My recent trip to the Bardolino Wine Festival around Lake Garda was brilliant. My friend Chloe and I felt like two of those ‘ladies who lunch’ as we sauntered around the streets of Bardolino sampling wine and sharing our thoughts.
One of the best things about our trip was our accommodation at the Parc Hotel Germano with Inghams. It was in absolute prime position for the Bardolino Wine Festival, just a ten-minute walk from the action which at least meant we got some exercise to work off all the food we couldn’t refuse at the hotel.
Parc Hotel Germano food
Our days started with a
two-course three-course breakfast from the buffet. I always had yogurt, muesli and fruit for starters and then throughout the four days tried a few cakes, some Champagne, the fish, the fresh baked breads, the boiled eggs, the scrambled eggs and the fried eggs. I made sure I gave that buffet a good going over, don’t you worry. I tried at least 80% of the offerings.
We were there half board which meant we had our pick of the menu every night. From seafood platters, to truffle oil pasta and fish showcase starters we ate all we could. Here’s just a quick look at some of the dinners we managed during the four days. The service was great as was the wine and the gin and tonics too.
I’ll have to admit I was a bit disappointed by the lemon meringue dessert – especially as I was so excited when I saw it on the menu. ‘Bit synthentic’ as my mum would say. Go for the chocolate option instead or the parfait. No need to thank me. I tried them all so I can work out the best one for you.
After dinner you could go up to the panorama piano bar and enjoy a drink up there looking out into the lights around the lake.
I didn’t quite expect our ‘room’ to be so fancy. We actually had two rooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen and a lounge area. We also had a balcony running all the way around, on both levels. The views from the window were incredible.
My only grumble, if I had to make one, was that every time you put the key in to make the electricity work Whitney Houston would come blaring out of both TVs. I enjoyed it at first and then when I heard the same song for the 10th time I had to unplug them both. Sorry Whitters.
There was an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym and a cafe. We went for two sessions in the pool and sauna, one on the first morning when we had it to ourselves, and another when we came home drenched after a 60km bike ride. We needed to limber up those muscles in the heat.
There were also bikes for rent, which we used, and plenty of space for parking. It wasn’t quite the weather for it when we were there but there were sun loungers and swings overlooking the lake as far as the eye could see.
I stayed at the Germano Hotel half board thanks to Inghams. It’s a great place to stay if you’re going to the Bardolino Wine Festival, or if you want to explore the Lake Garda area the rest of the year. You can find out more here.