Having taken into account the previous mixed reviews for this hotel, me and my girlfriend took a bit of a risk and booked a great late deal package for the second week of August. It cost £280ea, which is important context for this review.
The Vittoria is a family run hotel and the staff are very welcoming and helpful - especially the receptionist who has very good English.The location for the hotel is really good. It is not on the lakeside though and room views were limited. We were situated in the annexe and so our view was of the other section of the hotel and the roundabout. We did experience some noise on the Saturday night from the bar across the road, but during the week this wasn't a problem.
The hotel is just off the main road, so it is a very short walk to the bus station, pharmacy and the supermarket - and crazy golf. There is a fantastic patisserie right opposite the hotel, from which we enjoyed many lovely pastries and bought many gifts for our friends and family. The walk into the town takes about 5mins and passes by a small grocery store which is very reasonable for bottled drinks, fruit and such like - cheaper than anywhere bar the supermarket.
In the hotel itself there were no lifts, and the two flights – potentially 3 flights – were tricky with 2 x suitcases (what a gentleman I am). The room we had was very small; merely a double bed (made of 2 x singles) a wardrobe and a desk. It was difficult even to find room for the suitcases, which made it cramped, I tended to leave mine at the bottom of the wardrobe. There was only a small window, with shutters, net curtains and luckily a fan - it was extremely hot. As has been discussed in previous reviews the bathroom is a wet room, which can cause issues if not managed, my poor rough guide got soaked when I put it on the stool. The room, though small, was clean and cleaned everyday as would be expected.
The breakfasts were great, usual continental fare with lots of excellent cakes (is there a theme running through this review?!) Breakfast could be taken out on the front terrace or in the dining room. There was no pool, which we knew, but there were two terraces on the first floor of the main section of the hotel. One was shaded, overlooking the main road (which we were directly opposite in the annexe) and the other was at the front of the hotel above the breakfast terrace. We used this almost everyday to catch some sun on the loungers/chairs, people watch and to get out of the room.
Overall we were very happy with the hotel – knowing and experiencing as we did the limitations, although if we had paid the £595ea brochure price we may have thought differently. Bardolino is an excellent little resort and was absolutely heaving when we were there. This was our second year in a row on Lake Garda – Riva last year – and we enjoyed it just as much. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops with plenty of places nearby to visit – the 50min walk to Garda is easy and flat, Lasize is 1hr15m in the other direction and the Zeni wine museum is 15mins up the hill to taste the famous Bardolino wine. You can never get bored of relaxing by the lake, with your drink of choice, watching the lake gently undulate.
Brilliant, friendly, patisserie opposite
Small, hot rooms
Wet Room not separate shower cubicle
Limited Hotel Room views
Sometimes Noisy at Night
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