Travel Blogs from Sirmione
All in all this was one of the most challenging and important assignment for the fledgling, but pacesetting Ernesto Tours (ET).
It went a bit like this.
John and Sue fly to Verona from Belfast and stay one night at 37 Stradone Porta Palio (the 'mini Jesus')
Ernesto and Maureena (have I mentioned those names ...
Our first stop in Italy involved a love of pizza, a love of gelato and a love story about this broad named Juliet or something. For me, this place became even better second time around. The food was better and the gelato I had last night was made from like, real lemon and mint. It actually felt like I had been licking a lemon for 10 minutes it was so good. As Callum pointed out, the food here is packed with awesome flavours for your taste buds to ...
Today was a pack up and quiet day. There was a monster thunder storm overnight and the rain was steady until mid-late morning. We decided to try and see what Raffa was like, it looked interesting from the road that we have frequently used on our way south around the lake. When we got there, we drove straight through, there was a lovely church but apart from that - nothing else....not even a gelataria!! So we headed to Salo instead and parked at ...
... next to a lovely British lady and had a good chat. The
atmosphere was electric and the setting sublime. Eventually the opera started
and it was such a spectacular. Four acts, 3x 20 mins intervals, a cast over 150
people which included singers, dancers, children and horses and donkeys on
stage. The orchestra and the maestro included about another 100 musicians –
Wow! The stage setting in the arena was the best stage setting ...
... br> except for 5 euros an hour – seems unlike most other areas – more like
Australia! We still haven’t bought a local sim – called a tim. Hope to do so in
Pistoia. Anyway we have come back to Verona to see the opera Carmen tomorrow
night in the Arena. Can’t wait. After a shop at the local PAM supermarket,
which is next door to the Hotel Maxim, we had a good rest and lunch in ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Continental Sirmione
A Little Piece of Heaven
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Hotel Continental. The hotel is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible service before. It was so lovely that it was hard to drag ourselves away from the hotel to explore the beautiful Lake Garda. The hotel oozes elegance from the minute you walk in the door and check in.
Giovanni and all the staff are fantastic, so helpful and friendly. Nearly every guest that we spoke to have been returning to the Hotel Continental for many years so you almost feel that you are part of a family. Our 11 year old son loved every aspect of this hotel even though there were not a great deal of children there.
Dining is a wonderful experience in the elegant dining room. The choice of food and wine is 1st class. After the fine dining it was only a very short stroll into the romantic and chic centre of old Sirmione.
We are already planning our return visit but will book direct with the hotel.
You'll not be disappointed
I opted for this hotel following Trip Advisor reviews and it fully lived up to expectations. It is a 4 star hotel situated at the top end of Sirmione old town, with a beautiful location on the shore of Lake Garda. Hotel room was spacioius and spotless with very effective air-con (a requirement in 35C). Staff were courteous and very helpful from start to finish. The food (breakfast al fresco) was well up to standard also. It is difficult to fault any aspect. We stayed for a week and would return tomorrow.
Back to one of our favorite places!
This was our third time staying at the Hotel Continental and as usual it was as good as ever,the management and staff as friendly as always,it is more like visiting with friends than staying at an hotel, we look forward to returning as soon as we can.
Mr & Mrs Sands England
Heute erst zurück gekommen ... erstklassig
Man kann in Sirmione kein besseres Hotel als das Hotel Continental finden. Wir haben die Kommentare der anderen TripAdvisor Mitglieder bei der Auswahl dieses Hotels berücksichtigt und es hat unsere Erwartungen bei weitem übertroffen. Die Lage ist fantastisch, direkt am See und man hat eine große Terrasse zum Sonnenbaden, gepolsterte Sonnenliegen mit Sonnenschirmen, Jacuzzi, Kellnerservice, liegt in der Nähe der Spitze der Halbinsel. Es gibt auch einen Swimmingpool und makellos gepflegte Gärten. Das Hotel strahlt Eleganz aus, es ist von oben bis unten sehr sauber und ich war noch in einem Hotel wo es ein solch hohes Niveau zu so einem günstigen Preis gibt. Giovanni und sein Personal waren sehr hilfsbereit und kümmerten sich um jedes Detail. Er empfahl uns ein von Michelin ausgezeichnetes Restaurants in Sirmione und reservierte dort für uns (eine ganz fantastische Erfahrung, in der Nähe vom Schloß), er empfahl uns auch andere Restaurants die unserem Geschmack entsprachen.
