just back from a week stay at the Paradiso in Meina , on the Thomson discovery package deal .
this is a lovely hotel , family run and very welcoming .
a word of advice though Meina is a small village and while nice to walk around is very quite , had we not had the package deal of trips through Thomson there was very little to do in resort.
however there is a regular bus service to surrounding towns as well as a train station for trips further afield just behind the hotel .
the hotel itself is set on the lake , but does not have a promenade for walking as there is a very busy main road in front of the hotel . it does however have its own private lake side beach and jetty with loungers available for guests .
the hotel itself is an old villa , there is a lovey terrace overlooking the lake ideal for post diner drinks and relaxation !
our room was on the 3rd floor at the back of the hotel and despite being close to the railway we did not find this a big disturbance .
the room was clean and comfortable although the shower was very small !
the hotel did advertise in the brochure free WiFi , which while available easily on the terrace did not reach to our room at the end of the corridor , we did mention this and an extra rooter did appear on the corridor however unfortunately this did not solve the issue .
our package was half board and meals were very good , home cooked and for the most varied , with 3 choices for starter , main and sweet .
a salad bar was also available but there was no variety in this from night to night .
choice for vegetarian guests appeared a little limited i did see from a previous review that given notice more options are available .
we did arrange early breakfast for the 2 days we were out on trips , unfortunately the first day there appeared a mix up and we came down to find the restaurant in darkness and the night porter asleep ! that being said things were quickly sorted and we were able to get our breakfast before we set off.
drinks were not included in the meal , but we were surprised when checking out , they were very reasonable .
we had 4 trips included in our package all guided by the very knowledgeable Barbara , and driven very safely by Claudio .her enthusiasm for the area was great and really enhanced the trips .
she also appeared calm and helpful to one of our fellow travelers when they had lost their items while on a day trip over the border in Switzerland .
over all this is a great hotel as a base to explore the surrounding area or if you want to relax and do nothing !
the family who run it are great and really go out of there way to make it a relaxing stay .
thanks also to the reps Jon and Mandi for their organization , and smooth transfers to and from the airport , we even got a call from Jon the day before travel to wish us a pleasant trip to Italy !
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