Having just spent a very relaxing week in the Italian Lakes, I cannot praise the Hotel Villa Selene highly enough. It sits about 800m above Lake Garda, and our room had a 180 degree view of the lake from its balcony - spectacular to wake up to every morning! It's in a quiet, secluded spot, and with only 11 rooms it's perfect for a peaceful break. We went with some friends, who stayed in the opulent suite, while we had the next biggest room, Il Tulipano Nero. Both rooms (and the rest of the hotel) were immaculate, and looked as if they had only just been refitted. The beds were big and comfortable, the bathrooms were superb and everything was spotless. Breakfasts were good and varied, and available until noon, thanks to the hard work of the owner, who couldn't do enough to make our stay perfect. There's a lot to see around the lake, and here is fairly well-placed for Riva, Limone and the Gardone Riviera - we managed to take in Verona and Venice while there (take the train to the heart of Venice from Desenzano).
There were only a couple of minor points - the road from the lakeside up to Villa Selene is quite narrow and winding, but beautiful; there are restaurants nearby, but the owner recommended 5 choices, all but one of which meant driving - having said that, the ones we tried were all excellent both for food and value.
All in all, Villa Selene is highly recommended and with the most expensive room costing less than 1000 euros for the week, it really is a bargain!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Selene has been attentively run by the Ghidotti family since 1967. It is situated in a quiet area and commands a wonderful view of beautiful scenery. The ideal place for a quiet, relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Selene Tremosine, Italy - Lake Garda