Unsere Rückreise mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln wurde auch von Giovanni arrangiert, es stellte sicher, dass wir die richtigen Zugverbindungen hatten, mit einer Auswahl an Abfahrtszeiten usw. und druckte uns die Details aus (und kümmerte sich auch um das Taxi zum Bahnhof). Wir reisten von Bergamo aus und erlebten bei der Ankunft einen Albtraum mit den Fahrtzeiten und nahmen am Ende ein Taxi von Bergamo nach Sirmione obwohl wir schon die Fahrkarten hatten!! Giovanni und das Hotel Continental arrangieren auch den direkten Transport von Brescia und Verona wenn Sie das wünschen.
Das Hotel liegt direkt neben dem exklusiven Therme Spa wo wir einen Nachmittag verbrachten, das sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen! Wir spazierten durch die unglaublichen Grottos und Museen unter den Olivenhainen und Zypressenbäumen. Wir spazierten durch die Designer Boutiquen in den winzigen Backsteingassen neben den ganzen Ferraris und Lotus Elan's! Dieser Ort ist toll, so entspannt, so sauber und schick und man kann alles zu Fuß erreichen.
Wir mieteten ein privates Boot für eine Rundfahrt um die Halbinsel, dann durch die Zugbrücke des Schlosses, kostete für uns beide nur 30 Euro. Wir checkten auch andere Hotels aus aber ich kann ehrlich sagen, dass wir mit Sicherheit wieder ins Continetal kommen werden. Vielen Dank Giovanni, nicht nur für das Aufstellen und Beibehalten des hohen Niveaus aber auch für die aufrichtige Hilfsbereitschaft und Gastfreundschaft des gesamten Personals, viele von denen sind schon seit Jahren hier. Wir waren nur zwei Tage hier, verlebten aber einen einwöchigen Urlaub in der wunderschönsten Umgebung und Unterkunft ... wir werden schon bald wieder kommen.
Wir verbrachten Anfang Mai sieben Tage im Continental und drei Wochen später fehlt es mir immer noch! Es hat meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Das Personal ist freundlich und sehr professionell. Die Lage ist superb, direkt am See und von dem Rummel in Sirmione entfernt. Die Auswahl beim Frühstück ist sehr groß, könnte aber ein wenig aufregender sein. Aber lassen Sie davon nicht vom Essen im Restaurant abhalten. Wir waren bis gegen Ende unseres Urlaubs zum Abendessen nicht im Restaurant und haben bedauert, dass wir das nicht schon eher gemacht haben; das Essen war wunderbar und der Speisesaal war wunderschön. Das Hotel ist von altmodischer Eleganz und zusammen mit dem ausgezeichneten Service fühlten wir uns wie auf einer Zeitreise in die Vergangenheit. Es war so schön, sich einfach verwöhnen und umsorgen zu lassen. Ein großer Pluspunkt ist das große Spa welches neben dem Hotel eröffnet hat. Dort gibt es ein Fitness-Center, alle möglichen Beauty Anwendungen (auch für Männer!) und auch ein großes, beheiztes Schwimmbecken mit Schwefeldüsen und Sonnenliegen am See. Fabelhaft. Wir würden hier auf jeden Fall wieder hinkommen, nur nicht in der Hochsaison weil Sirmione dann ein Albtraum sein muss! Wir hatten einen Mietwagen wenn wir um den See herum unterwegs waren aber wenn man nur eine Woche oder weniger hier ist, dann braucht man den gar nicht, man kann auch einfach die Fähre nehmen, die bringt einen überall um den See herum hin.
