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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Marie H
Malvern, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Stunning!!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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A fantastic apartment with everything you need on the most beautiful side of Lake Como and the most unbelievable view. A lovely walk to Varenna which I think is the most beautiful part of the Lake, but then all the ferry options for great days out. The house is really well equipped and you will want for nothing, lots of great gadgets, a wonderful terrace and then the hottub! We old definitely recommend anyone staying here.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The rain!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Grandview...
Melbourne
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419 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Wow! Wow! Wow!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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And again........Wow! Wow! Wow!
If you are looking for a place to stay to call home - and I'm not talking about just any ORDINARY home; a place that isn't overrun with tourists nor is it touristy; a place that offers the most amazing views of the lake from an amazing balcony and from the living areas; a place that has all the bells and whistles imaginable and MORE; a place where a car is not necessary but if it is, there is a secure underground lock up car space; a place if you didn't want to venture out, you don't have to because everything you need is right there. Then Della Fontana Penthouse is the place for you. Oh.....and if you are into gadgets/electronics you'll love it even more.

We had just disembarked from a 20 day cruise and wanted a place to 'flop and drop' afterwards. Della Fontana Penthouse in Fiumelatte was perfect.

The previous reviewers have outlined all the other features but I would also like to add that Fiumelatte is quiet and you don't have any church bells tolling every hour. This side of the lake (facing the west) doesn't have a bus service, but it does have a rail service with major routes from Varenna station so traffic noise is minimal. The walk into Varenna is pleasant and takes a comfortable 20 minutes as stated by other reviewers. The ferry service on the mid-lake is frequent and all modes are very pleasant.
Della Fontana Penthouse is a privately owned apartment and thank you Brad for sharing your little piece of paradise with us. We just loved our stay on Lake Como!

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Liked best: The View, the location, the securityl
Liked least: The linen on the bed and we felt the lighting was a little inadequate..
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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DennisJ64...
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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281 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“A little piece of Heaven!!!”
Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Notwithstanding that wee are experienced and seasoned travellers, when we arrived and the private elevator door opened to the penthouse patio all four of us had a collective "WOW!!!". The view is amazing (day or night)! We were very excited about our upcoming week at Della Fontana and everything worked out very well.

The condo is very well equipped if you wish to cook yourselves. We ate in 2 nights and the chefs enjoyed the kitchen and found it well equipped. The gas BBQ worked well. Eating at night on the rooftop deck seeing the moon come up over the mountain behind us, hearing the waterfall near by, it was all spectacular.

The apartment was very clean, the beds/pillows were comfortable and the bedrooms were nice and quiet. Something we all enjoyed was the great lengths the owner went to in providing (detailed) information on the condo as well as many suggestions on things to do, places to eat and locals wines. It certainly helped to make the week even more successful. Also impressive was the fact the owner left several contact points, including his personal phone number and emails to ensure help was available if needed. As it turned out, we did not need any help with the condo, but comforting to know it was available.

All in all, a little piece of heaven. We would definitely stay there again, if and when we return to beautiful Lake Como.

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Liked best: View, location and amenities of the unit.
Liked least: Not as much privacy in the loft area.
Travelling group: Friends
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lifeisgoo...
Rhinebeck, New York
1 review
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“It doesn't get any better than this!”
Reviewed 11 May 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Treat yourself to a stay in this amazing penthouse apartment. From the moment the elevator opens onto the huge terrace with the breathtaking view, you will be mesmerized.(You need your house key to take the elevator to the fourth floor so no one else will be able to take the elevator to your floor or access your terrace.) Everything in the apartment is state-of-the-art and the hot tub overlooking the lake and mountains is to die for . My husband and I stayed here with our four kids (ages 17, 20, 22, and 23) for a week and it was the perfect set-up. The kids slept in the loft which, conveniently, had four beds. We enjoyed watching movies on the large TV and hooking up our iPods to listen to music on the terrace while lounging in the hot tub. The apartment was immaculate and well decorated. One of our favorite restaurants was right next door: Hosteria Del Platano. Try the Pizzoccheri--it was the best we had! Norma, the owner, speaks great English and is also open in the morning for cappuccino. Our other favorite restaurant was Il Caminetto up the hill near Perledo which had the best Risotto we've ever had. There's a great price fix menu that worked well for us with the kids. If you go, let Moreno, the chef/owner pick you up so you don't have to negotiate the 12 hairpin turns to the restaurant. He'll meet you right near the apartment in the parking lot of the church. Again, we would totally recommend a stay in this apartment. A vacation in Italy sitting in this hot tub on the terrace overlooking Lake Como and the mountains cannot be rivaled!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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NWUSA-Ell...
Seattle, Washington
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83 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Awesome view!”
Reviewed 22 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Very nice modern penthouse. One bedroom down stairs with shower and jetted soaking tub tub plus toilet, bidet, and sink. Other bathroom with shower is on the main floor (huge supply of bathroom products including hair dryer and curler and plug ins to charge US electronics) The second bedroom is a loft (no bath/toilet). Well equipped kitchen with some essential staples and 2 bottles of wine. Washer and dryer with laundry products. 3 TVs. Huge terrace with BBQ and furniture. Elevator to penthouse. Perfect for couples and families. Very conveniently located to ferries, etc.

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Liked least: No 3 rd bathroom as advertised
Travelling group: Friends
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Katrine H
New York, New York, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Vacation of a lifetime...”
Reviewed 19 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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My boyfriend and I spent a week in the Della Fontana PH earlier this month (September 2012). We had the most amazing vacation!

First, I have to note that the apartment was immaculate. Whatever the past issues referenced below, it has been remedied. Period. End of story.

Second, the minute we walked into the apartment we were surrounded by luxury. From the elevator that opens onto huge patio with stunning views and lovely hot tub, to the state-of-the-art kitchen, to the entertainment center (wired with speakers on the patio), to the gorgeous open showers with rain shower nozzles … it was clear that every detail and appointment had been well thought out. The master bedroom roomy and the bed was super comfortable – which made assimilating to the time change and getting good rest possible.

The location is absolutely perfect. We fell in love with the restaurant just down the street called Osteria del Platano. The owner greets guests herself and the chef mixes up the menu weekly. Wine selection is outstanding. Also close by is a small grocery/bakery and the local train station. It is about a 15 minute walk into Varenna, one of the three villages in the Golden Triangle. It’s an incredibly charming village and all the reviews are right… it’s a little smaller and less glitzy than Menaggio and Bellaggio. For us that made it all the better! We liked the authenticity and fewer tourists.

I love to do lots of research in advance and find the unique and interesting places on our vacations. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the apt. came with a customized guide written by the owner of all the “local” places of interest. Some I had learned about in my research but most could only be revealed by a “local.” From the best wines and vineyards to visit, restaurants, villas/museums, customized tours of the lake and more… what a great asset to our vacation!

The Della Fontana PH is perfectly placed to be the home base for a vacation. It was a snap to hop on the train to Milan for the day… We also rented a speed boat and toured all around Lake Como.
But to be honest, our favorite part of the vacation was sitting on the patio, sipping a glass of wine and looking out at the mesmerizing views of Lake Como, the mountains and the sky. We highly recommend this villa and without reservation would go back again! Thank you Della Fontana for creating a vacation of a lifetime for us!

