We stayed here for a week in August and planned to explore as much of Lake Garda as possible.
Firstly, the check-in process was excellent. The reception staff spoke very good English. They provided us with clean bed sheets, car passes and pool passes. A man with a golf cart then collected us and our baggage and drove us to the door of the apartment. He didn't help carry anything, but we're both in our 20s and not lazy, so not a problem. The man then drove us back to our car and directed us through the underground maze of a car park so we could find our space without getting lost. I was thoroughly impressed with the check-in process and felt well looked after.
The apartment itself was pretty basic, but it was adequate for what we paid and what we were expecting. It had its own balcony with plastic outdoor furniture and a BBQ area. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioning was adequate. Some minor downsides were that the flat only had a hob; there was no oven, microwave or kettle. We boiled water on the stove and cooked everything on the hob. Only a small inconvenience. Several light switches seemingly did nothing and the shower leaked a little. Other than that, the apartment was great.
Some people have criticised the cleanliness of the pool... I found them pools to be very clean. The water was a clear blue, there was nothing floating in it and the pool staff were seen cleaning it daily. A point to note, however, is that the lifeguards on duty were rarely paying attention. They were more interested in playing ping pong, or flirting. So don't rely on them to keep an eye on your children. There was always plenty of sun beds and the pool was always really quiet between 1200 -1600. After that, it got quite busy.
The Green Residence is located in Colombare, between Sirmione and Desenzano. Arguably the two best locations on the south of the Lake for exploring. You also have Gardaland (theme park) located close by and it's well worth going for an evening ticket for just 16 Euros. We also took day trips to Verona and Venice by rail. Feel free to message me if you'd like to know more about doing that.
Here are some additional tips if you're thinking of staying here:
1) Hire bikes! We paid 50 Euros each to hire a bike for the week. Traffic is really bad around the lake. We used the bike to get almost everywhere, only taking the car out once. You will save the 50 Euros from fuel and parking charges.
2) Wine is really cheap if you just take a few back roads out from the main squares. In the town centres you're looking at 4 Euros for a glass of local wine. Down the side roads, the cheapest we found cost just 1.40 Euros.
3) Try the food at the restaurant La Taverna del Lago. It's within walking distance, very reasonably priced and the food was excellent.
4) Watch the sun set over the lake from the lake side cafe/bar. You get there from taking the path directly opposite from the entrance of the Green Residence down to the Lake Shore. Then walk left for about 100 metres. Stunning. Can also hire pedalos there for 5 Euros per half hour.
5) Try the Lugana and Bardolino wines. They're made just a few kilometres away.
6) If you exit the Green Residence and take the main road (ahead and to the right direction) then there is a 'C+C Maxi' supermarket a 10 minute walk away. They have CHEAP wine and all other groceries you will need.
- Also Known As:
- Green Residence Sirmione Lake Garda, Italy