We spent three days at Casa Mary Balcony. The apartment was clean and comfortable but what made it stand out were the amazing views from all windows and especially the large balcony terrace. Having never been to lake como, I was not sure if it would make a difference to be on the ferry side (new Varenna). It did not. Old Varenna was a easy, quick and beautiful walk along lake or along road above. The apartment had everything one could need including comfortable bed, sofa (with hideaway), kitchen and even washer. No need for air conditioning even in very hot weather given breeze off lake. Terrace balcony wonderful spot for wine and sunset over mountains. With ferry across street, incredibly easy to hop on to visit other towns. Need to be okay with stairs and very European (ie small) shower. Neither bothered us at all. A lovely stay and we highly recommend!
The apartment was comfortable and overlooked the lake. The views from the apartment were an ever-changing panorama that made the location ideal. The apartment is close to restaurants and shops. Be aware that the apartment is four flights up--we got used to it. We are light sleepers, and we slept well. It was quiet enough, only an occasional dog barking and a bit of village noise during the day. The kitchen was fine for simple meals. We only did our breakfasts and lunches. Mary and her son were easy to communicate with.
Great location close to everything. We stayed 10 days and everything was perfect from the moment we booked. Mary picked us up from the station and Andrea answered any questions we had promptly. The apartment amenities are of very good quality, comfortable beds and pillows, plenty of linen, lovely bathroom and plenty of kitchen utensils even cute placemats and teatowels. Great sofa and comfortable outdoor furniture. The space is very welcoming light and bright. Mary left roses from her garden and a welcome gift too. The terrace/balcony was superb all day with views to the mountains and over the lake. Views also from the dining area that are amazing. Highly recommended, would rate it higher than 10 out of 10 if we could.
Beautiful apartment and beautiful views. Great position. Very clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The host was very welcoming and friendly.
She gave us all the information we needed to enjoy our stay. We wished we could have stayed longer.
We recently returned from a 3 night trip to Varenna staying at Casa Mary + Balcony. An easy trip from Milan on the train we spent 3 great days in this apartment which started with Mary meeting us at the train station for a short transfer to the apartment which is about .5 km from the station and right across from the ferry dock in Varenna. The apartment sleeps four, with 2 people on a hide-a-bed, but is probably more comfortable for two. Kitchen was fully stocked with dishes, cookware and appliances. The bathrooms had all of the needed supplies (paper and starter toiletries) and there were plenty of towels. The apartment was furnished nicely and we were very comfortable. If you are driving there is secured and ample parking provided.
Mary has two units in the building one with and one without the balcony. Take the balcony unit. We spent every afternoon under the awning enjoying the breeze off the mountains as well as the views of the lake, which are outstanding. Varenna has become quite the tourist spot so it can be very busy during the day, but much of the crowd leaves by late afternoon. We were able to walk to dinner easily and Andrea, Mary's son helped us with making advanced reservations prior to our arrival.
A couple of things to note. The apartment is on the top level of the building and is only accessible by 3 double flights of stairs so you need to be able to get your bags up several flights of stairs. Also the unit is not air conditioned but can be easily cooled by having the windows open but allows you to hear some birds, dogs, motorcycles and the occasional garbage man. Again it was not a problem.
We had a very early departure at the end of our stay and we had told Mary that we would walk to the station. It was raining on the morning we left and she showed up to take us to the station so we didn't have to walk in the rain.
This is the perfect location for your base to visit the Lake Como area. My next visit will be planned around the availability of Casa Mary Balcony