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“Hotel Continental, Lovere - Room for Improvement”
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Hotel Continental
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Lovere
Reviewed January 3, 2011

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at the Hotel Continental in Lovere. It's an adequate place to spend a few nights, but not a great hotel.

The hotel is conveniently located, just on the outskirts of Lovere, on the Lago d'Iseo. It takes around 10 min to walk into the centre of town, and there is a pavement all the way there. The hotel has an underground car park, and is well suited to people touring the area by car.

Our room had a view over the lake towards the mountains, and was decently sized, with a large bathroom. There was a small TV, which unfortunately has no English channels (in fact, only has Italian channels, no French or German etc). The light in the corridor outside the room didn't work, and the staff acknowledged this fact when we arrived, but showed no signs of any desire to fix it, so this meant that we had a bit of a fumble in the dark to open the door every evening. The room was not brilliantly clean when we arrived, in fact there was a 2-Euro piece in the corner of the room, which shows how sloppy the cleaners must be! And my wife had to ask for a bottle of cleaner to clean the bath on arrival.

There is breakfast included in the price of the room, which is served as a buffet. There is a small selection of cereals, yoghurts, cold meats and cake. And you can order coffee as required.

The best feature of the hotel was definitely the staff, who were very helpful, and were happy to provide advice (in English) on local facilities, and to print out directions when needed. They really made it a pleasure to stay there, and compensated for any weaknesses in the accommodation itself.

So, to summarise, this is a well-located hotel, offering rather average accommodation, but with great staff. Stay there, but only if you get a good rate!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2010

We based ourself at Hotel Continental for a relaxing holiday in the Italian Lakes. We booked flights, hotel and car through Expedia. The Hotel is situated midway between the quaint old town of Lovere and the more modern port.

The hotel is relatively basic but you do get what you pay for. The rooms are large enough and kept clean. I presume because we booked a last-minute, low-cost trip we were given a room at the back, without a sea view. This wasn't an issue as we didn't spend much time in the hotel.

A continental breakfast was included in the price. This included excellent coffee, rolls, croissants, cake, fruit, yogurt and a wide range of jams. Eat as much as you can but don't be late as they close the door to the breakfast room punctually.

The hotel is not a resort hotel so you won't find comfortable places to relax. If you would like a day by the pool then walk down the hill and go to the public swimming pool. It's an outdoor pool with water slides and a very large grass seating area.

The most striking aspect of the hotel was the service from the staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Our room was situated near the lift, which was a little noisy. So we asked to be moved and were given a choice of rooms and told that the housekeeper would move our bags. On the last day of our stay we had a problem with our hire car. The manager helped us deal with the rental company, tow-truck man and arranged a taxi when they were very hard to come by.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

Quite shocked when we firsrt saw it ugly tucked behind a huge factory, no views of the lake only graffitted brick walls above a supermarket. Lacking in any charm, needs serious overall re great big balconies with flower boxex that havnt been watered in years and empty flower box holders on all balconies could make building look so much more inviting. Stains all over carptw whcih have sen beter days.
Rooms are small but adequate and clean beds cheap and uncomfortable. Staff nice and breakfast buffet is more than adequate. Lovere not up to much, Iseo much nicer,
Dont bother with this hotel there are much nicer places to stay but it is cheap.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

We booked this hotel on line, whilst staying in Interlaken in Switzerland. We were not sure what to expect but upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised. The added bonus was to find secure underground parking for hotel guests, which was monitored by CCTV and a barrier at the entrance/exit. The staff speak a little English and really try to help. We were given room 108, which overlooks the lake and has a very good size balcony. The room was very clean but did smell slightly of cigarette smoke. However, the receptionist quickly provided us with an air freshener to help eliminate this and once the room was aired, all was fine. The hotel is well located for the lake and the local shops. There is a local supermarket on the ground floor, which provides everything you might need and at very competitive prices. The hotel room had a small fridge so we were able to keep a few cold beers, water and milk. We took our own travel kettle and cups and were able to make ourselves a cup of tea in the mornings. The cold buffet breakfast was plentiful and varied and the Restaurant called La Campagnolo, which is just over the main road on the right, served up very good food and at quite reasonable prices. Angelo, who ran the restaurant is a real character.

The hotel proved excellent value and I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for anyone wanting a clean, comfortable and a friendly Italian place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

This was part of a car travelling holidays in Italy. The hotel is located on a small village near the lake and it’s located very closed to the city centre that you can reach on a 5 minutes walk. The hotel looks that was very glamorous on the past but it’s not on a good shape on today days. The room has basic furniture, but it was clean and spacious. The Air Conditioned for the room was very curious as we need to call the reception to change the temperature of the room. The breakfast was very bad: the options were limited, quantity was very small and some products do not look very fresh. The hotel includes also a free closed parking space that was very helpful for us.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

My wife amd me stayed for 2 days in this hotel as part of our vacation in Northern Italy. We got nice room with a huge balcony and lake view. The staff was very friendly. The buffet was very basic, but service very good. Good value for your money!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

I recently stayed here with my husband as part of our honeymoon. We were a little unsure of what to expect after securing a room for 8 nights for less than the cost of our 3 night stay in Venice. However, we were pleasantly surprised. Although the hotel is not that impressive from the outside we were given a warm welcome and a good sized, clean and comfortable room with a balcony overlooking lake Iseo. Staff are very friendly and full of tips and ideas on where to eat and visit. The buffet style breakfast caters to a variety of tastes and the delicious coffee always served with a smile. Lovere is a pleasant town with some good restaurants and a frequent reliable ferry service which enables exporation of the lake. Recommended for holiday makers on a budget.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Continental

Address: Viale Dante Alighieri 3, 24065 Lovere, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Bergamo > Lovere
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Lovere
Price Range: $69 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Continental 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Continental HotelContinental hotel is situated just a few steps from Lovere’s historical centre, at only 100 mt from lake shore, with a panoramic view on lake Iseo and Adamello’s peak.Continental Hotel is the ideal place for a relaxing holidays, with excellent services and a wonderful lake view.Staying in our hotel, guests can take advantage from many discounted offers, for example visiting lake on a ferryboat, to spend a nice day in public swimming pool, or relaxing at Terme di Boario, an important termal centre, or to visit Accademia Tadini Museum.Continental Hotel is air-conditioned, has a lift, restaurant, breakfast room, meeting room, wake-up service.Continental hotel has a new management from February 2013 and offers to its guests wifi and garage for free.How to reach usFrom Milan: autostrada A4 direction Venezia, exit Seriate, follow indication for lago d’Iseo and Lovere.From Brescia: autostrada A4 direction Milano, exit Brescia ovest, follow indication for Valla Camonica, Lago d’Iseo e then Lovere. ... more   less 
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Continental Hotel Lovere

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