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Locanda Dei Mai Intees
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Monte Grappa 22, 21022 Azzate, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Azzate
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“True Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you're looking for an authentic Italian experience with all its quirkiness then look no further. We stayed for 7 nights and by the end felt like one of the family. A charming hotel matched by its charming owners who can't do enough for you. The building is stunning and immerses you in Italian history, the dining room in the evening, lit with candles is beautiful. Leopoldo, the door-dog, who greets you on arrival and shows you to reception definitely gets employee of the month!! You will find him absent many afternoons whilst his time is spent wooing the cat.
There is no time table here, everything is very relaxed. The rooms are all individual, large and comfortable, some on 2 or 3 levels.
The food, when Paolo is cooking, is incredible!! I will definitely go back!
Valerie Barnett, Dubai

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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london
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19 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We did have trouble at first trying to find the hotel even with a satnav. Lovely hotel tucked away in the small village. Family run hotel with mother who speaks no English, son who does and a couple of waitresses one who doubles as cook.
Slightly "quirky" as some things are forgotton such as butter dish with no butter and no cutlery one night.(quickly put right) But overall a beautiful experience to stay there. Wonderful room with high ceiling and big bathroom. The food was superb which is taken in fine weather in the courtyard. And if weather a bit "iffy" then a fabulous dining room with some uncovered frescos.
Breakfast is continental.
Very convenient for visiting Lakes Como and Maggiore and Orta (a gem)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Iver
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

An impressive hotel in the middle of this small town. It is a medieval style and different to all the other hotels.

We were welcomed by a small, cute dog wagging his tale. It is run by a family so feels extremely intimate. This is a 4 star hotel, but don't expect the same experience that you would get at a big hotel chain. It was a shame that it was quiet when we stayed but we were out of season.

The dinner was a highlight of the stay serving food of an extremely high quality in a fantastic setting.

We would recommend this hotel if you like your hotels with character and fine dining.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012 via mobile

We just came back from spending a night here. We previously read and laughed about the complaints about the cat and dog. Which 15th century house doesnt have a dog or cat? I'm not especially an animal lover but they simply stay near the fireplace where we spend most of the afternoon reading. Obviously they dont stay in the dinner or breakfast rooms and they dont bother anybody at all. I thought first that the cat was a statue because it / he / she didnt move for hours.

Regarding the presumed lack of light: these kind of houses have a different lightning than an airport. Its cosy and has perfect spots for reading.

Dinner was great. Nice improvisation for our small children. We loved our 4 courses. Pricing is in line with these type of elaborated dinners in these type of hotels. A pizza or pasta is clearly cheaper.

On the comments on breakfast: the croissants were one of the best we tasted ever. Coffee and juices are good. We werent able to finish everything.

The rooms are perfect. We shared the Junior Suite with our 2 children. They stayed below and we stayed up the stairs with a separate tv. The hotel also has free Wifi all over.

A suggestion for runners or bikers: do bring your gear because the house is very near the lake which has a 28 km path rounding it.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sea Cliff, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Having looked for a hotel and restaurant near the Malpensa Airport, we came across this charming hotel. The upper village was appealing, but most importantly the hotel is owned by a warm family who have owned it for decades, they were very accommodating. The atmosphere was perfect for those who want to feel the old world ambiance of a hotel and restaurant. The food at the restaurant was superb, it rivaled any meal we had in our 8 day stay along Lake Como. We would highly recommend this hotel. An added bonus was the location made the morning drive to the airport low stress!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We stayed at a wonderful inn about 12 miles from Malpensa airport that we just loved. The rooms were absolutely lovely and charming. The restaurant was better than the Villa D'Este which we had eaten at a couple of nights earlier. I highly recommend staying here especially if you have a morning flight out of Malpensa. Sure beats a Holiday Inn!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

Despite mixed reviews on this site we thought we would take a risk and book a night here en route from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore as the hotel website made it look promising. First impressions of the building were good but unfortunately it all went rapidly downhill from there. We received a very lukewarm welcome from reception which consisted of ushering us to our room as quickly as possible without any attempt at conversation.

We had read about the smelly dog and indeed can confirm that he is still in residence and wandering about freely with the cat.

The hotel is reasonably clean but dark and dingy. With all this in mind we decided not to risk dinner at the hotel and instead chose to venture into Azzate where we found the only jewel of our stay - Hosteria da Bruno - delicious authentic food at a reasonable price with excellent service - highly recommended!

The worst however awaited us in the morning - breakfast. No choice at all. The waitress simply arrived with a small plate of cold toasted slices of the previous night`s stale, hard leftover baguette with jam and butter. Ten minutes later a few small biscuits (also stale) arrived. Clearly the hotel`s strategy is to spend next to no money on breakfast for their guests. We were not impressed!

All things considered, our overall advice would be to give this hotel a miss.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Monte Grappa 22, 21022 Azzate, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Varese > Azzate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Azzate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Locanda Dei Mai Intees 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near to Lake Maggiore, in the Medieval town of Azzate , the Hotel Locanda dei Mai Intees, formerly a 15th century private villa, is an exquisite and charming hideaway hotel. Beautifully restored with its combination of frescoes, antiques yet modern technology the Locanda boast 12 individually designed rooms and suites. A member of chef Alain Ducasse’s "Chateaux and Hotels Collection" , the hotel has a fine culture of cuisine in the Mai Intees Restaurant which serves regional dishes accompanied with a selection of super wines. Locanda dei Mai Intees is ideally situated with easy access to Lake Como, Milan, Lugano and nearby Milano Malpensa International Airport. ... more   less 
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Locanda Dei Mai Intees Varese
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