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“A charming hotel with very friendly staff.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Piccola Vela
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A charming hotel with very friendly staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed in this hotel for the first week in October as part of the Great Rail Journey. We had a garden view room which I had requested at the time of booking and it lived up to our expectations. The food was very good and we enjoyed every meal that we had at the hotel. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dawn R
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear guest, thank you for the wonderful review. We are very happy you appreciated our Hotel so much!
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71 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

I have been staying here since 1998 and may stay more than 20 times. They have very friendly staff that makes your stay comfortable. The hotel is very close to Desenzano center about 5 min on foot. The breakfast is more than enough. The restaurant inside is very nice. They are very friendly in front desk. There is no doubth that I stay only here in my trips.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Zafer_dikmen
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
Thank you very much to our regular customer! Thank you for the wonderful review! See You soon
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West Wales
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

We selected this hotel based solely upon the reviews within Trip Advisor, and I do not believe that we could have made a better choice. The Nazionale rated higher, but we preferred something less modern with more character, and the Piccola Vela is certainly that, it was simply outstanding. There was nothing I could find fault with. Our room, with a balcony overlooking the lake just a couple of hundred yards away, and with a beautiful red tiled bathroom, was superb and kept immaculately clean. The food was great, especially having breakfast each morning by the pool within a beautiful garden setting, and the excellent staff go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible, nothing being too much trouble for them. This hotel just oozes class. Desenzano itself is the perfect location for exploring the Lake Garda area, with good bus and train links to all the major towns and cities. The town itself exceeded our expectations, full of character, lively and friendly, a truly lovely place in which to stay. It was just the most perfect holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Roger M
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Dear guest, thank you for such a positive review and for having so well described our hotel. We wait again for another stay
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Glasgow, Scotland
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Then this is the place for you. We spent a week in this hotel (31 August to 7th Sept.). But first why Desenzano? We were deliberate about the choice of Desenzano because it offered two opportunities. Firstly access to Lake Garda and secondly it is on the Milan to Venice express rail line giving access to Milan, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice (of course). We visited Verona and Mantua the setting for Verdi's best opera Rigolleto. If you are a Scot also The Admirable Crichton is buried there. Vicenza was my highlight as it is home to most of the architecture of Andrea Palladio. If a highlight can have a highlight the visit to the Villa Capra La "Rotonda" qualifies (be careful it closes for lunch). Lake Garda is well documented so I won't dwell on it. One "disappointment" however was that I/we did not realise we were so close to the battlefield of Solforino - the last battle where the armies were led by ruling monarchs and also the battle which lead to the founding of the Red Cross.
Densenzano can best be described as lively, especially at night and very especially at weekends. However the Piccola Vela is about 5 - 10 mins. outside the centre such that noise was never a problem.
Some hotels excel because of their location, some because of their public spaces, I'm thinking of the Danielli in Venice - OK!!! So I'm a namedropper. The Piccola Vela excels because of its staff. They manage to tread that fine line between being helpful but not fawning, efficient but not clinical. In all, they make this hotel the jewel that it is. They should all get a 100% pay rise. We were truly sorry to leave.

Room Tip: We were given room number 29 which had a smaller balcony than the others as an adjacent store room...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Inchconnachan
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Dear guest, thank you for your review on our hotel. We are happy that you spent a good stay at the Hotel Piccola Vela and Deasenzano
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

What a find, this hotel is fantastic. Friendly helpful staff, great location, good selection for breakfast, rooms were clean, fresh, spacious and modern. My husband has just stated a 2 year assignment in Milan and this little gem will certainly be our weekend getaway

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BACinUK
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Dear guest, thank you for your review on our hotel. We still expect to spend free time with us and on Lake Garda. Bye!
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Paal, Belgium
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Just spend a wonderfull week at this hotel. Incredible friendly staff and very nice and clean rooms. This is a family run business and they know how to take care of their customers. If you appreciate a friendly staff this hotel is highly recommended. Other then that they have a lovely garden with nice swimming pool and putting green. Breakfast is very nice and can be taken outside at the pool.

Room Tip: we stayed in the garden which is a more quite then in the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nico c
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Dear Nico, thank you for your review. Thank you also for all the compliments! We are happy of your lovely stay at the hotel. bye
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

We have recently returned from two weeks at the piccola vela in Desenzano on a bed and breakfast basis and enjoyed our stay very much. The staff were very helpful and we took much of their advise on the best places to visit, especially the museum in Brescia which is well worth a visit and we wouldn't have tried. We were able to use the hotel bikes and as the area is so flat we got around easily. Breakfast was satisfactory although no hot food was available as standard. The rooms were clean and comfortable, although I was unimpressed with the bathroom that needed a serious upgrade, especially the hair dryer which I gave up on as it would of taken hours to dry my long hair. Desenzano town is a 5 minute walk and the town is pretty and full of life. Having visited other areas we were very glad we went there as was busy and had music on some evenings. BEWARE OF THE FERRY'S they are expensive, the bus timetable needs understanding so ask your rep and the trains don't run mid morning when you would want them. BUT we had a fab holiday and were glad of the laid back feel of Hotel Piccola Vela. No need to stay half board as there are plenty of restaurants in Desenzano.

Room Tip: We asked for a room with balcony on booking and were given a side room with balcony
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Anne maire L
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piccolavela, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Piccola Vela, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Dear Anna Maire, Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed the hotel and our beloved city Desenzano. We are very sorry for the inconvenience of the hair dryer. Hope see you again. Ciao!
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Property: Hotel Piccola Vela
Address: Viale Tommaso Dal Molin 36, 25015, Desenzano Del Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Desenzano Del Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Desenzano Del Garda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Piccola Vela 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Piccola Vela Hotel, a magnificent villa on the shores of Lake Garda and near Desenzano city center, offers its guests extensive space to relax in the peace of its garden, by the beautiful internal rooms, or at the solarium pool. The hotel rooms are equipped with: Air Conditioning, Telephone, Bath or Shower, Satellite TV with free Mediaset Premium, WI-FI, Minibar, Safe, Hair Dryer Piccola Vela Hotel is also the ideal place for private and business events The meeting rooms are equipped with: sound system, audio recording, video projector, overhead projector, free wifi. The elegant à la carte restaurant with reservation, offers the best of traditional Italian dishes and international cuisine. The hotel also has a large garage and outdoor parking, lounges for reading, a bar with table service. The reception with multilingual staff, is open 24 hours on 24 and offers tourist information and booking service to sightseeing tour. There are bicycles and mountain bikes to rent. The hotel has also joined the project Bike Hospitality, respecting the standards of cyclists. ... more   less 
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