Just returned today...First Class
You won't get a better hotel in Sirmione than the Hotel Continental. We took on board the comments of other tripadvisor guests by choosing this Hotel, and it more than met our expectations. The location is fantastic right on the lake with large sunbathing deck, padded sunbeds parasols jacuzzi and waiter service, located near the tip of the penisula. There is also a swimming pool and spoltlessly manicured gardens. The hotel oozes elegance, it is immaculately clean throughout and I've never come across a hotel that sets and keeps such high standards for such a reasonable price. Giovanni and his staff were extremely helpful ensuring every detail was attended to. He recommended a Michelin star restaurant in Sirmione and made our reservations, (absolutely fantastic experience, tucked away next to the castle) he also recommended other restaurants according to our requirements .Our return journey via public transport was arranged by Giovanni ensuring we had the correct train connections including choices of times etc.and a print out with details... (and a taxi to the station) we travelled from Bergamo.,and had a nightmare with the train times on arrival and ended up getting a cab from Bergamo to Sirmione even though we already had return train tickets!!
Giovanni and Hotel Continental will arange direct transport from Brescia and Verona if you require.
The Hotel is directly next to the exclusive Terme Spa where we spent an afternoon, not to be missed.! We took a stroll to the incredible grottos and museums perched high amongst the olive groves and cypress trees. We wandered through the designer shops in the tiny cobbled streets amongst the Ferraris and Lotus Elan's! This place is amazing, so relaxed, so clean so chic and so much to see all in walking distance. We took a private boat around the penisula and through the castle moat under the drawbridge 30 euros for the two of us!
After checking out the other hotels I can honestly say that we will definitely be returning to the Continental..thank you Giovanini for not only setting and maintaining the high standards you keep but also for the genuine helpfulness and hospitality of all the staff many of whom have been there several years. We stayed for just two nights but experienced a weeks holiday in the most beautiful surroundings and accomodation......we will return very soon.
We stayed at the Continental for 7 nights early in May and 3 weeks later I'm still missing it!
It exceeded my expectations. The staff are friendly and extremely professional. The location is superb as it is right by the lake and away from the crowds of Sirmione. There is plenty of choice at breakfast, although that could be more interesting. Don't let that stop you from eating in the resturant. We left it until near the end of our stay to dine there and regretted not doing it sooner as the food was wonderful and the dining room is beautiful. There is an old fashioned elegance about the hotel and together with the excellent service we felt like we'd gone back in time. It was lovely to feel pampered and cared for. What is a major bonus is the large Spa that has opened next door to the hotel. It has has a gym, offers all sorts of beauty treatments [for the men too!] and has a huge heated pool with sulpher jets and sunloungers by the lakeside. Fabulous. We would definitely return but would advise against going in the high season when Sirmione must be a nightmare! We had hired a car as we then went elsewhere around the lake but if you're going for a week or less its not necessary as you can just take the ferry to other places around the lake.
Wonderful Hotel with excellent staff
We have just returned from our holiday in Sirmione at the Hotel Continental and would rate it as one of the lovliest places we have ever visited complimented by staying in a luxurious hotel situated on the lake and commanding fantastic views. The manager and staff were professional, friendly and helpful and made our stay such a pleasurable experience we all want to return. We booked independently with ease as the manager spoke very good english. Our rooms had lake views and breakfast included, we also ate lunch there several times and the food was good and service impeccable. It was definately value for money.
A very nice service
Unfortunately I was booked in an other Hotel in Sirmione with no access to the lake. Hotel Continental allowed me to use their lake aera and to use their infrastructure. This is not an usual service and I would like to thank the managament of the hotel again. For me it is quite clear, Hotel Continental will be my future destination and I can recommend this Hotel to everyone. Friendly staff, superbe food, super infrastructure and near of the Terme of Sirmione.
Hotel Continental is great!!!
Our family stayed at Hotel Continental from July 28 to Aug 1 of 2004. Our experience was great in all respects. We have two boys aged 8 and 11. We had connecting rooms with a partial lake view.
The best part was the staff - they were very friendly - always helping with restaurant reservations, recommendations on touring the lake and helping to arrange taxis. etc. I think that we were the only Americans in the hotel at the time. Our childrren were very comfortable at the hotel and we always felt very welcome.
The rooms were very nice, clean, good service. A partial lake view provides a great view of the lake. Every evening - after hitting the beach or touring one of the towns on Lake Guarda - we would relax on the balcony - enjoying the view and a fantastic bottle of one of the many local wines - before wandering into Sirmione for dinner.
We have stayed at a lot of 5 star hotels which we enjoyed less that Hotel Continental. Sirimione was great, the Hotel and staff were great.
We would definitely stay again at the Hotel Continental on future European excursions.