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Reviewed February 7, 2012

If we are again in the region, we will stay at the hotel again

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mena R
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

You arrive at the top of the drive and you wonder? Don't panic this place is wonderful. From our spotless large room (116) which was right on the front line, lake view with a balcony, table and chairs. Variable air con, flat screen and safe. The staff, Antonio the maitre d', Alex and Sara were outstanding.If you think something should be done you usually found it already has. My wife's birthday started with a glass of sparkling wine at breakfast. Lovely gesture. Breakfast on the terrace, select your evening menu and off to enjoy the private beach or a 15 min. walk to Garda or 20 mins to Bardolino all on the flat and on a sheltered walkway. Free boat trip on a two masted schooner a plus. Dropped off at the harbour, and as we had adopted an elderly German lady on the boat, one phone call and they returned to pick us up.. Sunbeds, towels, robes, slippers all complimentary. Food in two weeks not repeated and of a high standard in both taste and presentation. Very quiet location at night so no disturbed sleep. As for prices outside the hotel not once did we think we were overcharged for food or drink and very similar to U.K. prices even at 1.10 exchange rate.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank tonyhenparc
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 7 nights on half board
The hotel location, facilities, food, services and staff excellent. The food in particualr was of such a high quality we never considered eating anywhere else. Little extras such as access to a free room safe and fridge was the icing on the cake. We had a large balcony (room 208) with views to the hills. Being between Bardolino and Garda made the evening stroll to check-out the night life a breeze. Checking out early (prior to breakfast) the hotel provided us with substantial food pack. This is one hotel that we could easily recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Brian R
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We stayed at the Sportsman Hotel for 11 nights in August 2011 as part of a Thomson “Lakes & Mountains” package.

Our Room (302) Room had a view of the lake (and the private “beach”). There was no balcony, although the doors could open to let fresh air in.

The Air-Con was quiet. (Note that you can request (at Reception) the settings to be lowered if you need the room to be cooler.)

There is plenty of storage space in the room (even a space under the wardrobe for cases so they do not clutter the room). There is a safe in the room.

The bathroom was clean.

Breakfast is excellent - wide variety of fruit, cereals, usual continental hams & cheeses and hot scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. Apparently omelettes are available at extra charge. Breakfast is served in a Terrace, so a nice start to the day to eat outside in the cool of the morning.

We were half-board so ate every night at hotel. We would recommend this option as there are no restaurants nearby - there are snack bars & bars on the promenade between Bardolino and Garda. Restaurants for "proper" meals are in the towns (with the associated walks).

All staff were very helpful & cheerful.

There is plenty of space in and around the hotel – there is a nice spacious garden to sit in for evening drinks and the hotel has its own “beach” with loungers & parasols. There are also loungers in the garden, if the “beach” is not your scene.

The hotel is virtually in the middle between the two towns:
25 minutes saunter to centre of Garda
20 minutes saunter to centre of Bardolino
Beware of the bikes - they are supposed to travel at walking pace, few do & they do not use their bells.

A walk on the promenade in the evening was very relaxing and there was usually some activity or band at a snack bar to watch.

We preferred Garda - a more pleasant walk and there are more cafes/bars right at the lakeside to watch the boats & ferries.

We did go on the sailing cruise arranged by hotel (Wednesday) – it is free, but with limited (20) spaces – so book early if required. It is basically 3 hours on the boat, sometime under sail. Saw some interesting villas. Could have a swim from the boat. Got a tad boring just sailing - but relaxing. The hotel arranges a shuttle to the boat, but no lift back. To be fair this was not specified, but we were not the only couple who assumed there would be a lift both ways.

A word on the buses – we did not use the buses because we were told they were unreliable, and we did witness this. We were in the Information office at Bardolino Bus Station and the couple before us were enquiring about a bus. They were told it would arrive at 11:33. When we returned to the bus station at 12:35 for the shuttle back to the hotel – the couple were still there. Be warned.

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Not much shelf space for toiletries in the bathroom. Towels were on the thin side. (However, the pool/beach towels are OK.)
Evening meal has to be ordered at breakfast.
Whilst the evening meal is good (5 courses) - the food lacks passion & is not particularly Italian.
Lunch menu in garden a bit limited.

Would we go again / recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank GOMCP
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Faultless Hotel in fantastic resort of Lake Garda.Great service and quality accommodation.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank grumpy1903
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