by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
July 5, 2001
Just a 5-minute walk from the beach and city center, Hotel Cristina offers a comfortable relaxed ambiance. Our tastefully decorated room had a small balcony, which overlooked the courtyard and provided a marvelous view of the lake beyond. This proved to be a mixed blessing since the town’s main thoroughfare was only about 200 yards from our window. In order to get a restful sleep, it was necessary to keep the window closed.
Our room was on the secondo piano (second floor) which is actually the third floor since the Italians number differently (ground floor =1, first floor =2...etc.) Located a quiet and comfortable distance from the elevator, it afforded all the amenities we Americans have come to expect: Private bath with shower, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, air conditioning, private parking, in-room safe and satellite TV with remote.
We met new friends and chatted with the pleasant owners, the Manetti-Vrijenhoek family, in the relaxed lobby-bar. Flowers cascade from every window-box and the gardens and fountain areas are just steps from the front door. Two swimming pools (one with a waterfall) offer an alternative to the lake on warm summer days, and bicycles are available to rent.
For an additional charge of just $11.88 per person, per day, we chose the half-pension option with a huge breakfast buffet and dinner each night with your selection from 3 entrees. On Thursday evenings a Gala Dinner is served on the terrace with a strolling musician. note: Dining tables are assigned when you arrive. If your table is inside, ask for one on the terrace and they will do their best to accommodate you.
English, Italian and German are all spoken well here and generally there is no language problem. Reserve early! We booked 3 months in advance, but were unable to get a room with a large balcony overlooking the pools (and away from the noisy street). The hotel offers several package deals and excursions. Visit their website at www.hotelcristina.it
From journal BARDOLINO Revisited