Parc Hotel Germano Suites & Apartments
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We were happy to leave
"This year, we decided to spend our holiday at the Lago di Garda.
As little family, we were travelling with our son, 15month of age.
The holidays should be relaxing also for us as the parents and so we asked in advance with the booking, if a room not too far from the restaurant is availlable, so that the Babyphone works and we can have a nice dinner.
For the first three nights of our holidays we had a great hotel in Gardone Riviera that exactly met our wishes. Because of that perfect experience we again called the Parc Hotel Germano if it really would be able to fulfill our desires. The person on the phone told us "No Problem".
OK, we checked out and made ourselfes on the way to the other side of the lake. After one hour drive we arrived in Gardone and the Parc Hotel Germany which was not hard to find.
The first impression was. Nice . New . And Cold. This place is somewhat outside and isolated to the life at the sea. It was so much different to the beautiful place we have been before, like another world; a tourist cage that can be found everywhere.
But, letÂ´s be open-minded and give it a chance.
We parked our car and entered the reception.
The temperature was falling. Obviously the ladies at the reception thought that they are working at the most important place in the world.
The receptionist itself was very cold and they couldnÂ´t understandt our holiday-wishes. They sent us away with a man in a golf cart just to verify that the room was much too far from the restaurant for a proper Babyphone operation. By the way: There were several rooms nearer...
We looked at each other and thouht the same: Call the hotel in Gardone to save our short holidays. Thanks God our room was still availlable.
The Parc Hotel Germano Suites in Bardolini was one of the few hotels where we were really happy to leave.
A short ride with the ferry back and our beautiful holidays continued."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of September 2008
"We've just returned from the Parc Germano and just wanted to support the other glowing reports on here. The complex is fantastic, the apartments are of exceptional quality and we had a great time.
We stayed in one of the self-catering apartments which have a full kitchen area, bathroom, dining area, double bedroom and a small lounge with a sofa bed. The apartment was much bigger than we were expecting, with a large patio area with sun loungers and table and chairs.
We had excellent travel cots delivered to the room within an hour of request on arrival, and brand new high chairs supplied as well.
The service on the site was excellent throughout our stay.
We ordered a take-away pizza one night, which was lovely and comparable price with the restaurants in the town centre. We didnt eat in the hotel restaurant - to be honest when I went up there to order the pizza i thought it looked a bit 'stuffy', and not like the relaxed trattorias and cafes in the town centre.
The pool area is really nice, although you need to wear a swimming cap in the indoor pool (need to take your own I think).
My view would be that the self-catering option in the suites or apartments would be the best value, as you can eat really well in Bardolino centre which is only 10 mins walk away. The apartments with terraces give you much more space than those with balconies and worth asking for on check-in.
Bardolino's only a 40 minute transfer from Verona too so you can be in the hotel within 90 minutes of touchdown - getting to a lot of the other resorts round the lake can mean a long stint on the coach
* take your insect repellent, as we found a lot of mosquitos around the accomodation in the evening"
- Travel date: Fri 12th of September 2008
Beautiful hotel and apartments
"Parc Hotel Germano is beautiful. I went with my husband (we're both 42) and our 16 year old daughter and her friend.
The hotel and the apartments are lovely. The apartments are very tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, great air-con, and very well insulated from any noise outside. (Not that there was much anyway!) Outside your aparment, you have your own patio with nice sunbeds and a table and 4 chairs. (In the week that we were there, a maid only came round once to clean, but to be honest, that was enough. We had loads of towels, and the place wasnt in need of additional cleaning.)
Facilities are first class. The pool is lovely and spotlessly clean. The hotel is beautiful - so modern and sparkly!!
We used the restaurant a few times. Staff are very nice, but the food was in our opinion, good, but not great. We preferred to go into Bardolino for dinner.
There is no entertainment in the complex, just the restaurant and the piano bar. The bar is very quiet, but if you want more action, you can take the 10 minute (beautiful) stroll into Bardolino where there are loads of bars, restaurants and a few clubs/discos. From the roof top piano bar (which is stunning), there are the most beautiful sunsets to watch each evening. The sun goes down over the lake, and the views are incredible..
Some of the apartments have their own private pools. We intend to return next year and have one!
Our girls enjoyed themselves, but I think it would be fair to say that they could have been doing with a bit more 'action!'
