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Sport Hotel Olimpo
Ranked #46 of 49 Hotels in Garda
Reviewed July 26, 2012

well after having booked this hotel before reading the reviews i felt i had blundered but none the less we went here on holiday, i have to say i really liked this hotel the food was great the people who worked and ran the hotel were first class. staff were really friendly and really made your holiday.
the only fault i have for this hotel is the climb up to it, it does say 600 metre up a hill but it does take it out you when its too hot.
would i go back....most certainly yes the rooms were nice and clean and fresh towels etc daily.
all in it was a very pleasant holiday

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2008

Thankfully we were only committed to staying for two nights in this overpriced hotel that inexplicably has a 4 star rating. We booked this hotel because it was described as having the following facilities: “The hotel is ideally equipped for health care and relaxation. The hotel’s fitness center offers the best solution for health care and relaxation, equipped with 5 tennis courts, open-air swimming pool (12x25 mt.), park, indoor swimming pool (open in low season only), gym, sauna, underwater massage pools and a solarium.” This description is laughable. The hotel does indeed have tennis courts and an outdoor pool. And that’s about it. None of the other facilities were available during our stay – we eventually found the signs to the gym and sauna etc. in a basement area near the entrance to the garage. The basement was drab and grotty, and these facilities were clearly not in use.

The hotel was probably built in the 1970s, and is now extremely tired and faded. Thankfully our room looked towards the hills around Lake Garda, and was not on top of the restaurant/kitchen block or overlooking the road. We had booked a double room but got twin beds. From what I could see of other rooms around us, it appears that there are no double beds available. The bathroom was basic but fine. However, on the first morning of our stay the cleaner burst into our room at 8.20am to clean the room, and again about 25 minutes later. So much for a holiday lie-in. There are no “do not disturb” signs, so that night we wedged a chair against our door to prevent the same thing happening the following morning.

Breakfast (served from 7.30-9.30am) was not a pleasant experience. On entering the dining room (hideous décor) the majority of tables were already reserved, presumably for those lucky people doomed to stay at the hotel for the whole of their package holiday. When we eventually found a table, we were begrudgingly offered coffee, which turned out to be virtually undrinkable – even my husband who loves strong Italian coffee struggled to drink the sludge we were given. The food itself was remarkably average. On the second (and thankfully last!) morning of our stay we arrived for breakfast at 9.20am. This turned out to be a no-no. At precisely 9.35am a curtain was pulled across the doorway leading towards the breakfast buffet, and the lights were switched off in the dining room. This was despite the fact that there were many people still in the dining room eating their breakfast, obtained from the buffet before it was closed down. Not exactly a relaxing and leisurely breakfast experience.

Garda town is about a 5-10 minute walk down a steep road from the hotel, and the walk back up the hill to the hotel will be challenging for some people. I would use this hotel only as a base for exploring Lake Garda, which is absolutely lovely. We certainly did not want to spend any more time than absolutely necessary in the hotel itself.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed June 24, 2008

Well well, what can we say here? The Fawlty Towers of Lake Garda. Imagine if the Brady Bunch lived in Switzerland in a hotel complex.

Firstly, it was built at some point in the 1970s. There is nothing you can do other than knock it down to make it look remotely more modern. There is a reception building (single storey, long sloping 1970s roof, wooden and stone panelling everywhere) and two other blocks – one with just rooms, the other with rooms and the dining room (ho ho more later). All three buildings look over the pool. The hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk down a very steep road to Garda village. At least you can walk off the pasta.

We stayed in the first block on the first floor not facing the pool, but looking out over the hills around lake Garda, the view was fantastic. However, you would not have wanted to be in the other block due to the incessant noise of the kitchen or on the ground floor of either block (no view).

We had booked a double room but got twin beds. The room had not been cleaned when we arrived, but after arguing with the cleaner for a little while with much arm waving on both sides, it was cleaned for us. The rooms are very basic e.g. fridge, not a mini bar and a major no-no was that the sheets were not changed once during a 6 night stay. (All for environmentalism but bleuurrgghh). There is no air conditioning; this must be unbearable when it’s very hot, thankfully we had decided to go away during the 6 days of rain that Garda gets in June. Bathroom very basic but fine.

Nearly all of the guests are retired German/Austrian couples, so most of the signs are in German, and people do come up to you saying, “Guten Tag, es regnet, ya?” Though Garda is like this generally too, it’s 80% German/Austrian, 15% English, 5% other.

The best two things about the place are the pool, which is 25.5 meters, in a lovely setting (one does expect a long-haired Eliot Gould to appear in flip-flops drinking a martini) and the staff who are extremely helpful. (They printed off train timetables and phoned around Chemists to see were they open for me.)

The two worst things about the place were (1) that the cleaner actually bursts into your room at 8.30am asking if you are up to clean and on her third entrance actually starts giving out. Eh. On. My. Holidays. Love. This is partly due to the fact that breakfast is only served until 9 o’clock and as previously mentioned most of the guests are German and are therefore (as I know from hearing them next door) are up at 7am to get the best breakfast Wurst available. Which brings me to (2), the worst breakfast on Italian Holidays ’08. Firstly, the tables appear to be reserved and we were pretty much interrogated when we sat down as to who we were and also, “Why did you not have breakfast yesterday??” Basically it’s rubbish in the most hideous dining room ever, what you do instead is mooch down to Garda, have a coffee, go on a walk, have your lunch and Bob is very much your uncle.

In summary, for the price it’s fine, the pool is great, the whole thing is quite comical provided you can see the comical side. Everywhere else looked reasonably similar in fact. Garda is fantastic, really beautiful. Most hilarious hotel of Italian Holidays ’08.

So depending on your sense of humour either 2/10 or 8/10.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank GromitDublin
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Reviewed September 8, 2007

Tired and dated, though was most likely OK in the 1970's, it would have been ideal as a training camp for East German athletes. Which reminds me, it was also 90 % German occupied whilst I was there.
The food was reasonable, in fact plentiful, though not really all that Italian.
On the whole, more of a two star hotel and there are better places in town, though of course they come with a price !

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2007

The hotel was reasonable, yet more of a 3 than 4* I believe. The decor and facilities are a bit tired and dated. The food was wholesome enough, and the fact that Italians stayed there shows you that it must be acceptable.
If you are going with children, make sure you bring games/ activities. All you've got there is a pool and tennis courts. Its a 15 min walk into Garda itself.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PnutMinky
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Reviewed August 27, 2006

My husband and I stayed in this hotel for two weeks from 22 July. There are both good and bad things about this hotel.

Good: It is in a quiet location. The pool is a good size and it does have sports facilities if you are sporty. The food in the snack bar is pretty good. The service for evening meals was mostly good and the staff were friendly.

Bad: Our room was not what we would call 4*, as stated in the brochure. The whole hotel, our room included, looked as though it had not been refurbished since the 1970s. I would not mind if it was just the fact that it was dated, but when things get old they do fetch the standard down. The toilet and bidet both had huge cracks down the side. There was mould growing in several places between tiles in the bathroom, on the shower screen, encrusted round the tap fitment that had lost its top, and most awfully, growing in the shower head. We complained about the tap (which is the main thing we had noticed at first); it was never fixed. Also, the shower head was broken. Rather than fix it properly they put a gripper round the pipe, which was useless. There were also ants. Everywhere. Round the pool I can understand, but in your room? We mentioned this to the rep. I think they did put some ant powder or something down because it did ease up for about a week, but by the end of the holiday they were returning. There was a huge iron-shaped scorch mark in the bedding (surely you should just throw it away?!) Also, we do not find, in 35 degree heat changing the bedding once a week sufficient. The air con was not the most powerful going and the bed was itchy, as though it had bed bugs. Aside from the room, the food was okay, a bit repetitive, especially the desserts. But mostly it was eatable, if bland, but there was plenty of it. Just a note, if you order vegetables of the day, you don't get an extra dish with veg in it. You get one vegetable with your meat. This could be chips. Also, the salad bar was exactly the same choice every night, which got a bit boring. Furthermore, if you had written that you wanted soup (you have to write down what you want the day before) they sometimes forgot to put out a soup bowl, which then meant the waiter missed you. About the location: the hill is a killer. Especially if it is very hot like it was when we went it is hard going, and we are fairly young and active. But if you had been on a day trip (which pick you up and drop off at the bottom of the hill) it is tiring going back up, and you often don't feel like going back down to the front again after dinner as you know you will have to lug it all the way back up hill again. Finally, the pool. Many guests were putting their towels out to reserve sunbeds before breakfast. Some in the ground floor rooms were even taking beds for their terraces. This meant it was a struggle to get a sunbed from mid morning to afternoon. People were putting their towels out at breakfast and then not using the sunbed until 2pm. Highly annoying.

However, aside from this Garda itself is a beautiful place and there is scope to visit brilliant places like Venice, Florence, Verona (and the opera is good), and the Dolomites mountain range, so I would definitely recommend Garda itself, just not this particular hotel. Not unless it has a refurb anyway.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2005

We have just spent 2 weeks at this hotel with our 3 children aged 6, 14 & 15. It was a small and friendly hotel to base ourselves in. The rooms are spacious with good amenities although the decor could do with an update in the near future. Pretty grounds and plenty of free deck chairs. The hotel is very laid back which suited us nicely. The restaurant is very good and there is plenty of food with an excellent breakfast buffet in the morning and salad buffet and another 3 courses in the evening. They catered for us as 5 vegetarians very well cooking us individual meals when necessary. The desserts are plain and repetative, but that doesn't matter because there's plenty of ice cream down in the town! Dinner is done in 2 'sittings' either at 6.30 or 8.00 as you chose. Although it seemed odd at first, it does work because it ensures that the food is always fresh and hot.
The pool is lovely but one word of warning. There is no shallow end and it is roughly 6 foot deep everywhere. If you have visions of paddling in the shallow end with a toddler this is not the right place. Our 6 year old who is just swimming was fine however -with supervision. There are also tennis courts, gym and indoor pool & sauna.
When the brochures say the hotel is up a steep hill they are not joking! However it's not impossible and you need something to work off the ice cream! It is only 8 mimutes into the town but 12 minutes going back up!
To summarise, a great hotel, not too formal, very good food (except desserts) and excellent facilities.

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Address: Ca Madrina, 37016 Garda, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Garda
Price Range: $84 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sport Hotel Olimpo 4*
Number of rooms: 78
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Sport Hotel Olimpo Garda, Lake Garda

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