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Hotel Astoria
Ranked #20 of 49 Hotels in Garda
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fab holiday”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Hotel was clean, tidy, staff very helpful especially one particular waiter who had to explain the very difficult menu that guests have to choose their evening meal from as it was different from the other menu that the public can choose their food from which makes life very confusing not only for us but must be hard for the chef too. Hotel in excellent position by the lake but can be very noisy in the early hours with delivery men coming down the street. But 9 out of 10 for the holiday

Stayed August 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed for a week,bed and breakfast.
We had a room on second floor
Room was small-bathroom was a good size-although no bath.
Beds were uncomfortable and seemed to slide apart constantly
No Fridge in room
Had a tv in room although no English speaking channels,and no wifi-wifi available in main lounge.
Food in hotel was very good-but all the surrounding restaurants are very good aswell.
Although no pool, a walk towards either of the neighbouring towns will uncover loads of spots to have a picnic /sunbathe/swim in the lake
Perfectly located for excursions and for the town in general although Garda town is quite small.
Went with Thomson and the excursions and staff/guides were top class
The frog museum?
Impressive if you like frogs?
Rooms could do with being a little bigger-kept banging into corner of bed-trying to avoid wardrobe.
Table and two chairs in room-not really room to use them

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newry, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is a lovely quaint hotel friendly staff and good location right on the lake front. We were booked in bed & breakfast which had very good sellection and would suit everyones taste we also had dinner in the garden restuarant which was excellent.I was told beforehand that there was no hairdryers so I purchased a travel hairdryer I would like to point out that there is hairdryers in every room.
My only complaint about the hotel was the air condition as it was only on at select times it went off at 4am the room would be really hot by 8am as you can imagine in Jluy it was very hot other than that we had lovely time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank mimmim60
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glasgow,UK
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

The hotel is certainly not luxurious but we knew this when booking. Its location by the lake is excellent allowing speedy access to the many lakeside restaurants and the ferry terminal. It is also only a five minute walk to the bus station. The hotel is clean with a good reception area with its many comfortable sofas. The staff in the hotel are all excellent and willing to please. The breakfasts were very good particularly the fresh fruit salad. Our room(102) was spacious with plenty of hanging space in the wardrobe. The beds were fine and the air conditioning worked well. My only complaint is the shower. On two occasions one of the shower doors fell off and I do think, after talking to others, that the showers need improving. However, all in all, we enjoyed our week in the Astoria and we certainly would have no hesitation of staying in the Astoria again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank martin15
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 week from 19th July 2014. Service at hotel very good pleasant staff. Allocated room 104 oh dear! Very basic quite small room shower very small not much space for turning in shower banging off door and I am only 5ft 2in goodness help someone tall and heavy built. Bed not very comfy but clean and we had a lovely view to the square below watched the Argentine dancers who were very good. Disappointed not to have a balcony as we had requested this if possible but I Don't think many rooms have balconies. Breakfast was fine the usual bacon egg etc. We were only B&B but we ate dinner 3 times at the hotel as the food was delicious. the service was also very good. The location of the hotel is good right at the lake and all shops cafés close with the bus station only a 5 min walk away. We had a good holiday despite the thunder and lightening I do not think I would stay at the hotel again but would certainly eat there if I returned. If you don't mind basic room to sleep in then it's for you.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fareham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

2014 Is the second summer running we've stayed at the Astoria.The Hotel is lovely and the staff are all very friendly. We had bed and breakfast and used the 10% off card at the restuarant. Having eaten at many of the restaurants last year we ate every meal at the hotel restuarant 'IL Giardino Delle Rane' which is the best on the promenade and very popular with the locals.Garda is a fantastic location and all the shops are right on the hotels door step.We traveled with Crystal Summer/Thompson and the reps were first class.A good welcome tour sampling ice cream and wine. 'Breaks Candy' was always a favorite for ice cream. I don't imagine this will be our last trip to Garda and we'd definitely stay at the Astoria again

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Durham, UK
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

