We returned again to the Hotel Du Parc in Sirmione Lake Garda, all 4 of us and were greeted by the friendly staff at reception. This was our second visit.
The hotel is situated about a 1½ miles from the centre of Sirmione in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Every morning the hotel runs a shuttle bus service to Sirmione centre; this has to be pre booked as they can only carry 7 passengers at a time. You can also book the return journey as well, but in our case we use to get the local bus back to the hotel, as we could not definitely say what time we would be back after our travels around the lake. The cost of the local bus back was 1 euro 30 cents on the bus to BRESCIA at 12 minutes past the hour or the VERONA bus at 28 minutes past the hour. You have to pre purchase your tickets from either a Tobacconist shop or the bus ticket office next to the information centre.
We spent most of our time doing various trips organised by ourselves rather than from Thompson. We visited Sigurta gardens. A must for anyone interested in gardening. To get there we took the Verona bus and disembarked at Peschiera. The ticket cost was was 1 euro 90 cents. We then got a taxi to Sigurta gardens, taxi cost was 25 Euros. The taxi driver was very helpful and told us about this beautiful village BORGHETTO to go and visit. To get there, turn right when leaving the gardens then after about 100 yards turn right and keep going all the way down the road and hill for about 1½ miles. BORGHETTO village is in the top 50 villages in Italy. After the visit we went for something to eat and the café staff arranged for a taxi to pick us up and return us to Peschiera so we could then return back to Sirmione on the bus. An excellent day out. Other trips that we did were visiting various towns on the lake, and if you visit places like Malcesine, Limone, or Riva, this has to be done using the fast ferries, but you have to pay a supplement for this.
The rooms were very comfortable and the maids were very efficient in making and cleaning the rooms daily. All the rooms now have SKY HD, but a lot of the premium channels have to be paid for, but there are plenty of free channels available.
The breakfast was good with a good selection fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, jams, bread rolls, bread, toast, bacon, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, ham, juices, tea, coffee etc.
The evening meal was first class always a 4-course menu, which you chose at breakfast from the evening menu. Free bottles of wine and water, a starter from the salad bar, then a pasta, soup or fish dish, followed by the main course which there was always a choice of 3 different dishes and then finished of with a choice of various desserts. There was no rush to get through the various courses; you could take your time over each one. The restaurant staff were all very helpful and would always accommodate any changes to the menu if you were not too keen on the items on the menu. A big thank you must go to the restaurant manager and his staff. Also a big thank you to the Chefs.
A nice little touch was the complimentary welcome drink. Fernando (who is a real asset to the hotel) made us all a lovely cocktail which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The week we were there (first week in June) was very hot 35 to 40 degrees everyday so we had the air conditioning on most of the time set at 20 degrees, but if you wanted it higher or lower it was no problem to ask the reception staff to adjust it.
We have been reading various other reports placed on Trip Advisor regarding the Hotel Du Parc in Sirmione Lake Garda especially the one from Gary W, Sheffield, United Kingdom. I must point out that our party of 4 feel concerned and strongly disagree with some of his comments regarding cramped bathrooms and very hard beds. We found the bathrooms were ideal and the beds very comfortable.
The deposit for the safe of 30 Euro’s and 25 Euro’s for a Towel for the Pool were refundable. The food in the Restaurant was of a high standard. Yes the Main course’s were not large portions but you had a Salad Bar at first then followed by a starter course then the main course followed by a choice of desserts. So there was ample food. All four of us have good appetites. As regards to the unused wine, the bottle of wine would be placed in the chiller for you to finish of the next evening if you so desired, plus of course you would have a new bottle of wine as well.
As regards to getting to the centre of Sirmione there are buses as well as the Hotel mini bus service to the centre of Sirmione as I have explained previously. There is also the town of Colombarie where various activities go on in the evening. There is also a nice little Lake side bar/café just less than 10 minutes away from the Hotel where you can go during the day or the evening.
We believe this hotel does deserve its 4 star rating based on the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel.
Overall this is a very good hotel and we can highly recommend it and we will certainly be returning there in the future. Our thanks go to Sylvia (the manager) who was also very helpful as was the entire staff of the hotel for making our stay most enjoyable and welcoming. Stephen, Joy, Susan and James.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in Sirmione, in a quiet position, just 2 km from the historic center. 93 rooms - Economy, Classic, Superior, Junior Suite and Suite - with Balcony/terrace, Bath room with shower or bath tub, Air conditioning/Heating, TV lcd, Sky, Safe and Minibar, Wi-Fi. At guest's disposal, Bar, Outdoor Terrace for lunch, Indoor Restaurant for dinner, Fitness corner, Live music once a week, Free shuttle service to/from the historic center. Free outdoor parking and garage (upon availability). Ideal destination for leisure and relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Parc Hotel
- Du Parc Sirmione
- Hotel Parc Sirmione
- Hotel Du Parc Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy