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Hotel Piroscafo - Desenzano del Garda

3 star Hotel Desenzano del Garda

Via Porto Vecchio 11 - Desenzano del Garda

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The hotel Piroscafo is an intimate, family-run hotel, entirely renewed and situated in Desenzano del Garda. The property faces the quaint old port and its central position is the ideal for guests who want tranquility but also wish to have the advantages that being in the center of town can offer: near the best shops, the embarcadero, the public transportation, and all of the other services that a holiday town can offer to its guests, including a number of water sports, such as sailing, boating, windsurfing and kite surfing, swimming, and water skiing.
The 4-story property offers comfortable guest-rooms, a TV room, and a bar, as well as an efficient staff always on hand to help you with useful information and advice in 4 languages: Italian, English, French or Russian.The property also offers complimentary wireless (high-speed) Internet access, air-conditioned public areas, and a concierge desk. Parking is available nearby and pets and service animals are welcome. 
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Guest Rating 8.5 Excellent
Based on 158 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

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Breakfast at Hotel Piroscafo

A free buffet breakfast is available between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

Hotel Facilities at Piroscafo

  • Bar
  • Luggage room
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Concierge
  • Lift/elevator
  • Pets accepted
  • Internet/Email services

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  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • Children 4 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Check-in: between 2:00 PM and 11 PM.

Check-out: before 11:00 AM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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INCLUDED/NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Pets are welcome free of charge. Breakfast is included in the price.

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 0.80 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 14 years of age.
 

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Hotel Piroscafo is also known as

Hotel Piroscafo
Piroscafo Hotel Desenzano Del Garda

9.0

Clean

9.4

Location

8.0

Quiet

6.8

Spacious

8.6

Service

Piroscafo Hotel reviews

8.2 Very Good
  • June 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

Nothing quite compares to taking that first sip of a cappuccino while sitting in the warm early morning Italian sun, as the sweetest jasmine scented breeze s come floating off the lake. You're lulled into a dream as you watch the reflections of old ,pastel colored houses doing a slow dance in the waters of the tiny port, with its' lonely fishing boats swaying like pendulums, back and forth as they've been doing here for hundreds of years. M A G I C. This hotel is a gem! Fantastic location, comfotable, but not fancy rooms, an abundant breakfast and a respectful, kind staff.

7.0 Good
  • June 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellently situated for a night's stay close to restaurants and the ferry and overlooking the lively and picturesque old harbour.

8.4 Very Good
  • September 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

Stayed 10 nights at the Piroscafo, we have stayed there before and will do so again.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • September 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

The location is perfect, the breakfast was good,the staff was helpful, the town is nice and the lake and towns around are wonderful

8.4 Very Good
  • July 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Was not to happy about opening the door into a very narrow space but over all we had a lovely stay and would go there again.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • June 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Malta

We needed a quick getaway for a couple of days, somewhere to relax but also comfortable enough to travel around the North of Italy and we could not have chosen a better place! The Hotel is VERY Pretty and is situated in the heart of the pedestrian centre of Desenzano, just on the old porto, with an overlooking balcony. The best thing about it was that while we where on the lake we where also only 10min away (on foot) from the Train Station which made traveling very easy! and 2min away from the battello that takes you all around the Lake. Breakfast was nothing bombastic, but enough choice to suit everyone's taste and some items changed everyday. Although the Room was small it had everything that one required including tea making facilities and it was very clean. Last but not least the people where nice and went out of their way to be helpful and make our few days even more memorable. I recommend this Hotel to anyone without any hesitation! Well Done Hotel Piroscafo and thanks!

7.1 Good
  • October 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

We like the hotel very much and the bar next door. We hope to return in 2013

8.9 Excellent
  • September 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

This was our second visit to Hotel Piroscafo and we shall stay there again on our next visit to Desenzano. We like the hotel very much.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

We were very happy with our choice, the staff is very nice and helpful, the location is excellent and our room was not a beauty but very clean!

7.6 Good
  • July 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

The staff in this hotel is very nice, and the hotel's locations is excellent. In few words, a good service.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • September 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

A lovely hotel in an ideal location alongside the Porto Vecchio in Desenzano. Check in was friendly and quick and all the staff were friendly in the extreme and we were very well satisfied with our stay.

8.8 Excellent
  • September 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

Stay at this hotel for a very central location and service-minded staff. Our double room had a balcony overlooking the little harbour, perfect for a drink in the afternoon or simply just starting the day watching the city come to life. We liked the decor of the room & ensuite, and it had everything we needed, but it was a bit cramped. Nightlife in Desenzano was louder than we expected, so we ended up having to close the balcony door and switch on the air-con (which was a good one!). Breakfast had good variety, and there are both indoor and outdoor seating available. Recommended!

8.7 Excellent
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel is in such a fantastic position, right opposite the old inner harbour, the bedrooms are good and bathroom although small was ok, the lift is small, only 2 people at a time but it didnt bother us, it never got too busy, you could have your breakfast outside looking onto harbour, downside on breakfast was if you didnt get there before 9/9:30 food wasnt replaced, you were told, sorry none left, and breakfast was till 10, so i think if you have paid for bed and breakfast you should get both, saying that it still wouldnt put me off going back, there is a small bar next door that gets busy, nice place we used it, but it stays open late and you can here noise from it in room, again didnt bother us.Staff were nice but seemed a bit reserved, there is a nice verandah that guests have use of during the day, with sun loungers, you can get a coffee, but if you want just one glass of wine, they only do bottles which isnt bad i suppose, when it came to leaving i didnt want to it was so nice, its the position of hotel that does it.

7.0 Good
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Convenient location over looking the old harbour which was mostly traffic free but was a buzz of voices at night as people ate and drank outside the restaurants and bars.15 minutes or so walk to station.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

My wife and I and two friends stayed in the Hotel Piroscafo for four nights (26/7/10) and "it does exactly what it says on the tin"! Very clean in all areas, staff very friendly and helpful and there is an excellent choice at breakfast. Breakfast can be taken outside which was quite a novelty for four people from wet and cold UK! Well worth paying the extra for a room with a balcony which looks out over the old port. Hotel well situated for bars, restaurants, bus stop and the ferry terminal for "lake hopping". Only down side is that the walk to the station (up hill and 15 minutes) could be challenging for the less able. We will definitely go again.

8.4 Very Good
  • June 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

The hotel is in an excellent location - on the lake and close to the boat jetty, and only a 20 min downhill walk from the station. There is a good buffet breakfast, which can be taken outside, next to the old port. Only downside we found was the hairdryer - how I hate the type used, which is why I bring my own portable model. Other than that, no complaints - the hotel is excellent value for money.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • United Kingdom

I chose the hotel principally for the position and view - it is beautifully placed, and we had rooms with balconies overlooking the inner harbour. That meant we had noise at night from the nearby restaurants, but we didn't mind that.

8.5 Excellent
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Very quiet hotel good service and good rooms. I appreciate a lot the central location. I'll certainly return for my weekend on the Garda lake.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

A nice petite hotel in a fantastic setting. The room and balcony were very small but the room had a double bed as requested and was well planned and spotlessly clean. The view was like something out of a fairytale. The staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The room was expensive compared to others that we stayed in in Northern Italy, but in keeping with Lake Garda prices which is an expensive location. We would definitely stay there again, but would go for the cheaper 1st floor rooms with the public roof terrace in front (which we used, but not many people did) rather than the dearer one with such a small balcony. Altogether a lovely hotel in a stunning location.

6.4 Fair
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Italy

On the 10th August it became necessary for my wife and I to book a hotel near Lake Garda so we could meet our son.We were in Alba in Italy and were using a lap top . We used the online booking agency and picked out the first hotel Hotel Panoram at Costermano your reference IHR 7309003. As we neared the end of the booking process, and after having given our card details, we got a message that the transaction could not be completed. As a result we then telephoned the phone number given on the web site and thereafter spoke with one of your agents. She was unable to help at first but then phoned back and with her help we were able to book the Hotel Piroscafo -your reference 7309148. You will note from your records that the "booking" 7309003 was made at 14.49 and the booking 7309148 was made at 15.13 .Obviously we would not have made a second booking 24 minutes later if we had believed that the first booking had been accepted. We stayed at the Piroscafo and paid our bill for 378 euros. I was shocked on my return to this country to see that you have now charged us for the first Hotel. I have now been able to check my e mails and I accept that you sent me emails in respect of both bookings.However,as I told your represrtntative ,when she told me she would send me an email in respect of the Piroscafo booking, I was abroad and would not be checking my e mail until my return home. Clearly if we had not received the message concerning the failed transaction we would have been happy to have accepted the first booking.It is no fault of ours that your system failed to operate correctly and therefore we request the refund of the 360 euros. surprise surprise -so far we have got no response save that its not our fault we only booked the hotel -ask them for the refund.No response from the Hotel! DON'T USE THIS AGENCY

