Just come back from The Bellevue, Bardolino, Lake Garda. Booked on line through Thomson's 3 weeks prior to going as we were unsure if we would go abroad this year. Were so glad we decided to go as we both needed a well earned break, and we knew we would get well looked after at this hotel.
Booking on line is so easy through Thomsons, I received my booking confirmation & ref number same day by email, and my paper ticket arrived within 2 weeks. The booking was for the Bellevue, our favourite hotel as all the rooms are lake facing and have a balcony or garden room. Our booking was for a full lake view balcony room and I requested a room as high up as possible, bearing in mind there is only 4 floors inc the ground floor.
We flew from Manchester airport, an early flight at 6:20am, when we came to check in we were not on the system so guy at check in desk rang through to Thomsons who quickly added us onto their system so he could check us in. Flight took off at 6:30am, we arrived in Verona Airport 9:30 thier time and was met by a Crystal rep which we were told about in our paperwork. We were directed to our coach and soon set off making just one drop off before ours in Bardolino. You check in at the Du Lac, but due to the early flight our room as not ready, so we left our bags in the hotel and had a walk into Bardolino and sat on the benches on the promenade and ate our sandwich which we had purchased in Manchester airport for our lunch & had a bottle of water also. After about an hr we walked back to the hotel, receptionist commented that we had been there before in fact we have stayed in the Du Lac & Bellevue 4 times, and after checking with housekeeping gave us our room keys. The porter brought our bags to the hotel which is next door but one to the Du Lac. We were pleasantly surprised when we opened the door to our room, we had a top floor room and was on the end of the building, so our balcony was extra large. We could not have asked for a better room, the balcony had a canopy which you could position where you wanted as you got the sun nearly all day long.
There was 2 lounging chairs, 2 plastic chairs and a table outside. The bedroom had 2 single beds pushed together, I think this is usual in all the hotels we have stayed in abroad. 2 bedside drawers, a large wardrobe with a safe inside which was free of charge, a fridge, dressing table & a small table & 2 chairs, and another unit to put your case on, although under the sliding wardrobe was plenty of room for 2 cases.
There is no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, we always take a travel kettle and a plastic screw lid beaker with coffee in that lasts us a week, as we like a coffee first thing on a morning.
In the bathroom there is a proper hair dryer, not a tube, some toiletries, & plenty of towels, they ask you to only put these on the floor if you need them changing to save the environment, but we had clean each day even though we did not ask for them, we also had slippers and bathrobes to use whilst there. We also had stripped towels to use when going to the swimming pool which is at the Du Lac. You can use all their facilities.
You have your breakfast in the Bellevue, in the garden if the weather is nice or inside when wet, We went down for breakfast on the first morning and it was raining so had to sit inside, however the breakfast room was full so had to wait around 5 minutes for a table to become free. This is unusual, as we were later down than normal, and the weather is not usual wet when we have gone before.
There is the usual continental breakfast as well as hot things like bacon, eggs, sausages, etc, the bacon is usually very fatty done in oil.
The weather was unusually mixed, as I said before we have gone to Lake Garda a few times and this was the worst the weather has ever been for us, but all in all we still had some scorching days, some sunny days and a lot of thunder & lightening, although it was still warm. We had one really bad day where we stayed in having coffee and reading on the balcony watching the thunder and rain, by lunch time the sun had come out, we went to the Du Lac and had lunch there on the veranda under the umbrella's, then we decided to walk to Lazise a steady 1 hour walk, we just got there when the heavens opened and we got drenched, so we caught the first bus back to the hotel and sat there watching the rain again.
You take your evening meals in the Du Lac, a salad course, then 4 further courses which you give your order in at breakfast. The salad course has everything you can think of, I could have made this my main meal, I just love their salads, which includes meats, cheeses, pasta & pizza as well as different dressings.
We never have wine with our meals, but we do have a bottle of water which was Euro 2.60 a bottle, I think we paid Euro 4.50 last year in Sorrento, so good value for money.
We walked to Zeni Wine Museum and bought wine from there after having free tasters to see which we liked, we paid Euro 3.60 per bottle and would have a glass or 2 as we were getting ready for dinner, then come back to our room and sit on the balcony and watch the world go by with the rest of the bottle.
