For our first visit to Italy and Lake Garda, we chose to stay on the South East of the Lake. The Sportsman Hotel turned out to be a perfect choice for us, approximately 45 minutes from Verona Airport and situated on a lovely, quiet lakeside path between Garda, approximately a 15 minute and Bardolino, approximately a 20 minute stroll. Whilst the exterior of the hotel may appear to be a bit uneventful, inside it was a different story. The hotel has its own outdoor pool, a small private beach area and boardwalk just across the path from the hotel. There is also a lovely sheltered private garden in which to relax!
We received a very warm welcome from Jarka, the receptionist, and were shown to our spotlessly clean room which had a balcony and direct views of Lake Garda that just left us speechless - che bello! There was plenty of storage space in the room with toiletries, bathrobes and separate towels for the pool/beach provided.
Every aspect of service in this hotel is first class and all of the staff are friendly and welcoming. The food is top class. A buffet breakfast was provided with a wide selection of cereals, fruit, meats, cheese, breads as well as bacon, mushrooms, scrambled egg & sausages. Our booking was for half board and we enjoyed delicious and varied evening meals. We were not able to attend the Gala dinner on Sunday evening as we took a sunset cruise to Lazise, but it sounded wonderful and the barbecue in the hotel garden was very enjoyable!
We were lucky enough to get places on the complimentary lake trip, offered by the hotel, on the schooner San Nicolo which was absolutely marvellous. We tried to fit in as many excursions as possible including Venice, the Lake Tour and the Dolomites and would have happily stayed for another week just soaking up the atmosphere – oh well, we’ll just have to come back again and when we do it will be to the Sportsman Hotel! Excellent food, excellent accommodation, excellent staff! We would like to thank Marco, Jarka, Ilaria, head waiter Antonio, our waitress for the week Valentina, to name just a few, for making this a perfect holiday! Grazie mille!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sportsman is located halfway between Garda and Bardolino, directly on the lake, in an enviable, calm and peaceful location. It is the perfect destination for guests who wish to relax or do sport. The hotel boasts a bar, restaurant, lounge, tv room, terrace, swimming pool, private beach, wifi, air conditioning in all rooms, heating and car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sportsman Hotel Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy