These days I rarely get time for a break and so when I found myself booking my trip to Lake Garda I decided not to scrimp. I reserved a lake view room imagining myself sitting on my balcony supping from a glass of Bardolino red and gazing wistfully out over the water.
Upon my arrival I skipped happily up to the balcony doors and flung the curtains wide. My heart sank as I gazed out onto a wall of trees that blocked my view of the lake except for a tiny sliver of water in the far distance. The very pleasant lady at reception checked her computer and informed me that it was indeed a lake view room. 'But I can't view the lake'. This didn't seem to register as a problem to her and as I could feel myself becoming more annoyed and depressed about the situation I decided to retreat back to my expensive and vista less room. This was my first holiday in 3 years and the last thing I wanted was to let it bring me down. The only time you would be able to see the lake would be when the leaves had fallen. (To which at least the lady at reception admitted to).
The hotel itself was somewhat soulless. The outdoor pool felt like it was only a couple of degrees above absolute zero. The bar stank of dog food for the duration of my stay. The staff seemed genuinely unhappy with the exception of Fabio the barman but even he seemed a little strung out. I still cant figure out why there are Star Trek style doors separating the hotels corridors.
So then in summary a pretty poor experience. It's one redeeming feature would be the quality of the spa. Quite impressive really if you don't mind forced nudity.
The next week I moved up to Garda and stayed in a charming little hotel right on the water front at half the price. 'La Vitoria'. I highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort you are our VIP guests and we guarantee that you will take pleasure in a made to measure experience both for your enjoyment and for your well-being. At just a few steps away from Lake Garda fresh clear waters gurgle out from a natural spring and the Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort has transformed these waters into a Thermal Centre immersed in a beautiful park and it is here where you can relax and enjoy a wonderful health-enhancing holiday. Relax in the wonderful swimming pools at Hotels Caesius Termae & SPA Resort and find back to the balance of body, mind and soul thanks to the kindness and excellent competence of the staff at Caesius Beauty Center which includes one of the completest Ayurveda Centers of Italy. Furthermore, enjoy our restaurant where the taste of a genuine kitchen and the wishfor good health are perfectly combined for providing you with maximum well-being. This could be what you are looking for as that special place to host a corporate hospitality event or congress, a ceremony or meeting, our Congress Centre is both stylish and up-to-date and can be found in our elegant basement area. Every season is the right one for a relaxing and regenerating stay at the Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort.strong>The pleasure of excellence! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy
- Caesius Hotel