I have just returned from a week's stay at the Hotel Regina Adelaide (booked with Thompsons) and have not been disappointed.
The 45 min journey from Verona Airport (a strange place!) was well organised by Thompson and the coach was comfortable and air conditioned (a relief with temperatures of 35 degrees!). The coach dropped us off right outside the hotel.
We were impresed with the hotel's beautiful reception area and friendly manager (who spoke extremely good English). We were greeted and shown to our room on the first floor by the manager himself.
We had paid for a balcony (which as more like a terrace) and a lake view. The lake view was a little more obscured by overly-large trees than we had expected, but hotel gardens that we also overlooked were delightful and the road outside had limited access to vehicles, so it was quiet and safe to cross.
The triple room was fairly spacious and the bathroom was a lovely size. Best of all, it had a shower over the bath (not advertised in Thompson's brochure) which was fabulous - the best shower I've had in a hotel.
The room was spotlessly clean and towels were bright white and changed every time they were put on the floor. Rooms were serviced twice daily - the chamber maids even put your pyjamas out ready for you!
The comfortable sun loungers on the terrace/baclony were lovely and perfect for relaxing. Rooms have a good safe, minibar, lots of storage and dressing gowns/slippers.
The beds were a little hard and if you have room in your case I suggst you take your own pillow - only one provided per bed and they were very hard! Air conditioning was switched on, but only is on certain times. Tip: close the balcony door - Air Con automatically switches off when it is open! Air con in the rooms isn't very effective and is a little noisy.
We are not pool people, but I did have a little peak at the hotel's pool and it looked lovely.
Breakfast is served in the most beautiful room; it has a lovely terrace (ideal on warm mornings) and even if the weather is inclement the room has painted views of the lake. It is a buffet breakfast with lots of choice. Dinner in the 2007 Michelin Guide restaurant is fantastic. At least 5 courses each night and served by the most efficient, attentive and friendly waiters/waitresses I have ever come across. All spoke a little English and the head waiter spoke English considerably well. My mother, who is vegetarian, was given a special vegetarian menu on request and was allowed to mix and match her choices from that and the standard menu.
Lake Garda itself is stunning and I feel we made the right choice in staying in Garda as it is the most varied resort. Please be aware that it is hugely expensive with current exchange rates, although the many pavement cafes are reasonably priced, only a little more than UK cafes.
We would like to say a massive thank you to the staff , including the friendly and efficient porter and chambermaids, at the Adelaide and to our excellent Thompson rep, Nick, who was helpful and polite.
For first time visitors, I recommend the Thompson Lake Tour (be aware - there is a lot of walking) as it is good value for money.
We would definitely return to this hotel again!
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- Also Known As:
- Regina Adelaide Garda
- Regina Adelaide Hotel Garda, Lake Garda