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“Like A Private House on the Lake”

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Locanda San Vigilio
Ranked #18 of 48 Hotels in Garda
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Munich, Germany
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56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Like A Private House on the Lake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

One drives a good quarter of a mile through almost private gardens before finally getting to the lake front and this hotel. I say almost private because there were signs for camping off to the right over a hill, but I never saw the site. To the left, down a drive past a private, closed house one enters a courtyard, bounded on two sides by the hotel and on the third by a wall through which one can see the private harbour, big enough for 6 or 8 boats. if you are lucky enough to reserve the corner room on the first floor (up) you have a loggia, one window looking onto the little harbour, the other arches facing the open lake with Sirmione and Saló off in the haze.
The room service is completely unobtrusive - I never saw anyone cleaning nor the ubiquitous vacuum cleaner in the hall. The room itself was full but not cramped with antique furniture, the bathroom modern with plenty of hot water. There is a tiny beach big enough for 6 lounge chairs for hotel guests only, and off beyond the outdoor bar at the water is a large garden, lawn and pool also for hotel guests only. I say 'for hotel guests only' because in the afternoon the tables along the harbour's arm, in a neat single row, are usually completely full of guests who have arrived by private boat, but as a hotel guest one word to reception will get you a table any time you want to lunch among the visiting boat people (mostly the chic Munich crowd). The salads are large and fresh as is the Aperole wine soda.
The breakfast buffet was a mound of fresh fruits, various Italian air dried meats and of course eggs any way you want. Also a huge selection of sweet cakes and breads. On warm days and nights meals are served in the back courtyard bounded by the hotel dining room and service room, the old church attached to the now gone convent, a retaining wall holding back fig trees and a fountain, and a low wall beyond which is the sea and view over the lake. This is not a one star kitchen, but the food is clear and good Italian simplicity and nothing to complain about. One is there for the view, for the lake (A short walk through the hall in a thick bathrobe will get you to the water's edge and a swim in the lake before breakfast.) and for the romantic setting. It's the perfect place to be with someone you adore and want to indulge.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

I spend 2 days in this hotel. Garda lake is a very nice place but even better from this incredible scene of punta san vigilio. I found the food & restaurant really good. Baia della serena, beach close tp the hotel...is very charming and typical italian...must see...people are either german or italian...so perfect for a french man like lookg for some rest.
Rooms, suite are amazing...with a wonderfull garden...to admire the sunset on the lake and in the mountain.
I will definetly go back to this place at least e times a year.

  • Stayed August 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Our family (me, wife and 7yr old kid) stayed in Limonaia suite in July 2012.
Main advantage of this place is really outstanding location with restaraunt and pier with breathtaking view to Garda. In Limonaia suite you get also very quiet and beautifull private garden with lot of lemon trees.
Cuisine is good, for both breakfast or dinner. On other side of peninsula (around 5 mins by walk) there is beach equipped with sunbeds, caffes, kids area with free access for hotel guests, opened from 9 to 20. From the hotel you can swim in the lake pier at any time, it is particularly good early in the morning.
As for additional services you can get free WiFi and that's almos it.
Overall probably too expensive but that's the price for unique location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

Anywhere else and this place would be an average hotel in need of a renovation. The rooms are nice but small and the shower had a mind of its own. But the location is absolutely fantastic and people come from across Lake Garda just to have a drink or a bite to eat at the bar. The mini harbour is lovely and the private pool is just superb. A great getaway from the busy touristy roads around Lake Garda. Hotel Manager Adriano always seems stressed but he went out of his way to make our stay wonderful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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cheshire, uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

The hotel is right on the lake side and the views are breathtaking. We stayed in the Limonaia suite which is located in a seperate bungalow in the grounds of a lemon grove. It has its own garden and is totally private. Although there are no views of the lake, it is very pretty. There is however, no internet access and television channels are limited.The hotel has a lovely harbour, pool and taverna but no lounge to speak of. Breakfast is taken in the restaurant which has a beautiful loggia so that you feel you are dining right over the water. It is worthy of note that the hotel is geared totally for the German market. It is expensive and we were disappointed that things such as wifi had to be paid for and there was a cover charge for dining in the restaurant.. The staff are helpful but can be scarce at times. If you are looking for 5 star service and luxury this is not the place for you but if you are looking for somewhere different, romantic with exceptional views and a relaxed ambiance, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

This is a well appointed hotel in what is otherwise a busy area. The jetty bar is a great way to enjoy the lake but, being open to non residents too, can get crowded. The garden is only for residents and a lot quieter. Breakfast and dinner on the loggia overlooking the lake was spectacular. We stayed in room 12 which was well appointed with a great en-suite bathroom (make sure you differentiate between en-suite and private, which may be another room) but, having an internal rather than lake view, was a little dark. Emma on reception is very helpful; sending us on an item we had left behind in our room. Tip: If you're unsteady on cobbles, ask for the buggy to pick you up at the top if the drive - it's a precarious walk down.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Zurich / Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2010

This is a very small hotel with only a few rooms in a historic building, just by the lake of Garda. We had a double overlooking the small port. The room is spacious and decorated with antiques. Only the bed was not very comfortable and the pillows were a bit of a joke... A truly unique setting, very quiet and romantic. The staff is very helpful as you would expect. The restaurant, where also breakfast is served is just by the waterside.I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a romantic getaway in a quiet location.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Locanda San Vigilio

Property: Locanda San Vigilio
Address: Punta San Vigilio, 37016 Garda, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Garda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Locanda San Vigilio 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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