Having to wait a good 5 minutes before anyone turned up at reception on arrival was slightly disconcerting... We had booked a room in the annexe at what seemed a bargain rate compared to rooms in the main hotel. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is: the annexe is no more comfortable nor clean than a youth hostel... I took one look at the annexe room and asked for room availability in the main hotel. We ended up in the smallest room (11 sq m - a glorified broom cupboard!) which overlooks a narrow and fairly busy road. The room was clean, if rather tired looking.
To the hotel's credit, the website is very informative, giving you the exact size and location of each individual room so there is no surprise on that front. Where there is a little room for surprise though is at how tired everything looks. It is like a friend sending you a picture of themselves dating a few years back: you just have to imagine the rooms after a few more years of wear and tear. Some of the more lurid wall colours probably also contribute to the place feeling a bit "dated"...
We had dinner at the restaurant which, right by the lake (a very romantic setting at night), was a rather more pleasant and refined experience than the room. The gazpacho was delicious and complimented beautifully the sweetness of the (single) accompanying scallop. The duck offered an equally skilled marriage of flavours. The curry was well balanced but the ratio of meat/vegetables was a bad bargain for non-vegetarians! Desserts were slightly disappointing. Service was friendly if not particularly quick. If the chef wouldn't mind serving slightly more generous portions, it would be very good indeed.
Just like the deserted reception, it was somewhat odd not to see any maitre d'/proprietor supervising the waiters and waitresses. If guests could put a face on management, again that would enhance the whole experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dellago was built as a small family hotel around 1907 and has since seen many concepts & transformations, but it has never been completely restructurated: this place has style and patina.as a holiday hotel, there is not enough space, as a design hotel we are much too improvised and for families we are far from being suitable, but for a relaxing city escape in jeans and chucks it's absolutely gorgeous. 21 simple or stylish, basic and luxurious, tiny and huge but always surprising rooms, an excellent fish and seafood restaurant, cool sound, wacky people and a lake lounge where your feet sometimes literally get wet are all perfect reasons to forget about the daily hassle for a couple of precious moments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Deco Melide