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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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rick23520...
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This clean, well-equipped apartment had everything you'd need, as well as a balcony with table and chairs overlooking the lake. With its central location, we could easily walk to everything in this very small town. The very personable owner runs the shop downstairs and was readily available for questions or advice. If we were to return to Varenna, we'd definitely stay here again.

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Liked best: Kindness of the owner; view.
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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MonyetS
London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Apartment with great views”
Reviewed 2 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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This apartment is right on the lake and has a small balcony which can be used for meals or drinks, while watching the passing ferries and boats and the people strolling below the apartment. The two men who manage the apartment are very friendly and helpful. Luigi deals with the correspondence and picks up guests from the Varenna railway station. Georgio, who also runs the jewellery store (Il Pozzo) below the apartment, is a font of knowledge about local walks and restaurants. We stayed two weeks in this apartment and had a really good time. The details provided on the Trip Advisor website are accurate. The WiFi signal is strong. Luigi and Georgio will go out of their way to provide anything that is required.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Chicago60...
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Great escape from Chicago”
Reviewed 6 November 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Spent several days here in Sept. Absolutely enjoyed the apt. The location is on the lake and our room had a balcony overlooking the lake. I seriously would have been content just sitting on the balcony enjoying the view the entire trip. The owner/manager was extremely helpful and friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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FiandRich...
Yass, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great apartment, fabulous view and fantastic hosts”
Reviewed 16 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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person found this review helpful

Luigi was extremely helpful. He met us on time and helped with our baggage. He provided us with maps and excellent tips and ideas for the week. The housekeeper (unfortunately I can't remember her name) was so lovely and helpful - she couldn't speak English, nor I Italian, but we understood each other! Truly a lovely woman! Giorgio, Luigi's friend and owner of the great store below the apartment, was also extremely helpful and very nice indeed.

The apartment is well equipped and comfortable. The bathroom is very large (which is not often the case in Italy) and the washing machine was invaluable. Kitchen has everything you need. Sofa bed was as good as you could expect from a sofa bed! The main bed was not bad given all beds we have encountered in Italy are very hard, short and uncomfortable.

My husband and I travelled with our son and 77 yo Mother. The apartment is located right on the bank of the lake and therefore only a very short, uphill walk to the entrance.

Varenna is a very beautiful town, although amenities (groceries etc) are limited. That said, there are some very good restaurants and great cafes.

Walking around the town is a great thing to do, the back streets are magical and steep. Hiring a boat was easy and very enjoyable. The lake is beautiful.

We would highly recommend this apartment.

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Liked best: location and people
Liked least: bed comfort - European beds are generally hard and short, this was one of the better ones - hence our rating of good!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Bonniebab...
Sydney, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best part of Varenna - top location”
Reviewed 3 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the wonderful apartment recently. Luigi could not have been more accommodating in his advising us on where to eat and what to do during our stay. Great apartment with uninterrupted views of the lake. What a gem of a find. The weather was unbelievable and we had just the best time in Varenna - hope to go back again sometime. The transport system, boats, trains is fantastic. We hopped across on the ferry to Bellagio one day and took the hydrofoil to Como another day - don't miss doing this whilst you are there.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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sleptwell...
Evansville, Indiana
2 reviews
“Above expectations”
Reviewed 20 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Our expectation was to have a comfortable residence for a short vacation. This apartment was beyond expectations. The location could not have been better,Lakeside, waves lapping 40 feet from our balcony.Restaurants, coffee shops, art gallery immediately below the balcony.

But the unexpected was the service of Luigi, the owner. He picked us up at the train station and delivered us to the apartment. Advertised tours were available for ferry or water taxi. Luigi took us on our own designed boat tour of the villas, the towns across the lake that could be seen from Varenna and significantly less expensive than the commercial tours.

He was an available but not intrusive resource for all there was in the area..He closed out this stay by delivering us back to the train station at the end of our memorable sojourn in Varenna.

Would we recommend this apartment? Read the above.

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Liked best: Location plus the owner
Liked least: Can I continue on to what I liked?
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Christine...
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful apartment in idyllic lakeside setting”
Reviewed 24 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

This apartment is situated in Varenna's Old Town and is right on Lake Como. It has a double balcony from which you can see Menaggio and other towns on the eastern shore, the mountains,boats criss-crossing the lake, the lakeside walk and little bars and restaurants nearby. You can watch the sun go down behind the mountains each evening! The apartment is clean, light and airy with a well-equipped kitchen, a very comfortable bed and a good-sized sofa bed. It is very convenient for the ferry boat terminal and the railway station. Luigi, the owner, was very prompt in all his communications and kindly met us at the station when we arrived and gave us a lift to the apartment and generally ensured we were settled in. Varenna itself has an ample choice of excellent restaurants, 2 small but amply-stocked shops and at least 3 ice-cream parlours and a take-away pizzeria.

Lots of cobbled steps and pavements though in Varenna so apartment would not be suitable for anybody with mobility problems and, because of the balcony, maybe not for young children. This is clearly stated in the description though. Sensible shoes advised!!

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Liked best: Location of apartment
Liked least: Nothing -all good!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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