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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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GJackson1...
Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful apartment in breathtaking location.”
Reviewed September 30, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We arrived at the apartment after a hair-raising drive over the Splugen pass from Switzerland. Marie's directions were spot-on and took us right to the front door with no bother. As we rolled-up the sun-shades to the massive picture window, our mouths simply dropped at the spectacular vista that was laid out before us...Just: Wow! You'd happily stay for this alone. The apartment is well-laid out and incredibly well equipped (George Clooney popped round to bring back the hand-juicer - with thanks)! All mod-cons and more. It's got all you'd realistically need for a holiday rental (or even a prolonged stay), Together with a few lovely, homely touches of class courtesy of Marie and Paul. Plenty of good books and DVDs should the weather worsen. Luckily, we didn't need them. Many's a time we just relaxed in the garden watching the world go by on the lake below us. Before nipping off to the pool within the complex to cool down. It's elevated location offers superb views, and once your up at this level, nearby villages like Perledo and the impossibly pretty Gitana are within easy walk along the well sign-posted mule-paths. Varenna station is 10 minutes walk down the hill and will take you to Milan in an hour and Lecco in half that. If you're going in summer, take insect repellent would be my only advice. Otherwise, luxuriate in the surroundings with a glass of fine local wine and enjoy that lovely garden and its spectacular vista until the sun sets beyond the Swiss alps behind Menaggio opposite. Beats any beach holiday, hands down! I could go on, so I'll let a photo say it instead:

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Liked best: That view, and the homeliness.
Liked least: Mozzies!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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betbil
Perth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“My husbands first ever holiday!”
Reviewed August 11, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We stayed in this fabulous apartment for my husbands first ever holiday - set the bar high for the future! The comfort and facilities were excellent, location unbelievable. The information in the hotel was very helpful on our arrival. I have recommended this apartment to friends of ours who are coming here on honeymoon.

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Liked best: The location and facillity
Liked least: Having to leave!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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review164
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfection!!!”
Reviewed August 11, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND staying here.
I stayed here with my family and had an absolutely perfect holiday. The apartment is beautiful, with the most stunning view. It was clean and tidy, with everything we needed supplied and more. Plenty kitchen utensils/pots/pans etc for those who like to cook but we always ate out as there were such lovely restaurants in Varenna itself. The bedroom was spacious with plenty extra bedding. I slept on the sofa bed which was the comfiest sofa bed I've ever slept in! Loved the outdoor space which was well maintained. We sat out every day for food/drinks.

The previous review states you need a car, which isn't true as we got around easily without one as we are all happy walking. we got a taxi on arrival and departure due to luggage, but taxi was quick so not a problem! Having a car would be lovely because there is so much to see and do around the lake but it is definitely not essential.
The photos are a true representation of what the apartment is like, spacious, well cared for and just beautiful.

Can't wait to come back!

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Liked best: The sociable space
Liked least: Leaving...
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RMaz1
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“Great view but”
Reviewed July 20, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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The view is nothing short of breathtaking and the location of the apartment is close to Varenna and requires that you have car. The apartment itself is well appointed however some of the finer details were lacking. Shower recess had pink mould,shade umbrella fell apart (replaced after 2 days) pots, pans, kitchen knives etc very low quality Ikea and the set up of the microwave and toaster in the corner was extremely clumsy, having to unplug leads when wanting to use the toaster. Small things like vegie peeler and hand juicer for instance not furnished. The fridge was very small and struggled to keep things cold. The swimming pool was smaller than we expected and had a brown ring at water level which made you wonder and the apartment would be benefit from air conditioning particularly given the hot weather we had during our stay.

There was nothing major wrong but a few of the finer details need attention. Certainly for the price of almost 1.300 euros we expected better, especially given the photos and description.

Having said all of that we loved Como but would suggest that you look around. Would recommend for the view only but for the price I would of expected better...

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Bill W
Dorking, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Lovely apartment with smallish garden/terrace.Great views over the lake from elevated position. However be prepared to negotiate the eight tight hairpins to and from Varenna. Steep path is an option but for cooler days only.

Traveling group: Teenagers
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120GrantA
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Could sail around here all week from great location,”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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we stayed at this apartment for a short break combined with some time in Milan! a great balance of chill and city bustle. The apartment is great and Varenna is sleepy and cute with plenty eating places in nooks and crannies? This is a good base for cruising Lake Como and visiting the other lovely towns and villages just a short distance way, giving a choice of eating in different towns. the train prices are low and the service efficient so we took advantage not having a car (think we wild like a car next time to allow more flexibility).
Apart from exploring the lake and restaurants, cafés and bars the real boy here is to sit outside the apartment at ant time of day and just watch the lake, boats and sunsets whilst sipping copious amounts of wine and eating great food. loved it!

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Liked best: The locale, food, wine and of course views and lake
Liked least: Wee walk uphill to get home but we used cabs when carrying stuff
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Suffolk
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing views and wonderful apt!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We have just returned from a ten day stay in Vista D'Ora Apt.5 and we loved every minute of the holiday. The apt. is very clean and well furnished, however it is the terrace that is the star. We spent most of our time outside eating, drinking, reading or relaxing there. The above flats have little balconys, but Apt.5 has a little garden with grass, shrubs and flowers. This does give you some privacy from other terraces.
The area around Varenna is beautiful, so much to see and do. We spent a lot of time using the local ferries to visit the villas and gardens. We also used the train station in Varenna to visit Milan and St.Moritz using the Bernina Express.
I would suggest that you need a car. Although quite fit, I think we would have found it a struggle to get up the hill from the town. It was very hot(35+) and a steep climb with wine and shopping would have been a struggle!

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Liked best: The view from the lovely terrace...and everything!
Liked least: Difficult to find fault
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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