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“Fantastic Boutique Hotel!!”
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Bellariva Hotel
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Gardone Riviera
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic Boutique Hotel!!”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Unfortunately, we stayed only 1 day at the hotel Bella Riva. The hotel is beautifully renovated, full of charm. The rooms are large, very bright, with unique views of the lake, the bathrooms are very modern and everything is very clean. There is a breathtaking view of Lake Garda at the breakfast terrace. The reception is FANTASTIC! You are really pampered. Do not hesitate, go ahead.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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manchester, uk
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Having read the excellent reviews for this hotel, we were expecting something fabulous! We were very disappointed by what was an overpriced, average hotel. We booked a large room with a lake view for 250 euro per night only to be told that the description of our room should have said 'a large room on the lake side' which in our case meant a room with the view of a tree! The hotel management promised to amend this description on the websites. Wouldn't return.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We spent 4 nights are the Bella Riva in the middle of September and can barely fault it. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern style, with huge spacious bathrooms. The pool and surrounding relaxation area was lovely, though we made more use of their private jetty into the lake than the pool itself. Breakfast was delicious; a buffet event with some warm options of eggs in various styles but we never bothered with those as the buffet choice was wide!
We also made use of the hotel restaurant on a couple nights we were there. Both times the food was excellent and the wine also good. The second time was slightly disappointing as we had had a day of rain, so, like many of the other hotel residents decided not to walk into town for dinner and stay put. On balmier evenings, the hotel makes good use of tables on their terrace, but when the temperature dropped with the rain, they didn't have much capacity for indoor seating. So the second dinner was a distinctly chillier affair than the first. But still excellent.
It's probably worth noting that the hotel is on the north side of Gardone, not exactly in the "centre" of the town (such as there is one). This didn't affect us particularly but had we been staying longer and wanted to try out more local restaurants, it is around a 20-25 min walk to more restaurant options along a not very pedestrian friendly road or up a fairly steep hill!
A wonderfully relaxing stay!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Our first stay in Italy!!!! Very attuned to the needs of their guests. We appreciated the small and intimate nature of this hotel and the beautiful setting on the lake. They provided wine tasting tickets in Salo which was a nice extra. The market in Salo was a huge disappointment -- everything there was so cheap... Like an American flea market! back to Bella Riva... We loved their breakfasts and service.... A must stay!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Rooms - very modern, lovely bathrooms
Hotel - modern
Service - very good, they remember who you are as its a smaller boutique hotel
Food - breakfast was mainly buffet but large selection, good quality and because its a smaller hotel, its not a free for all at the buffet. Lunchtime and evening food is good standard - just a shame its not more Italian but seems to be case with most hotels catering for international guests.
Clientele - mainly German and English sophisticated guests.
Parking - plenty available at the hotel
Location - Its a nice place to be on the Gardone Riviera - recommend if you are coming to Garda. Its about a 10 min walk to boat service at Modena. Road noise - you will get this at any of the hotels along here so never really was an issue.
Reason for 4 out of 5 - room a little dark with not much of a lake view and food although good quality, was not really italian.
Overall though, I am an experienced traveller mainly staying at 5 star hotels and this is an excellent option for Lake Garda

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

We have just had the most wonderful time here, even with our 6 month old baby we felt very comfortable and looked after.
The hotel is simply gorgeous - very quirky & boutique in the styling with brilliant 5 star attention to detail.
My only horror was a beauty appointment that I booked with them.
I had a mani & pedi & was taken to see the visiting beautician in one of the spare guest rooms. All was ok until I realised I had the most incompetent beautician I have ever experienced - after soaking my feet in a tiny dish bowl, she started to scrape my foot & after feeling a sharp pain I looked at my sole & she had stabbed a hole in the bottom and it was bleeding hard - she hadn't mentioned anything & carried on as normal - I felt as though she had stood in for a friend & wasn't properly trained. I'm still limping 3 days later ;(
I mentioned to the hotel that I had been hurt but Im not sure it was properly understood as I was still charged 130euros for the privelege.

In short, amazing hotel - just don't get your beauty treatments here

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Bella Riva is the new incarnation of an old hotel; everything has been changed and upgraded. Lakeside location is phenomenal, infinity pool delightful, Enzo (the bartender) is creative and talented. The food is excellent. Try local wines, particularly the Gropello. Walk along the lakefront to Maderna for a chance to sample tourist life. . . Shop at the Saturday Market in Salo -- bargains galore and one vendor of freshly-found black truffles. The hotel staff is extremely helpful. Guests are from everywhere (very small percentage of Americans). A delightful place to stay for a short break or even a family holiday.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bellariva Hotel
Address: Via Mario Podini 1/2, 25083 Gardone Riviera, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Gardone Riviera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Gardone Riviera
#4 Luxury Hotel in Gardone Riviera
#5 Family Hotel in Gardone Riviera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bellariva Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bella riva is a comfortable hotel with a 5 star contemporary charm. An elegant architecture, beautiful suites, impeccable service, deluxe amenities, and, of course, our prime location on the lake await you so that your day flows pleasant and carefree. The historic building has been completely renovated in 2010 ... more   less 
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