Myself and my 16 year old daughter visited Lake Garda between 6th and 13th August 2008. We enjoyed our stay at the Marco Polo Hotel. The hotel is situated in beautiful grounds with lots of lovely trees and flowers around. It has a wonderful, breathtaking view of Lake Garda and the mountains from the hotel terrace. even if you have to face a healthy trek uphill to reach it. While we agree that this situation should be brought to your attention before your stay there, it is by no means undoable even by a lazy teenager laden down with shopping bags. It has 2 nice swimming pools, tennis courts, table tennis facilities, sunloungers and picnic tables around the pools.
Our room was a decent size as was the bathroom which contained a hairdryer which was very useful. The room was cleaned every day (even on Sunday!) and we were provided with fresh towels every day and one of change of sheets. Even one day when wthe cleaners came and we were in our room, they did not disturb us but still hung fresh towels on the outside of the door to ensure we had fresh towels that day. There was ample storage space in the room as well as use of a safe which was free and a TV.
Having booked half board we found the food adequate although not exceptional. The dishes were simple but we were always well fed. However if you wish for a vegetarian main course you must mention this to the waiter as there is no vegetarian option. They will conjure something up for you. The waiters were always very friendly and helpful, even if their English wasn't perfect, they made the effort to communicate with you. One of the waiters even reminded us that the market was on on the Friday (we had forgotten and would have missed it only for him). The bar staff were also very friendly and drinks were fairly priced.
Whilst there is no denying the fact that the decor is somewhat dated, it is by no means offensive or "grotty" (as described in another review) it should not affect the overall quality of your stay in Lake Garda. Even on the days that we did trips out and were going to miss dinner, the waiters prepared a packed lunch for us to take with us so that we did not miss out.
Overall everyone shares the same interest in making your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible and this shows in the pride every member of staff takes in doing their job. If you are fully sensible of the wonders of Lake Garda and its surrounding area, you will not let the minor faults of what is otherwise a more than acceptable hotel do anything towards lessening your enjoyment of a potentially superb holiday. I would quite happily stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Marco Polo Hotel Garda
- Hotel Marco Polo Garda, Lake Garda