We spent 5 nights at this hotel and it was rather like being in Fawlty Towers. Let's get the bad news out first. The owner is miserable and mean and has no idea how to run a hotel. On arrival, we were told abruptly not to bring the suitcases through his main door. We four then sat down for a drink in an empty bar and he insisted we sat outside. I asked him to charge the drinks to the room but no can do, I had to pay. He had a credit card machine on the bar but insisted on cash.
The aircon was turned off permanently after 2 days (even though it is featured as an amenity) and the heated towel rails were deliberately tied up not to work! We wanted to buy some beer to take up and drink on our balcony but no, that was forbidden. After a row, when we threatened to use the bar 3 doors way, his very friendly partner intervened and we got our drinks. Breakfast was unbelievable. Each person was allocated one croissant only but after 3 days, we didn't even get that - just dried slices of bread. You only get offered one cup of tea and one orange juice to drink. Needless to say, we did not choose to eat meals in the hotel but went instead to the excellent choice off restaurants in the nearby village waterfront.Overall not the way to market a hotel which in itself is good.
Okay, now for the good bits. The owner's partner could not be more helpful and tried to keep the owner under control, mainly successfully. The hotel rooms were spacious and the standard of decor and cleanliness very high. The view from the front rooms were excellent and the balconies were of very good size. Parking nearby was not a problem (can't say about high summer). The location of the hotel for visiting Lake Garda was perfect and the village had its own ferry stop which was useful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 150 metres from the shores of Lake Garda, Hotel Saturnia offers modern rooms, an on-site restaurant, and a furnished sun terrace. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Recently refurbished, rooms at Saturnia Hotel are air-conditioned and have light-coloured wooden furnishings. They come with an LCD TV, and a complete private bathroom. Some feature a balcony with lake views.Breakfast is a sweet and savoury buffet provided daily, and can be enjoyed on the terrace. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving classic Italian dishes and pizza. A bar is also available and is open until 23:00.The hotel is a 3-minute drive from the hillside estate Vittoriale degli Italiani, where writer D'Annunzio lived, and the Heller Botanical Gardens are 2 km away. Guests can take ferries from Toscolano-Moderno jetty, 3 km from the property, to Torri del Benaco on the opposite shore. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Travel Republic (UK) and Booking.com so you can book your Hotel Ristorante Saturnia reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ristorante Saturnia Lake Garda/Gardone Riviera, Italy