We stayed at the Hotel Garden at the beginning of July 2009 as part of our honeymoon. The hotel is a short 5 minute walk from the centre of Garda - far enough away to have some privacy and be away from the (sometimes noisy) lake front but close enough to easily walk in for the evening (even in heels!). We had a front-facing (2nd floor) Girosole room, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and great view of the lake. Whilst the rear-facing rooms have mountain views we would recommend paying a bit extra for the lake/pool rooms which seemed brighter and larger from the peek we had whilst the rooms were being cleaned.
The staff here are extremely helpful and take an obvious pride in their hotel and knowledge of the local area. Nothing was too much trouble. When we arrived we were given maps and information about Garda and the surrounding area as well as towels for the pool. The hotel is owned and managed by the Zermini family who take an interest in their guests and wish to ensure they enjoy their holiday. It being our honeymoon we were treated to a bottle of fizz and a congratulatory card from the family which was a really personal touch and much appreciated.
The hotel is very clean, bright, well-maintained and the rooms reasonably modern - the only slight downside was the bathroom which was a bit on the small side and the shower a bit of a squeeze but no big problem. Aircon is ok and available 24 hours. As well as the swimming pool (which we saw being cleaned every evening) there is a well-equipped gym and a number of tennis (clay) courts. (Free) Internet access (downstairs) is also available to guests - handy for checking in for the flight home.
We stayed on a half-board basis. Dinner was served at the table by staff and was plentiful but could do with being a bit more varied and was slightly on the heavy side. Decent wine list with a range of prices to suit all tastes and budgets. In summary, we felt thoroughly welcomed by the hotel owners and staff and would definitely return to the Hotel Garden on any future visit to Garda. In terms of service it was second to none.
We found Garda itself to be more 'touristy' than we had expected and the restaurants and bars tend to try to cater for German primarily but also British tourists. Our best find for an Italian feel during our stay there was Cafe Amaro (http://www.caffeamaro.it/) - very friendly, plenty of locals and chocolate cake/ dessert wine to die for!! There is alot to see and do around the lake. Bardolino is walkable, the rest accessible by ferry (but be aware that the ferries can be a bit pricey and you will need to plan when you get one for the return journey. We thought it would be like hopping on a bus every 10 mins but not the case).
A couple of suggestions for things to do:
At the south end of Garda, overlooking the town, is a large hill known as La Rocca. The walk up to the top is well worth the effort as the views are amazing - of both Garda and Bardolino.
Visit the outdoor opera in the centre of Verona just for the spectacle in the Roman amphitheatre (even if you are not into that style of music as Verona itself is worth a visit) but take a waterproof as the day we went it rained and delayed the performance by about an hour (it is not uncommon for the performance to be cancelled or cut short due to the weather). Once it started the performance of Aida was amazing and the atmosphere was well worth the wait. We pre-booked the tickets over the internet before we flew out and originally booked a hire car until the hotel informed us about the local bus service to Verona. Catch this at the bus station in Garda to Verona (takes an hour) and then during the opera season a special return bus runs leaves Verona about ½ an hour after the performance finishes (departure is held back if the opera overruns). Long day but good value bus service (approx 6 Euro per person I seem to remember!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Garden boasts an enviable elevated position with stunning views overlooking the beautiful quiet waters of Lake Garda. The ideal stay where tradition and modern comforts form the perfect surroundings for relaxation or leisure. Situated in a sunny position and surrounded by trees the Hotel is located just 150 m from the lakefront and the historical centre of Garda. Behind the hotel a vast parking lot is available, and even private garages can be reserved. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Hotel Garda
- Hotel Garden Garda, Lake Garda