8.0 Very Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

this is my second time here on holiday staff very helpful a good breakfast in the morning

7.1 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Seul défaut relevé : la petite taille de la salle de bains et plus particulièremenrt de la cabine de douche Terrasses de restaurant très agreables sur la rive opposée du petit port

9.9 Outstanding!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

Friendly service. Lovely setting just across from a small harbour. We booked a room with balcony view, and were glad we did. We spent a very relaxing few days in this wonderful hotel. Excellent

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This is a small hotel with small rooms (by U.S. standards). We rated highly the "quality of service provided," but this is a family-run, basic hotel that does not offer much in the way of services (e.g., no porters). But the hotel is wonderfully located, the staff were helpful, and the rooms were spotless.

10 Outstanding!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Stayed for 7 days in June - excellent hotel in all respects. Well worth paying extra for room with balcony overlooking the small harbour in Desenzano.

8.1 Very Good
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

Excellent,comfortable hotel in an ideal position near lakeside and ferry - much more expensive than another hotel of equal quality used on this trip,also booked by Venere.Lovely to have breakfast on patio in warm sunshine.Direction map I printed from internet to walk from railway station was totally misleading -you just exit station and walk straight ahead downhill-luckily I arrived after dark and took a taxi otherwise I would have been very annoyed being sent out of my way!

8.6 Excellent
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • New Zealand

Great reception by the girl on duty. All staff spoke very good English. Hotel excellent location in middle shopping area/ restorantes and 50 m from the Lake. Took Taxi from Train station (about 2 km) to hotel (8 Euros) No map on web site - only written directions. But if map showing directions on Web site could easily walked (downhill all the way). Easy walk up hill(not step) from hotel to train station. Overall great stay and recommend the hotel.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel Piroscafo could not have been better. Service was friendly, location was perfect, the view of the harbor wonderful. The room was typically small but with a firm, comfortable bed, nice built in closets on each side of the bed, a wall mounted flat screen TV, and the best feature of all - the small balcony with two chairs. Breakfast was better than usual with coissants, ham, salami, boiled eggs, yogurt, cereal, juice, and a little pitcher of coffee.

8.6 Excellent
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

Lovely central location right in the centre of a lovely town. Only negative point was that there was a strong smell of tobacco smoke in the room even though there were no smoking signs prominently placed. I would certainly recommend a stay here.

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Highly reccomended. Hope to return soon and Often!

9.6 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Hotel receptionists were very welcoming and helpful. Breakfast was very good. Overall an excellent hotel which we would recommend.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

I have just returned from Hotel Piroscafo and have to say we really enjoyed our stay. We had a room on the 1st floor leading out onto the terrace and the view was amazing. The hotel was in an excellent location and the staff spoke great English and were very helpful. Would really recommed this hotel. Its about a 10 minute walk from Dezenzano train station (downhill)which was not too bad at all. You go right down to the harbour area and the hotel is located by the bridge in the little harbour area. I would recommed you pay the extra to stay in the superior room as there is much more daylight. Overall a great base for a lovely stay in Desenzano.A+++++

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Fantastic hotel easy to locate and in i feel one of the most beatiful areas with a great Italian restaurant just out front and lots of great bars really close. Room was lovely with a great balcony overlooking the harbour . We really enjoyed our stay and wished we had booked longer.

8.7 Excellent
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Hungary

Hotel Piroscafo has a central location, just a few steps from the Lake Garda. It is a bit far away from the railway station, but can be found easily. It has a very kind staff and clean rooms.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Norway

We really enjoyed our stay in Desenzano. The city is conveniently located. We went by boat on the lake, by bike to Sirmione, and by train to Venice. Hotel Piroscafo has an excellent location at the old port, in the middle of the old town. The staff were service-minded and friendly and the rooms were clean with "fresh" interior and air-condition. One of us found the bed a little too hard.

