I booked the hotel for my wife and our friend directly just a month before going. We booked 9 nights in the last two available rooms directly with the owner Fabio. He arranged taxi transfers from Verona Catullo airport to the hotel and did not require any initial deposit. Our friend was not charged any room supplement and paid the same price as my wife and I, even though she occupied a double room.
Both en-suite rooms were very spacious with small balconies looking out onto the adjoining Piazza. They were exceptionally clean, we were provided with clean towels every single day and the maid service was excellent.
The hotel grounds are very attractive with a good mixture of sun and shade, the garden leads onto a sun terrace directly overlooking the lake with a jetty allowing you to swim from. There is a garden bar overlooking the terrace - ideal for those afternoon G & T's while you are relaxing on a lounger!
The hotel's interior public rooms are spacious and the quality of food and wine provided in the restaurant is superb. Fabio, the owner, is always on hand at evening meal times and will recommend excellent local wines to accompany your meal (at very reasonable prices). All the hotel staff are friendly and hard working and go out of their way to ensure the holiday experience is an enjoyable one.
Special mention must go to Fabio (nothing is ever too much trouble), Eleanore on reception, who is always on hand to provide helpful advice and she has such a lovely personality (she even forecast 9 days of perfect unbroken sunshine which were delivered accordingly!) and Roberto - the omelette specialist who'll rustle up an omelette of your choice each morning to order. Fabio also owns three delightful pets who are usually to be found in the hotel lounge area, often dozing away from the heat - Mitzi the resident dog and Boban and Dida - two of the most friendly cats you will find.
The location of the Catuillo is perfect - right in the centre of the old town and this really is a gem. We stayed in the Hotel Flaminia opposite 5 years ago and it just didn't compare with this. The service and facilities provided here are really first class and enhanced by the warmth and friendliness of the owner. On our last day, Fabio arranged a complimentary lunch on the terrace at a specially set table overlooking the lake immediately prior to the arrival of our taxi to take us back to the airport - it was the perfect way to end such an enjoyable holiday and will live long in the memory.
Whenever we return to Sirmione we will look no further than the Hotel Catullo - it really is a delightful hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Catullo Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Catullo Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy