This is a special place. Peaceful, romantic, exclusive and yes...expensive.
Our room was lovely. At night we left the windows and shutters open and all you could hear was the sound of the lake lapping up against the shore, and in the morning you were gently stirred by the bird song. There were other guests staying in the Villa but it was as if we were the only ones there.
Our bathroom was perfect too - stocked with Parma di aqua products, beautiful dressing gowns and fluffy towels.
The public areas in the Villa are all buffed and polished to perfection, showing a great attention to detail.
Breakfast on the terrace is a delight. It is worth waiting for the fresh fruit platter - everything is peeled and sliced to order. coffee is good and very strong.
We enjoyed a very special dinner down by the lakeside (apparently not do-able later in the season when the mosquitos spoil the occasion). Excellent service at dinner - attentive but not intrusive. Lunch on the terrace was nice although we found the service was a little slow - but if you are not in a rush then no worries.
We were lucky to enjoy beautiful weather in may. The outdoor pool is delightful.
Without wishing to be unduly negative there were a few things lacking which I would have expected from a hotel of this calibre and cost - (apart from a few days at start/end of season room rates start from around 1300 euros per night inc tax/service) eg no fruit in the room, no chocolates/treats left at turndown service (if you don't count rose petals in the toilet!), no red wine in mini bar, no service around the pool (I have got used to hotels that offer surprise palate fresheners to pool guests eg fruit skewers, mini smoothies etc. Things you don't realise you want until offered).
I acknowledge that there are plenty of other extras included eg laundry, free mini bar containing half bottle white wine, half bottle champagne & soft drinks; and nuts and mini shortbread replenished daily. Plus we ordered coffee each morning in our room and only discovered on check out that this was also complimentary.
This is a beautiful hotel. Quietly discreet. Romantic. Special.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Gargnano
- Grand Hotel Feltrinelli
- Villa Feltrinelli
- Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Lake Garda/Gargnano, Italy