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Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Gargnano
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Top notch”
Reviewed 16 December 2012

This hotel is excellent. So far, this is the best we've seen (tastes differ, of course, I understand visitors that didn't see it that way). Breathtaking views, great service, fantastic property. One might complain about things to do (no spa/no gym) but we found it to be offering everything we need - kayaking on the lake, heli trips to Alps, climbing to San Valentino, Garda boat trips, great restaurant, etc.

Room Tip: Stay in the main villa.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2012

When you turn up at hotel you know is a little more expensive than others - naturally your a little apprehensive. Will it live up to expectations, will it deliver a great experience?

We all ask this right?

Now some hotels claim to get it right, buy a historic building, refurbish it, hire some new staff and send through training as written by "The Ritz Carlton' Experience, new uniforms, new chef and Voila - the perfect hotel??? Well not quite.

However Villa Feltrinelli in all its Glory is not this place.
Amazingly well executed, perfectly thought and beautiful attention to detail. Markus Odermatt the GM is and has done a superb job in handpicking a mix of great staff to be wait on you. Makes you wonder when the Germans took over and looked after Mussolini here for 2 years. How could he not be happy in this setting? Then you remember that it was against his will.

Markus Odermatt thinks of everything - with the small details taken care of, the Mini bar is free (stocked with the best), laundry service that makes your cheapest shirt look like a Tom Ford exclusive (in less than an hour), decor of detail and linen and towels of pleasure.
The in room music system which consists of a block of wood, brass plated with 10 buttons styled to choice of classical, pop, jazz. Which either they found the most amazing play lists known to man or maybe our taste but every channel had tracks hand picked for perfect listening, its all it the details.

The rooms - simple, elegant, beautiful bathrooms, amazing views on every side of the Villa.

The Villa - rising out of the Lake set below the mountains. The Feltrinelli's sure picked a spot of natural beauty. Imagine a James Bond set designed to be suave, mysterious and luxurious. Then you imagine this.

The Grounds - designed by Gods, kept by Angels and a joy to explore. A heated pool, massage by the pool, cocktails on the lake, lawn sports in the garden. Relax, drink and enjoy the stunning views across the lake. Heaven!

The food - So excited by the thought of this Michelin Starred restaurant was one thing but we will get to that. Amuse Bouche by the lake with exquisite drinks - a chicken skin sandwich sounds wrong but WOW. A great start to our taste buds each little teasing dish thereafter was incredible.

Jump ahead to breakfast in the sun overlooking the lake next morning, no fault, perfect attention and service all the way.

The restaraunt well - a tasting menu with incredible flair, thought and taste. Far too many to pay homage to and the wine...some local suggestions, some incredible pairings. Don't take my word for it - go try it!

Go live like a millionaire, spend it on this place - its worth every penny.

Going back? Yes with out a doubt. (for more than one night next time)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

The Vila Feltrinelli lived up to our expectations and we will be back very soon. The room we had, although not really a suite (although billed as one) was comfortable, quiet, elegant, and all one would wish for. The amenities were generous -- wine, water, whatever else you wanted -- and the bathroom truly magnificent. The villa itself is wonderful in every way. It takes an army of people to run it (many more staff than guests, it seems to me) but it runs like clockwork.

We found that the dining service is absolutely superior with a great wine plist (which wasn't too overpriced) and knowledgeable staff. The food was very good, one * material at least. Internationalized to be sure, but not uncomfortably so. We never went out for dinner. They will set you up a table almost anywhere.

Almost all of staff are friendly and charming. We came with a prodigious load of laundry and it was happily and wonderfully done (laundry is included). My one small complaint are the administrative/greeting staff. They can be a little cold and distant and only helpful when one asks.

By the way, given the surroundings, the number of staff, and the amenities the Villa Feltrinelli is (almost) a bargain!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Feltrinelli has been described as the best hotel in the world by some reviewers. That is a very bold claim. It is without doubt a very fine place to stay and being compact, only 28 rooms I believe, it is a tranquil spot with glorious grounds. Gargnano is a nice village and the hotel is only a ten minute walk or they offer a complimentary shuttle. Our room II Poeta was large and gorgeous with great views over the lake. A very large bathroom with giant shower deep bath and separate WC. Staff are courteous and attentive; But boy this comes at a huge price so not a place for the faint hearted. At these prices you might expect it to be the best in the world, It is not and frankly it would be silly to claim that it is as every top hotel have their special qualities. For my money Aman group consistently achieve the highest standards and get pretty close to perfection.

The restaurant is a fine place to eat with great service from the team, but eye wateringly pricey for what is on offer with big mark ups on wine; Even top London restaurants look a bargain next to this restaurant. They do offer smaller portions on all dishes which is good. It is michelin listed but we found the food a bit hit and miss. Some dishes were exemplary others outright disappointing. I ordered a burger for lunch and was offered it medium;It came dry and overcooked. I had sea bass twice at dinner and the first one was delicious second under-cooked lukewarm and poor. That said a pasta dish called carbonara (not to be confused with the traditional tratoria dish) was sublime and I could have eaten it all day! The chef is clearly very talented but needs greater consistency and simplicity if he is to offer value.

It is a wonderful place to stay and if the restaurant can up its game then it will get close to being perfect.

Room Tip: Lakeside rooms best Poeta is excellent
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Fabulous hotel - impeccable service, unique setting, historical interiors which are full of charm and don't feel stuffy. It almost feels like one is staying in a private house but with all the benefits of a 5 star hotel. Evening drinks on the front steps overlooking the lake, sitting on the quayside watching the boats go past, the sumptous breakfast offering or lying in the pool admiring the gardens are all worth a visit on their own.

One area for improvement however......bearing in mind the unique history and location of the hotel, it is a shame that the hotel has succumbed to the increasingly modern trend of creating dishes that are overly complex and just don't work. Italian food should be simple and flavoursome yet the chef has created dishes which are over engineered/fussy and don't leave one wanting more. This may be in part the curse of the Michelin rosette but the hotel should, bearing in mind its location, rise above this. A pasta dish should leave one guilty when one craves more not confused whether the Pachetti is supposed to be served cold or hot.

Overall excellent and will defintiely be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2012

From the moment you arrive at the hotel you feel the magic of this truly stunning and unique hotel. This was our 5th stay at the hotel and it never fails to captivate. The hotel itself is ideally located on the shores of Lake Garda and the views are unforgettable. The staff are the best of any hotel I have ever been to. The managers have an eye for perfection and that filters down throughout the staff. The staff are quite simply delightful; incredibly helpful, friendly, professional and smiley! This is a happy ship and it shows. The management and staff quite genuinely want each and every guest to have the best time imaginable.
The food is just as good as the hotel has a very inventive chef. All meals are wonderful but lunch surpasses any in the world! Try the tuna tartare, caprese and lobster salad! Simple and stunning; the riot of tastes are sublime.
Things to do: relax at the lush pool, take in the lake views at the chairs for two set up beside the lake, enjoy cocktails at sundown, wander into town for more simple fare (the Lido is good or there is also a great pizza restaurant on the promenade), take a scenic boat tour with the legendary Paulo to Locanda San Vigilio for lunch...everything organised by the delightful hotel staff who anticipate your every need.
We have stayed in various rooms, all sumptuous and decorated in antiques and quirky artefacts. Lago and Magnolia are our favourite rooms, both of which have balconies and amazing views over the lake.
This is a hotel to have an enduring love affair with! Take someone special...

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2012

We have been coming for over twelve year's since it first opened. in that time a consistent high regard for exemplary service, good food and beautiful rooms has been maintained beyond human expectation.. Go on and spoil yourselves - you know you want too!

Room Tip: Ask nicely and get the owners Boat House.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli
Address: Via Rimembranza 38-40, 25084, Gargnano, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Gargnano
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Gargnano
#5 Romantic Hotel in Gargnano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Gargnano
Grand Hotel Feltrinelli
Villa Feltrinelli
Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Lake Garda/Gargnano, Italy

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