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“Not really as advertised”
Review of Hotel Bella Italia

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Hotel Bella Italia
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Okay went during VinItaly so accommodation was at a premium but found this place online and it looked good.
Booking was for apartments and this was 100 metres from main hotel. They were a great disappointment being decorated in the 1980's and more like long stay on a budget than business travellers. No free wifi in rooms which at the price was not positve or A/C.
The season was just starting so pool was being filled as wwe arrived in was fun if cold in April. Water shooting turtle wasn't working! The Tulipano apartments had probably been shut up all winter and they had a damp feel to them although they were clean.
The breakfast was good and the staff in the hotel were all very good and helpful.
The hotel is on the furthest corner of the massive camping and holiday village so any distances are from the edge of the site not from the hotel The station is a long distance walkalong the lake front but with several stop off bars availible. The restaurants and bars on site were fine for holiday dining and there were some really good ones in Peschiera.
Lake is beautiful.
BAD POINTS: 30 euro cleaning charge at end of stay!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes it did say in small print but appears nowher on booking.com web entry. No housekeeping at all during 3 night stay.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is a belated review of our stay for 5 days in July 2013 in the hotel (not apartments) - we enjoyed our stay very much and would recommend the hotel to families. it would be especially good if you had toddlers though our kids are older.

staff: first and foremost - the main reason for posting our first ever review - is to say what lovely staff the hotel has. everyone was extremely friendly. we wanted to thank in particular florian (on reception) who spent hours on the phone on our behalf when our car broke down and we were struggling to get a replacement (he sorted it out in the end thankfully - we would have really struggled otherwise) and primula in the restaurant, who - after telling her what poached eggs were on our first day - made sure they arrived for "the egg man" every morning at breakfast without us asking. lovely people throughout the hotel

rooms: we had adjoining double rooms for a family of 4 looking out over the pool. both were a good size and had balconies / large en suite bathrooms / small fridges / tea/coffee making stuff so were almost like a small apartment. no (entertainment based) english tv though. ask to overlook the pool if you can (the opposite side would overlook the car park I think - may have been some on the side but not sure). rooms were v comfortable, great aircon and extremely clean (serviced every day).

pretty sure there were blackout blinds / curtains or equivalent and useful hangers to dry clothes on the balconies where you could also store inflatables etc. the balconies are not separate - they run in strips along the hotel with each balcony screened off from the next one by plants. we rarely found ourselves on the balcony at the same time as our neighbours and it would not bother us anyway but it might not suit some

food: good selection at breakfast (mostly continental but they could do eggs) and the pool restaurant was ok - though it becomes expensive if you are eating lunch there every day (always the temptation if you are by the pool). the more formal restaurant overlooking the pool was decent though the first one you pass on the left as you walk into the camp site was v poor - we had fabulous pizzas and pastas throughout the area during our stay but not there.

pool: the pool was super - very family friendly (figure of 8 with shallow end and deeper end) so younger and older kids are not on top of each other and we didn't ever have a problem getting sunbeds even in early july. there was always a lifeguard (during the manned hours) and they were good at keeping an eye on beds and helping generally. have a vague recollection that the pool closed earlyish (maybe 8?) but can't remember details so check if it's important to you

unlike some other places we stayed during this holiday, inflatables/balls were permitted and it was very relaxed. there is also waiter service round the pool - very civilised! we stayed in 4 different places during this holiday and the BI hotel pool was far and away the best overall.

location: you get a wristband to show that you are entitled to use the campsite facilties. to get to the campsite, you just follow the path at one end of the pool, back round past the restaurant and round the back of the pool and apartments - no barriers or security to negotiate, v simple to wander about.

it's just a couple of minutes walk to the main bella italia camp site pools. they have chutes and slides galore but are exceptionally busy and there is no chance of getting a sunbed there unless you join the rush as soon as they open (there is a hilarious video on youtube somewhere of the morning dash!).

we wandered over once in the afternoon but our kids much preferred the hotel pool as the campsite pools were so crowded. if you decide to visit and are not making a day of it, best to walk over in swimsuits and just take a towel to pop in a corner somewhere without having to worry about valuables

location: the hotel is in the corner of the camp site with a separate entrance and car park. it's about 5 mins to the stage/bar for the night time entertainment (which was variable but kids enjoyed). the hotel is also v close to the sports pitches if kids want to join in football / other activities and it's about 10 mins walk to the main shops and restaurants on the camp site.

the lake is similarly about 10 minutes away just where the shops are (bella italia is laid out on a giant grid and though huge, is easy to find your way around). once you get lakeside, walking to the right takes you towards peschiera - loads of restaurants there though we mostly stayed closer to home. there was also a restaurant a few minutes to the left (forgotten the name) which was recommended to us and was clearly v popular / trendy, in a great location overlooking the lake but we were disappointed with the service and the food - style over substance we felt.