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Liked best: The location and view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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WLT44
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Superb location, lovely apartment but could really benefit from a deep clean!”
Reviewed 29 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Della Fontana is in a great location in Fiumelatte, near Varenna. It's views are quite spectacular looking over to Bellagio & Menaggio. It's a comfortable and pleasant 20min walk to Varenna (slightly longer to the Ferry port) on pavement most of the way. There is a great little shop just by the apartment and a supermarket (Eurospin) in Bellano (about 4km away). Now for the neagtive points!!
When we arrived at the apartment it was obvious as soon as we stepped out of the lift door that the apartment was dirty. It looked like the previous occupiers had just got up from the table and nipped out for a loaf!! The patio had food all over the floor and table. There was a table with 4 full ashtrays on it...not really what any non smokers wants to clean up. The BBQ was so disgusting we didn't touch it for the whole week, which was a real shame. I see the owner has gone to great expense to buy these items but who wants to use them when they are so filthy? They may as well not be there if they are not going to be checked each time a new customer arrives. Relying on previous guests to do your clean for you is obviously not working. oh Yes, and a dirty bin full of food on the patio too.
Inside the beds had been changed and towels provided. Bins emptied...good so far.
The cooker, fridge and freezer were all dirty and needed a good clean before we could use them. Food stuck to work tops and all over the floor, which I doubt has been mopped for months. There were many plates in the drawer, but only 4 or 5 were clean. the others were filthy with dried food and it was pretty evident that someone had used a couple of plates as ashtrays! Not the owners fault but who ever is responsible for getting this apartment ready really needs to check the utlities and clean them if required. I do enough cleaning at home, I don't expect to have to deep clean an apartment before I can even make a cup of tea. We didn't bother with the coffee machine....the mould in it looked like it had been there since Adam's first birthday!
The holiday company were quite responsive to out complaint and refunded our cleaning deposit, so we were happy with that. However, it sets a poor start to a holiday when you have to complain on day one...and we're very forgiving on most occasions but this really needed addressing.
My advice to the owner is to check what you are paying for as regards your cleaning company. If you just expect them to empty bins, change bedding and towels and that's it, then I suggest you get used to lots of negative reviews. If your services company is supposed to do more, then they are not doing what you pay them to do.
You also need to get a large feather duster and clear away the thousands of huge cobwebs you have...you have more in your apartment than there were in Michael Jackson's Thriller video!
One other thing which I don't feel is fully explained is the link between the penthouse (Della Fontana) and the apartment below (Dolce Vita). You can rent both together as they link up. We only rented the penthouse but were really surprised to see the link id through the main double bedroom...literally through a wardrobe door. So you can hear the people next door as though they are in your room....so be mindful as you can be heard in your bedroom. Also, the other bedroom is the mezzanine with (bizarrely) 6 beds in it. I wonder how close you'd have to be to fill all those beds in one room as it's not suitable for children. ;-)
To sum...I'm sorry about the negative comments but it's probably the only way the owner would hear about them. Our main issues were with cleanliness which could have been addressed with more attention to detail.
We rented a penthouse in Laglio last year, which was absolutely immaculate and 500euro cheaper. So there should be no excuse...aside from this, the apartment is in such a great spot, if you can overlook the mess you'll love it!!
I have photos if the owner wishes to see them x

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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27 Mar 2012
As the owner of this property I was most dismayed that a guest was greeted by a dirty apartment and terrace, refunding the cleaning fee was the first step in several. We changed the cleaners and hired a dedicated Jacuzzi/BBQ/Terrace cleaner. I am a Californian who lives in hotels and used my 22 years of experience to create the ultimate, no expenses spared, Dream Penthouse.
This property was designed by a Civil Engineer and dates from 1605, with all the historic items outside and all the MOD COMS inside….3 separate Big Screens with surround sound throughout, BOSE speakers on the Terrace which is 103 square meters (1100with square feet) and has a HOT SPRING California made 5 person spa next to the Hot and Cold water shower. There are literally electrical outlets everywhere with IPod connectors to all the stereos and 120/220 electrical outlets in the bathrooms…The kitchen island is from Ferretti the yacht designer, the cedar lined closets hand built by the 13th generation of cabinet makers from Cantu, the best cabinet makers in the world…specific to the impressions of this guest being positive of only the views, I want to point out that all the mattresses are finest quality and the pillow choice consists of 3 different varieties from pure down to hypoallergenic…I live in hotels even the Ritz Carlton or the W chain can learn from the finish of this apartment.
The kitchen has an Induction cook top, multi-oven with grill and microwave in one-all Bosch German brands…The pots are Circulon professional line, highest end cutlery and the best gadgets this side of the Atlantic…hand blender, food processor, Commercial bar blender, Zack stainless double walled coffee cups from Germany that keep the coffee warm longer, even the spatulas are Kitchen Aide…the low marks for the Kitchen is plain and simple unfair…It even has 2 fridges one for wine and a side by side American style with water and ice in the door.
I am sorry the guest had a dirty apartment and this will never happen again, but there is no apartment on Lake Como with more guests comforts and quality in a rental, and some of the comments made just are not true, with the photos speaking for themselves….I provide my name and number on the back of the door to the apartment and in the 3 apartment guest books that detail every activity and restaurant in the area, as well as a troubleshooting guide…I would have had my personal maid to assist this guest within the hour, and made sure they were properly compensated for their inconvenience…writing after the fact and giving the wrong impression to future guests does nobody any favors….This apartment is INCREDIBLE with unreal views and we have had 100’s of guests that can attest to that….read the reviews on www.varennarental.com or in the house Guest Book.
Bradford Mc Ewen
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