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“Like finding a tiny diamond”
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Relais Villa Nina
Ranked #2 of 2 Carate Urio B&B and Inns
Oslo, Norway
1 review
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“Like finding a tiny diamond”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

After much consideration and probably against my better judgment, I have decided to write a review which can be summed up in the quote above. The reason for my hesitation? Simply for the selfish purpose of keeping this jewel to myself. Which is, of course, ridiculous since it needs a steady flow of customers to keep it running til our next visit, and also because I cannot stay there indefinitely. My girlfriend and I booked the double room only a couple of days in advance since we were spontaneously driving our way north through Italy, and we only stayed for two short nights. Let me briefly sum up Villa Nina’s cardinal virtues in three specific points:

1) Excellent service. The proprietror, sig. Walter, is a wiry, tanned man whose sense of service never feels intrusive and is always discreet. Examples include an unexpected but gratefully received sms prior to our arrival in order for us to find the best autostrada-exit to the B&B, generous loans of appropriate MacBook-cables for faulty laptops and finally advice on (and upon request, booking of) truly marvellous local restaurants in the vicinity. Overhearing him booking over his cell in a neighbouring room, he requested ”Per favore, chiediamo il service top per i nostri clienti”.

2) Location. Lago di Como is in and of itself marvellous, although Villa Nina’s main house is situated on the ”wrong” side of the street. On the other hand, an elegant bridge, for the exclusive use of the Villas residents, rectifies this by connecting to a small lawn and big patio with sun beds and sofas more or less directly connected to the waterfront. Private, as quiet as can be expected and few windows from neighbouring houses overlooking the space.

3) Atmosphere. The villa is a marvellous three-story house with the lower level reserved for the common areas, the first floor accomodating a spacious double room with a comfortable bed and adjoining bathroom, and also a suite which we got to peek into (and where we will be staying next time) with a balcony view of the lago and a private bathroom, and finally the second floor housing the owner’s private family rooms. Words cannot do the simple and sublime interior justice, and you will be better off studying the photos on the villa’s website, but the atmosphere is suffused with a sense of tidiness, elegance and understatement.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

Villa Nina, I will be back. It was the most amazing part of our holiday. Lake Como is divine, but staying at Villa Nina made it even more special. The Villa has class, it is comfortable, the rooms are fantastic and Federico and Claudia are exceptional hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed spending long hours on the deck on the lake swimming and diving in the water after a long day on the bike. During the day Federico was our bike tour guide around some of the most spectacular routes along Lake Como that only Federico knows.

So, if you want to ride your bike, experience the Lake in class and feel as though your at home, then Viila Nina is a must. The rooms have great views of the Lake, the restaurants in the surrounding area are fantastic, and everything is only a ferry ride away.

Watch out, we are coming back next year for more bike riding and Villa Nina living...

We Loved it.

Emidio Ubaldi, Melbourne Australia

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

We found this new bed and breakfast on the internet(http://www.bbvillanina.it/en/index.html) and it surpassed all of our expectations for quality of service and hospitality, very fine accomodations and outstanding views of the lake. The main house is a newly renovated villa with rooms on the second floor and in an apartment next to the courtyard. We stayed in the largest room which was more than adequate for me and my wife and our young son. It had a nice bed with high quality linens, doors which opened to a view of the lake and a private side garden and a bath as large as most hotel rooms with shower and bathtub. Breakfast was served in the dining room and was also first rate. A walkway leads conveniently to a deck and pier adjacent to the lake, with kayaks and motor boats available for hire (we took rides to dinner across the lake and had a magical return with a full moon rising over the mountains). One of the great pleasures was to bicycle with the owner, an avid cyclist and lifelong resident of the area. He conducts tours suitable for all levels of riders. Very high quality bicycles can be rented in nearby towns and you can cycle the same roads used for the famous Italian Giro race. Parking is available inside the gate of the premises and the owners were very helpful in helping with our arrival and in advising on things to do. The ferry is a short walk away as are good restaurants. We will definitely stay here on our next visit and recommend it highly for anyone seeking 5 star accomodations at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Relais Villa Nina
Address: Via Regina Vecchia 13, 22010 Carate Urio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Carate Urio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Carate Urio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 29
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