Bardolino is lovely. Hire a bike from Olympic Bikes in town centre, and see a bit more of the lake. Garda itself is very nice - bustling and only a 15 minute walk, or 5 mins on a bike.
We drove to the top of the lake and spent a day in Torbole - lovely. Completely different landscape and scenery. We also had a day in Malcesine and went up Mount Baldo. Again, completely amazing.
Lake Garda is beautiful, if you havent been, you wont be disappointed.
We like a bit of nighlife and although the hotel was quiet, if we wanted a bit more, it was there in the town.
You wont be disappointed!"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of September 2008
Wonderful holiday hotel
"We stayed for one week in August in âsuiteâ accommodation at this hotel. The suite rooms are located in several single-storey buildings down a gentle hillside. Above these single-storey buildings, there is a main hotel building with reception, restaurant, bars etc., and indoor and outdoor pools. The grounds of the hotel complex were nicely landscaped and well-maintained. On arrival and departure, luggage (and guests) are transported to the suites in little electric (golf-buggy-style) carts.
The views of Lake Garda from the restaurant and bar in the main building are wonderful.
The suite consisted of a living room with a sofa bed and table and chairs, a separate bedroom with double bed, and a bathroom with separate bath and spacious shower.
It was very well equipped, including two TVs, a safe, and tea & coffee making facilities. The air conditioning worked well â which was very welcome in the August heat! Outside, each suite had a little terrace area with table and chairs. As it is a new hotel, everything was quite new, and generally clean.
There were some nice âextrasâ â including a complimentary large bottle of mineral water provided daily in the room, and a basket of fruit. Bathrobes and slippers were provided, as well as pool towels in addition to bathroom towels. A daily âturn-downâ service (particularly useful with the sofa bed!) made it feel more âfive-starâ than âfour-starâ. There was also complimentary afternoon tea available in the pool bar between 4.30 & 5.30 pm; and a free UK newspaper (from the preceding day) that could be collected from the shop each day.
All the staff we encountered (restaurant/bar, reception/shop, chambermaids, grounds/maintenance) were pleasant and helpful.
The cold buffet breakfast was average, but the hot breakfast dishes were excellent â cooked to order, and delivered to the table very promptly. As well as a regular selection of hot dishes (including all the usual different ways of eggs etc.), there was also a selection of three âdaily specialsâ (changing according to the day of the week).
We chose to eat our breakfasts outside, on the restaurant terrace, enjoying lovely views of the Lake.
We were on half-board, and thought the evening meals were excellent. (There was waiter service for all four courses, and we much preferred this to the repetitive help-yourself buffets that seem to be provided by many âholiday hotelsâ these days!)
There was an antipasto course, a starter course (e.g. soup, pasta) with choice, a main course with choice, and a selection of desserts. They also seemed happy for guests to swap in one course from the a la carte menu if they wished.
When we were going to the Opera one evening, we were able to take lunch in the restaurant instead of dinner.
The food was good quality, in generous portions, and nicely presented.
We thought the service in the restaurant was also invariably very good, with the staff being efficient, charming and friendly.
The hotel is located a bit out of the centre of Bardolino â about 10 minutes walk (slightly uphill on the way back!)
There is an outdoor pool and splendid indoor pool. We used the indoor pool because it was much quieter, and out of the burning sun! (My only complaint would be that on one day, there were unsupervised children there behaving badly â against the indoor pool rules - but no-one at Reception seemed very interested in doing anything about it. On other days, it was usually very quiet and peaceful.)
There is a Pool Bar and a Piano Bar. We thought prices for drinks in the hotel were very reasonable, being similar to those in most of the cafes in the area.
The âPiano Barâ has an outdoor section, and splendid views of the Lake â¦ Unfortunately, though, there never seemed to be a pianist to play the piano there!
The Reception staff spoke good English, and were friendly and helpful (including providing help with arranging car hire). There were a few minor problems when we arrived â the sofa-bed (for a third person in the suite) wasnât made up, and the safe needed re-setting â but these were quickly sorted out.
We booked this through Crystal Lakes & Mountains, and thought the overall package price for this hotel represented very good value for money."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2008
"Just returned from 11 days at the Parc Hotel Germano. We booked through Thomson Lakes on a half board basis.
The accomodation is of a very high standard - very spacious, high quality finishings, good air conditioning, generous private patio with loungers plus table and chairs. Each day we got a complimentary bottle of mineral water and a bowl of fruit to our room.
We found the half board option to be good value, particularly given the current pound to Euro exchange rate. I noticed that one review mentioned a limited choice when staying half board but we were allowed to pick up to four courses from the A La Carte Menu as well as choosing from the daily specials with our half board basis. There was a pretty good selection of starters, salads, pastas, meat and fish courses, pizzas and desserts so we didn't feel limited in choice. I agree with previous coments that some of the restaurant staff can be a little full of their own self importance but the majority of waiting and other staff were excellent. Spoke to some other guests who were self catering and who opted to eat in the restaurant quite a few times as they felt it offered pretty good value relative to some of the places restaurants in Bardolino. On the whole I thought the food was pretty nice - although if you order a steak and don't want to see any blood you may need to send it back even if you ask for well done!The breakfast was also lovely with a good selection of hot and cold options.
The hotel is suitable for all ages. The pool is very child friendly - there is a baby pool, a whirlpool which is also shallow and a larger swimming pool. There is a bridge over the pool and pool side showers so all in our little boy was entertained all day. Most of the people with children seemed to be self catering so for those not wanting to be inundated with children at dinner there were only a few kiddies in the restaurant, including our own well behaved boy! However in saying that there is a (limited) children's menu and the staff were excellent with our little boy so it was child friendly. Be aware that the dinner service doesn't start until 7.30pm which was a little late for us but our son adjusted quite quickly and tended to have a snooze in the afternoon which helped him to last a bit longer than at home - there is also the option of take-away pizza to your room. There is an option to pay a bit more to get a suite with its own private plunge pool so you don't have to go to the main pool to cool off and we spoke to some couples who had gone for this option. We saw the pools and while they are not large enough to swim in they are ideal if you don't want to venture far from your suite.
The hotel bar is located on a roof terrace and has beautiful panoramic views over Lake Garda. Each evening they put on canapes from 6.30 to 7.30 which was perfect for pre-dinner nibbles.
For those wishing to keep fit while on vacation there is a small fitness room with some cardo equipment and free weights plus a couple of weight machines. There is a spa offering treatment but we didn't sample this.
The location was ideal. A few minutes walk downhill to Bardolino and Lake Garda. (The hotel is located just at the edge of Bardolino on the Garda side). Bardolino itself is a very pretty bustling little town with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops cafes etc. We hired bikes and cycled along the lakeside to Garda. You can also walk/cycle in the opposite direction to Lasize. We didn't venture much further due to it being pretty warm and us having a toddler with us but Bardolino is a good base for catching ferries/buses etc to explore the area.
Overall summary - I can't wait to go back!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of August 2008
Hotel Germano "A star is born".
"Arrived a the Hotel Germano by default after Thomsons cocked up my booking at the Hotel Gritti. Can I just say thank you Thomsons I cant complain with the substitute at all.
The complex is beautiful, clean and fresh as you would expect from a hotel operating for only 2 months. The suites are tastefully designed and decorated ie flat screen tvs in lounge and bedroom, air con. chic furniture, massive double bed in bright airy bedrooms, a fabulous bathroom with an invigorating power shower too name just a few.
Overall the complex is very stylish with a very pleasant and civilised clientele. The outdoor pool had plenty of vacant sunbeds all day (this may change as the hotel gets more popular) and the indoor pool with turkish bath and sauna also gave further options.
A return to your suite before your evening meal to sit on your terrace and enjoy a nice glass of wine with excellent views of the lake was heaven. Each terrace had a minimum of two loungers a table and 4 chairs with patio doors to the front.
Evening meals for us where served in the restaurant although many opted for their meals on the restaurant terrace. Indoors was nicely airconditioned with spectacular views of the lake. The service and food was also delivered to a very high standard..
After your meal a trip upstairs to the Piano bar was also a nice way to round off the night ( A tip to the hotel would be throw in a pianist to play the beautiful piano in the corner) sitting inside or again on the bars roof terrace overlooking the lake.
My overall experience of the hotel was excellent. The staff in general were very courteous and friendly and a few more months should iron out any teething troubles of being such a new hotel.
The hotel is settled and looks the finished article although there is another phase under construction far away to the rear and out of sight. If you can get a suite with its own small pool well they looked great ....
The niggles:- The points to note to any prospective guests are the walk to Bardolino centre is approx 10 mins stroll gently downhill. This actually feels like 15 to 20 minutes on the way back. There is no bus or shuttle service (Hotel take note) and like many parts of Lake Garda taxis are only available by phone. For this reason if you are a little fragile on your feet or infirm this may not be for you...unless you are happy to stay on site.
Entertainment on site is limited but I personally found that a big plus to the usual Karoake and Bingo that frankly irritates me.
If your looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful accommodation book it now. Ideal for families and couples of all ages."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2008
Great hotel - a genuine chance to both relax and do things.
"We spent 7 nights here having been upgraded from Hotel Gritti, which had been overbooked. We couldnt believe how lucky we were getting one of the suites with a private pool.
A buggy takes your luggage from the reception to the room, and there was an array of other personal touches from the dressing gowns and slippers to the maid putting mints on your pillows.
Food was very good in the restaurant, with generous portions. Choice was wide although going half board you can get a bit tired of the same menu come the end of the week. Having said that, the breakfast was superb. While the food quality remained high, the level of service deteriorated as the week went on - they were quite slow and certain staff were not as friendly/attentive as others.
This was the only gripe though. We were concerned about its newness and potential for ongoing building work, but this was largely unnoticable and only at the end could you see a few builders wondering around.
I would highly recommend Parc Hotel Germano. Having been upgraded, our only disappointment is that our next holiday's accommodation probably wont be as good!"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of August 2008
"We are loyalty customers with the Parchotel chain having stopped at the Gritti in Bardolino and the Hotel San Pietro in Limone so decided to give these apartments a go. Before we went we watched the forum to see what people thought and it was a mixed review as the apartments were only finished beginning of June.
When we got there the Receptionist was our old friend Elizabetta from the Gritti so that was a good start. Cars are not allowed on the complex so a lovely little man took us to our rooms in a little golf cart!
We had originally booked a three roomed apartment but were double booked so they gave us 2 two roomed apartments for the same price.
We could not believe how large the apartments were! and beautifully decorated - very modern.
The pool area was fantastic and our 2 kids (10 and 8) had the time of their lives. It's very child friendly so we could relax as well. There were plenty of sunbeds. No matter what time we got to the pool there were always lots of empty ones (no need for any towels on the beds at this place!)
There were a few teething problems.
Our water kept going cold in the one apartment but we needed only to dial 9 for reception and someone was there within 1/2 hour to tweak the boiler.
If you are serious about self catering and cooking for 2 weeks you may have some problems. There is a hob, microwave, no oven and the fridge is very small, but as we were eating out most nights this was not a problem for us.
The restaurant at the moment is woefully understaffed but this may be because they have only just opened, but the food was DELICIOUS and only about the same price as the restaurants in Bardolino. (If you are in a suite it is half board). The a la carte menu doesn't change all week, they just add a special each night. The buffet breakfast was very good for â¬12 per head(â¬6 for children).
The take away Pizzas were excellent and cheaper than the ones in Bardolino.
The roof top bar was very quiet when we went, but what a view! We sat drinking our Baileys watching the sunset - breathtaking.
The complex is beautifully laid out and we had probably the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. We have already been working out when we can go back again next year.!"
- Travel date: Sun 10th of August 2008
"Just got back from 7 nights staying in the suites- they were great- we had a wonderful holiday and thought the hotel was amazing"
- Travel date: Sun 10th of August 2008
Suites are FAB
"Brand new Hotel. Suites are fabulous especially air conditioning. Free water & fruit every day. Cleaning staff and piano bar staff excellent. Would avoid half board as not much choice on standard menu and they only allow you to swop one course from a la Carte. Food is of mediocre quality for 4 stars and is inconsistant. Some of restuarant and reception staff not always the most friendly - a little bit too full of self importance at times to be frank. Overall a pretty good experience though and Bardolino is great."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of August 2008
We stayed at the Germano in Bardolino fo...
"We stayed at the Germano in Bardolino for one week in July shortly after the Hotel opened.
We were totally blown away with the whole complex,fantastic accomodation,really good facilities including some suites with small private pools.
The staff were excellent,professional and friendly with a real aim to please their customers.
Food was fantastic,breakfast plentiful with vast amounts of fruit,yoghurt,cereals,cheese cooked meats etc with the option of cooked also.
Dinner was a gastronomic delight,four courses with loads of fish and meat choice all served on a heavenly outdoor terrace with outstanding sunsets over the Lake.
I would recommend this Hotel to anyone and hope to return fairly soon."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of July 2008