We stayed at the Savoy Palace towards the end of September 2012 which admittedly is towards the end of the season and may explain why most of the hotel appeared to be moth balled. We had a standard room in the newer part of the hotel with a balcony which had an impeded view of the lake. Unfortunately, our neighbours were smokers so we were driven inside on several occasions to avoid their cigarette smoke. Shame Italian hotels don't have a no-smoking policy. Smokers also tended to stand around the pool or garden area. On the good side the hotel was immaculately clean, the bed was comfortable, the room had a mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and the staff were always pleasant and friendly. The hotel is also very conveniently situated for local restaurants and pizzerias and the ferry station is just five minutes walk from the door. We were half board and thought we'd regret it on the first night (a Monday) since every course seemed to be served with polenta. However the menu improved considerably for the rest of the week and although I've eaten better, it was perfectly acceptable and included three courses plus as much self-service salad, sweet and cheese as you could eat. Like other guests we were glad not to get a room at the back of the hotel which is adjacent to a very noisy road that is busy all day long. There's a small hotel lounge next to reception which feels like it's stuck in the 1970s and desperately needs a refurbishment and you can also hear the sound of the road from here unless the staff turn up the middle of the road jazz music that's played there most of the day. In contrast, the restaurant felt a bit barn like, especially at night when it could have done with some lower lighting to create more of an atmosphere. The location of the hotel is great however - a quieter resort than many on the lake so good to return to in the evenings and up the hill is the charming area known as Gardone Supra and the Il Vittoriale house and gardens which are worth exploring. If you just want a clean hotel as a base from which to explore Lake Garda, in a good location, this could fit the bill. We were glad that it didn't rain too much however because this isn't the place where you'll find a comfortable, quiet place to read a book.
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Palace Hotel
- Savoy Palace Gardone Riviera
- Hotel Savoy Palace Lake Garda/Gardone Riviera, Italy