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JoyC Jul 22nd, 2008 01:51 PM

Garni - Dolomites
I'm confused about what a "garni" is? When I looked at the Val Gardena site, it lists hotels, boarding houses (b&b's), residences and garnis. What is the difference between a garni and say a b&b or a pension?


bobthenavigator Jul 22nd, 2008 02:26 PM

You see that term in the German parts of Europe and I understand it to mean a B&B---a hotel with no dining options.

annhig Jul 22nd, 2008 03:41 PM

yep, Joy, bob is dead right.

A Hotel garni is a hotel where you can get breakfast [usually] but not other meals.

it's usually more like a hotel than a B&B.

a pension is usually more like posh lodging house where they serve table d'hote meals - as in full or half pension.

regards, ann

pja1 Jul 22nd, 2008 04:12 PM

Hi JoyC,

A Garni is like a B&B. Usually breakfast is the only meal offered. Outside of the meals offered, we've found little difference between a garni, pension and B&B. By the way, Val Gardena is gorgeous! We were there twice recently and love the entire area.


altamiro Jul 23rd, 2008 12:55 AM

>a pension is usually more like posh lodging house where they serve table d'hote meals - as in full or half pension.

Uh, no. A Pension is the classical B&B - usually only breakfast and only few rooms (I think <5 guest roms). A Hotel Garni is bigger .

"Halb-/Vollpansion" is easy to confuse with the B&Bs but it means an additional meal service in a full-service hotel.

Cowboy1968 Jul 23rd, 2008 01:33 AM

altamiro is correct.

A Pension is rarely a posh lodging house. On the contrary, it is more often a more modest type of accomodation, which may also require a minimum stay.
It is less "professional" than a hotel, and often you have fewer amenities.

Today, the former strict differences between hotel, pension, and B&B are somewhat blurred, and you cannot actually say that a hotel is always "better" than a pension.

A Hotel garni also does not say that it's "worse" than a regular hotel. In many tourist areas there are so many restaurants in shortest walking distance that some hoteliers don't see any reason to start another restaurant.

JoyC Jul 24th, 2008 04:16 AM

Thanks everybody for the clarification! It makes looking and choosing a place to stay that much easier.


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