Just returned from an excellent holiday in Riva Del Garda- staying at Hotel Portici. The hotel made a very comfortable and clean base for us.
The refurbishment which other reviewers have mentioned is superb- the room was spacious, beds comfortable, with air conditioning and incredibly clean. There was more than enough space for our luggage, and the bathroom was so clean and modern!! The room also comes with a fridge, which is handy for keeping bottles of water / wine nice and cold.
Our room was overlooking the main square, but since the windows were double-glazed and the room had air-con, noise wasn't an issue.
We particularly LOVED the hotel's food, and the service from the waiters was great. All the staff were so friendly and their English was very good, we had no problems with communication at all, and attempting a little 'tourist Italian' seems to be appreciated by the locals.
Like other reviewers have said, food service was a little slow occasionally, but the staff were working hard and their friendliness made up for it. Besides, dining in Italy is not a rushed experience and it was a pleasant change not to be rushed.
The food was simple but delicious, and there are options for those who don't particularly like pasta. My advice - if the hotel organise a gala evening during your stay, Don't miss it!!
The hotel is well located within Riva, with plenty of Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops nearby.
The town is so laid-back and picturesque, perfect for walking around, taking in the sights, and sampling some amazing Italian food. Check out Cafe Cristallo close to the bus stop for the best ice-cream, and we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Restaurant Leon D'Oro which is very close to the hotel.
We didn't get time to use the hotel's Wellness Suite, so I can't give an opinion, but if you are unlucky enough to get a rainy day, it would be worth checking out as the facilities sounded good.
We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Portici and would not only recommend it, we would DEFINATELY visit again - it is worth every one of it's 4 stars.
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