I'm very tempted to give a poor review simply to stop the secret of the Antico Borgo getting out into the wider public domain and making it harder for me to get back there again, but that wouldn't be fair. The Antico Borgo is a superb boutique style establishment, perfect as a base for exploring Lake Garda and beyond.
A ten minute stroll to the ferry terminal can get you to most places on the lake, although the southern reaches mean that you’ll probably be on the ferry most of the day with only an hour or so at your destination. However just sitting on the ferry in the sun with breeze on your face is one of life’s great pleasures in my book and not to be sniffed at.
We also picked up a car for a few days and drove around the lake as well as taking into the mountains via the Liedro Valley to see Lake Liedro and the awe-inspiring Lake Idro. The mountain roads, hairpins and tunnels can be daunting but with a bit of confidence well worth it.
Going back to the hotel, we stayed in Riva last year but decided that we’d like to be more central this time around and the Antico is just that, situated a couple of streets back from the main square and slap in the middle of the old town. The hotel itself is an 18th century building which has undergone a very sympathetic contempory modernisation.
Our room was on the second floor and while having no balcony was quite big enough for our needs with two comfortable beds and a modern bathroom with large walk in shower. The room had a safe deposit box and TV as well as a very handy fridge for storing water, wine and beer for late evening drinks on the roof terrace.
There was a large modern reception area with bar which was staffed by very friendly and knowledgeable young ladies, leading to the restaurant. We booked the B&B option as we like sampling local fare (the little restaurant in the courtyard behind the hotel (Alpino), was excellent and well populated by locals), so couldn’t comment on the evening meal option, but breakfasts were acceptable and well presented by an efficient waiting team, even if at the end of two weeks, they were a little repetitive (I’m not sure when I’ll be able to face scrambled eggs again!).
As mentioned earlier there was a rooftop sun terrace which did get very hot during the day, but was open in evenings and we often took a bottle of wine up there later in an evening to take in the sights and sounds of Riva and the lake.
All in all we were delighted with this hotel and intend to stay again in the very near future.
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- Also Known As:
- Antico Borgo Hotel
- Hotel Antico Borgo Riva Del Garda/Nago, Italy