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Grand Hotel Liberty
Ranked #13 of 62 Hotels in Riva Del Garda
Reviewed August 27, 2010

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

Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

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Reviewed August 8, 2010

We had a great holiday in Riva and our stay in this hotel added to the experience. From our arrival at the reception everything was excellent. We were half board and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The head waiter and his staff were friendly and ensured your requests were catered for. It was refreshing to have your meal served instead of self service. Our room was clean and spacious with a lovely view of the surrounding hills and a partial view of the lake. Although it was facing the main road the double windows ensured that we were not disturbed at night. The swimming pool area was clean and a great place to relax. The hotel is well placed for all the local amenities. Only thing I would change is air conditioning in the rooms it was on at set times and I would have liked to have some control over it.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

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Reviewed July 20, 2010

We have just returned from a great trip to Riva. The hotel is in a great location a short walk from the shops and restaurants, the pool area was lovely - though not serviced by any staff for food, drink or life guards.
I used the Spa on a number of occasions and it was Fabulous!! Excellent treatments by professional staff.
The rooms were very spacious if a little outdated and the aircon was on all the time. The standard of cleanliness was high throughout the hotel.
the only problem really was the food - the breakfast was bland with klittle choice and the evening meals reminded me of school dinners - needless to stay we just ate out!
All of the staff in the hotel were pleasant, courteous and would help you in anyway they could.
We would stay there again on a room only basis.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

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Reviewed July 10, 2010

Having been to Italy many times we knew that 4 star Italian was not going to be 4 star UK standard. This is a typical Italian ' Grand ' hotel. Would have been a palace 100 years ago. The main hotel spaces are very nice indeed. High celings with chandeliers and obviously recently decorated to a high standard. Spotlessly clean everywhere. The bedrooms are spacious but are lacking in hanging space and in particular drawer space. Having paid for an upgrade we were very dissapointed with our 1st room. No view worth looking at, 3 small drawers for 2 people and twin beds, having asked for a double. A quick moan to reception and we were shown a very similar, but slightly larger room. We declined this as it was not worth moving everything , having unpacked. 10 minutes later we were shown to room 103....different class. Huge room with much more in the way of hanging and drawer space. In addition, a massive balcony with 3 sunbeds and a table and chairs. Sorted.
As stated previously everything in this hotel is spotless, even high up top shelves in the bedroom passed the old dust free finger test.
The staff are fantastic. They would literally do anything to make your stay pleasant. Nothing is too much trouble.
The location of this hotel in Riva del Garda is unsurpassed , a 5 minute stroll takes you into the centre or to the harbour area. This is a real bonus.
Sadly the only let down was the food. We were booked 1/2 board. B/fast was ok despite stale bread being mixed in with the daily fresh bread on the buffet table.
Dinner was very poor in our opinion. Luke warm soups followed by some very dubious dishes usually coated in thick congeeled cheesy substances or if you were really unlucky cheese sauce which was actually no more than a tasteless corn flour goo. The menus lacked any imagination and in general the food was poor. Deserts with fruit salads from a tin....why ? This is Italy !!!! To add insult to our injury, after day 1 everyone on half board is asked at b/fast to choose what they are having for dinner that evening from a menu placed on your breakfast table. What a silly , cost cutting and pathetically stupid idea. Who wants to decide at b/fast time what they fancy for dinner.
Despite having booked half board we ate out on our last 2 nights and had fabulous inexpensive meals down at the lake harbour.
Food aside, this is a great hotel to stay at in Riva....just book bed and breakfast and you will be happy .
Riva del Garda itself is a most wonderful place and we will return B&B.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

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Reviewed July 8, 2010

The Hotel is beautiful. The SPA is very good.
No free Internet. The paid WiFi is only in the lobby.
Breakfast is OK. But not thrilling. One of the staff members was very unpleasant upon my arrival, but the rest were very helpful and kind. There are indoor and outdoor small pools.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

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Reviewed July 1, 2010

We visited the Grand Hotel Liberty Riva del Garda on june 22nd 2010 for a week with The Travel Department. This gorgeous 4* Hotel in the picturesque town of Riva del Garda lives up to its promise. Two beautiful 1910 buildings with a wonderful pool and garden in the centre - we stayed in a superior room - upgrade was only €39 extra per person for the week - fantastic value considering our room was huge with two big windows overlooking the pool and the beautiful terrace where we had our breakfast. The staff are fantastic - nothing was too much trouble especially Sammy who looked after our room - customer care is obviously a priority in the hotel. It's situated 5 minutes walk to the waterfront, where, to the right is the centre of the town and to the left is a beautiful park and beach area for swimming. the food was very good, we were on half-board with breakfast and dinner. The pasta was sensational. We rate this hotel as being one of the very best we have ever stayed in - it possesses ' OUR WOW FACTOR '

  • Stayed: June 2010
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

Report response as inappropriate
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

On the ground floor this hotel is very nice and modern and is up to the 4 star rating, on going to the first floor the carpet in the corridor is old and worn threadbare in places. The staff at this hotel are extremely polite and endeavour to help in any way they can, especially the dining room staff. The food quality was poor initially but improved daily to a good standard at the end. The bedrooms while clean are small with no tea / coffee making facilities, the chairs are dining room type and dont offe rany relaxation, for this it is necessary to go to the foyer. The price list on the notice board puts thes rooms at 180 Euro! The air conditioning was off until our last day but it went off that night, requests were made to staff but I was told policy was to start it on the 15th. despite daytime temperatures of 29/30C. On the second day I was moved to a slightly larger room, it was looking onto a block of offices. Windows had to be open to stay cool at night, on one night late music from the bar could be clearly heard after midnight in this room, reception improved the situation by getting the bar to close their windows. Hotel rules state there should be no noise after 10pm The shower in this room had a mind of its own,water temperature would go from very cold to comfortable, to scalding hot several times during a routine shower, reception we told on a number of occasions but no action taken. Despite being close to the lake I dont think any rooms have a lake view.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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AlessandroLiberty, Owner at Grand Hotel Liberty, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

we write only now to this old review because in the past was not a rule
from us to give a reply.

Years are passed and a lot is changed in the Liberty.
This winter we will refurbish some rooms, please
keep in touch with us on our website.

Thanks

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Address: Viale Giosue' Carducci 3/5, 38066, Riva Del Garda, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of Trento > Riva Del Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Riva Del Garda
#8 Spa Hotel in Riva Del Garda
#12 Luxury Hotel in Riva Del Garda
#29 Romantic Hotel in Riva Del Garda
Price Range: $65 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Liberty 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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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