One drives a good quarter of a mile through almost private gardens before finally getting to the lake front and this hotel. I say almost private because there were signs for camping off to the right over a hill, but I never saw the site. To the left, down a drive past a private, closed house one enters a courtyard, bounded on two sides by the hotel and on the third by a wall through which one can see the private harbour, big enough for 6 or 8 boats. if you are lucky enough to reserve the corner room on the first floor (up) you have a loggia, one window looking onto the little harbour, the other arches facing the open lake with Sirmione and Saló off in the haze.
The room service is completely unobtrusive - I never saw anyone cleaning nor the ubiquitous vacuum cleaner in the hall. The room itself was full but not cramped with antique furniture, the bathroom modern with plenty of hot water. There is a tiny beach big enough for 6 lounge chairs for hotel guests only, and off beyond the outdoor bar at the water is a large garden, lawn and pool also for hotel guests only. I say 'for hotel guests only' because in the afternoon the tables along the harbour's arm, in a neat single row, are usually completely full of guests who have arrived by private boat, but as a hotel guest one word to reception will get you a table any time you want to lunch among the visiting boat people (mostly the chic Munich crowd). The salads are large and fresh as is the Aperole wine soda.
The breakfast buffet was a mound of fresh fruits, various Italian air dried meats and of course eggs any way you want. Also a huge selection of sweet cakes and breads. On warm days and nights meals are served in the back courtyard bounded by the hotel dining room and service room, the old church attached to the now gone convent, a retaining wall holding back fig trees and a fountain, and a low wall beyond which is the sea and view over the lake. This is not a one star kitchen, but the food is clear and good Italian simplicity and nothing to complain about. One is there for the view, for the lake (A short walk through the hall in a thick bathrobe will get you to the water's edge and a swim in the lake before breakfast.) and for the romantic setting. It's the perfect place to be with someone you adore and want to indulge.
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda San Vigilio Garda, Lake Garda