In September 2012 my wife and I embarked on a two month marathon European vacation to traditional tourist attractions and cities all by pre-booked and pre-paid rail journeys.We had included a stress free break at Sirmione in our itinerary in the third week. Unfortunately I picked up a severe stomach bug in Salzburg but as luck would have it this break coincided with much needed recuperation (I hadn't eaten for a week, spent in a Venice hotel room). When we arrived at Hotel Chiara my wife was dismayed that there was no lift as we had several heavy cases. Flavio, our host, cheerfully scooped up the two heaviest, trotted up to the three flights of stairs and deposited them in our room and refused to be tipped for his efforts.
The room was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and spacious, as was the bathroom. We also had a balcony, complete with table and chairs, overlooking the pool and gardens. Breakfast was exceptional 'continental' supplemented with cooked eggs, great coffee or tea, toast and all served on a spacious verandah overlooking manicured lawns, olive trees and lovely sunlit gardens. There is a small shopping centre within a few minutes walk. Even closer are several fantastic restaurants, cafes and gelateria making it easy to experience the wonderful Italian food and wine with a very short stroll home after.
The old town is an easy forty minute stroll away along the beautiful lake edge or five minutes on the bus (recommend you walk there and catch the bus back up the slight incline), or just sit and read and soak up the sun like the locals. Cinzia, Flavio's wife speaks several languages fluently, including English, French and German and has a wealth of information on attractions and transport. Both Flavio and Cinzia are always bright and cheerful. After three wonderful days we were sad to leave.
After and early breakfast, Cinzia called a taxi for us to make the thirty minute journey to the railway station only to be told to ring back. She informed us this was very unusual. She called back ten minutes later and received no response. Several minutes later she unsuccessfully tried again. We had an hour before our scheduled train departure, but were getting a little anxious. After the third try Cinzia got through only to be told no taxi was available. Without a seconds hesitation, Cinzia spoke to Flavio who fetched the family car (removed their children's sports equipment from the boot), left Cinzia to tend breakfast for the other guests and drove us to the station (possibly an hours round trip) in plenty of time for our train. Judged by any standard this is exceptional service by two exceptional, caring, delightful and gracious people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "HOTEL CHIARA " (we stopped running hotel mirage on 31/12/2011 and started running HOTEL CHIARA which is a few steps away) is a little, comfortable and nice Hotel situated in Colombare, hamlet at the beginning of Sirmione, nearby the Virgilio Spa and the dock "Darsena Yacht Club".The historical centre is easily and quickly reachable too, as well as accesses to the beaches of Porto Galeazzi and Bre-Ma are a few minutes stroll away.Open -in 2012 - from the middle of March till the middle of November - it offers you 14 rooms fitted with every comfort (large private bathroom with large shower corner, hair dryer, little fridge at your disposal, air conditioning in summer, telephone, balcony, SKY TV) as well as parking areas (inside and outside the hotel), private swimming pool and garden; quality and courtesy of service will ensure you a very pleasant stay.About 500 far you can reach by walking the beach area of “Colombare” and the wonderful promenade which takes you up to Sirmione old townOur rich breakfast buffet, served from 8 a.m. till 11 p.m. will wish you a very "Good Morning!" and what about lunch or dinner (in OUTDOOR RESTAURANT) if requested, you will have the possibility to choose either for a simply, genuine and typical Italian kitchen or for best Italian and international specialities.Every year we select 2/3 restaurant where you will find a daily menu for a special price.PositionHotel Chiara is situated south of the historic centre of Sirmione, in the district of Colombare. It has a quiet location just a stone’s throw from the lake, the dock Sirmione 2, and the thermal baths "Virgilio". ServicesHotel Chiara offers large rooms (with a size of about 14 m2) all with balcony and private bathrooms with very spacious showers. Standard services of the house include TV, telephone, safe, mini-bar and air-conditioning in all rooms. All rooms are without carpet, a decision deliberately taken. Cots are available for little guests.The hotel offers its guests a private pool with deck-chairs and sunbeds, a bar and wifi access to the internet. Parking space is available for guests outside the hotel. Each day starts with a rich breakfast buffet. SurroundingsThe historic centre of Sirmione is one of the most popular destinations at Lake Garda. The old town centres of Verona and Mantua are within comfortable day-trip distance. At the reception of the hotel tickets for the Arena of Verona and the amusements parks of the Lake Garda region can be acquired. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chiara Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Chiara Sirmione Lake Garda, Italy