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Antares Hotel
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Rooms are big and nice decorated and it's a shame that they don't give a damn about it. Everything is so dirty,lots of mold etc. We had to change our room because window could not open and it was soooo hot in the room and was lack of air. Shower was broken and etc. Other room was nothing cleaner but at least we could open the window. We didn't get any sleep because hotel was full of children on excursion and they were so loud and running on halls etc. Reception didn't bother. Of course,they speak english very bad. Breakfast was nice though and also dinner. We were on halfboard and I couldn't say anything against food. It's a pity that they don't care about their property. We were there one night only and we won't come back!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MTCTDTM
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

Antares hotel is maybe not that far away from verona but a bus is stopping by only once in few hours and if it is full you have to wait another hour or longer. A receptionist was very unhelpful and rude. When she informed us that there are no busses going to Verona on Sunday she did not bother to advice us other options. I felt that we are irritating her each time we asked for some information or help. Unfortunately she was there on all our stay and made us to feel very uncomfortable. The room was very nice but bathroom could be cleaner. On the other hand the breakfast was amazing and we enjoyed free spa and swimming pool too we also liked a decor of the hotel.
If the location and attitude of the hotel staff would be different then we probably would have enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank VeroNika1987
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

It seems that some travellers have had poor experiences at the Antares... but don't decide too quickly from the negative reports.

It depends what you expect and what you are looking for.

We stayed in early September for 13 nights for and at 45 euros a night for a big double room with a jacuzzi bath and separate shower we though it was one of the best deals we have ever had.

Others complain about flies, or rude and inattentive staff, or an odour from the stables. I say get used to it.... this rural is Italy in the summer so you expect some flying insects... but we were never bothered by them or he occasional aroma of horses.

The Antares is a large hotel on a main road about 25 minutes by car from Verona and right on the edge of Villafranca, the centre of which is about 12 minutes in the car.

So unless you have wheels or do not mind longish trip on public transport to get to places, then the location could be an issue.

General overview of the hotel: public areas are ample with quirky furnishings. The restaurant is large and most of the staff quite attentive. Any request was always met with a smile and was always fulfilled... like we asked for fresh tomatoes with our breakfast and got a big fresly-sliced bowl of them.

The breakfast itself is extensive, with hot and cold options including cereals, fresh and tinned fruit and yoghurt and spreads like nutella. There a variety of cold meats and cheeses with fresh bread and there is bacon and eggs as a hot option.

We were allocated a room in the "Blue Building". (Some reviewers suggest it is an "older" part but I do not think so. The entire complex would have been built at the same time.) In fact we decided that the Blue Building was the better wing to be in. The hexagonal tower has its drawbacks, including the fact that the windows have limited opening.

Our big double room on the third floor had simple, but tasteful modern furnishings, with comfortable kingside bed. Towels and bedlinen were changed ever days by the pleasant maids. It looked as though it has been re-decorated about five years ago. A great boon is that the two big opening windows could be completely opened wide, with ease. Worth mentioning hat the aircon struggled to beat the heat on really sunny days in our south-facing room overlooking the horse riding centre and the sports fields.

The bathroom (as mentioned) was impressive and one of the biggest I have seen in an Italian hotel. The jucuzzi bath did leak when the motor was operated, so we did not bother with it again, but I guess we could have reported it and go moved to another room if we had wished. We did not bother because we prefer the shower, which was itself of a generous size with plenty of hot water.

The swimming pool is very good - though more of a leisure pool and not really suited to serious swimmers, since it is is shallow at both ends. To swim end to end in deep water you have to go across the centre of the pool. It is surrounded by large areas with sun-loungers, including lawned areas shielded by pomegranate trees and the like (the pomegranates were in fruit when we were there, but down't bother trying to eat the fruit (as I did!)

Altogether the pool is great facility and although it is open to the public at 9 euros a day, it was never crowded when we there there, though I guess that it would be busy in July and certainly in August (two holiday months when we avoid crowds if possible).

There is a large indoor bar with a shaded terrace alongside the pool, serving drinks and snacks all day. It also has pool tables and is clearly aimed at the younger visitors like those from the young touring football teams who use the place because it has three full-sized soccer pitches.

We never used the indoor spa.... but I gather that it is good and would be a real boon out of season.

We toured around Mantova and the surrounding countryside which is full charming towns and villages. The south of Lake Garda is about 30 minutes by car. Lazise, Peschiera del Garda, Bardolino and Garda town are all superb. Certainly the best resorts on the lake, probably in best in Northern Italy, and I'd say in the entire country. In Bardolino seek out the restaurante Corte San Giovanni where the seafood, steaks, pizzas and pasta are excellent and not too expensive!

So, what's not to like? The hotel reception is on the basement level, which is a bit odd. You sometimes have to wait for the smallish lifts. The dinner served in the hotel is not very good value for money, if you are not on an inclusive deal, (but the La Greca restaurant 60 metres down the road is superb.) The disco in the bar was noisy on Saturday night (but it did end at midnight).

Some reviewers tell how the location of the hotel is awful. Well, it is on the edge of the countryside, which is very flat. Th main road heading into Villafranca is lined with shops and there are industrial units on the estate to the south west. But none of this ever bothered us... we like a bit of hustle and bustle and there are plenty of supermarkets within 2-5 minutes drive.

All told we only had very minor niggles and considering the very economical deal we got through Low Cost Holidays, we rate the hotel as truly excellent value for money.

We would not hesitate to return and recommend it to anyone looking for a good value large hotel, but concede that is most suited to those with a car.

Room Tip: As for a room overlooking the country on the 2nd or 3rd floor in the Blue Building.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ChrisJ
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Flies everywhere. Disgusting place, untidy and staff unhelpful. I left this hotel in the last 24 hours and was so shocked - that I felt it a dis-service to others not to warn them how bad this place is. Stay away.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Not enough space on this to write what I want so I'll keep it sweet! If u like cockroaches on the walls, blue bottles landing on ur head bed bugs eating away on your body and sleep on sheets that haven't been cleaned with sweat on the pillows and black pubes on ur sheets this is the place for you!!! DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE

Room Tip: Dont do it
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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