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“Best apartment in Varenna”
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Review of Casa Mary Varenna

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

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Stephanie...
San Jose, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best apartment in Varenna”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We just completed a three-night stay at Appa Varenna with our two elementary-aged children. We couldn't have been happier! The location of the apartment is perfect -- right in front of the lido (public beach), very close to the beginning of the passarella. In 5 minutes, you are in the heart of Varenna, either on the lake or up in the piazza. It's close enough that going back and forth several times a day is very convenient, but you feel a little removed when you want some peace and quiet.

As for the apartment itself, it was actually much nicer than we expected. Everything seemed to be new and was done the way you would do it for yourself, not just for a rental. The separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed was very comfortable and had plenty of room in the closets for us to unpack. The bed seemed new and was not lumpy at all, though it did have that furrow in the middle where the two sides of the mattress come together, as most queen/king beds in Europe seem to. The kids slept on fold-out couch/chairs, which they reported to be quite comfortable as well. The bathroom was large with a great shower with plentiful hot water and great water pressure. A generous quantity of thick white towels, plus orange towels (presumably for the lake) were provided.

The view, which was the reason we chose this apartment, was just like in the pictures, except it looks better in real life. The apartment building is on the lakefront, though it's set back a tiny bit from the road. All three windows (two on different walls in the living/dining/kitchen and one in the bedroom) have amazing, beautiful lake views. The bathroom window has a gorgeous view up the hillside.

Andrea and his mom, Mary, were wonderful to deal with. There was a train strike the night we arrived, so we ended up taking a taxi and not arriving until 11:30 pm, but Mary cheerfully met us at the apartment anyway. Andrea and Mary were also very helpful in navigating other little issues that came up, such as figuring out how to work the hot water heater (tip: make sure the lever under the window in the dining area is inline with the pipe, then turn the water heater off & on).

We loved Varenna and did not want to leave "our" little apartment, even more so when we arrived in the Cinque Terre and saw our next room, which is a) smaller, b) not an apartment, c) nowhere near as nice, d) on a busy square, and e) costs more. Appa Varenna was a bargain, and we can't wait to return! Highly recommended for a couple, a family with two children, or four adults who don't mind being cozy.

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Liked best: Location, view, lovely apartment, owners
Liked least: No wi-fi
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Moshe2014
Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A wonderful location, pleasant host, great views - can't wait to go again”
Reviewed 21 January 2014 for a stay in October 2013
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We spent 3 nights in this apartment. Aside for the fact that the mattresses were lumpy, everything about this apartment was great. We were 3 people and the apartment was quite roomy. It had all the facilities we needed. The view in every direction was amazing. The location was perfect - very close to both the ferry and the train station and a pleasant walk to the town center. it's a great place both for a quiet get-away and also hiking in the surrounding mountains (which we did). We found lots on information brochures in the apartment including maps which helped us plan our hikes. We arrived by ferry from Como and went back to Milan by train - all very convenient.
We can't wait to go back and spend more time in Varenna.

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Liked best: the location and the view
Liked least: the beds
Travelling group: Extended Family
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miller200...
Apex, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great views, great location, just perfect for our trip”
Reviewed 26 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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person found this review helpful

We arrived in Varenna by train after taking the Berina Express across the alps. We didn't want to take the boat across to the other towns on Lake Como after traveling all day, but most of Varenna was booked. We tried this apartment in Varenna and were so impressed! It was an easy 400 meter walk down hill from the train station with our luggage. The apartment is just like it was shown in the pictures. You open the windows and there were the views of Lake Como! Excellent. There is also gated parking should you drive to Varenna and need to park a car. The owner did everything to make our stay comfortable. We would stay here again. The only concerns is the apartment is on the 3rd floor and there is not a lift and the shower was small. But the views were large, and we came to Lake Como for the views. They were great, just like this place!

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Liked best: The location and the views
Liked least: Size of shower and no lift to third floor
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Liked best: The apartment itself was ideal for a couple and really clean.
Liked least: No corkscrew! :)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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