My Partner and I stayed at Hotel Catullo, in Room 507, from July 19 to 26, 2014. Our windows overlooked a very busy square, with a side view of the lake. However, there was barely any noise from the square, thanks to the efficiency of the double glazing, and we enjoyed a good night's sleep every night. The adjustable air-conditioning worked perfectly throughout our stay, which further ensured our overall comfort and enjoyment.
Our room was spacious and well-appointed; the en-suite bathroom was more than big enough and well-stocked with soaps, shampoos and frequently changed towels. There were a bidet, hair-drier, shower and bath, all of which worked well and were used every day. Plenty of hot water at all times and the maid who looked after the room did a splendid job.
The bed was large and VERY comfortable; other furniture included a couple of nice chairs, a television with at least three English stations and a large table set into the wall. There were a mini-bar and a strong safe for money and other valuables. No extra charge was made for the safe and the mini-bar was free!!
The dining-room was spacious and well laid out. Breakfast was buffet style with plenty of choices and, if you wished, an omelette cooked to order while you waited. Tea and/or coffee were brought to your table and there were refills if desired. The Dinner menu offerred a choice of three starters, main-courses and puddings and there were help yourself salad tables, rolls with cheese and various oils, vinegars and condiments. The dining-room staff were friendly, helpful and efficient and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. The quality of food was EXCELLENT throughout our stay and included fish from the lake as well as other local dishes. On one evening, we were served Turbot and it was utterly delicious. The Chef and his team are very talented indeed and we enjoyed every meal.
Fabio, our Host, certainly knows about wine and we asked him to choose for us from an extensive list. We only wanted to sample the red and white wines from the immediate locality and he recommended some superb and not particularly expensive wines, which we really enjoyed. These wines came from vineyards which have such a small output that most, if not all, is consumed locally.
The Reception area, lounge, gardens and lakeside bar were all well tended and we made some use of all of these. Aurelio, the Lakeside Bar Manager, is very good at his job and is an extremely pleasant young man.
Special mention must be made of Fabio, who is in charge of the hotel and is an excellent host. Fabio works at every level, which is probably why his staff are so good. I am sure that we all respect a leader who leads by example and doesn't just give orders. Fabio works on Reception, serves in the Dining-Room, collects and delivers supplies to the hotel, works in the grounds and generally identifies with every aspect of running Hotel Catullo. I would be prepared to bet that there is nothing that he doesn't know about his hotel. He is a quiet but extremely courteous and perceptive man, who makes every guest feel special. Small wonder, then, that he enjoys so much repeat business. On the Friday of our stay, Fabio organised a free boat trip around the Peninsular with complimentary Prosecco. This trip was one of the highlights of our stay and one of the biggest laughs. We could only admire the skill of the skippers, who had obviously spent their lives on Lake Garda, and Aurelio surprised us by his acrobatic antics on the prow of one of the two launches.
Sirmione is a great base from which to go to Desenzano, Breschia and Milan and we visited all of these using the efficient ferry and 'bus services. We had a great holiday and would recommend Hotel Catullo to anyone seeking a holiday in Sirmione.
Denis and Theresa from Bromley, Greater London.
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- Also Known As:
- Catullo Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Catullo Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy