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“Excellent views and location, but room a little tired and outdated”
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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Gardone Riviera
Essex, England
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“Excellent views and location, but room a little tired and outdated”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed here for one week after previously staying in Verona for three nights (Grand Hotel), and as such we were a little dissapointed with the room allocated to us, after experiancing an exceptional hotel there. Our room was a standard lake view. Don't get me wrong, the lake view was exceptional and did make up for what the room was lacking, which is why I'm not writing off the hotel entirely. The room we had was tired and could do with some modernisation as it seemed to be stuck in the eighties a bit - there was also no fridge which would have cooled water for us as it was exceptionally hot during our stay. We also had to request that the air con was put on (they have a switch for it at reception). Other rooms in the hotel may have been better, as I mentioned we did only have a standard room, and there are options for a higher grade room.

We ate in the hotel resturant three times as the food was really good, and also good value as all guests at the hotel get 20% off in both the hotel and the pizzeria next door which is also owned by the hotel. The hotel also can provide a 20% off promotional card so you can get discounted boat tickets - this however was not offered, we had to ask for it after it was mentioned to us by the ladies at the ticket office.

The excellent returant Emiliano is also right outside the back door of the hotel, and I highly recommend a visit to it (we also ate there three times).

The hotel is in an exceptional situation, right next to the lake, and the boat dock is right outside the front of the hotel, so it is ideal for exploring the lake. All in all we had a reasonable stay, and were only let down by the room, which we learned to live with after a day or two, and we did not have an unpleasent experiance.

Room Tip: Go for lake view!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yorkshire
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Hotel in ideal situation,right on lake side and near boats for lake trips.However a few little niggles eg watered down juice at breakfast,no hot water at busy times,charges on bill for items not ordered.Great place for touring Lake Garda .

Room Tip: Try for a full lake side view.Then you get a small balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peak District
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Just stayed for 5 days at the hotel as a 30th wedding anniversary. The hotel has lots of reviews. Our view was, that the hotel was spotless. The rooms although a little small were cleaned everyday, with fresh towels. The bathroom has a good sized shower. By the way we stayed on the 3rd floor room 302 on the front over looking the superb views of the lake. The hotel serves a continental breakfast each morning with the usual meat, cheese, yogurt, cereal etc. Just helped yourself. The position of the hotel is right on the lake, so really romantic. Around the hotel are bars and restaurants. We found the food at both Emelianos and Wimmer really good. Both varied in price between 40 euros and 50 euros. Pizzas seemed to be the biggest part on most restaurants pages, starting at 4 euros up to 1o/12 euros. Beware they are usually massive 14-16" size.The bar at the back of the square and right next door were really good. Beer was about 5 euros. Wine in the restaurants varied from the house white/red for 6 euros for a 1/2 ltr- 10 euros for 1 ltr. There are plenty of sights to see, and if you enjoy a walk, Salo is about 2.5 miles, and Maderno is 3.5 miles in the other direction. We decided to walk one day to San Michelle. It is all village at the top of the mountain (serious walk) about 5 mile up. Got there, sweating buckets 2 restaurants. 1 was shut the other said no beer (ran out) I think he understood my english. Really not worth the walk, but the views brill. Botanical gardens are 5 mins away, if you are into that sort of thing. The trips on the lake are a little expensive. We went to Sirmione taking the slow boat out for the sights which takes 2hrs, and the fast boat back 1hr. It cost 45 euros. The other trips vary between 27-37 euros each. It takes about 1hr-1.5hrs to get to the hotel. This was the expensive bit. Holiday firm wanted £287, the taxi (book before you get there) was £215, and a car is around £150 All in all, I would recommend the hotel for cleanliness and positioning. There are no banging bars, and it is very quiet when you want to get to sleep. Romantic and relaxing I think would sum it up.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

This hotel is set in the very best of settings. Although we were a little worried what we might get, we were pleasantly surprised.

All the rooms have a balcony and face the lake, and the hotel is away from the busy road, so unlike most hotels around- there is no road noise!

Breakfast is quite basic, but is included. There is no swimming pool, (but if you want this, pay double the price to stay elsewhere). There are very reasonable public beaches, and a private beach with swimming pool all close by.

Restaurant food at the hotel is very good value, and there are many great restaurants around too.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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bournemouth
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

We picked this hotel because it was directly overlooking Lake Garda. When we arrived the staff were extremely helpful with great information. The hotel is very modestly priced but when we got to our room we were amazed at the size for the price, there was just the the two of us but big enough for four. We also had a massive big balcony overlooking the lake. The breakfast was continental and a lot of variety to suit all. Gardone Riviera is very beautiful with cobbled streets and great inexpensive restaurants. A really good base to explore Lake Garda. Would definitely stay again

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Mateo Ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Our third trip to Gardone Riviera. We'd tried 2 expensive hotels but had spotted the Du Lac and thought we would try it. Facing directly on the lake with balcony rooms, we knew it wasn't deluxe like the others but the price was half or less. You get what you pay for.they say.
The reviews here were so varied it was hard to tell what to expect. We liked it. The lobby is nice as is the front desk area and the elevator is small but fine. Our room #303 right on the front had a superb view. It was no smaller than other rooms we've had elsewhere with no view. The balcony had 2 chairs and a table and was very comfortable to sit and watch the boat dock landings (too hot midday) or just watch people on the promenade below. Our room was always cleaned with fresh towels and I think clean sheets a couple of times (4 night stay). One amazing thing was the small, small bathroom (overweight travelers please note) though the shower was really OK and the lake view from the window above the washbasin was lovely. Probably in earlier years there was no "ensuite" so this was added to accommodate.
For those who want any luxury they will have to pay more but cannot find a better view with a location in the center of everything. Near several restaurants, the tourist office, boat dock and bus stops for north/south buses Brescia to Riva del Garda and way points. The breakfast was quite good by Italian standards with juice and coffee machines plus cold meats, cheese, pastries, yogurt, cereals, etc., certainly enough. At check-in we were given a 10% discount ticket for their restaurant or the one just beyond on the square where we ate 3 times as the food was quite good and reasonably priced and we could sit outside on their terrace. A caraffe of house wine was priced OK as well.
In other words we"d stay there again definitely. We recommend it to those who want a perfect view and a plain, no frills, clean room and won't be shocked by a very small bathroom.

Room Tip: Front room #303, gorgeous view but very small bathroom!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Hotel du lac is situated on the water front of garda lake , in the beautiful gardone riviers promenade. You can't take this advantage from it...
Rooms are VERY small , the bathroom is the smallest we've ever been in....
You can't even strtch your hands to use the towels....
It was clean, service was OK , but the whole atmosphere- Spartan.

Room Tip: Try to get rooms with view to the lake.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel du Lac
Address: Via Lungolago, 25083 Gardone Riviera, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Gardone Riviera
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Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Gardone Riviera
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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