We went on an "allocation on arrival", half-board trip to Lake Garda and our hotel was the last one - right at the North end of the lake. We were truly delighted with the position - on the edge of a very nice little town (Torbole) and just the other side of the road from the lake itself. Our room was at the front of the hotel so the views were superb; the traffic in the day was fairly busy, but at night it was very quiet - so no problem. We were just two minutes walk along the lake from the ferry stop, so the whole lake was easily available to us; and Riva was a good walk along a lakeside path (and, in our case, a ferry-ride home).
The area is truly beautiful, and serious walkers reported that it was a joy to walk in. Easily-reached (by ferry) towns around the lake are all well worth a trip, and a day-trip to Venice gave us a well organised taster of this beautiful town. The area has an interisting history; and its beautiful to draw/paint - so many enjoyable pass-times.
The hotel itself was clean and comfortable enough, (although the bathroom was the smallest I have ever had to squeeze into!!) and the food was adequate (it is fair to say that given the bargain price that we paid - it was good value); the town had several good places to eat. It had no lift, which would be an issue if you had mobility problems as there did not appear to be any ground-floor rooms.
The hotel seemed to be family-run, and indeed the management could appear stern if you broke the house rules in even a small way (we arrived a few minutes late for breakfast one day - although the written information in the room stated that we were still within half an hour of breakfast-end - and it was clear that they were cross!!) - but in fairness they worked long hours every day, and on the evenings we stayed in the hotel bar (particulalry the night of some football) we were made to feel at home.
In summary, Hotel Paradiso is a small hotel in a fabulous spot; it is clean and comfortable and provided us with a good base for an enjoyable holiday.
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