Our stay at the Byblos Art Hotel was truly excellent. We visited for 4 days, right at the start of the 2013 season, so the hotel, restaurant and buffet breakfast were all quite quiet. The staff were always attentive and helpful; and the restaurant meals were some of the best I have ever had (we met the two chefs and they kept sending out wonderful little treats between the delicious courses). Recommended are the Italian Risottos and fish dishes; and do try the Conti D'Arco rose sparkling wine which is really smooth and delicious.
The free shuttle bus to Verona saves on moderate taxi fares (due to the modest distance from the Hotel to Verona) but, unless you are a keen shopper or desperate to investigate the (somewhat fictitious) Shakespeare related experiences (Juliet's tomb & Juliet's house/balcony), you probably will not need to visit Verona too often. Instead we treated ourselves to a full day of touring around the east and south of Lake Garda (from Bardolino to Sirmilone). The sun shone and we had a wonderful day touring, visiting lakeside towns and trying side street restaurants - away from all the obvious tourist traps.
The Byblos Art Hotel not only has an amazing architecture and lovely gardens, it also has a whole lot of modern art (from paintings to sculptures to art installations and videos) - not all of which was to my taste - and some is not suitable for children due to the nudity.
My only gripe during our visit was that the cable TV provider was having some technical issues, so we couldn't watch any pay movies and the choice of sky programs in English was a bit limited.
Our room (an upgrade!) was spacious, airy and very comfortable. We got really relaxed, very quickly, which is exactly why you would visit a luxury Hotel. The cost of the stay was quite high, not helped by poor pound to euro rates, but comparable with other luxury Hotels and it is arguably one of the best we have ever visited.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering luxurious rooms, a prestigious spa and a gourmet restaurant, this designer hotel is surrounded by fountains and flower-filled gardens in the Valpolicella wine region. Lake Garda is 19.3 km away. Each room is decorated differently, with original works of art. All rooms offer air conditioning, satellite TV, and a large marble bathroom. Wi-Fi is free for 55 minutes for the whole stay. The Atelier restaurant uses organic vegetables from the hotel grounds to prepare specialties from the Veneto region and international dishes. Wine tastings are organized in the 15th-century Wine Cellar Bar. The ESPACE Byblos spa center offers over 30 beauty and health treatments. It features a sauna, a gym and a Turkish bath. A hot tub and an outdoor pool are also available. Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà provides free parking and a free shuttle to and from the historic center of Verona and Arena, 12.9 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Byblos Art Hotel Amista
- Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista Province Of Verona, Italy