To get to Zeni, if you go to the bus station on the main road, and look to your left there is a roundabout, but there will be a sign showing the wine museum too. Walk up the hill, just past the cross on your right hand side, and over a bridge, you turn right, also signposted here, walk further up the hill till you come to the museum, around 1.25 miles, it's a steady walk uphill, but easier coming back, also the views over the lake from up there are very good.
We went to Lazise one day on the ferry Euro 3 and the same to get to Garda, we went to Torri Del Beneco also on ferry it was Euro 5 for me Euro 4 for hubby as he's 65+, show your passport you do not get discount at weekends, and also not on a 3 Euro fare. We went to Malcesine on ferry this was Euro 12 each one way, we came back on the bus.
For some reason this year they have changed how far you can get down this side of the lake on the bus's, so from Bardolino it was better for us to get to Malcesine on the ferry but we came back on the bus as far as Garda, then you have to catch another bus to Bardolino, or walk from Garda which is a nice walk along the lake, but if you have been walking around Macesine as well you might not want to walk for another 45 minutes to Bardolino.
I think we were given the wrong info when we asked at the bus station in Malcesine about getting back to Bardolino. There is 2 bus's you can catch, 30 minutes apart, one goes only as far as Garda and the other to Verona, I think if we had caught the one to Verona we would have had to buy a ticket to Garda, then another ticket to Bardolino, but we wernt told that, so we caught the first bus that came which stopped at Garda, then bought a ticket from Garda bus station to Bardolino and waited for the next bus which was the Verona one, people didn't get off this in Garda, so I think we could have caught this and purchased 2 tickets each, one to Garda, and then from Garda to Bardolino instead of changing in Garda and waiting for the next bus. So if you are going down to Malcesine ask in the bus station first as I think one bus does go from Verona to Malcesine, it's all confusing till you get it right. I think our tickets from Malcesine to Garda for 2 of us were just over Euro 6, and the ticket from Garda to Bardolino was Euro 1.30 each, so a lot cheaper than the ferries, but they make a nice change especially if the weather is good.
A new thing from Thomson this year is a walk about meeting instead of coming to your hotel which I think is a good idea especially for new comers to the area. we did not make this meeting as we slept in. They take you around Bardolino and this year give you free tickets for an ice cream, and a book showing places you can eat and obtain discounts. although we did not make it to the meeting we still received our free tickets for ice creams.
We booked 1 trip to the Dolomites, we have been before 10 years ago so thought it would be nice to have a relaxing day and go back there. The bus went a different way after it's last pick up in Garda, last time we went all the way down to Riva, this time we went via Garda out onto new roads at the back of the resort, until we hit the motorway, it's a long way but we had comfort stops, and stopped off at a beautiful lake called Karersee , we had a bout 30 minutes there, I would have liked longer to be able to walk around the lake, but it was just beautiful. we then went onto the Passe de Pordoi to the cable car which you paid an additional Euro 13.50 which was well worth it for the views are spectacular. We had 1.5 hours once we got to the cable car, so it was up to you if you wanted to spend all your time up there of go for some lunch which you paid for yourself. We went up the cable car prior to lunch took lots of fantastic photo's then came down and went for lunch. It started raining when we set off for our last stop of the day in the village of Moena, we had about 1 hr here but most of it was closed, so longer around the lake and mountain would have been better. We had 1 other comfort stop then back to Bardolino for around 5:30, it was scorching when we got back so sat on balcony catching a few rays before dinner.
Even though the weather was mixed we still enjoyed our holiday, the Du Lac/Bellvue is great, and the food fantastic.
We thought Bardolino in general was a bit quieter than normal for the time of year as we have been both in July & Augus, but we will be back again in a couple of years time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Du Lac et Bellevue is located at the shore of Lake Garda, on the beautiful lake promenade. It is just a short walk from the historic centre of Bardolino. It consists of three close buildings: the main building, the annex and the Bellevue building. The hotel boasts a private beach with deck chairs and parasols, pool, restaurant and bar, spa area (with sauna, turkish bath and whirlpool) and a fitness area. Bike rental available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Lac Bardolino
- Hotel Du Lac Bardolino
- Du Lac Hotel Bardolino
- Hotel Du Lac Et Bellevue Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy