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“It could be much better” 3 of 5 stars
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Residenza XX Settembre
1.0 of 5 Apartment Hotel   |   Via XX Settembre 76, 22026 Maslianico, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Maslianico
Tel Aviv, Israel
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“It could be much better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

My brothers and I chose this place since it was the only place that we could find around the southern part of Lago Como that could fit three families into one single location without having the burden of paying for several hotel rooms.
The Pros are the location, the attractive price, the parking place and the number of apartments that could accommodate several families in one location.
The Cons are apartments which can fit 2 adults and 2 kids at the most (We happen to have grown up kids and space was lacking), quite far away from the lake (no walking distance and not even bicycle ride - though I do admit that this is advertised as such), no real breakfast, no management on site to resolve issues, no space outside the apartments for kids to play, no restaurants or shops in a walking distance.
So basically if you are looking for a place just to sleep which is a close ride from Lago Como and Lago Lugano and inexpensive - this is a great place. If you are looking for something even slightly more than that - than look elsewhere.
The funny issue for us was that this property is situated only three hundred meters/yards from the Swiss border. As such that the closest shops and supermarkets to the facility are on the Swiss side and you will need to carry you passport if you go shopping. As a matter of fact, if I remember correctly - the gaz station right after the border stop has better rates than it's counterparts in Italy.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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The Hague
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19 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed one night in this appartment on our way to Italy's Liguria. The rooms were spacious and clean, as was the bathroom. Breakfast was stored in the fridge. Sufficient parking space next to the appartment. Nothing special but conventient. The only drawback was that all restaurants seemed to be closed in Maslianico in August. We had to drive to nearby Cernobbio to find a restaurant that was open.

Room Tip: Room 12 has a small patch of grass in front with a plastic table and chairs
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Don't come here expecting the typical kind of warm, welcoming Italian hospitality. This is not that place. Zero amenities. You have to ask for everything. But who to ask? Property management is all done by remote control, from some internet booking service. Previous reviewers talked about the owner's wife being a scold when it came to parking in the right spot. What owner? We stayed here for three weeks before we discovered who the owner even was! It's the standoffish woman who lives next door! The woman now seems to be the sole owner. (She could care less now about where people park.) The only tenants we saw her carry on any kind of conversation with were the single guys, with whom she was super-chatty. Guests who are families, foreigners, businessmen, groups of women, the elderly - count on being ignored. She just looks out her window at guests coming and going. Sometimes she answers questions they shout to her through her metal security gate. The area as a whole seems quite safe, but the owner apparently has personal security fears - atypical of the surrounding neighborhood she has bars on her windows & a piercingly loud alarm system that she regularly sets off herself by her carelessness. The apartments, though, have no window bars or alarm; there are motion-detecting security lights and a surveillance camera in the parking lot, but I don't know if they work. The rooms lack even a safety deposit box. Also, there are no phones. The owner may enter your apartment without notice while you are gone. The owner herself is often not home. She leaves for long periods, with no indication how long she might be gone or when she might return. People came to our door to ask how to get in their rooms (there are 11 or 12 rooms here), how to turn the TV on, make the internet work, ask for directions, etc. This place offers short- & long-term rentals. Some nights the place is almost empty. Other nights, all apartments are full. Regardless, there is no owner to welcome or help them. There is no "Reception". Have a problem? Try to reach someone via telephone numbers taped to the front door. The owner seems to speak no language other than Italian - and not one word of English. There is no breakfast - despite what ads may promise. Our kitchen was equipped with one pan, one pot, no lids, mismatched dishes, one (dull) knife, some cheap silverware, limited glassware, no oven, no microwave. There was a smallish fridge, coffeemaker, toaster oven, and four-burner stove. We had to ask for the furniture shown in the ad to be brought back to our room, because some items had been moved to other rooms. The walls are not sound-proofed. The plumbing was improperly insulated by the builder, so be prepared to listen to the bodily functions of all your neighbors 24/7. Furnishings seem to be from IKEA. Mattresses are rock-hard and the pillows are even harder. A clean-up crew came in once a week with fresh linens and towels. But be sure to speak up for what you want - or you probably won't get it. Ant (formici) infestation was a constant issue for us. Larger pests were not seen, probably thanks to the owner's several wild-roaming cats. New development: Four guests this week have dogs. Allergy alert: Lots of thick dust was on tops of cabinets & under the furniture. Summer time guests: There's no A/C. If you open your windows, be aware that mosquitoes are a problem. A real problem. Cold weather guests: To save money, the owner turned off the heat April 15 and left it off, despite the coldest May here in 200 years. We went to a hotel for two nights to warm up. Even worse? The noisy Beverly Hillbillies who live in the eyesore next door. That's your "view." Warning: The "man of the house" uses binoculars to check out guests here. The good things about Residenza XX Settembre? Although tiny Maslianico is a total snore, we liked the location adjacent to the Swiss border - good for going to get gas (25% cheaper than Italy), Rivella, and to shop at Foxtown outlet mall and Migro. The #6 bus to Cernobbio & Como stops 100 ft away. We liked the free parking & the free internet. We liked the free clothes washer (no dryer, despite what the listing says) even if it did make the whole apartment smell like a laundromat. We liked the peace and quiet (except for dozens of barking dogs nearby). We didn't use the free pink bikes to ride down to the lake (2 miles away) because a) they're pink, and b) there's a pretty steep incline to ride back up. Most of all, we liked the price. We made do, because we lowered our expectations, and as a result, they were met.

