us at the Varenna train station and took us (2 min by car) to the apartment. They are a very nice couple, and though they do not speak much English, are extremely friendly, warm and gracious people.
This apartment is just ~40m from the beautiful waters of Lake Como, on a quiet "contrada" or little mini-alleyway, and also a very short walk to the local grocery store (Note: VERY small), small town center, restaurants and an easy, 10 min water-front walk to the ferry dock. We stayed in several apartments during our 3-week Italian adventure, and this was by far our favorite. The apartment is nicely furnished and decorated, has the best equipped kitchen of all the places we stayed, and even has a great notebook of information on all of the area's towns and sites.
Pieto and Maria even took us back to the train station when we checked out. We will definitely revisit Lake Como and wouldn't think twice about staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank PTFernie
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Not only was it a lovely, fully equipped apartment, but the location couldn't have been better (for the price). Sure, we could have spent 3-4 times as much per night on a hotel room with balcony overlooking the lake. However this apartment was located on the #1 most picturesque sidestreet in Varenna. Centrally located with only a short climb, we were steps away from the upper level of town (the piazza, shops & etc) and only steps down to the central part of the harbor and it's restaurants. We had informed the owners, Maria & Pietro, when our train would arrive. They met us at the station and drove us the short way to the piazza. Then Maria, a very nice lady, showed us around the town, and got us settled in for our stay. She speaks only a bit of English, but we were able to communicate easily. The bed was comfortable, the apartment clean, with a washing machine, satellite TV, and a kitchen. We had a nice patio to sit on, and look at the lake with our glass of wine. This is a real bargain in an area with very few of them

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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17  Thank vikulai_06
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Address: Contrada dell'Arco 3, 23829 Varenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Varenna
Price Range: £97 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Maria's House, a lovely one-bedroom apartment ( 50 mq ) located in Varenna, an elegant village on the shore of Italy's Lake of Como. The beauty of the place is clearly evident in its ancient buildings, its romantic views, its impressive nature. ... more   less 
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