Garni - Dolomites

Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 01:51 PM
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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?

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Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 02:26 PM
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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.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 03:41 PM
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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.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 04:12 PM
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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.

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>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.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 01:33 AM
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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.
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Old Jul 24th, 2008, 04:16 AM
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Thanks everybody for the clarification! It makes looking and choosing a place to stay that much easier.

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