Just got back from a pleasant week at the Giardino Verdi. It is an Italian hotel. Please bear this in mind. It is NOT an international hotel. It is Italian. There are Italian people speaking Italian and the food, drinks and customs are Italian.
If you are a traveller who wants everything to be globalized/homogenous then you will not like this hotel. If you are a traveller who travels to have different experiences and to sample different cultures than this is the place for you.
It is superbly placed right by the centre of the town and about 100m from the lake. Italian life goes on all round you as you are in the centre of an Italian town. Some will love that, others will complain about the noise, but I will say we did not find it noisy.
Cheeky sparrows beg for crumbs at breakfast. Some will love that. Some will have hysterics about bird-flu or something. The food is excellent and we loved the element of surprise. The staff do not have much English (well, I don't have a lot of Italian) and I did get trout when I thought I was getting steak. Travellers will laugh. Others will be pleased to moan. The house red is good and at 10 euros a litre a bargain.
Our room was in the more recent part of the hotel and was very good. I had a peek at some of the older rooms and they looked fine too, but being an old hotel in the centre of town I suppose it is possible they have had to graft on bathrooms and they may as a result be cramped, but I don't know for sure. I am just trying to explain some of the moans on here.
The food was excellent, if you like Italian food. If you don't like Italian food, how about trying not going to Italy?
Riva itself is a nice destination. Quite select compared with the more downmarket touristy places further south on the lake and definitely with a lot to offer the sporty. Despite being pensioners, that is us, and we hired racing bikes and headed for the mountains. Take your own pedals and shoes, if you fancy that. High-quality yachting happens in the town. There is climbing and walking. We hired a car and visited the Giro d'Italia which was in the area. There is some parking at the hotel.
We loved this hotel and would gladly return to it. I recognise it will not be everyone's cup of espresso, which is why only 4 blobs, but if you want a charming Italian experience then go for it. Isn't that the point of going to Italy.....?
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- Also Known As:
- Giardino Verdi Hotel
- Hotel Giardino Verdi Riva Del Garda/Nago, Italy