Hotel Piccola Vela

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Desenzano

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Hotel Piccola Vela has been a favourite with Inghams' guests for many years and offers a wonderful service and a fantastic location just a short stroll away from the centre of Desezano. Originally a private villa, it’s now lovingly run by the same family who converted it into this popular hotel.

You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome here as you step into the modern lobby and spacious bar area. The light dining room is a great place to start your day with a varied breakfast and fresh coffee served to your table and during the summer months, you can dine on the terrace next to the pool. The charming swimming pool is set in the hotel’s mature garden where many of the original olive trees have been retained and also boasts a heated whirlpool. At the end of the day, the comfortable guest rooms are a welcome retreat. They’ve been finished in a modern style with homely furnishings and plenty of space to stretch out.

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach.

Added value

Save up to 10% on the hotel price for holidays between 30 Mar - 31 Oct 20 booked by 31 Mar 20

Honeymoon Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 40
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 3
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 4

Standard Rooms enjoy a modern style and comfortable amenities. They can sleep up to two people and have a balcony, air conditioning, TV, free wifi, safe, minibar, hairdryer and a bath with overhead shower.

Family Rooms have a terrace and can sleep up to three adults or two adults with two children under 12 bunkbeds. These rooms are available on request, please call to book.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am and offers a large variety of fresh food including product grown in the hotel's own vegetable garden. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

A holiday in Desenzano combines a picturesque lakeside resort setting with the vibrant atmosphere of a thriving Italian community. Social life is focused on the many bars, cafés, pizzerias and restaurants in the historic centre and on the pedestrianised shopping area. Narrow streets lead up to the medieval castle that overlooks the town and offers panoramic views of the lake. Desenzano has two harbours and two public beaches.

The resort has the best ferry and hydrofoil services on the lake so the main lakeside towns, including Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione, are very accessible. Bus and train connections are excellent and Verona, Venice and Padua are within easy reach.


Things to do in resort

Holidays in Desenzano give you great access to two harbours and two public beaches. The resort has the best ferry and hydrofoil services on the lake so the main lakeside towns, including Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione, are very accessible. Bus and train connections are excellent and Verona, Venice and Padua are within easy reach.

You can also attend the Verona Opera from Desenzano, see our Verona Opera information page.

  • Panoramic views from Desenzano castle
  • Archaeological museum
  • Roman Villa
  • 16th century cathedral where the Last Supper by Tiepolo can be found
  • Visit to Parco Sigurta botanical gardens
  • Boat trips to other resorts around the lake
  • Gardaland theme park
  • Caneva World waterpark
  • Cinema
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Walking


Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.546918
  • Latitude: 45.467114

For more information on travel and transport visit our Desenzano page


FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.

Please note: Only one Verona opera booking per person can be counted towards your 3 excursions.


Verona Opera - Jun to Sept - please visit our Opera information page for booking details and prices

Wine Tour from £48 Tuesdays only
12.35pm - 6.50pm
Spend the day sipping some of the finest wines of the Veneto and Trentino regions in the sunshine. Discover the secrets of wine making and enjoy a small snack with a selection of full bodied fresh, refreshing whites and vibrant rose.

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 Mondays and Fridays 
8.15am - 6.45pm 
Explore the resorts of Lake Garda with one of our fantastic tours. Take a coach down the famous Gardesana road and cruise the crystalline waters on a boat trip to resorts with time for shopping, sight seeing and lunch.

Dolomites from £53 Mondays only  
6.40am - 8.00pm 
Drive through the scenic South Tyrol right through to Pass Pordoi and immerse yourself in the vibrant countryside of the Dolomites. Stop for a drink at one of the Refugio's or explore the flora and fauna on foot during this guided tour.

Venice Classic from £70 Tuesdays and Thursdays 
8.30am - 7.30pm 
This spectacular guided tour offers you a full day in the rich and decadent city of Venice. Including coach and water taxi transfers, our tour leader will guide you through the sights and on a gondola (optional and payable locally) before you enjoy free time to explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Verona Classic from £43 Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am - 5.40pm  
Visit one of Italy's most popular citta d'Arte and traverse this spectacular medieval city which is home to the Roman Ampitheatre, Juliet's balcony and the stunning Via Mazzini.

Bookable Locally

Milan from £59 Thursdays only
Take the coach down to the cobbled streets of Milan and spend the day immersing yourself in the stunning architecture of this industrial city.

**Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and subject to change. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.** 


Restaurants & Bars

The hotel's restaurant is open for dinner between 7pm and 9pm serving traditional Italian cuisine and international choices. A small menu is available for lunch with seasonal food. During summer, you can enjoy lunch on the terrace surrounded by gardens.

The bar is a relaxing space where you can enjoy a wine, cocktail or coffee after dinner.


You have a choice of pools at Hotel Picola Vela. A pool with loungers sits amongst established gardens that provide welcome shade on a warm day. A heated pool can be found nestle in the quiet lemon gardens and a rooftop Jacuzzi offers the ultimate in pampering while enjoying superb lake views.

General Facilities

  • Small wellness area offering massages
  • Free wifi
  • Reading room
  • Free parking
Family Facilities
  • Cots & linen
  • Highchairs in restaurant

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Hotel Piccola Vela
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Bed & Breakfast
14/10/2020 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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