Our first visit to Lake Garda but it will not be our last. We stayed at the Hotel Garda in July and were very pleased with the hotel.
From the outside it has a modern look about it and we had asked for a lake view and that is what we got with a room at the front of the hotel with lake and mountain views. The welcome was warm when we arrived and the check in swift and efficient. We were given a room on the fourth floor.
The room was not as big as some we have had but this was not an issue. We would have also preferred a double bed to the two singles but again was not a real problem. The maids kept our room spotlessly clean. The bathroom had a shower unit and no bath but this is what we prefer. The balcony was sufficient to sit on and enjoy the views so all in all we were pleased with the room.
We were on a half board basis with a buffet breakfast and waiter service in the evenings. There was always plenty of choice at breakfast with hot food as well as cheeses, hams, cereal and fruit. The evening meal was chosen from a menu offering three choices for starter, main and dessert and there was a salad buffet to choose from. The food was of a high standard and a good variety from one day to the next. The service in the restaurant was excellent and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The head waiter was very welcoming.
The bar area next to the lobby is very modern and may not be to everyone's taste but we liked it and enjoyed a drink or two here. There is also a very nice seating area outside next to the pool where we could sit and chat to other guests. The pool area is at the front of the hotel and is not that big but we never had a problem getting a sunbed when we wanted one.
There are a number of nice touches at this hotel such as free prosecco at meal times, canapes before dinner, tea, coffee and cake late afternoon and in our second week the hotel provided a light lunch. The staff also deserve a mention and all were hardworking, friendly and efficient.
The hotel is about a 15/20 minutes walk from the town of Riva and my advice is to take the lakeside walk which was lovely and had great views of the lake and mountains. There is a lovely ice cream parlour just over the road from the hotel and it is well worth a visit. Riva itself is a lovely old town with cobbled streets and lots of bars, restaurants and shops. We really enjoyed walking around this old town and also exploring farther afield both on organised excursions and on our own initiative. There is plenty to do here if that's what you want but also just to relax if that is what you need. As I said we will be back and if you have never been to the lakes before this is an excellent first time resort and I would recommend this hotel. Thank you Hotel Garda!