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“Great Location - Disappointing Accommodation”
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Hotel du Lac
Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Gardone Riviera
Reviewed 25 August 2014

It was my first visit to Lake Garda and I have to say that is one if the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. A crowd of us were staying at Gardone Riviera as my niece had chosen it for her dream wedding which it certainly was.

I wanted to start this review with a positive hence the above paragraph. Sadly the same cannot be said of the Hotel Du Lac. Firstly it is in dire need of some TLC - the public areas are dingy and not that welcoming. The rooms are positively antiquated - ours was long and narrow and about 90 degrees. We struggled to get the aircon to work and when it didn't I went down to reception to complain only to find that you have to ask for it to be switched in from reception. The bathroom was something else - again long and narrow and exceptionally hot as there is no aircon in there at all. The shower was a total joke - it was a fixed overhead unit with a head that was not adjustable or moveable. When you opened the door and turned on the water the spray came straight out sideways thus soaking the entire room - standing underneath it you could remain totally dry as no water came out of the middle. I ended up washing my hair on the day of the wedding in the sink!! Oh and the hair dryer in the bathroom failed to work and I had to ask 3 times before they loaned me a replacement. However, on the plus side the room was very clean, the bed linen was beautifully fresh every day and we were given plenty of nice fluffy white towels if only we could have got wet enough to use them !! We also had a lake view and that we certainly couldn't complain about. The Du Lac is also in a superb position being virtually opposite the quay where the boats all arrive.

Breakfast at the Du Lac is not the best either and despite there being a vast area outside the dining area, you are forbidden from taking any breakfast items outside to consume which is a great pity given the stunning location. Please also take note of the fact that if you miss breakfast it is virtually impossible to get anything to eat breakfast wise anywhere along Gardone Riviera. I think there is a definite resistance on the part of the Italians not to allow the Lake to become anglicised in any way by serving English breakfasts and the usual tacky stuff which no one could blame them for - I certainly don't, but just remember not to miss your hotel breakfast however unexciting it may be because you won't get another chance.

My feeling is that with a bit of modernisation ie new bathrooms and decoration in the rooms, the Du Lac could be a superb little hotel - it just needs a bit of money spent on it. Please don't let this put you off going to Gardone Riviera because it is truly stunning and there are plenty of other great hotels along the front to choose from. Others from our wedding party stayed in some really nice hotels so do your homework and you'll have a superb holiday in this gem of a location.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The hotel was in the best location -overlooking the lake. Our room 204 was on the corner and had a side and front facing balcony with lovely lakeside views. Our room was very comfortable and cleaned each day with fresh towels & bed made-the hotel could do with some refurbishment. The staff were helpful & friendly. Do not expect the luxury of the Grand. This is a 3 star hotel and does not have a spa or swimming pool but is good value for money.

Room Tip: Be sure to choose a room with a view of the lake.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We did not stay in the hotel but enjoyed a lovely fillet steak in the lake front restaurant. Service was friendly and efficient and we enjoyed watching the world go by from our outside table overlooking the lake.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We are just home from two weeks in Hotel Du Lac Gardone and can say that it was one of the most restful and peaceful locations we have ever visited. The hotel commands a central position on the lake frontage and our south facing room had a large balcony from which the Ferry arrivals could be viewed. The rooms are adaquate size and although they would benifit from some decor on the walls were very comfortable. As for the food the lake side restaurant provided evrything required in true Italian style. Gardone itself is compact, easy to get around and free from crowds. With little doubt we shall return and give the hotel our highest recomendation.

Room Tip: superior with lake view and balcony
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DennisAdams
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Just back from this lovely part of Italy-the hotel was in the best location ever-overlooking the lake most rooms have a lovely lakeside view-the room was very comfortable- the shower however had to be hand held-so could not have a proper shower-however it was clean with rooms cleaned each day fresh towels & bed made-the hotel could do with some refurbishment was a bit dated-however the staff were helpful & friendly-the breakfast was very limited with the same buffet each day no variation whatsoever-everything was done to a minimum-although we received a discount card for meals taken there- it was still quite expensive.

Room Tip: Lakeside rooms have the best view
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Gillian R
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We stayed here for 3nights and it was lovely! There was a problem when we arrived as previous occupants of the room allocated us had not bothered moving out - receptionist very apologetic and gave us alternative room. This was nice with balcony at back of hotel, but by lift shaft so a bit noisy! The next day we were moved to a larger room with a massive private terrace overlooking the lake - it was ace!
Breakfast was buffet style, but no hot food served and juice was from machine, so more like tasteless cordial. This was a bit disappointing but didn't really mar our stay! All the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again, especially if we could have same room!

Room Tip: Room 105 is ace - go for room facing lake as all have terraces or balconies
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Jkt1965
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Wonderful position on lake .very helpful staff and friendly.good value for money.enjoyed holiday.food breakfast and evening meal very good ,plenty choice ,service very good and very friendly .would recommend this hotel .small but everything you need for a great holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Hilary R
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Address: Via Lungolago, 25083 Gardone Riviera, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Gardone Riviera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Gardone Riviera
Price Range: £56 - £355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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Du Lac Gardone Riviera
Hotel Du Lac Lake Garda/Gardone Riviera, Italy

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