8.2 Very Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Lovely location, charming hotel, very clean, and the staff were very helpful and obliging. The room was small, as was the ensuite - but we knew this when we booked. We had a view over the Porto Vecchio, which was beautiful (did Di Chirico ever stop here?). We had noticed from other reviews that the rooms overlooking the port were allegedly noisy, but didn't find this to be so at all - perhaps we were just lucky. The breakfast was not bad at all. I think this hotel serves older couples who want to be well located for local bars and restaurants, and for access to the lake (2 mins to the embarcation point), very well. Also, since we were travelling by train, it was important to be accessible to Desenzano Station. It's a very pleasant 10-15 minute walk downhill from the station - we got a taxi back, though! (around 10 Euros). All in all we were very happy with the hotel.

8.1 Very Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

Lovely hotel, ideally situated. Rooms a little small but spent spent most of time out of them. No restaurant in the hotel but surrounded by places to eat. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Would return to this hotel.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This is a very nice hotel in a beatiful setting very near Lake Garda. The hotel has very nice sitting areas including a terrace and is very near the lake and many restaurants. The employees were friendly and helpful.

6.7 Fair
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Nice hotel, very conveniently placed and very quiet. It is walkable from the station but we didn't have a map and despite the written location instructions got a bit lost when trying to find it. The room was very nice, super clean, with ensuite shower room and balcony. Also a flat screen TV, but only news channels in English, no mini bar so buy your own water or overnight refreshments. The reception staff all spoke English and were helpful with directions and information on how to get to Brescia airport. Much nicer than the grumpy woman in the Tourist Information Office, which is conveniently placed outside the front of the hotel. The breakfast is definitely not worth 9 Euros and the coffee was foul and tasted of chicory, also one tea bag for a pot of hot water doesn't make for a very strong cuppa. If you want a proper coffee it costs 2 euros but better option is to go to one of the numerous cafes nearby. Densenzano is a good location for getting around if you don't have a car. It's easy to get to Venice, Milan and Brescia (where you can get a bus to the airport) by train. We also got the Bus to a few local places but make sure you get bus tickets from the yellow newsagents kiosk in town first. Overall this is a nice hotel in a very picturesque setting, however the town, though billed as more of a authentic 'italian' town than places such as Sirmione, is still very touristy. For that reason I probably wouldn't stay here again. It is however a good venue for those wanting a quiet holiday in pretty surroundings, and a particularly good option if your Italian is a bit basic or non existent as nearly everyone both in and out of the hotel spoke English.

8.7 Excellent
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • United Kingdom

This hotel is located moments from the beautiful lake. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and helpful in recommending places to eat. The room was spacious and clean.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Vanuatu

We loved this hotel and its location. I requested a room with a balcony - one was not available at the time I made my reservation, but the hotel contacted me a week or so later to say one had become available and would I still like it...I though that was a really nice touch. All the hotel staff were lovely and spoke excellent English, the hotel rooms are exceptionally clean, and sitting on a tiny balcony overlooking the little square and port with a glass of champagne was a perfect start to our holiday. In fact we liked it so much we booked another night there on the last night of our trip. Room 8 is a bit cramped, but 10 was a little bigger. The directions provided are a bit vague - it is easier to follow the town signs to the Centre and Old Port - when you drive along the waterfront I actually could recognise the hotel from the picture on the website. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in Desenzano, and it is only 45 mins from Bergamo airport, so we found it a perfect placce to start & finish our trip. You can park outside the hotel long enough to unload bags, and then they give you directions for a public car park which gives you a concessional rate - beware, the car park doesn't always open on time in the morning, so if you have an early start you might be better to park elsewhere. The hotel is excellent value for money, I wouldn't bother with the hotel breakfast though, there are plenty of cafes around for a cappuccino & cornetto. We loved it!

9.0 Wonderful!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Gibraltar

Professional staff always willing to help. Rooms were fine for us.

5.6 Ordinary
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

the hotel in general was good but the beds were the worst that i have ever tried to sleep in (that includes IBIS hotels). I or my wife did not sleep for the duration of our stay. The beds consisted of a hard mattress and a wooden base. could not recommend this hotel on that basis. TG

9.7 Outstanding!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

very well situated 2 mins to ferries 15 to railway station. very helpful staff. easy access to Verona and Milan by train.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

This was our first time to Desenzano; we were looking for a quiet place to spend the night en route to Venice having flown from Calgary that day. What we found was all that and more! We had taken the train from Milan, walked down the hill to the hotel (10 min). Our room was great - spacious and clean. We also went for a walk along the harbour and lake that evening, relaxed with a coffee at one of the many cafes, and totally enjoyed ourselves. Would have liked to have stayed longer, but had a time constraint for the next day.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

l'hotel è esattamente come descritto sul sito, la posizione fantastica così come la vista sul vecchio porticciolo. Il personale molto cordiale ed accogliente.

