Having stayed in the Ambassador Suites many times, I can recommend these apartments as especially suitable for families and fine for couples interested in exploring Riva and the many beautiful places nearby. The hotel is located in the viale longa which is literally a long vally just outside the historic town of Riva. Many of the newer hotels are located here, and it takes a 15 to 20 min walk into Riva itself but it is a very pleasant walk at, that offering a choice of routes including a lovely lakeside one. The views across the mountains and out to the lake are stunning and more than compensate for the walk.
The hotel itelf is well maintained, features comfortable rooms,and a small but well stocked bar. Prices are as reported about are average for the area.The staff are extremely pleasant and very accommodating. The pool area is well maintained, main pool, kids pool and play area along with sun loungers, the garden beside the pool offers well needed shelter for the hotter days but the pool can be quite cold on less sunny days.
The Ambassador suites offers a number of different combinations of hotel or apartment accommodation and having used both types over the years I would suggest for couples travelling alone and who may want to do a little cooking for lunch ( the local produce is superb) and enjoy a nice bottle of wine then opt for the superior room which includes a small kitchen and fridge and importantly includes air con in the price along with free bicycle hire. If you take this option use the bikes and give yourself a real treat and take the cycle route to Arco via Torbole.
For families,the apartment offers more flexibility, full cooking facilities and are located away from the main hotel corridor so there is a feeling of seclusion and safety. However, the apartments can work out expensive as you have to factor in air/con and baby cots which could be close to 300 euro on a two week stay depending on seasonality. These additional charges are typical for apart-hotel accommodation in the area but non the less come as a shock to those of us who are used to holidaying in Spain or Portugal and as reported rooms are only serviced twice a week so be prepared.
Riva itself is astonishingly beautiful and in my opinion the best town on Lake Garda, this is mostly due to the way the park winds itself around the lake giving not only beautiful views but plenty of scope for family holidays, canoeing, windsurfing, pedal boat at very reasonable cost. There are also great free playgrounds, swimming/bathing and picnic areas and cycle tracks all which help reduce your overall spending. During the holiday season there is always something going on, outdoor music, street entertainers, festivals etc, so all in all a brilliant place to holiday, so much so that you simply wont have time to do everything you plan. Riva does get very quite outside of the main holiday times which might suite couples travelling to sight see but if your trying to keep kids entertained then go before the season ends mid September.