Having visited Italy many times and lakes Como and Maggiore the previous 2 years , we were keen to see what Garda had to offer. unfortunately we hit a bad weather week , it rained continually for the first 3 days and the best way of dealing with this is to take the boat to visit the other resorts on Garda - particularly recommend Sirmione , Malcesine , Limone and Salo. Gardone Riviera is very limited - very few shops (from a time warp in the 50's) handful of virtually empty restaurants. Fortunately , the neighbouring resort of Salo (easily reached in 10 mins by bus or boat) had much more to offer. Hotel Villa Sofia is a lovely hotel in beautiful surroundings but is located up quite a steep hill (my relatively fit 73 yr old mother really struggled) and the other part of Gardone (upper Gardone) was only accesible by another steep climb. The hotel would benefit by having a courtesy minibus as we saw in other hotels/resorts. The hotel is furnished to a high standard and immaculately clean and fortunately almost empty when we stayed as the walls are very thin and you can hear everything going on next door (bedroom & bathroom !) breakfast was an excellent buffet with plenty of choice , including bacon/eggs if you wanted. Villa Sofia does not do evening meal but the staff will recommend local places to eat in both upper and lower Gardone - sadly involving a hike up the hill whichever part you choose! Overall we enjoyed our week (despite the weather) but would not choose this resort again. Also , the boat Summer timetable did not start until the week after which meant the earliest boat out was 10.22 and the last boats back were around 18.00 which proved a bit limiting.
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- Also Known As:
- Sofia Hotel Gardone Riviera
- Hotel Villa Sofia Lake Garda/Gardone Riviera, Italy