2.7
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

I would not recommend this hotel to anyone because of the small size of the room and the depressing decor.

8.8 Excellent
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

The hotel was everything we expected excellent no complaints. We enjoyed our stay in the hotel and Desenzano it was very central to other towns on the lake, to the opera in Verona and indeed its only a short journey by train to Verona where you can spend a pleasant day or evening, the last train is around 10pm. We are sorry that we didn’t use Hotel Piroscafo as a base for a visit to Venice.

6.0 Fair
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent location very close to a choice of restaurant. Fabulous view if you have a balcony at the front. Breakfast good & hotel good. Would use again.Desenzano probably best Garda town. WARNING - Took advice from previous view of visitor on website that passports are taken away on registration and left later for collection on main unattended desk with room keys!!!!Saw this happen during stay & being prewarned wouldn't leave passport but they accepted photocopies I provided.

8.4 Very Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

My husband and I booked this hotel on line after reading other people's reviews. The hotel was fantastic. We tried to book a balcony room for the week but it was not available at the time. The Hotel owners e-mailed us later and said there was one available if we still wanted it which was very helpful. The room was quite small but we were not in it for long. The room was spotlessly clean and was cleaned every day. It had a balcony view which was worth the extra money though there is a terrace with loungers on the second floor overlooking the harbour. It was in the centre of the old town and overlooked the harbour. You could also see the lake. It was one of the hottest days when we arrived and we welcomed the air-con. Slightly noisy at night but worth it!!! The room was quite sound-proof with the doors shut. We booked breakfast, which was a continental breakfast. If they ran out of anything they went out of their way to get us what we wanted. It was really handy for getting ferries to other places on the lake. There were some lovely restaurants around the hotel, so we didn't have to walk far. The cafe across the road, with the swingchairs, was a lovely place to relax on an evening after dinner with a coffee or glass of wine. The receptionists spoke good english and were very helpful and friendly. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

We were very pleased with the hotel and would definitely return and recommend to others. Actually the hotel's website doesn't do it justice. We found it to be prettier than pictured and more modern than expected. While the room (waterview double) was a bit 'snug' it had all the comforts incl. A/C which several guidebooks stated was not available. Many european hotels only have the 'bath sheet' instead of towels. Not here; there were huge fluffy terrycloth towels that were a pleasant surprise. The buffet breakfast was one of the best we've seen and the variety was appreciated. Staff was wonderfully accommodating and we were able to check in before noon - another nice surprise. Hotel was extremely clean and well kept. Location was perfect. Rail station is walkable even with luggage (mostly downhill) but we recommend a taxi to go back uphill with bags! All in all, this was a terrific hotel and our first stay in Lake Garda. We enjoyed everything.

8.4 Very Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

The central and picturesque location was beyond expectations.The staff was always welcoming,friendly and helpful. The view form the balcony was enchanting. A small minibar type of refrigerator would be usefull to keep water, fruit etc cold in the hot weather. Breakfast was ample and of good variety for the price. Highly recommend this hotel

8.9 Excellent
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Sweden

Just at the harbour. Perfect.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Poland

In my opnion this hotel is outstanding for the quality of service and the location. Very friendly staff, rooms are small but clean and cosy. I would visit the hotel another time. Polecam - nie jest najtańszy, ale to i tak najlepsza cena w okolicy - i dobry punkt wypadowy - w pobliżu przystań promowa i jachtowa. Bardzo miła i profesjonalna obsługa, czyste pokoje. Oczywście nie jest najtaniej, ale jak na okolice to bardzo dobra cena, więc warto!

7.8 Good
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Germany

Optimal location, directly at the small old harbour. Fantastic view from the terasse and room also.Only in the morning there was some rumor because of the cleaningmaschine around the harbour. Very friendly staff and receptionteam.Only minuspoint is that the parkingarea is some minutes away.It takes 5 minutes to reach the hotel...not so much problem! gladly come again!

9.5 Outstanding!
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

What a fantastic hotel! Great location overlooking a small square. Definately opt for the balcony option if it's avaliable. We did and sat out on the balcony in an evening with a bottle of local wine. We stayed in loads of hotels as we travelled Italy and this was one of the best - if not the best! Lovely area but make sure you get up early if you want to get the boat as it takes quite a long time to get to the top of the lake.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Germany

we had such a wonderful time at the Piroscafo - however this requires a room out front towards the little harbor, as we had.No question: If we ever should return to Desenzano (and there is every likelihood we shall), there is only one place to go: Piroscafo. We wish managemet and staff all the best and success. J. Pueschel

8.3 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

One complaint- the parking for the hotel was 3/4 mile away. Had difficulty getting luggage unloaded because festival time and streets closed off. Need to make customer aware , specially if handicapped.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel Piroscafo is an excellent value in an excellent location. We were given a room on the second floor from which we could walk out on a terrace with a beautiful view over the water below. We sat out on the terrace both nights of our stay and drank a bottle of wine. Rooms on floors above us on that side of the hotel had balconies. The staff was very friendly and helpful and they all spoke English. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk downhill from the train station. When we checked out we took a cab to the station for 10 euro rather than walking up the hill. The room itself was rather small, but adequate and the restroom was modern and clean. We enjoyed our stay very much.

5.9 Ordinary
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

buon albergo, con gadevolissima posizione prospiciente il lago. ottimo il rapporto qualità-prezzo. Piccola la stanza

7.7 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Bello e tranquillo dove passare un week end rilassato

7.4 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Germany

The welcome to the hotel was warm and nice. The hotel is located perfectly to the center and very close to the lake that you don't need a car. Unfortunately the parking situation is a bit mad but not far away the parking area is always good for a walk. However the hotel is simple but quite nice. The towels and the bed are perfectly clean. We would not stay longer than a weekend because the rooms are too small and noisy although our room showed to the opposite side. All in all we can recommend the hotel and for a short stay we would come again.

8.1 Very Good
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

This is a nice hotel. The staff are very welcoming. I would stay again. Easy to get to from the train station. The only downside is the breakfast was very expensive. Other than that, we were very happy with this hotel.

8.0 Very Good
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Hotel centrally located next to old harbour - good views from front rooms. We were at the back facing a small, quiet courtyard. We liked the look of the place immediately and the check-in staff were friendly. There is no parking on-site so there is a concession at a secure car-park which is 5-10 minutes walk. You can park outside the hotel for loading/unloading. From the evidence of information packs, this hotel is used by some of the English-speaking tour operators (e.g. Inghams)

8.1 Very Good
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

fantastic location and staff were extremely welcoming.

5.1 Ordinary
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Surrounding is wonderful, very nice, but the room too tiny and build/decored when I was born or before that (60'-70'). I have been for 10 days in northern Italy and I have stayed in much better hotels for less money... but of course they were not in desenzano nor in that nice place as Piroscafo is.

10 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

We would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone. It was our first visit to this part of Italy and we wanted a restful quiet resort, easily accessible to people not hiring a car from which to explore the Lake Garda area and this situation and hotel suited us perfectly. Well done.

8.8 Excellent
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • France

Very warm welcoming. Everything was ok but it is a pity there is no car park close to the hotel.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Very friendly, clean property.Will be back!!!

9.7 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • New Zealand

Well sited on waterfront. Handy to services such as bus, ferry, restaurants. Welcoming staff. Rooms clean and well serviced.Breakfast adequate but croissants appeared to be rationed to one per person. Would stay here again.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

A very comfortable hotel in a very convenient location. We stayed in a double room at the front of the hotel, which had a balcony overlooking a small marina. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. A very pleasant stay.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • United Kingdom

This hotel was a real 'find' and excellent value for money. Although the rooms are small they were clean and comfortable, and the balcony overlooking the harbour made up for it!The staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful and the location could not be better, near to the bars, cafes and restaurants, the ferry terminal and bus stop, while a cab to the station (uphill and a longish walk) was only about 10 euros. Overall we were very impressed and would definately go back.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

This hotel is in an ideal location in the centreof the town about 10-15 mins walk downhill from the train station. The hotel rooms are very well decorated and furnished, although a little small. Bed linen and towels are changed every day. I would suggest paying the small supplement for a harbour view room with balcony. The town has many good restaurants and bars, and there is an excellent steamer service to all parts of the lake. the terminal is about 5 mins walk from the hotel. Desenzano station has a good rail service to Milan, Verona and Venice. Altogether an ideal place for a short or medium term vacation.

