Nice work if you can get it………..

16 August, 2010

In the most recent edition of the Sunday Tribune, I found some extremely useful information. Their travel correspondent Lizzie Gore-Grimes was “smitten” with the Villa Feltrinelli  (or to give it its proper title, the Grand Hotel Villa Feltrinelli) which apparently “is the perfect base for loved-up couples to explore stunning Lake Garda”.

Tribune readers now know, thanks to Lizzie, that “the hotel boasts so many exquisite details you could never list them all….. imagine an octagonal bathroom’s deep purple marble bath, the kaleidoscope effect of the tower room’s round windows, chandeliers dripping with Murano glass, hand-painted ceilings (crafted by the Lieti brothers in 1890), gleaming gilt mirrors and wonderfully friendly staff all gliding about in their starched whites.…. We settled in with a white peach bellini out by the water before retiring to the pergola for dinner.”

I’m glad to see that The Sunday Tribune, in these days of hardship and cutbacks, is still prepared to treat its correspondents properly. In the Villa Feltrinelli, the cheapest room (if that’s your thing) between May and September is a snip at €1,200 per night, and seeing as how that includes breakfast, a selection of house wines, free soft drinks and beers in the room bar, personal laundry, valet service and use of their on-site recreational facilities, you have to admit it is exceptional value.   I lost no time in booking a week in one of their Premium Junior Suites for Lady Puckstownlane and me, at the really very reasonable rate of €2,650 per night.

Tribune Newspapers plc, which publishes the Sunday Tribune, incurred a loss of over €5 million in 2008; its revenues shrank by 15.7 per cent.

Memo to Sunday tribune editor: I am available to undertake similar arduous assignments, in the event that Ms Gore-Grimes is indisposed.

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