We have been to Italy on numerous occasions and we can honestly say out of all the places we have been, we had one our best holidays in Riva.
The Grand Hotel Liberty is located right next to the start of Rivas main town area, with the Harbour for the ferries, fantastic shops of every sort you can imagine and fabulous restaurants, bars and gelateries.
The hotel's main public areas are very classical in keeping with the age of the hotel, chanderliers, tiled floors, a bar, a lounge area, the restaurant and a spa downstairs. The bedrooms are however dated, but this is to be expected in Italy. The thing about this hotel is the cleanliness, its immaculate. Our room was a suite, a downstairs part with telly (not flatscreen) and sofa and an upstairs part with double bed (two singles pushed together), a telly and a bathroom with single jacuzzi bath. THe view from our bedroom windows you could see the mountains.
We spent our last day in the afternoon, lazing by the pool. When i got in because it was so hot , i had the shock of my life when i discovered its not heated !! It was freezing cold and that could do with being looked at, it does need some heat. Also the outdoor pool needs some sort of snack bar next to it in peak season that could serve cocktails and basic food items like panninis, the hotel are missing out on business by not having one. When we got hungry, we had to go back up to our room, get washed and changed and go into Riva.
We ate our evening meals at the hotel, the staff were the friendliest and most helpful we have encountered at any hotel since we stayed at the Hotel De La Ville in Sorrento. The food was delightful, all four courses of it!we are really into our food, and thoroughly enjoyed everything they made, fabulous pastas, salads and meats and the grapefruit and apple sorbet I will never forget the taste it was just fantastic. We had only one bad meal, a reviewer on here has mentioned it too, the pork dish, it was some sort of congeeled sauce that tasted of nothing, totally awful, couldn't eat it. THe manager asked me what i didn't like and said he would be taking it off the menu. OUr waiter was lovely, he looked after us every night and found a wine we enjoyed and made sure it was available everynight for us. The breakfasts are typical scrambled eggs, pretend bacon (very thin and salty) in hot servers and a selection of fruits, yoghurts and croissants and the usual toaster machine.
In Riva for eating out we would recommend Leon d'Oro the owner can't speak a word of english, but she welcomes you and chats away in Italian. The waitress was wonderful so helpful and sweet and spoke 3 languages. We arrived ten minutes before the end of service and she made sure she got our order and got our lunch made. She never rushed us and the food was just delicious. THe penne al'ariabiata was to die for and the pizza my husband had was a four seasons piled high with ham, herbed mushrooms, mozarella and artichokes!
We were lucky that the free music festival of Riva was on each night we were there in the main square, a huge stage set up, We got comfy at a cocktail bar beside the main stage and watched the shows, opera, orchestras, it was a little bit of italian heaven!!! We didn't want to come home!
We took the boat to Limone, where we have stayed before, and hit the shops buying leather bag, shoes and had a wonderful lunch in a little restaurant overlooking the harbour. Beware of the branded watches, we saw a fake Breitling in a shop in Limone and it was very obvious to us as we have seen the real deal, but to unsuspecting shoppers they could be ripped off. Limone itself is a pretty medieval town, but is incredibly steep in parts and wouldn't be safe for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs.
One thing you must do if you stay at the Grand Hotel Liberty, take a left not a right out of the hotel one night, walk about 15 minutes straight on, and eventually you will see shops. Theres a popular black and white cocktail bar and gelateria, with flat screen tellies inside. They do the most fabulous iced cocktails you will ever taste in giant sizes, you must go ! The gelateria attached to it do lovely ice cream and you can also eat at this bar as well.
Also down this end of Riva, there is a harbour, a park and a beach with a watersports school. Its just beautiful, and a must if you grab some lunch and you can picnic there with the view of the lake. You can also swim in the lake at that end. There aren't many shops at this end of the town just a lot of hotels and bars.
We are hoping to go back next year, as we loved it so much!
Thank you to all the lovely staff at Grand Hotel Liberty for such a lovely stay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is situated at only 200 meters from town center and lake side. We provide for our Guest, free parking, free Wi-Fi in lounge area and all rooms, free access to pools,fitness room,sauna, turkish bath, kneipp and relax zone. We have 94 rooms but we are still a family hotel. We serve lunch on our terrace overlooking the pool and garden.We also provide half board/full board accomodation, and we can also manage for a wonderful wedding if you wish to marry in Riva del Garda ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Riva Del Garda