7.8 Good
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Bahrain

The Hotel Piroscafo is a clean and modern hotel just a few metres from Lake Garda. The beds are comfortable, the rooms and bathrooms are clean and tidy though compact. You should sleep well though as Desenzano is a quiet place, equally, expect to be woken by the tolling of the Duomo bells at 7am! Reception staff were helpful and spoke good English, they will gladly provide you with information on travelling around the region by boat, train, car or bus. The buffet breakfast provided was good, with a reasonable variety to choose from, though perhaps a little pricey. Location wise, the hotel is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from Desenzano train station, perfectly feasible if you are fit and your luggage is minimal as you are walking downhill. Should you need to leave Desenzano by train, you will not need me to advise you to take a taxi or bus UP the hill! As a destination, Desenzano is quiet, though pleasant, having good vistas across the lake. There are a good number of shopping opportunities however, with shoes, leather goods and designer clothing stores prevalent. Trattoria Alessi provides good value food and is close to a rather incongruous Irish Bar, should you, like me, feel in need of a Guinness!

9.8 Outstanding!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Superb wee hotel in the middle of Desenzano. Service excellent: all round great wee hotel, highly recommended!!

6.6 Fair
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

Breakfast is not included in the quoted price it is 9 euros extra so you may want to have a brunch in the many good eating places in the town instead of having the breakfast in the hotel. Other than that an ok place to stay

7.9 Good
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

A pleasent hotel with helpful management in a good location in the centre of descenzano

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

wonderful hotel ... easy walk from train station + beautifully situated on the lake and with a boat dock view. we loved our stay!

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

We spent 4 days in September at the Piroscafo and had a wonderful time. We walked down from the train station almost directly to the hotel taking about 10 minutes. Our balcony overlooked the old port with the tourist office on one side. The ferry terminal was just around the corner, bus stop a bit further on. The hotel staff were great and very helpful despite our poor Italian. Altogether a very enjoyable place to stay.

5.3 Ordinary
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

This is a basic hotel with a good location. It was difficult to park the car near the hotel and we had to pay for our parking overnight ten minutes away. The decor in the hotel is basic and very oldfashioned and the breakfast was middle-of-the-road. Fine for a one-night stay.

8.7 Excellent
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

a neat, cosy hotel in a lovely location

8.8 Excellent
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Easy walking distance from rail station and right on the lake front, next to an attractive marina. Highly recommended base for Lake Garda. Quieter and less over-priced than other destinations there. Good food, great strolling and shopping.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

found the hotel to be clean and well maintained and staff to be of a very pleasant nature and helpful in every way. the location is central in desenzano and near to ferry terminal, but would be a 10minute[up hill] walk to the train station from the hotel. plenty of good restaurants and cafe/bars close at hand. found the town to be quiet and very family oriented. would recommend this hotel to any one staying in desenzano, it would be a good base for sight seeing on the lower lake [by ferry/bus]and day trips to milan/verona/venice etc[by train].

8.0 Very Good
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

excellent situation beside the old harbour with great views from the balcony.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Having never been to Italy before this hotel provided an excellent base. The rooms were very clean and the location perfect for travelling about to other resorts.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • April 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • USA

Great little hotel, helpful, friendly staff. Simple ammenities, but the price was so good for this location, and we didn't spend much time in the room anyway (except for enjoying a bottle of wine on the balcony).

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Although relatively small, the room had everything we needed. The location was excellent for bars, restaurants, sightseeing and harbour.

8.4 Very Good
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

If you enjoy staying in a small, family run hotel in the centre of a bustling Italian town then the Piroscafo is the place for you ! It overlooks a pretty marina as well as being near to the lake. The boats, buses and trains are all convenient so car hire is avoided. All the rooms are well decorated with immaculate but small bathrooms.

8.8 Excellent
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Would have been nice to have breakfast included with the room. Room was comfortable, but with a music group out the window, it was noisy. Really liked the location and enjoyed the terrace on the second floor.

8.8 Excellent
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Canada

Excellent location, overlooking the harbour, in centre of town close to all facilities.Room was clean, nice bath, but a little cramped for two single people. Staff friendly and helpful.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

From the moment you step out in front of the Piroscafo Hotel, you immediately feel awed by the stunning surroundings. Right next to harbour which is bustling during the day and beautifully lit at night, you cannot be disappointed by the hotel's location. The rooms are basic but immacuatley clean, and you're in a prime location for exploring the local area. Despite the English-Italian language barrier, the staff are incredibly friendly, and in general, it was a wonderful stay.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

This hotel is based in the perfect spot for people wanting to tour lake Garda & its surrounding towns, with easy access to Verona. The hotel offers a clean but smallish bedroom with en-suite, the bar & staff are excellent & restaurant offers an truly Italian menu. Its location could not be better being in the town, but it was never noisy. Parking is the only downside, having to use the public carpark 600metres away.

