July 9, 2005
Hotel Alessi is right in the centre of the old town, just behind the harbour and lakefront. It is close to the castle. The hotel has its own restaurant, which serves home-cooked meals.
Hotel Alessi is actually two houses next to each other, with lots of stairs and corridors that lead up and down. The first day, we had difficulty finding our room again.
The hotel is run with German precision and punctuality.
HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station):
The city centre is about 15 to 20 minutes on foot. The road goes downhill, so it is not too strenuous. Walk down the street right in front of the station. You will pass some hotels (but we did not find them attractive, as the road is busy). Cross the (busy) street at the traffic lights. Continue straight on. You are now in Via Cavour. This road is much quieter. Turn left at the main square. Via Castello is the second (very narrow) street on your left.
WHAT THE ROOM IS LIKE:
To reach our room, we had to go through corridors and up stairs, but we had to ignore certain stairs. When we passed the parrot in its cage, we knew we went in the right direction. The hotel's lay out is a bit of a maze.
Our room was on the top floor, quite large, and with double glazing and wooden shutters in front of the small windows. The furniture was brand-new. This part of the hotel has recently been renovated with air-conditioning and heating (needed in winter) and a television with CNN; TV5, a French channel; and BBC World. This was very welcomed, as most budget hotels only have Italian channels. There was a large bathroom with a shower and shower screen.
There was a delicious buffet breakfast with fresh rolls and croissants, cereals, yoghurt (coffee-flavoured yoghurt, my favourite!), fruit juice, and coffee.
DINNER: Every day, there was a different three-course dinner, with a choice of four different dishes per course, costing 12€ on weekdays and 12.50€ at the weekend. There is no cover charge.
It is also possible to order à la carte. First courses starts at 6€, and second courses at 9€. There is a cover charge of 2€.
Dinner is freshly prepared, which means that you will have to wait some time before your meal arrives if you order à la carte.
They offer excellent service and a very helpful management. At the reception desk there are lots of tourist info leaflets and also the Desenzano-to-Venice and Desenzano-to-Milan train timetables. (Desenzano to Venice takes 2 hours. Desenzano to Verona takes 40 minutes)
In July, August, and September, full board is 55€ pp and half-board is 50€ pp.
Outside the high season, it’s 65€ per room, breakfast included.
From journal Northern Italy by Train