3 centre Italy holiday
by Grove Travel
This is the feedback we got on his return-
- Flights: both BA and Easyjet were OK, no problems. BA have the better check-in and bag drop, but both were good.
- Verona: Hotel Giberti. Very clean and modern, Large room, smart bathroom, tea maker in the room, minibar, large bed, plenty of space. Aircon. Good buffet breakfast, self-service, including hot food choice. . Location: about 0.5 mile walk to the centre of Verona. This suited us as we like to have a walk each evening. Business district so fairly quiet at night, and not on a main road. Yes, I would give it 4 stars.
- Desenzano: Benaco Hotel. Oldish building, modernised but with a traditional feel. Family run. Outdoor pool, not heated. Smallish bedroom, but quite acceptable. No minibar, no tea and coffee maker. Buffet breakfast, mainly self-service including hot food, smaller choice than Giberti. Friendly staff. Half-mile walk downhill into the main port and town – suited us very well. 200 yards from the station on arrival. 3-star OK.
- Desenzano town. We drove right round the whole lake and looked at several resort towns (it’s a big resort area as I’m sure you know). For us, Desenzano was a good choice of location, although the area doesn’t have the high hills to the north of the Lake. Nice old port, good restaurants and shops, pedestrianised centre, nice feel to the town. I noted some nice-looking hotels:
5. Venice: Palazzo Schiavoni. We mistakenly thought this was a 3 or 4-star hotel, so we complained gently about the limited (continental) breakfast. They pointed out they are not a hotel, but a converted “historic building” without any star rating. In that case, it was fair enough. The breakfast was limited, but the room was nice, and not too small by Venice standards! Minibar, good bathroom, but no tea/coffee maker ( we bought our own!). Subject to how much it cost, I would say it was good value. Good location, quiet, friendly service. They also let very nice self-catering apartments in the same building – smart and well-appointed. As you know there are lots of hotels in Venice. I noted several 3-star Best Westerns that all looked pretty good. Next time, we might try the self-catering apartment idea – breakfast is easy all over the city (but not cheap of course!). We took the private water taxi back to the airport – a thrilling ride but it cost 110 Euros. Overall, Venice is very expensive, as I’m sure you now!
Italy and Sicily are our most popular destinations in Europe this year and we have been booking anything from City breaks to tailor made bookings.
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