We booked our trip through the Travel Department and were allocated a double room in Hotel Gardesana. The hotel is on the outskirts of Riva set back from the main road and just a short distance to the Lakeside path . It has no lift (the only difficulty with this is carrying up the suitcases on arrival!) or air conditioning (we didn’t need a fan as it happens but why not just put them in the rooms free of charge!) We had a room (204) on the second floor with a small balcony with a table and two chairs overlooking the front of the hotel. The room was basic but very clean and overall the hotel is good value for money. Free wi-fi is available in the public areas as well as the rooms. It is a pleasant walk from the hotel to either Riva or Torbole
The food was good, breakfast is typical continental buffet style with juice, cereal, cold meats, cheese, yoghurts, toast, bread rolls and plenty of jams, honey, etc. to choose from and dinners were fine with a set menu of 3 different choices each day and there was a gala dinner one evening which was very nice. Breakfast was provided much earlier on our last day to accommodate our early return to the airport. The staff are friendly and helpful and very fluent in English and they seemed to enjoy the friendly banter with our table of 6 mad Irish people! There is a lovely garden with (cold but refreshing!) swimming pool to the rear of the hotel.
We will hopefully return to Lake Garda, would happily stay in Hotel Gardesana and would not hesitate to recommend it to our friends..
Travel Department are also to be highly recommended. The one minor gripe we would have was the distance of almost 3 hours from Milan Airport to the hotel by bus was a bit tiresome. We enjoyed 4 trips organized by the Travel Department and they were all excellent. Laura our tour guide was very friendly, helpful and had a great sense of humour and Mario, our driver, ensured that all journeys were safe and comfortable.
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- Also Known As:
- Gardesana Hotel Riva Del Garda