We took a chance on this hotel booking only a couple of weeks in advance and on the strength of having had a drink or two there last year. It is a bit of a curate's egg of a place- some rooms have been revamped to a very high standard; alas not ours. Granted we booked late, but the hotel was never full and few guests stayed for a fortnight as we did so I think we could have been given one of the better rooms.
That said our room was small but a balcony overlooking the eponymous garden compensated. A small cupboard masqueraded as a 'bathroom' and for anyone of average size any movement (pun intended) was challenging. I'm a veteran of Venetian bathrooms and this one beat them all.
Moving on, the food was reasonably good but don't expect a gourmet experience, it is fairly basic. Forget about the wine list and if you must drink, stick to the carafes; you'll find the wine fresher and (slightly) better value. Better still there's a well-stocked supermarket just across the 'giardino' where you will find great bargains including some local wines you will not find at home. So, if you have a balcony a trip to the supermarket for a couple of decent bottles and you have the makings of a lovely evening.
If you are on half board you must choose your evening meal from a very restricted menu left on your table at breakfast time and woe betide you if you don't tick your choice early - the waiter will stand over you until you do. This gets a tad wearing over a fortnight.
The room was well cleaned every day and no shortage of clean towels and linen.
The hotel is just around the corner from the lake so right in the centre of Riva. Light sleepers may be troubled by late night revelry in the small park, but some rooms do not overlook this.
A small secluded sun terrace on the roof is a great spot for a quiet read, only the birds and the bells from the church next door for company.
Overall I would recommend the hotel for a short stay, a fortnight in a room such as ours may not be for everyone and there are plenty of other hotels in this beautiful town.
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- Also Known As:
- Giardino Verdi Hotel
- Hotel Giardino Verdi Riva Del Garda/Nago, Italy