The Hotel Astoria is a small hotel right on the lake front in the centre of Garda with numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and shops right on the doorstep and within a couple of minutes walk of both the bus station and the ferry. Its position couldn't be better.
The hotel itself has a unique & quirky style based on a "frog" theme - there is a frog museum in the reception area and much of the decoration is frog themed. The hotel itself is basic, rather than luxurious - some details:
Rooms - our twin bedded room was sparsely furnished (think student hall of residence). It had two single beds pushed together, the mattresses were very hard - we got used to them by the end of the week, but found them uncomfortable initially. There is a tv in the room, mostly Italian channels. There is also a kettle and two cups, but slightly oddly no tea, coffee or milk and no fridge in which to keep milk, drinks etc. The en-suite bathroom was reasonably sized, and had a shower, toilet, bidet and sink. I have seen other comments on Tripadvisor about the shower cubicle being small and difficult to use - it is certainly not large, but I'm distinctly plump & managed fine! Towels are provided and along with the bedding changed regularly. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom.
Air conditioning - the air con is centrally controlled & rather noisy, but effective. It is in operation 1pm-6pm and 10pm-4am.
Noise - the hotel is not double glazed (it is an old building) and very central so you can hear noise from outside, as you would expect. The street running alongside is cobbled, so the sounds of passers-by and stall-holders setting up & removing their displays are quite loud. If you want peace and solitude this is not the hotel for you.
Food - we went B&B and I'm pleased we did, there are dozens of restaurants within a couple of minutes walk it seems a shame to tie yourself to one. We did however eat a couple of times in the restaurant (B&B guests get a 10% discount) and it was very good. The breakfasts were OK, much as you would expect - croissants, various jams, fruit salad, different cereals, thinly sliced cheese & ham, plus rather watery juice. There was also some unappetising looking scrambled eggs & bacon which we didn't try.
Staff - the staff were all friendly & helpful.
Amenities - there is no pool here, but there is a sun terrace where you can sit and watch the lake etc. There is Wi-Fi available in the reception area.
In summary, this hotel is very good as a base for exploring the area, but not if you are looking for a hotel to spend the day hanging around in.
We went on several trips during our stay some were organised (booked through the Thomson rep, but available to book independently in Garda) and some we travelled independently. The local buses are very good & relatively cheap, most but not all are air-conditioned. The bus station has timetables - it is possible to buy tickets on the bus, but generally cheaper to buy them from the bus station. You can buy "explorer" tickets which will allow you to travel anywhere within the area (incl. to Verona) for €13 for a day (longer periods are also available) hopping on & off buses as you wish. You can also travel to/from other towns and villages on the lake using the ferries - these are scenic, but slow and expensive! For example a return ticket to Malcesine on the ferries was €33.
The tours/visits we took:
- The Dolomites. An organised tour to the Dolomite mountains - this area belonged to Austria until the end of WW1 and still looks and feels Austrian rather than Italian. There is an option to go on a cable car up a mountain. The coach trip is very scenic, but has lots of hair-pin bends. If you are a nervous passenger it is probably not the trip for you. Personally this was probably my favourite trip.
- Venice. An organised tour. I wanted to see Venice as it was so close & it seemed a shame not to. However it was very touristy, hot and expensive. There is an option to go on a gondola trip (an extra €20), and a lake mini-tour (€14). I'm glad I went to tick it off the list, but can't see myself ever wanting to return.
- Verona. We went by local bus, but got a "hop on hop off" bus tour when we got there (much as you might do in London). It is a more attractive city than I expected and somewhere I would return to.
- Malcesine. We went by ferry. A very attractive town with steep winding streets, a castle and a cable car. The queue for the cable car is huge - whatever time of day you go! It is also quite expensive (€20, or €22 to include entrance to the castle). Tickets can be bought at a discount from your tour operator and also (full price) from the bus station - both of these options will save some, but not all of the queuing. The views from the top are spectacular - it is possible to hire bikes at the top & cycle down, walk down (I'm told it takes 5 hours!) or to paraglide - or of course take the cable car back. The maximum number of people possible are squashed into the cable car, so the views on the way up or down will depend on whether you are near the windows or jammed in the middle....
- The Lake Tour. An organised tour, mostly by coach but with one boat trip (and an optional speedboat trip) around Lake Garda. Very scenic. Sirmione in particular is very pretty.
All the organised tours have the services of a tour guide, but with lots of time on your own. All the guides were very good & enhanced the trips without being over-intrusive. All the coaches were of good quality and air-conditioned.
Shopping. Garda, and all the other villages near the Lake have numerous small shops catering for tourist needs - souvenirs, pharmacies, delicatessens, clothes etc. There is also the occasional smallish supermarket.
Eating out. We seemed to spend a large part of our holiday sitting at outdoor tables of cafes and restaurants - they are everywhere. As in England prices vary, but expect to pay ~€7-8 for a pizza or pasta in a restaurant; ice-cream is ~€1 per scoop from a Gelateria but up to €6-7 for a sundae in a café; drinks in a café are ~€3-4 for a Coke or a beer, or bottles of water from a shop are ~€1 for 0.5l. The nearer the lakefront/attraction the higher the prices (especially in Venice!).
We had a great holiday based in the Hotel Garda and would recommend it to others wanting a cheap & convenient base from which to make visits - but not if you are looking for a quiet, luxurious hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Astoria
Address: Via Giuseppe Verdi 1, 37016 Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Garda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Astoria 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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