8.9 Excellent
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

A very nice hotel, good clean rooms,friendly staff. In the heart of the town,rooms have good bathrooms and airconditioning. Quiet hotel,we were not awoken by any noise. It is situated 1 minute walk from main square and right on the picturesque harbour. we will defintiely stay here again.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

This is a lovely place that we would definitely return to. Excellent location and very friendly staff. The rooms are tight as far as space, but everything else was great.

7.7 Good
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

The room was rather small, but it was not a problem for us. The location was very good.

7.9 Good
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

We requested a non-smoking room with a balcony, and we were pleased our request was granted. The balcony overlooked the harbour which is very pretty. Although the room was small, it was very clean and adequat for our needs as we were out most of the time. The hotel is right in the centre of town so it's very convenient for shopping and restaurants, but quite noisy if the windows are left open. The air conditioning is efficient. We would stay at this hotel again.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • June 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Australia

Very good value for money.Good location. Staff very helpful but could speak little English. Would stay there again

9.2 Wonderful!
  • May 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • France

L'hotel est tres propre et l'Accueil est formidable ! La situation est centrale. Nous recommandons vraiment cet hotel... Une petite "fausse note" tout de meme :-) concernant les prix du restaurant que nous avons trouve un peu eleves...Par contre la qualite de la nourriture et du service etait tres bonne... This hotel is very clean and the welcoming is perfect ! Piroscafo is very well placed in a central position. The price of the restaurant could be a bit expensive but the quality of the service and of the food is very good... We recommend this hotel to everyone would like to spend a nice time in a nice place ! Das Hotel war sehr sauber und das personal sehr nett. Sie sind direkt ins Zentrum. Der Retaurant is ein Bisschen teuer aber die qualität bleibt wunderbar ! Ich wünsche Ihnen viel spaß in Lago do Garda !

8.5 Excellent
  • May 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Wonderful location and beautiful views for the front rooms with balcony. The hotel is centrally located and very convenient to everything is this beautiful area.

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Room Details

Book your pet-friendly accommodation at Piroscafo, offering 32 guest rooms with climate control. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy 17-inch TVs with digital channels. Business travelers will have access to free wireless high-speed Internet access as well as safes and phones during their Desenzano del Garda visit. A good night's sleep in comfortable beds with down comforters will have visitors waking up refreshed and well-rested throughout their vacation or business trip. Private bathrooms are outfitted with showers, bidets, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms also include air conditioning and blackout drapes/curtains.

Accommodation Services

  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Piroscafo Hotel

By car
From the A4 highway, exit at Desenzano and continue on Via Mantova. Proceed onto Viale Guglielmo Marconi and turn left on Viale Gramsci. At the end of the street, turn right on Lungolago Cesare Battisti, then turn right again on Via Porto Vecchio where the hotel is located.

By train
From Desenzano railway station, take Viale Cavour and then Via Sant'Angela Merici. Turn left onto Piazza Malvezzi and then right onto Via Porto Vecchio, where the hotel is located.Located in the historical district, Piroscafo sits on a lake and is conveniently located near a convention center, a ferry terminal, a train station, and a marina.

Distances from Hotel Piroscafo

Villa Romana - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Port of Maratona - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
House of the Podesta - 4.4 km / 2.7 mi
Museum of Birds - 4.4 km / 2.7 mi
Rocca of Lonato - 4.4 km / 2.7 mi
Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
Piazza Martiri della Liberta - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
Civic Tower - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
Lonato Town Hall - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
Provenza Cantine - 4.9 km / 3 mi
Center Aquaria Spa and Wellness Center - 5.7 km / 3.6 mi
Scaliger Castle - 5.8 km / 3.6 mi
Sirmione Castle - 5.8 km / 3.6 mi
Church of San Pietro - 5.8 km / 3.6 mi
The closest major airports to Piroscafo are:
Brescia (VBS-Gabriele D'Annuzio) - 17.5 km / 10.8 mi
Bergamo (BGY-Orio Al Serio) - 68.9 km / 42.8 mi

The preferred airport for Piroscafo is Bergamo (BGY-Orio Al Serio).

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.