I have just returned from 11 nights in the Villa Rosa hotel and we had a really great holiday and would definitely go back.
We arrived Desenzano train station and walked to the hotel (about 30 minutes if you've luggage but it's all downhill - we would've gotten a taxi but had no cash and there's no ATM at the station!!)
We were checked in by a very helpful lady at reception (Maria I think) and throughout the whole stay she, and indeed all reception staff, were very helpful. We got great advice on day trips, they booked a trip to the Opera in Verona, gave us a map and DVD of the area when we were leaving and were just generally very pleasant and helpful the whole time.
Our room was 404 and it was very nice. We had a balcony with a view of the lake to the left. The bed was very comfortable, the shower was lovely but my only issue was there wasn't a huge amount of storage in the bedroom, it was fine.
The pool at the hotel is small and quite shallow but I loved it. It was salt water which was really refreshing. There were a good number of beds and even though the hotel was full we were always able to get two beds side by side (without having to get up at dawn!!).
The breakfast food was very nice but the variety wasn't huge. It was sufficient for me but I pretty much ate the same thing every day. It is 100% self service down to the orange juicing machine (yum!) and the coffee machine (very nice coffee and good variety). I would have liked the option of getting a boiled egg or something different cooked to order some mornings but it didn't bother me too much. The lunch in the pool space was very tasty and good enough value for eating in the hotel. We ate there any day we stayed by pool and really enjoyed it.
We ate in the hotel 3 times in the evening. Twice with full menu which was delicious. The service was great and everything about the food and drink and just lovely! We sat at the front with a view of the lake which was also very nice. On the Tuesday night we had the Italian buffet advertised within the hotel. We didn't enjoy this as much. We got the impression the restaurant staff weren't too happy about it and the service wasn't great (our starter plates and main plates weren't collected until we were having dessert). The food was fine but not great by the normal standards. We regretted choosing this instead of the normal menu.
On the second Sat in August there is a fireworks display in Desenzano and we were able to watch that from the roof of the hotel where we were given free glasses of bubbly. A lovely experience!!
Overall it was a great stay. Desenzano as a town is grand (I've stayed on Sorrento twice and just love that town so it's hard to match up to it). It's quiet enough, shops close at 8pm and for about 3-4 hours during the day. It is a great base though for trains and boats. We did plenty of day trips and they were very easy based on our location.
I would definitely go back and would definitely stay at Villa Rosa again. Great staff, great food, great location!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting wonderful views over Lake Garda, the Villa Rosa Hotel is set in front of a small beach area and just a short stroll away from the historic area of Desenzano, with its ancient churches and museums, shops and coffee houses. The contemporary and chic interiors feature stylish design touches that contrast beautifully with the neoclassical style exterior, and the elegant guest rooms and suites are decorated to high standards with modern, clean lines and neutral tones, each featuring stylish furniture and a balcony. Set in the gardens, with panoramic views over the lake, there's a seasonally circular outdoor pool with Jacuzzi section. Light lunches and cocktails are available at the poolside Lunch Space restaurant, whilst Rose & Sapori Restaurant, winner of numerous awards for its excellent cuisine, such as "Chicco d'Oro 2007", "Italy International 2010", "Menu Franciacorta Sparkling 2009", "Italian Hospitality 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014",provides the setting for evening dining with mouthwatering Italian and international dishes creatively prepared by internationally renowned chefs. The guests can choose between half board menu or a la carte menu, that on warm days can be enjoyed al fresco on the terrace overlooking the lake. We are also prepared to cater for coeliac (gluten fee) and vegetarian guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rosa
- Villa Rosa Hotel Desenzano Del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy