We first visited The Hotel Marconi 10 years ago and have been coming ever since. If you like a genuine family welcome then this is the place for you. The hotel is family run by the Fabulous Visani family and it shows. Sirmione is popular and attracts many visitors but The Marconi is an oasis of calm with a stunning location - right on the lake. It enjoys it's own jetty and frontage and you can sit with a glass of Apero Spritzer (Apero and prosecco) watching the sun slowly sink.
Carlo Visani or Amira greet you on arrival , so the best thing to do is wander out on the front and take in the view. Order a drink and chill out. The drinks always come with Olives, crisps and plate of Poalo Visanis' homemade pizza. Try and book a front room with a lake view. The rooms are simple and extremely clean and the view is EVERTHING. ! If you want gold taps and flashy decor don't come ! It's Italian simplicity at its best.
The food is all home cooked by Paolo and is magnificent and proper Italian Fayre. No burgers and schnitzels here ! Anna Visani is always there to make sure everything is ship shape and ensures a very high standard. Eleanor waits at table with a delicious smile and is a delight. So when you look at the menu each day and maybe 'hum and ha ' whether you fancy what's on offer - trust the chef because it will be delicious ! They also do requests with a little warning. We love having melon and prosciutto for lunch - washed down with a bottle of local Lugana white wine. You only have to stagger to the sun bed to snooze it all off !
If you do read the 6 negative reviews about the Marconi don't let that deter you because all the other reviews like mine have had a wonderful experience. But it's horses for courses - if you want hot tubs, clashing domes and sniffy waiters then the Marconi is not for you. This is a proper Italian hotel. I am sitting here in the rain, contemplating my journey home on Monday but even in the rain it's heaven. Siesta time ! One last thing, if you are bringing your car then you are allowed to bring it into Sirmione itself but don't be frightened. You check in at the castle entrance, and pick up a ticket and are allowed through with your hotel booking . There is a small traffic light system and you have to ease your way through pedestrians but they are all quite used to it and move out of the way. Great car park at Marconi. All part of the adventure ! Great fun. Enjoy !
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- Also Known As:
- Marconi Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Marconi Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy