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“Lake Como without the Crowds”
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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Mrhvsh
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lake Como without the Crowds”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Maddalena House is true value for money with location and service all that the visitor could wish for. It is the ideal location for a couple who want to experience Lake Como away from the madding crowd. We overlooked the main square and church, and it was less than a five minute stroll to the lake front. Though small (one bedroom with an en suite, sitting room, and kitchen/laundry combined), it had all the facilities we needed, and the service from Marillena could not have been better. For much of our stay she was living in the apartment below and always available, and, when she was not, she was available for advice by phone. The kitchen facilities and nearby shops (all within a minute or two on foot) made self catering a pleasure. When we wanted to eat out, there were plenty of options at a good price.
Varenna is quiet, but all touring activities are easily accessible by ferry or bus. One can have as restful or as active a time as wanted. Bellagio, a major tourist and shopping town is quite close by ferry and there is an excellent all day cooking class which includes a spectacular trip high into the surrounding mountains and a lunch to die for.
Access to Varenna is easy by train from Milan and we had no need of a car during our seven day stay.
We agree with a previous reviewer that a hotel in this area would provide much less satisfaction and would probably cost a lot more.

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Paul Q
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Spacious, well-equipped and comfortable apartment with amazing views of Lake Como”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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We stayed at Camilla House at Varenna for a week in May 2013. This apartment is actually located at Fuimelatte, a short distance out of Varenna. The view from the apartment was stunning - across Lake Como to Bellagio and Menaggio, with snow-capped peaks beyond. We were met by our very welcoming hostess, Marilena, who carefully explained everything that we needed to know to enjoy our stay. The apartment is spacious, comfortable and fully equipped. There was an unusually generous supply of consumables, soaps, detergents, etc. and the bed was very comfortable. There is a parking space allocated to the apartment and Marilena also provided us with a permit to access a lockup garage in Varenna close to the ferry terminal, which was useful because on-street parking in Varenna is very scarce and we made a number of ferry trips during our stay. She also lent us her laptop which was equipped with a USB key so we could access the internet during our stay. We cannot speak too highly of Marilena who is the perfect hostess.

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Liked best: Location, views, space, comfort
Liked least: Can't think of anything to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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RichardDi...
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Why stay in a hotel when you have Marilena's wonderful apartment?”
Reviewed 30 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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April 12 -15, 2013, my wife and I stayed in Varenna (Lake Como) for three nights at the Maddalena House owned by the beautiful Marilena Anghileri. It overlooked the town square. It had a full kitchen and wash machine, a balcony off the kitchen, a good size living room with TV, a large bedroom and nicely equipped bathroom. It was quiet, though next to the square. Every morning at 7:00am, the church's bells at the front of the square would ring seven times, followed by a minute of beautiful church bell ringing. We kept our refrigerator full of fresh fruits and juices from the nearby corner market. The lake front was less than a two minute walk. And Marilena was always there in her below apartment with answers to any questions we had, or suggestions on places to go an things to do. She was gracious enough to pick us up in her car upon arrival at the train station, and to take us back there when we left. Most of all, we loved her suggestions of restaurants to eat. Our favorite was right below our bedroom window--Albergo del Sole. It was so good, we ate there three nights straight--excellent meals and service every time. This, being our second trip to Varenna, was by far the most enjoyable and relaxing of the two. You just do not get the service, comfort and family feeling in a hotel as you do when you stay with Marilena and her amazing cat, Tartufina. at Maddalena Apartments. Relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Como's Varenna, and Marilena's hospitality.

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Liked best: Marilena's hospitality and location
Liked least: Having to leave this beautiful place.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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