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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Traveljun...
Monterey, CA
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful place in beautiful town”
Reviewed July 6, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

The romantic pathway to the entry... the lovely antiques... the absolutely majestic view from the top floor looking over Lake Como and the surrounding mountains... believe me, Casa Mara is a real treasure. We loved sitting upstairs looking out over the water whether it was cloudy or full sunshine, morning or night. We also really appreciated the location --- we could walk to the water, to our favorite gelato place, or to a variety of restaurants within a few minutes. The house itself was well stocked with dishes and cooking utensils for those rare days when we decided to eat in. There are also a variety of interesting hikes and day trips from Varenna, and our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. We will be back, and we hope we will have the chance to stay in this truly lovely home.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 10, 2017
Thank you Carol for the review. We are looking forward to hosting you again next year!
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Deanna_8
Austin, TX
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Bellisimo!!”
Reviewed July 3, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

What a perfect stay in Lake Como! We visited several villages and Varenna is the BEST! Casa Mara is the place to stay! It is in the heart of the village with spectacular views, especially from the relax area!!

Paulo met us at the train station, in the rain, and walked us to Casa Mara. He couldn't have been more kind and helpful. Marco, his son, corresponded with me the entire time and was always courteous and helpful. He even let us have a later checkout. What a great family.

The home has 2 good-sized bedrooms and a separate area upstairs with a loft and extra bathroom (although that costs a slight bit more to use). The spiral staircase leading up to the relax area is amazing and we were lucky enough to sit upstairs one evening and enjoy a 30 minute spectacular fireworks display. The kitchen and bathroom also have everything you need.

There are shops and restaurants very close by as well as 2 small grocery stores. We enjoyed trying the different restaurants each evening with GREAT recommendations from Paulo & Marco!!

Can't wait to return and stay here again!!!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 4, 2017
Thank you Deanna for the review. We are looking forward to seeing you again!
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Sixontheg...
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
383 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Beautiful home, great location and service. Can get hot.”
Reviewed June 30, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The home is in a perfect location and the owners are wonderful. There we 6 of us so it was perfect for our needs. We did however hit really hot weather and it really impacted our week. The heat index was mid 90's each day, and still into the mid 80's into the late evening. The owners go through a system they have for venting the home by coordinating windows and fans. After the third day we asked for access to the air conditioner which we noticed in one of the reviews. The owners then gave us the remote control but asked to please try to better vent the house. We tried but still could not get the bed rooms below 85 at night. We left a day early to get a break in the temp. Definitely a great place. Get access to the air conditioner if possible.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jul 4, 2017
Dear William, thank you for your review. Unfortunately your stay was influenced by an extremely-above-average temperature that created a lot of problems all around northern Italy. We are sorry you didn't enjoy Casa Mara completely like the previous guests despite our commitment.
We will consider your suggestions in order to improve our service.
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Mrhvsh
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tranquility by the Lake”
Reviewed May 5, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Varenna is a wonderful experience no matter where you stay; but Casa Mara is the perfect complement. The location is ideal. We could enjoy being within walking distance of every facility or enjoying the best facility (the lake itself) from within the apartment. We have family in Italy and they were able to stay with us for a few days. It was such a great opportunity to partially repay their hospitality in the most wonderful accommodation and location. Thank you so much, Marco and thank you Marco's mum!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 8, 2017
Thank you for the review, Valli and Mick. We are looking forward to hosting you again next year!
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Sharon F
1 review
“Wonderful”
Reviewed February 1, 2017 for a stay in October 2016

We stayed 13 nights and loved the unit, location and verenna. Easy to move around by ferry or train. House fully self contained so able to make ours selves at home. Owners very helpful and kind leaving us proseco and local treats to start our holiday. Definitely recommend this place

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Management Response
Feb 11, 2017
Dear Sharon, thank you for your review. We hope to see you again!
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20Miles20...
North Reading, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
Reviewed December 6, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
2
people found this review helpful

We loved Casa Mara! It suited 5 adults very nicely. Marco, the owner's son, was waiting for us at the train station when we arrived. He helped with our bags and escorted us to the apartment. It was spotlessly clean, and well-equipped. They even left coffee, milk, and bottled water for us. Marco was very accessible when we had questions about the apartment. The newly added upstairs lounge area has breathtaking views of the lake. Varenna is a small, quiet, very walkable town with great restaurants! From there, it was a very easy ferry ride to Bellagio. The beauty of this area is almost surreal. We can't wait to return!

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Liked best: Super clean, wonderful views
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Dec 12, 2016
Thank you Roseann. We are looking forward to see you again next year!
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Karen P
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Views and Perfect Location”
Reviewed October 9, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

My husband and I stayed here with another couple. We were met at the train station by the owner who personally escorted us to the apartment, showed us how to work everything, and make some great restaurant recommendations. They have added an upstairs lounge area with panoramic views of Lake Como. We spent a lot of time up there! We thought that the apartment was a great size with comfortable beds. Varenna is a wonderful location for taking day trips to Venice and Milan and even an overnight stay in St Moritz. I would not suggest Varenna for people with mobility issues. The streets are more like cobblestone alleyways with steep inclines.

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Liked best: Views
Liked least: Everything was wonderful
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Oct 30, 2016
Dear Karen, thank you. We hope to see you again!
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