We stayed at the Hotel Villa Rosa for 6 nights in mid July whilst travelling around Northern Italy. Sirmione is a short distance (10 mins by taxi) from Desenzano, which is on the main train line between Venice and Milan. The trip coincided with a particularly hot spell of weather, with temperatures in the mid to high 30's every day.
The hotel is located at the lower and quieter end of the Sirmione peninsula. It's a 20-30 minute walk on a good foot/cycle path to the walled town and approx 5-10 minute walk to the local shops and restaurants in Colombare. The walk to the old town was made difficult by the hot weather even at 10:30pm! However push bikes are available free from the hotel which we made use of and there are plenty of bike racks to park them. The bikes were really useful but quite old, however the hotel advised us they were soon to be replaced with new ones. Alternative, there is regular bus service which passes the hotel and goes to the old town for 2 Euros.
There are a couple of good restaurants directly opposite the hotel and several more plus a good supermarket in Colombare. A very pleasant local grassed beach and small marina are directly across the road from the hotel.
The hotel had all the facilities we needed for the stay except perhaps for a pool. The reception had detailed local information and provided us with discount cards for local attractions and the Lake Garda ferries. They were also happy to make reservations at the local restaurants which saved queuing and ensured the best tables. Wi-Fi internet access was available free throughout the hotel. We made use of the small, but well stocked, bar and lovely outside terrace both during the day and late into the night.
The breakfast buffet was lovely and offered a wide selection of hot and cold items which were restocked frequently. Various freshly made coffees were also offered and were probably the best we found in all the hotels on our trip.
We had a room on the second floor which had a balcony and a lovely view of Lake Garda. The room was comfortable and was an adequate size, although we found the bathroom to be quite small and had red plastic fittings that could do with being modernised! Due to the weather we were extremely grateful of the air conditioning and used the room safe provided. The hotel advised us that they are intending to install aircon in the reception area over the winter months and are obviously continually looking to improve the hotel.
Like the rest of the hotel and grounds, the room was well maintained and immaculately clean throughout our stay.
The hotel is run and staffed by a lovely family who made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Our luggage was taken to our room as we were given a welcome drink on the terrace. Here we had chance to relax and chat about the hotel and area. The service throughout the hotel was exceptional and far better than we have experienced in many 5* establishments.
The kind and friendly family who run the hotel could not be faulted. Their service and attention to detail really make the place. In particular the greeting on arrival and the bar service with drink recommendations and nibbles we thought were superb. We even received a gift upon departure! Considering the room cost this hotel is tremendous value for money.
Overall we thought the hotel was fantastic and we really enjoyed our stay. We would not hesitate to return or to recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Rosa Hotel Sirmione
- Hotel Villa Rosa Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy