In these days of cost cutting it is unusual to find a hotel that has the same helpful staff as last year.
This hotel boasts something like 90% same staff over 10 years ;we can bear witness to that.
Before you start thinking "This guy is a stuge put up by the owner" I invite you to e-mail me directly. I will be happy to respond and give you links to others who think this place is very special, if not absolutely perfect.
What are the downsides?. Well,there is no swimming pool,but you can dip in to the lake from the sun deck and get a good long swim.
If you are expecting food like your local italian in England:forget it. This is special!.
It's not overloaded with garlic.oregano & tomato : it's got subtle herb flavourings and sauces to enhance fish that's been caught today in the lake or local pork and veal depending on what's good on the day.
Not surprisingly,the historic centre of Sirmione,near the hotel is normally busy.You can't bring a car in here without a permit,indeed that largest vehicle that can get over the castle drawbridge (The only road in and out) is a Ford Transit. But many tourists catch the frequent boats that dock inside the town walls.
The selfsame boats (Be it Paddle Steamers to Hydrofoils) are only 100yds away and will take you to some really special destinations on Lake Garda.
The town of Salo,once the home of Mussolini's mistress,is now a cosmopolitan shopping mecca
with marina and architecture to match
Little Lazise is well worth a visit,but don't go on market day because you cant see it for all the Transit vans and their awnings
Desenzano can be visited easily by bus or boat.It is a lovely old town in its own right but can be the gateway to northern Italy. From here you can easily get the train to (Wait for it!):-
All of them worthy to be on your "must see"list.
The main attraction of this hotel for me is that more than 70% of the guests are Italian. They don't all speak English but they are 100% friendly.
If you are wondering what to eat or drink ,watch them.
When Fabio comes to take your order ,say "Can I have the same as them?"
They will be flattered and you will enjoy it ; authentic Italian cooking.
Let Fabio suggest one of the very special local wines and you will be on a winner.
If you hadn't guessed , we will be back next year after trying something in the Carribean
- Also Known As:
- Catullo Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Catullo Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy