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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Lierna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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sawyerman
Leesburg, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Nice owner, beautiful views and home but not as advertised”
Reviewed 26 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Booking was very easy. However, the address we were given was not "actual." We ended up doing a google earth on the pool, based on the pics we saw on website to find the place (took us almost 2 hours...props Uncle Mike!). Make sure you ask for exact address upon booking, something that sounds obvious, but for some reason not the case here.

Owner was a super nice gentleman who has a great restaurant at bottom of hill.

There ARE NOT 4 BATHROOMS as advertised, but 3. Only 2 had showers, and 1 flooded and was closed for our stay. So 7 of us had to use one shower. This literally cost us an hour or two every AM to get the hell out of the house and go "vacation."

Good luck figuring out how to use the washer (clothes). There is no dryer (typical in Italy) but if you travel in October or later, know that your clothes will not dry due to climate, so just go to a laundry mat.

The grill, placed in a beautiful corner of the property that over looks Lake Como, looks like it was taken from the Colosseum. We took on the challenge and grilled on the old girl, but it was not easy.

Owner sincerely felt bad for bathroom issues and did not charge us the 100 Euro cleaning fee or the electric (plan on paying for that if all is normal).

Bottom line, go stay up the road in Varenna.

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Liked best: Views and the owner was a very nice man. Hurts us to leave this bad of a review....
Liked least: Advertised as 4 bath, actual was 3, had 2 showers, 1 worked! 7 of us had to share 1 shower.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Goffy H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great view - dreadful owner and lots of additional charges - beware!”
Reviewed 23 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Fantastic place, wonderful views but spoiled by the attitude of the owner and their attitude to pricing. This place isn't cheap, but for the price one would expect some basics...but no. Not so much as a tub of salt to get you settled! Plus the owner charges for absultely everything. 20 euros for the wifi password! 50 euros for an ikea temporary cot and an ikea high chair I KID YOU NOT!!! IT'S OUTRAGEOUS! He charges for the use of the pool 150 euros. he charges 100 euros for cleaning - yet you have to strip all the beds, sweep all the floor and essentially clean the property anyway! One of the shower doors sheared off due to the runner being worn. The shower units are c 20 years old...and he tried to charge 50 euros for damage! He's a disgrace. Lovely views, place is nice and clean, but I'd go somewhere else if I were you. Oh, private car spaces are down the hill on the road up to the recycling plant that overlooks the pool...

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Liked best: The area
Liked least: The owner and his greedy additional charges - knowing he'd fleece your deposit.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
24 Jul 2015
We are really sorry you felt this way, but I can only answer that the extra cost are on the web site page well specified. The house was build on the 2007 so all the furniture are then. Also I would like to tell that you filled a testimonial card and you gave us the highest score and you wrote, your words "This is a lovely villa with a beatifull location, we had a wonderfull holiday. Thank you!" So what can I tell more?
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AussieFZ
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Fantastic accomodation and views just be sure to factor in the natural gas cost”
Reviewed 4 July 2012 for a stay in July 2010
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We stayed at Diamante for 2 weeks with another family, totalling 4 adults and 4 children under 5. The apartment was spotlessly clean and was perfect for two families. The pool and the views from the pool area are spectacular. We also loved the outdoor eating area and the garden which is meticulously maintanied.

Lierna itself is a small lakeside town, which although catering for tourists (like the whole of Lake Como) tends to have mainly Italian and European visitors. We felt very welcomed and besides one trip to a larger supermarket, Lierna had everything we needed for our stay (the Butcher, Bakery, Pizzeria and Gelati shop were all fantastic). The restuarant by the ferry stop is also recommended. You can catch the ferry from Lierna or from nearby Varenna and it is centrally located on the east side.

A couple of things to consider about this accomodation:
- you share the pool with the family (in practice this really wasn't an issue for us, they only used it on the weekends and we were often out sightseeing);
- The apartment is alongside the munipical recycling plant. There was no noticable odour coming from the plant. However every Wed and Sat morning the locals all drive up there to dump their recycling and a recycling truck comes about once or twice a week.
- Privacy - the gardeners seemed to be tending to the garden almost daily, with this, the owners family sharing the pool & cars queueing at the recycling plant on Wed and Sat who could see into the pool area, at times the apartment and especially the pool weren't as private as I would have liked.
- The cost of natural gas - we were shocked to find out the cost of gas at the end of our 2 week stay, it was approximately 230 euro! The owner keeps the pool temperature at around 30 degrees day and night (totally unneccessary in an Italian summer) and you have to pay for the gas to heat the pool. I would suggest that you negotiate the cost of the gas or the temperature of the pool prior to your visit. (Electricity is additional too but this was only about 50 euros which we expected).
- We suggest you do a shop before arriving as the owners provide nothing in the apartment other than toilet paper eg no soap, washing liquid etc.

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Liked best: The pool and outdoor areas and the views
Liked least: Cost of gas
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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