We stayed at this hotel for 10 days during July this year and chose it as a perfect romantic getaway - designed to allow us to wind down from our hectic London lives and enjoy the peace and quiet of our surroundings. I'm pleased to say that it delivered on almost all points.
Perhaps most importantly, the staff were brilliant. There is a small team that runs the hotel between them and they're all very friendly and efficient. They made every effort to speak English to us (our Italian being non-existent) and they coped admirably. The food at the hotel is exemplary - my husband is gluten intollerant and they were able to cater for him very well. His only comment in relation to the menu was that they might like to vary it more than they do (in the 10 days that we stayed, the menu remained static, apart from a few changes to the chef's recommendations).
The location of the hotel is stunning. There is a lovely terrace area at the back of the hotel, with a small infinity pool that looks out over Lake Garda and the view really is breathtaking. It makes you smile every morning you look out of your window. The hotel is also beautifully furnished. Jaana has an eye for design and the antiques in the hotel were just to our liking. We found ourselves agreeing at the end of our trip that if we ever had a house like Villa Arcadio, we'd furnish it in exactly the same way!
The only downside (which was quite a major one to us) was the amount of children at the hotel. We understood and accepted that it was child friendly but expected that with it being so small, the weighting of couples to children would be much higher. We also expected any children that were there to be well behaved. Unfortunately we were wrong on both counts! We actually complained to Jaana after one particulalry bad afternoon by the pool where children were dive bombing and using inflatables (despite clear instruction that this was not permitted) and to her credit, she spoke with the guests immediately and things improved hugely. We really appreciated the action that she took and this again highlighted the excellent service level at this hotel. As a result of this however, we wouldn't recommend it for couples loking for a quiet retreat, which is a shame as in my opinion, the villa lends itself perfectly to just this. This did slightly spoil the holiday for us given that we had gone there looking specifically for tranquility but in all other areas, we were thrilled.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Arcadio Hotel And Resort
- Hotel Arcadio
- Villa Arcadio Salo, Italy - Lake Garda