I was quite apprehensive before arriving at the Brione due to all the poor reviews the hotel had received on this website. We travelled with Travelsphere who were flawless in their organisation and we had no waits during transfers, and our tour guide was brilliant.
We arrived to the Brione at around 7:00pm, and had no hassle checking in, and were directed to our room which was basic, but adequate. I stress the word adequate, because it had TV (although you wont use it!), hairdryer, phone, desk, wardrobe and a bed. Unless you live in the Taj Mahal, or Buckingham Palace and are used to 5 star Caviar room service, with marble floors and solid gold bedposts (as it seems most negative reviewers of this hotel indeed are) you will find that the rooms meet your needs for your stay; I was pleasantly suprised and they were all spotlessly clean.
I will admit that the lack of air conditioning in some rooms (such as ours) was not ideal, however if you bring or buy a small fan this problem is overcome and I slept restfully every night. The traffic everyones complains about is exagerated beyond belief. We are a family who live in peaceful countryside, and are used to listening to the lonely wind alone at night, and therefore probably more sensitive to noises in the night! The traffic subsided at around 1am, not 6am as some have said, and we stayed in the busiest period for Riva during the annual fireworks carnival. If you're tired enough and have made the most of Garda then you will sleep, end of! Besides, the location of the hotel more than makes up for the traffic 'problem'.
The food and waiters/waitresses were all wonderful. You were given a choice of two meals per course at breakfast to fill in for the evening meal. All meals were delicious, although sometimes not typically Italian. Everyone was catered for, and the staff went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy. I looked forward to the food each evening!
The lounge area was not 'gentlemens club'esque as previously stated in another review. I do not understand what more could be wanted from a lounge area than a bar, comfy seating and shelter? It was fine, and to be honest we didnt use it, because to make the most of Lake Garda you have to be outside.
The pool area was very picturesque and the pool was very, very refreshing. It was cleaned every morning and hardly anybody used it which was a little confusing, but we made the most of it!
The Hotel Brione is a lovely little hotel. The staff were brilliant, the food was delicious and the location was superb. It seems the people who went and wrote these unfairly negative reviews went to Garda wanting to moan, and to be honest when you are in the surroundings of Lake Garda, the beauty of the place makes you feel grateful for just being there, nevermind the hotel. If your spending hours upon hours in the hotel every day you shouldnt have gone to Lake Garda, and if you want to negate yourself into a frenzy of moaning like spoilt, unhappy British tourists then take yourself outside and just look at where you are, and get over yourself. If you dont feel previleged still, I suggest you go about joining the Royal family when you return to England.
It was a perfect stay. The Italian way of life and culture was refreshing. Stay at the Brione, and make the most of the lake. Try to get up Monte Baldo if you can, I recommend it!
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- Also Known As:
- Brione Hotel Riva Del Garda