Room Tip: Room 14 might be good, except in summer when it must be hotter than Betty Crocker's oven
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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32 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We arrived on Friday evening when it was already dark. The landlord provides the access code to the apartment in advance, so we had no problems getting in.
We booked a 1-bedroom apartment. The no. 12 is on the ground floor, which is very convenient. The kitchen is basic, the bathroom has a washer in it, the bedroom is spacey enough for a travel-baby-crib. The whole apartment is tiled.
The parking space is a bit small, but if everyone parks in the provided spaces, it's fine even with our big Vivaro.
We didn't see the owners at all, and also no other guest, also we didn't hear anybody. However, we arrived at dark, and left early in the mornings because of an event.
Nearby isn't much to do, actually you have to drive everywhere. But after all, the price is low and that was the reason we booked here instead of anywhere else, but also because they accept pets for free, kids stay free, free wi-fi and a free parking space is also provided.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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70 hotel reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

My wife and I recently spent several very unpleasant days in Residenza XX Settembre apartments. Our first issue was a very aggressive owners wife who would pounce on us every time we pulled into the property and direct us where to park. Car parking, during our stay, was within a tiny parking area in the owners property in which it was really difficult to manoeuvre in, and to exit from.

Next we were constantly disturbed by the amount of noise that was transmitted between the apartments. We were awoken through the night and early in the morning each day of our stay by the sound of people talking, furniture being moved, and showers running - really not very pleasant !!

The actual apartment block is set within a fairly unpleasant residential area with no amenities within walking distance and no real reason for staying in this location. Access to the property is over a broken and potholed section of road which then leads onto a steep driveway with a sharp right hand turn which cannot be taken in one manoeuvre but requires stopping and reversing before entering the parking area..

From the parking area one accesses the property by walking past several cheap white plastic table and chair combinations and then enters a narrow stairwell. The stairwell consist of unfinished concrete with a set of factory grade metal stairs which lead up to the rooms and the numbered keypads that provide access to the apartments. This combination of unfinished concrete, factory style stairs and keypads is more like accessing a prison cell than holiday accommodation. Really awful.

We had booked a one bedroom apartment which consisted of a small combined lounge, dining area and kitchenette. There was a small table and four basic plastic chairs in the dining space and a large and fairly ugly vinyl lounge / bed combination in th lounge area. The kitchenette had a four burner gas hob, no oven, only one large cooking pot and very few utensils besides the usual cutlery and no microwave, but it did have a coffee machine. The lounge area sported a very large satellite TV which worked well but the low signal strength on the advertised wifi service made this facility basically unusable. However, there was an ethernet cable provided and the connection via the cable was good.

The bedroom had a double bed and was of a good size and the bathroom was also of reasonable size which included a washing machine, but with a fairly small shower which did not drain properly.

Our apartment was basically ok but the aggressive attitude of the owners wife, the constant parking hassles and the unpleasant and intrusive noises from the apartment above made our stay quite unpleasant.

We thought of moving on early in our stay but gritted our teeth, tried to avoid the owners wife and stuck it out. However we would not stay there again and would advise friends not to stay there.

A couple of tips if you are staying in the Como area: Cernobbio just to the north west of Como town is a nice lakeside village to visit and one can do a very pleasent lake cruise for 7.40 euros by catching the local ferry whcih goes to Nesso and back via numerous lakesid stops. Stay on the ferry and do the round trip.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via XX Settembre 76, 22026 Maslianico, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Maslianico
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Maslianico
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Hotel Class:1 star — Residenza XX Settembre 1*
Number of rooms: 11
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