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Hotel du Lac et Bellevue
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

I stayed at the Hotel du Lac with my 4 year old daughter at the end of June and had a wonderful holiday.

The hotel is situated right on the lake with a short 10 min walk along the lake side into the town centre.

We had a lovely clean room (318), the balcony had both views out to the lake and up to the mountains. It was lovely and quiet at night, no noisy traffic or loud people slamming doors!

The staff in the hotel were amazing, they went the extra mile to ensure we had everything we needed. We requested the use of a buggy for my daughter, they brought one to the hotel and cleaned it all up for us to use for the duration of out holiday with no extra charge. The buggy looked nearly new, we were so grateful for this.

The waiters were very attentive. They always said "ciao" to my daughter and made sure she was happy with her dinner (we always had a special request for cheesy pasta for dinner!). The food was delicious an even though it was 5 courses for dinner, we left the dinner table feeling nicely satisfied and not stuffed full! There was a good selection of food at the buffet breakfast also, anything from fruits to cereals, breads and eggs.

There are lots of sun loungers available to relax on. We tended to be by the pool which was usually empty! It's a separate area from the majority of the loungers. The pool was pretty chilly and people just arrived for a quick dip to cool off then back to the loungers. There are also lovely, comfortable seats on the terrace if you prefer some shade.

The terrace is a lovely place to sit in the evening where there is live entertainment 3 times a week.

I thought this hotel was brilliant and hope to stay again in the future.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

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.

Room Tip: All rooms are good as they all face the lake, a garden room on the ground floor still has a balcony but you only get to see the garden hedge, ask for a room as high as possible to see the lake.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Yorkshirelas2
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Bellevue for seven nights at the end of June/beginning of July on a half board basis. Our room number 737, a junior suite, was located on the third floor at the corner of the building providing stunning views across Lake Garda and also to the hills behind Bardolino. The room was very clean and comfortable with twin beds, a sofa bed , and a bathroom with bath and shower. The buffet breakfast could be taken at either the Bellevue or the Du Lac, whilst the evening meal was taken in the Du Lac. The food quality was excellent as was the choice of menu, however if there was a particular course that did not appeal the staff were more than happy to provide a suitable alternative. At breakfast we noticed that there was also a selection of gluten free food.
All areas of both hotels were very, very clean and all of the staff were friendly and super efficient. The hotel location is excellent on the lake front, and is within ten minutes walk of the town centre, the ferry point and the bus services.
We really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere at the Du Lac, comfortable lounges indoors whilst outdoors there were plenty of sun beds and also a nice shaded area with tables and comfortable chairs. There is a combined indoor/outdoor swimming pool although we did find the water to be quite cold. There were sun beds available in the gardens of the Bellevue. Live music was provided on the covered terrace on three nights of the week.
We have been holidaying in Bardolino for many years now and stayed in a number of hotels, some on a repeat basis, all of which we enjoyed. This was our first visit to the Du Lac and Bellevue, we enjoyed it so much that we are returning later in August this year.
We are very happy to recommend this hotel to our family and friends.

Room Tip: If you are looking for a room with a stunning view then ask for room 737 in the Hotel Bellevue.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Donald F
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Just stayed at the Du Lac for a week half board with Thomson and it was great. The hotel is in a great location just a pleasant 10 minute stroll along the picturesque waterfront promenade into the marina and centre of Bardolino itself. The service and staff in the hotel are excellent, as is the food in the restaurant ( my wife is Coeliac and there was a great choice of gluten free food for breakfast and dinner - Vito the maitre'd really looked after her very well ). Nice touches like an aperitif on the terrace overlooking Lake Garda before dinner on Sunday and chilled watermelon every day on the terrace at 4pm also went down a treat. All in all a lovely place to stay, and one that I'd heartily recommend.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank DJAsmax
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We stayed in the Bellevue on half board (first visit) and were delighted with the whole experience. We were allocated a corner room on the first floor with great views of the lake. Food overall was an excellent standard. Breakfast choices were good, as were dinner menus - something to suit most tastes. Eating breakfast outside was enjoyable.The outstanding aspect of the holiday was the service - the staff were super efficient and friendly in all departments.
The location of this hotel beats others hands down being only metres from the Lake, and just a short 8 minute stroll into the centre of Bardolino.
Special thanks to restaurant staff - Vito the Head Water, Ricardo and Stefano, also to bar staff Andrea and Francesca, they all made our holiday a bit special.

Room Tip: Upgrade to stay in a first, second or third floor room in the Bellevue to guarantee a lake view. Try to be allocated a seat in one of the main dining rooms - not the smaller 'back room'.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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