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Hotel Virgilio
Ranked #8 of 62 Hotels in Riva Del Garda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We stayed at the Virgilio 5 years ago and if anything the place is even better now. Our room was spacious and modern as was the bathroom. Te
here was Sat TV and a safe in the room and the air-con was very good. . . and it needed to be as it was 36+ degrees during our visit.

Plenty of spaces in the large free car park at the side of the hotel. The free bike rental is a real bonus as it gives visitors the opportunity to check out the town and lake area where the bars and restaurants are situated. Riva is very bike friendly. The hotel is 1.6km from Riva lake/centre so approx. a 20 minute walk.

The breakfast is varied and good but only "continental" style (no eggs, bacon etc.) The outside terrace area in particular was very busy in the mornings as the Hotel was being used by a Coach Trip Company. Didn't try the restaurant for this reason. (No offense guys)

The pool area is nice with a few umbrellas and beds and there is a separate Jacuzzi. There is also a separate smaller pool for little ones. Beer and wine are reasonably priced at the hotel but use the Coop supermarket nearby for water.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

National holidays trip.

Much of which has been said in other reviews except for that the optional trip to Trento can be avoided.
Advised by driver that the town was voted prettiest town in Italy for the past 5 years based on it's flowers (blooms). The only blooms I saw were the 'bloomers' on sale in the numerous 'knicker' stalls in the tacky market.
Get the bus to Tobole instead.

Room Tip: 3rd floor looking towards the lake/mountain
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jobar2014
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

There is a lot to like about this hotel. The food is good, the staff are friendly and the location is a good one. The rooms are poor unless you get a refurbished one. They are small and dated. The bathroom has a nine inch step from the bedroom. The shower is the worst one ever. The cubicle is extremely small and the temper fluctuates wildly from scalding to freezing. The breakfasts are very good with a wide variety. The dinners are strange. There is a lot of peripheral food, but the main courses are very small. Drinks are fairly priced except the bottles of water which cost five times the price in the next door supermarket. The staff are friendly, especially Kevin, Cannon and Wanda. I would stay there again when the other rooms have been updated.

Room Tip: Ask for a refurbished one.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Keith4529
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Lake Garda

Review of 8 day trip to Lake Garda, Verona and Venice - July/Aug 2017

This trip with National Holidays is not for the faint hearted. If the timings do not go according to plan the time spent on the bus gets longer and longer and the breaks shorter.
We were collected from Middlesbrough by a feeder bus that collected passengers at Rotherham and met other bus's at Woodall Services. Unfortunately for us we missed or had ferry cancelled at Dover so were delayed 2-3 hours. This meant we didn't get to Metz till 12.30 mid night for our overnight stay and cudnt leave till 9.30am as drivers needed 9 hrs break from driving. This then meant we had short breaks on 2nd day and got to Lake Garda hotel at 20.45 to go straight in for dinner. Apparently the bus usually gets to destination hotel at tea time.
Itinerary at Lake Garda hotel
Day 3 - Monday - free day or trip to couple of villages on lake at cost of £20 or 25 euro per person. Leave 9am. We didn't go but others said not worth it.
Day 4 - Tuesday - Verona,leave 9am. Well worth it but heavy going if weather warm.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Venice, leave 7.30am. We didn't go but others said very very busy and supper long day.
Day 6 - Thursday - free day or trip to Torento market £20 or 20 euro per person, leave 9am. We went expecting designer pretend stuff but only women's knickers and dress and shoes. Not worth it. One of women on our bus gad her bag stolen.
Day 7 - Friday - Boat trip to Limone and Marsella. Leave 8.45am. We didn't go but others said well worth it.
Day 8 - Saturday - 07.20 leave hotel to stop in Mertz overnight. Journey you take home depends on drivers but we did Italy, Austria, Germany then France. Gorgeous scenery. We arrived 20.00hrs ish.
Day 9 - Sunday - Leave Mertz 06.20am to try get am ferry home. We fortunately did so arrived in Dover 13.20hrs. Ferry journey 90 mins. If eating on ferry try get in Brasserie. Costs more but worth it.

Metz hotel stay in France. National Holidays uses Campanile hotels which are like Premier Inn's. The hotel in the town is new and lovely. The hotel in Metz that is near the industrial park is smelly and needs a good clean. The chinese near this hotel is fab. Qin's. An all you can eat and drink ( soft and alcohol drinks) for 20 euros. Its buffet style.
The hotel Virgilio Riva del Garda at Lake Garda is a family run hotel about 20 mins walk from the lake edge. The room we stayed in was tired and dated. The shower did its own thing. There is a free safe in the wall. The room was air conditioned. A must for July/August. The hotel is upgrading the rooms. I looked in one. These are more 21st century. Clean lines and minimal. The hotel has a lovely outdoor area with pool which is must to relax in after a day trip out.
Breakfast is continental style (7.30-9.45) but masses of choice. It is help your self from conservatory. The dining room where dinner is served at 19.00hrs is too warm to eat in as there is no air conditioning. National like you to run a room bill while at the hotel. Free drinks 20-23.00 hrs are a fantastic inclusions in price of whole holiday. You can get water, soft drinks, beers, red or white wine.
The whole journey from Woodall Services and back is 2876 miles. At 60mph that 47 hours of travelling on bus.
The mosquitoes bites are a problem. We used bracelets and sprays but nothing stopped new bites appearing.
The trip is great value for money.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Me and my wife travelled with national holidays for 7 days from 30th july to the 5th august .Italy was having a heat wave at the time thank god they had a pool .Some rooms has been updated but the other rooms were very clean, its the second time we have stayed here and it wont be the last

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Virgilio 21, 38066, Riva Del Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of Trento > Riva Del Garda
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Riva Del Garda
#10 Romantic Hotel in Riva Del Garda
#10 Family Hotel in Riva Del Garda
Price Range: €90 - €212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Virgilio 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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