General Description of Desenzano del Garda
The largest town on Lake Garda and most important business and commercial centre, Desenzano stretches around a wide bay for around 2 miles, with an attractive tree-lined promenade on the lake edge.
Founded by the Romans the remains of a 2nd-century Roman villa bear are still available to visit whilst in 15th to 18th centuries the town benefited from prosperous Venetian rule. This influence can still be seen today around the picturesque Venetian-style old port (Porto Vecchio), full of fishing craft and leisure boats.
The upper part of the centre is dominated by a 14th-century castle while most of the shops and cafes are situated in the two extensive arcaded 19th century piazzas. The atmosphere is more like that of a prosperous market town than a holiday resort with fountains and statues of local heroes and a bustling weekly market.
Many of the narrow streets have been closed to traffic and it is a vibrant town with an excellent blend of tourism and real Italian life.
Market/Suitability Couples, mid to upmarket.
A small sample of the hotels available
Hotel Piroscafo 3* BB
Overview: Close to the heart of Desenzano on a picturesque corner of the pretty harbour, the Piroscafo provides a friendly and comfortable base for your holiday. The terrace at the front of the hotel has beautiful views and is a particularly pleasant and shaded spot. A typically family-owned hotel with a local charm it faces the old dock and it is located in a central position. The Hotel is particularly pleasant for guests who desire a peaceful stay but still want to be central. All the rooms have private facilities, colour satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, air-conditioning.
Location: in the centre of Desenzano in a pedestrian area overlooking the pretty port – shingle lake beach 400m from the hotel – 50m to lake – 150m to ferry point – 10m to the nearest bar and restaurant
Meals: buffet breakfast
Facilities: first floor terrace with bar service – first floor satellite TV lounge – air conditioning in public areas
Rooms: for 2 guests on bed and breakfast sharing a twin room with bath or shower, w.c., satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning. Single rooms with shower are also available at a supplement. Please note that the lift does not serve all rooms. Some twin rooms and the single room are accessed by one flight of stairs.
No of lifts: 1
Hotel Olivetto 4* HB
Rooms: are medium in size and well equipped with modern facilities and furnished in wood in a traditional style. Many have terraces or balconies facing the lake.
Restaurant: Guests can enjoy fine surroundings in this elegant and bright restaurant with large windows, it offers good typical Garda cooking that includes healthy and specialist options.
Exterior: Modern lake front building.
Lobby: The reception area is large with marble columns and stairs decorated in pastel colours. An intimate seating area with carpet and soft furnishings.
General: The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool in large gardens and a heated, outdoor swimming pool and whirl pool baths with orthopaedic beds. A beauty salon, sauna, indoor swimming pool and gym are available for guests. Golf, tennis and windsurf are available. Parking space in front of hotel.
Room Facilities: satellite television, radio, direct dial phone, hairdryer, automatic wake-up call, 220v
Hotel Facilities: check-in at 14:00, 2 lifts, 24 hour room service, indoor pool, outdoor pool, 3 floors, solarium, tennis, golf, disabled facilities, laundry facilities
Lido International 4*
The Hotel Lido International has an enviable lakeside position with unsurpassed views across the lake. Steps lead down from the hotel to the garden with sun-loungers and umbrellas around the pool and the lakeside terrace is the ideal place to enjoy an aperitivo whilst taking in the superb lake views. Rooms with lake views, balconies and terraces are available and pool towels are provided free of charge
Location: on the lake road with unsurpassed lakeside location, 10 minutes’ walk to resort centre, outdoor pool with sun-loungers and umbrellas, lakeside terrace and bar, reception with small seating area, hot and cold buffet breakfast, all bedrooms have private shower, WC, satellite TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, air conditioning and some rooms have lake view or balcony or terrace and lake view • 36 bedrooms
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