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“If you don't stay here you're missing out.” 5 of 5 stars
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Via Gaetano Bocchio, 4, 25019 Sirmione, Italy   |  
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“If you don't stay here you're missing out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

This place was an amazing find. The owner Enza is a perfect host and answered all our questions. The rooms had an amazing view over the lake with a balcony and air conditioning. Breakfast was great and bits of everything. We came for one night and immediately booked for a second. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

TripAdvisor reviews are summed-up by the point bar. I was about to rate the Grifone with 2 points. But the definition of 2 is 'poor' and that wouldn't be quite fair. The lady at the reception who seems to sit there 24h is so friendly and helpful which makes a difference. The other big point: the location next to the lake and the small outdoor terrrace where one can - if early (seats are limited) - enjoy a simple breakfast. The rooms are small but we had one with a beautiful view from a roof-balcony (standing, no view when sitting). The bathrooms are very small and can get messy after taking a shower due to the flimsy shower curtain "system". But overall, for about 90Euro one sleeps in a bed next to the lake, has a view, gets a coffee and a bun and can go for a swim (Wait for 1 hour after breakfast! Stroll around the village; the piazza is just 50 m away. Taking all into consideration, this is - of course - better than than 'poor'.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

A privately owned traditional Italian hotel. At first you think that it is a little pricey for a two-star property. But when you come down to have breakfast on the terrace you change your mind as views are breathtaking!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This truly was one of he best hotels I've stayed in. Sirmione is a popular holiday spot, but at this hotel you feel you've arrived at your own private island, away from the crowds and straight on the lake. My husband and I were speechless at the view from our balcony it was so beautiful - with room for both of us to sit out if you took the chairs out. Rooms are spotless with white walls and terracotta coloured tiled floors, with simple furniture. It's not luxury so don't anticipate a massive TV etc - but why would you want one here??! The air con was adjustable and pretty silent - not obtrusive at all. It's incredible value for money - half the price of other lake view hotels, but frankly mush nicer than the pricier ones which are mostly bunched together on the busier side of the lake with no privacy. Breakfast was a feast - I've never seen so much food on offer from ham, cheese, croissants, pastries, bread, yoghurts, fresh fruit - even mozzarella and tomatoes! The service was perhaps the best thing about the hotel - Enza and her daughter Laurencia (who both speak English) could not have been kinder or more helpful. We'll definitely be going back - you'd be mad to book anywhere else in Sirmione.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front have fantastic lake views - side rooms either have lake views or views of the cas...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Hotel grifone has a marvelous location, beside the castle. Sirmione has a lot of tourists by day, but in the night is very quiet. Our room had a beautiful view to the lake, tv, ar conditioning and was very clean. The breakfast was delicious ... and eating while enjoying that lake view is so relaxing. We rent a car, but in Sirmione center is not allowed to park, so we left it in the parking car just a few meters outside the castle, it only cost you 2 € a day but you have to ask for this service in the hotel first. You can enter in the center with the car just for drop or colect the luggage (you have to explain to the police this in order to get in). The manager of the hotel is very nice lady, always with a smile on the face and always concerned with our weel being, we felt like home.
Grazie per tutto signora Enza.

Nicola M. Nascimento

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This was my favorite place in all of our northern Italy travels. Found it using the DK Great Places to Stay book and it was great. Value for the price was wonderful. We had a balcony looking out over the lake, new air-conditioning unit with remote and very clean room, sheets, towels, floors everything. Breakfast was the first one in Italy to offer us more than a croissant and coffee. They cater to all tastes there is something for everyone and you won't go hungry. Patio dining by the lake cannot be beat. The atmosphere is not like a fancy hotel with snobby people, it is casual, relaxed and friendly. The manager was very helpful and patient while we figured out the parking. You can drive in to drop off your luggage (make a sharp right after the tunnel) then go out and park in the designated hotel lot. Took us a while to figure that out, but that is the same for most hotels there. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have great views. Elevator doesn't go up to the highest floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

A wonderful Place. We had a simPle but very nice room overlooking the castle! Heaven.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Gaetano Bocchio, 4, 25019 Sirmione, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Sirmione
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sirmione
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sirmione
#4 Romantic Hotel in Sirmione
#4 Family Hotel in Sirmione
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grifone Hotel, Sirmione, the jewel of lake Garda, is under new family running and it is ideally situated. It offers an excellent price-quality ratio, it is provided with a lift,it has 16 rooms, all with bath or shower, tv, phone, air-conditioning and wonderful lake view. It is situated in the historical centre of town, beside the castle, directly in front of the lake, it allows a pleasant and relaxing holiday in a peaceful setting. ... more   less 
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Grifone Hotel Sirmione
Hotel Grifone Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

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