Hotel Piccola Vela

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Desenzano

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Hotel Piccola Vela has been a favourite with our guests for many years. The service here is great and you’re always welcomed with a smile, whether that’s at reception, when you come down for breakfast or when you’re having a night cap in the cosy bar. The hotel used to be a private villa and it’s tucked away nicely from the road, with a large driveway leading up to the impressive porch. There’s a pool in the gardens, which is a lovely place to relax when it’s sunny. If you get too hot, head for a shady spot under the olive trees. The restaurant terrace is right next to the pool so you won’t have to venture far for lunch. Around the back of the hotel is a pretty lemon garden and a small thermo-heated pool. There’s also a small spa if relaxation’s on the agenda.

The hotel’s very close to the centre of Desenzano. You can walk to the lake in around ten minutes and there’s bars and restaurants just a few minutes away. The train station is also close by so day trips to nearby cities like Venice and Verona are nice and easy. After busy day exploring, the hotel’s rooms feel really welcoming. They’re all modern in style with deep-set mattresses and neutral colours.

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport.

Added value

Honeymoon Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 40
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 3
  • 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

Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre is thriving with bars, cafés, pizzerias and an impressive pedestrianised shopping area. Mingle with the locals as you walk around the narrow streets, stopping to browse the unique items found in some of the family-run boutiques. Stroll a bit further and head uphill to the medieval castle that overlooks the town – you’ll get some of the best views of the lake from up here.

If you want to get some sun, we recommend heading to one of Desenzano’s three public beaches. There's sun loungers and parasols to rent as well as lake-view cafés where you can stop for a drink. The lakeside comes alive in the summer evenings with trendy bars welcoming tourists and locals.

One of the best things about Desenzano is how easy it is to get out and explore. The ferries leave regularly so popular towns like Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione are easy to get to. The town's station has regular trains to both Verona and Venice, which are perfect for day trips. But if you’ve already been or fancy escaping the crowds, we recommend heading to Padua. It’s a small, energetic city that doubles as a museum with the Basilica of St. Anthony’s extraordinary frescoes and a jumble of architecture from Gothic to Renaissance.


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 are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. 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

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
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.546918
  • Latitude: 45.467114

For more information on travel and transport visit our Hotel Piccola Vela page

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per person from £639
Includes £20pp discount
Hotel Piccola Vela
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Bed & Breakfast
20/10/2021 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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