though we didn't use them, I believe the hotel has bikes you can take free of charge for an hour or so if you want to pop over to the shops or elsewhere in the camp site - a really good idea without having to commit to the cost of bike hire.

general: for those who are interested, there seemed to be a variety of nationalities in the hotel - quite a few Irish folk as it looked like an Irish travel co has a relationship with the hotel but other than that, our impression was it was just a mix

peschiera is close to gardaland, maybe 20mins / half an hour by the time you get there - traffic through peschiera can be v slow. we got an evening ticket which worked really well - still busy but queuing not too bad and not as hot (though watch for the spaceship type thing that you sit in rows on the outside and the seats shoot up in the air - can't remember the name - the queue is hidden inside the attraction - we waited outside for husband/child for about 45 minutes when it looked like there was no queue)

Lake Garda generally was wonderful. we stayed in various locations on the west and south coasts. as well as being a really easy journey from Bergamo, it is very beautiful. we (generally) ate very well (pasta and pizza pretty cheap) and the people were lovely.

we did however find it extremely hot even in early July and whilst we did travel to other gorgeous villages (such as Sirmione / Bardolino / Limone) using the ferries (which are fantastic), we generally found ourselves manoeuvering the kids between the shadows on those trips as they struggled to do anything active (other than be in the pool!) in the daytime heat. there was of course a heatwave throughout Europe last summer and this may have made things worse...will need to go back again for the purposes of comparative research!

overall, a fantastic holiday in the Lake Garda area and a super stay in Hotel Bella Italia

Room Tip: try and get a room over looking the pool as the balconies are v pleasant.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

We stayed here in august 2013 with 2 children. We had interconnecting rooms in the main hotel which was the only option for that period when we booked in May. The rooms were perfectly reasonable of a 4* standard. Clean and new also. The balconies were of a good size with a table, chairs and drying racks. The staff at the hotel were very accommodating and charming. However, it was let down by the quality of the food, which was expensive for what it was, and not of a good quality. This however applied to every restaurant we went in, in Peschiera, not just at the hotel. A warning for July and August travellers is that it is utter chaos in the town and in the campsite. So if you don't get to the main pool by 15 after they open forget any hopes of a sunbed!! In that respect it was good to be at the hotel and have the option of the pool there, a much needed calming respite. The town is also heaving and although we tried a couple of day trips - I am sure a lot of the magic of the lake was lost when seeing it with 20,000 other people........

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I am an annual visitor here through Topflight because of the higher luggage allowance.. A visitor should be aware that the quality of the rooms in the Tulipano apartments are of a lower standard which is why they are cheaper. They have no balconies, some are nosier and the air conditioning is not of the same standard as the hotel. They can be nosier because of the construction methods used in what is a traditional build.
The hotel is ideal for families with children up to about 13 years old after that there is less for teenagers to do. The hotel is very clean and the bed linen in the hotel is changed every two days. The breakfast is simple but entirely adequate and the setting is first class.
The whole experience for myself my wife and my daughter aged 8 was memorable. Happy memories for all.

Room Tip: The hotel offers a higher standard than the apartments onsite
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

We stayed for 2 weeks at the hotel, with our 1.5 year old child, and april-may.

The hotel (not the camping) has 2 types of accomodations: Regular hotel rooms and Tulipano appartments (little bit cheaper that the rooms, 15 euro diffrence per night, at the period when we stayed).

The Tulipano appartments: located in a seperate building. in the first (ground) floor there is a restaurant, the appartments are in the 2nd floor, and on the 3rd floor are "dormitories" for the young people that are working in the Bella Italia Camping. the sealing of the apartments is made from wood and is a floor of the above dormitories (no cover or actual seperation in between).

Due to the potential risk of noise in the tulipano apartments (we did not experience the noise by ourselves, but this is what I read from one of the below reviews, and you can assume this will happen with a restaurant downstairs and youngsters dormitories on the floor above), we chose to stay in the hotel rooms.

Additionally, important to notice that the Tulpano apartments windows, in their opened position are not very safe - there are only low vertical bars (less than 1 meter height), and in case you have small children that might climb on these bars - I would not take take risk.

The hotel rooms: Each room has a balcony, half of the rooms with view on the hotel's pool, half with view on the parking, and the feilds with houses far far away (we stayed in one of those and enjoyed very much).
On the balcony there is a devise which you can wet clothes on for drying.
You have a kettle and a small refrigerator in the room.
The room is cleaned daily (unlike the appartemnts - there is a cleaning equipment there so I guess you have to clean it by yourself).
The hotel staff is wonderfool and very helping :)
Everyday you have the option to order a full or half pension for that day (when we stayed the prices were 15 euro per person for dinner only and 25 euro for dinner and lunch). need to oreder in the same day untill noon at the reception.
The hotel (and the Tulipano appartments) are new and very clean. Everyting is NEW, so no broken equipmet like in old hotels. There was always hot water, air coinditioning (though we could not find out how to set it, so we just opened the window to get some cool air indside).
The shower is slippery, so need to put a towel on the floor.

The hotel itself is very child friendly: in the breakfast dining room there are high seats for the babies, plastic plates, cups, forks, sppons for children, also there is palying room, seperated from the dining room by a glass, so you can eat while watcing your little one playing there - GREAT!!!
also there is a closed and warmed swimming pool suitable for little ones - also GREAT!!
additionally there is an outside pool - suitable also for little children, and also gym, sauna, a parking inside and outside of the building.
The entrance to the hotel is not the same as one for the camping - pay attention to that when driving.
There are 3 restaurant on site - 1 in the hotel area, and 1 on the camping side - 3 minutes walk from the hotel, and one in the center of the camping ~15 minutes walk. all of them are great.
The location of the hotel is quite close to the highway - defenetly a good thing if your planning site seeing!

Room Tip: I would recommend the rooms and not the Tulipano apartments due to potenital noise risk - see detail...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

We have just arrived home from 2 weeks at Bella Italia. We are in our late 60's who looked for something near the lake which was very reasonable. We search on TA and looked at the website given but the experts (thanks to you guys). We decided to go mid April, this is because there was an offer of stay 7nights for the price of 4 which was unbelievably cheap. So we booked the Lavante apartment which was 1 bedroom apartment. We stayed in the apartment for 4 nights and decided that it was far to small for us and with only a small veranda which looked out onto the other block of apartments. The apartment was clean and had enough cooking equipment, the only thing we had to pay for was the linen and towels.

The reception staff are very helpful and friendly and when we explained the situation and asked if we could look at the Bungalows to see if they were worth the extra. We were relieved that they had 2 bedrooms and a good size kitchen and bedrooms. It does advertise that they can fit 6 persons, I would only think that 4 would be comfortable in these Bungalows. They were clean and looked as if they had new units recently put in, it looked freshly painted. There was a small TV but didn't work very well with no english channels not that I expected it to wasn't really bothered about this. There was air conditioning which worked very well and in the apartment and bungalow the aircon was switch to heating which was great because at time it was raining and cold and was really thankful for it, there was no extra charge.

We were so pleased that we changed, we had outside space, with it being the begining of the season it was very quiet infact at one point we were the only people in our block. There were restaurants on the site, we didn't use but checked the prices which looked very reasonable. We used the supermarket a couple of times but while walking around the area saw a sign for Lidl's so ventured out to find it. We did and it wasn't far from the site but had to cross a main road and it would be very uncomforable in hot weather carring shopping but with a car would be easy, so would advise if no car to be careful how much you buy.

The site itself was just begining to tidy up for the season and the day we left they started cutting the grass around the bungalows. It is a lovely place to stay but as mentioned it suited us because it was low season and not many people around and so cheap.

We travelled to Venice and Verona from the station which was only a 15 minute lovely walk along the lake. We went into the harbour nearly everynight and there are some lovely restaurants, this was our second holiday this year so we didn't want to spend a great deal so it was self catering but fond the drinks and coffe/tea very reasonable in the harbour.

The lake had mist over it most of the time we were there even on the sunny day which was a bit disappointed but didn't spoil our time there, We did have mixed weather but had at least 8 days of sunshine. We would stay again out of season most definately.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Very clean modern hotel. Extremely helpful staff. Great for families. We have two children aged 12 and 9, we had connecting rooms which worked well for us. Kids pool, spa, sauna and gym in the basement, all clean and a bonus as the weather was chilly. The continental breakfast was plentiful and tasty. View of Lake Garda from our balcony. Use of facilities of Bella Italia camp site , swimming pools (although very cold in April), supermarket, children's entertainment and restaurants. Peschiera del Garda centre took approx 20 mins to walk into along the promenade. We caught the train from Peschiera del Garda to Venice, which was very reasonable on the regional service and took under 2 hours. Only reason we haven't given an excellent rating for the hotel is due to the fact the downstairs pool and spa were out of action for half of our stay for refurb, which we were not informed of until we went down to use it.

Room Tip: We stayed in connecting rooms 113 and 115 which overlooked the outside pool and had the sun in the m...
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Address: Via Bell Italia 2/A, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Peschiera del Garda
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Peschiera del Garda
#7 Family Hotel in Peschiera del Garda
Price Range: £93 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bella Italia 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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