We have just returned after a week at the Hotel Gardesana in Riva del Garda with Holiday Department.
The public areas i.e. reception, restaurant, bar, pool were all fine very good in fact.
As mentioned in other reviews the restaurant manager at first appeared fixated on were we sat but it became obvious that by controlling the seating he was able to efficiently produce the pre - ordered meals (ordered after breakfast.) in the evening.
We found the food to be excellent with a choice of 3 for all three courses on each night. On one occasion my wife's starter was changed when she had a change of mind and when she asked for turkey without a sauce she was offered and received a delicious grilled turkey steak as an alternative neither was a problem.
The staff we found to be friendly, courteous and patient despite the usual problems of our not speaking Italian.
The down side was the room. Although small it was adequate. The bathroom was large and very clean (but a small shower cubicle for the larger person) The balcony had space for only one chair only but opened to the pool so a pleasant view. My problem was the furniture. The room resembled student accommodation and was of IKEA standard. The bed was low, hard and I have had softer bricks for a pillow. There was no air conditioning ,something we dreaded .However we found the ceiling fan was very efficient in cooling the room. Finally the room faced out to a neighbouring hotel with nightly entertainment (very noisy) but seem to stop around 11:00pm.
The hotel is not in the centre of Riva but is a pleasant 15 minute walk along the lake. This also makes it convenient to walk the next village along the lake in the opposite direction.
Overall we had an enjoyable week's stay.
I would have given a 4 star rating but I'm afraid the room made it a 3.
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- Also Known As:
- Gardesana Hotel Riva Del Garda
- Hotel Gardesana Riva Del Garda/Nago, Italy