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Hotel Centro Turistico Gardesano
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Bussolengo
Reviewed September 29, 2012

This hotel boasts three stars, but it is far from that. It is a huge facility mainly for bus groups, I cannot imagine spending a family vacation there. Located outside Bussolengo in a rural neighbourhood, getting anywhere is a bit of a challenge, as you need to walk or cycle on a quite busy road unless you have a car. Rooms are worn out (plus a third bed was added to what obviously was a double room), aircon controls broken, no fridge, just an old 14" CRT TV, in the morning the hot water pressure was very low and there was only a single power outlet for the desk, so if you wanted to watch TV, there was no way to have a notebook recharged in the meantime. The hotel also openly practises double pricing, as I cannot imagine all those bussed tourists paying the same rate as our party of almost 30 was charged. If there is a bus group checking in or out, the reception staff are overwhelmed and the reception remains paralysed for at least half an hour. The hotel also prefers business from the bar over the rest and privacy of the guests, as there was considerable noise from the bar going well past midnight and nobody from the staff did anything about it. If you are not on a half or full-board basis, there are two decent eating options in the close vicinity (actually walkable, but on the road with no emergency strip, let alone a sidewalk. There is no in-room wifi, only in the lobby (or, if you are lucky, you may catch the lobby wifi in your room). One positive aspect was the breakfast, quite plentiful and varied.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms get a lot of noise from the hotel bar. Probably best bet are roadside rooms, which al...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I guess you get what you pay for but everything in Italy in July and August is expensive and therefore increases one's expectations. The hotel is horrible to look at from the road. If it was in the UK it could pass for a council estate. The photos definitely make it look better than it is and it is miles away from Lake Garda. We booked this hotel because of the pool and to give our 2 children a break from sight-seeing. The pool did not disappoint as it was large, well maintained and clean. The only risk is that they open it up to the public which means it does get very busy at times. The rooms were also clean but very sparse and to be honest had a 1 star feel to them. In room 121D, we looked out over a driveway which, given where we were, was disappointing. The breakfast was sufficient and the self service lunch had enough variety to choose from - just a pity they provided food that didn't keep well (like tempura fish and calamari). I wouldn't return.

Room Tip: Avoid 121D unless you like to look of concrete drive ways!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We really enjoyed our three-night stay in this hotel. The staff at the reception were fine, even willing to speak Italian with me, though the not-well-speaking practice is definitely much more beneficial to me than to them. The staff at the dining room were nice, apparently foreigners, always smiling and willing to help, though a bit confused at times. The food was very good. The pool was clean and hospitable, just its opening hours might have been prolonged a bit. Rooms were clean and though simple, providing everything you really need. The noise was not as bad as described below by other reviewers, just one night some guests behaved a bit louder until about one o'clock in the morning, otherwise it was ok. As to the smell, we did not experience the problems described here in our pavilion. The location is not perfect, but with your own car at hand, I find it even better to stay at a quiet place far from any city, town or even village. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to other travellers (not sure about families as we are just a kidless couple so far, but there were plenty of them - just some German kids behaved loud and apparently spoiled, but you can survive this as they are everywhere not just across Italy).

Room Tip: A room in the outer wing with a balcony leading to the outer part (not to the pool) is just fine.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Have just enjoyed a week here with 70 adults. Extremely friendly staff and real willingness to adapt to suit our needs on a concert tour. Rooms clean and comfortable, if a little basic. Breakfasts were super and dinner (buffet - brilliant idea) even better - a real feast of colour and texture, with numerous of salads (green, rice, pasta) and masses of vegetable dishes, including braised fennel and griddled aubergine. Most salad/veg dishes were vegetarian, but plenty of additional meat dishes for the carnivores. Such a lovely to change to be given something other than an omelette (I'm veggie). Choice of desserts, including fresh friut (and masses of it). Pool was super, with plenty of seating, some by the pool, some in the shade and some down by the olive groves. We will definitely go again whenever we are in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Hi, I was realy much impressed about this hotel. I didnt expect much but its very good value for the money we paid.
The breakfast are perfect, best we had so far.
Staff is friendly, pool little bit cold, and the surrounding area is beautiful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I can say that I travel over the world and that I have been in places that are not worth to visit again and this is one of them. This is the first time that a staff member is not looking at me when I am checking in or when I ask any question. The rooms and beds are bad in quality and have a airco that only makes a lot of noise and is not cooling at all. Rooms are only cleaned (or what looks like it) when you ask for it. Overal it looks more like a cantine on a badly managed camping some where in east europe. Breakfast is terrible and muslims better don't come here for the food. It is unbelievable noisy here (especialy at night) because the hotel is a kind of playgarden for the kids of the guests. The staff on every location is not motivated at all to help you and I understand that because there is nothing for them to be glad about to work here.
Overall I would say , never ever go here if you want to stay for more then one night and want to have a respectfull vacation.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I stayed here with my family for 2 nights at the beginning of June thanks to an offer found on Groupalia. Needless to say exepcional value for money.

We enjoyed all aspects of this hotel, food was good, ground are great, swimming pool fantastic.
Staff, on the other hand, are rude, dismissive, not interested especially one of the receptionis (Silvia) was really not bothered to answer any queries we had.

Regarding the room, we were lucky and we had a nice big family room overlooking the back gardens, AC was working, the only thing missing is a shelf on top of the sink in the bathroom.

I would return to this property, we had a nice stay, hopefully by next time someone will have learnt how to greet and smile!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Via Pastrengo 69, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Bussolengo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Bussolengo
Price Range: $58 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Centro Turistico Gardesano 3*
Number of rooms: 272
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Hotel Centro Turistico Gardesano Bussolengo, Province Of Verona, Italy

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