Right from the first minute, it was clear this was a hotel with soul. As in how I should get the car to the car park and then walk back - "it is not New York - you won't get lost!" When I asked why he'd picked New York, he said he could have picked Cairo - then a long discussion followed about driving in Cairo. Interesting paintings and prints on the walls - none that you'll ever see except in a private house. The room we had was complete with balcony (worth the extra I'd say); wonderful to arrive after a longish journey and be able to emerge onto the balcony, sit in the warm September sunshine and look at L Garda and the mountains opposite. How could you not love that? The room itself had a few shortcomings - lack of storage space for example, the minute plastic 'glasses' in the bathroom, the one comfy chair. Breakfast is adequate rather than glorious. But the view from the breakfast terrace over the lake is worth more than all but the very best breakfast you've ever had. There are various entertainments including sitting and not doing much - to exploration. I took my road bike and had a great 17 mile ride up to Passo San Marco (on the way to Idro) - and then an even greater 17 mile descent including some lovely sweeping bends. Gargnano itself is just lovely. We took an overpriced boat trip over to Malcesine - found it to be full of tourists eating pizza - and were very happy to come back to easy, relaxed Gargnano. There are better hotels, probably some of them are in Gargnano - but if I go back there (and I will) then I want nowhere other than the Hotel Garni Riviera to enjoy the hosts, conversations about anything and everything, the views, and just the pleasant sensation of a place that suits.
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