Via Della Madrina, 2, Garda, Veneto, Italy
"My husband and I have just returned from a 10 night stay at the Hotel Garden in Garda, which was our first time visiting Italy. The hotel is ideally situated close to the bus station and ferry port (only a few minutes walk) which makes travelling on days out easy and stress free. The hotel is set back from the main road through Garda, so you have the required privacy when using the pool and tennis court facilities. That said, the constant road noise can still be heard if you are sitting outside, and we found that it increased significantly on a Saturday and Sunday with what appeared to be hundreds of people riding round on motorbikes all day and evening! Once inside though, you cannot hear the road noise if you keep your doors and windows closed, so you can get a good night's sleep. We were not lucky enough to get one of the more spacious rooms at the front of the hotel with a view of the lake, but were allocated a small room at the back of the hotel above the kitchen/service area, so we were on occasions woken up very early with lots of moving/banging around, as well as deliveries and rubbish pick ups. I was, however, delighted to find that our room had a dressing table and mirror (ladies..these touches do make a difference don't they) as well as an easy to use safe and a mini fridge. However, I would have liked some tea and coffee making facilities to have been made available in our room, but there were none. They do not provide an iron and ironing board as standard, but did manage to find both for us to use. The room, as well as everywhere else in the hotel, is exceptionally clean, however, our bathroom was very compact and it was like trying to wash in a small phone box when using the wholly inadequate shower cubicle. My husband is 6' 5", so it was no easy task! The water temperature is also very hit and miss, but you soon get used to it! We opted for half board, so enjoyed a wonderful four course meal in the restaurant every evening, which suited us very well....you choose what you'd like for dinner when you go down for breakfast in the morning. The food is excellent and the serving staff are so friendly and extremely efficient. Our special thanks goes out to Michele and Pia, and all the other restaurant staff, who were always very kind and attentive and made our dining experience very enjoyable. The hotel is only a short walk from the lake, where you will find lots of restaurants and bars, as well as some lovely shops dotted along the cute little lanes leading up to the lake. We spent many an afternoon having lazy lunches by the lake, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the idyllic views. We found a fantastic bar a couple of minutes walk from the hotel called Cam & Gato, which is small, atmospheric and great fun, which we visited a few times once we'd finished our evening meal. They have live music most evenings. They have a piano in the bar, so my husband even took a turn on it one evening, and was rewarded with a free pint for his effo"
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time here ! Beautiful hotel, tastefully decorated, excellent location, in a quiet area but still close to the pretty waterfront. The hotel and staff were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them. Staff very helpful with advice on getting around and local information. The clientelle were of a mature age, ( apart from my young adult son and daughter, we were the youngest I think at 52 yrs !) which was great as there were no children at the hotel, which made it very relaxing and peaceful. The pool area was spacious, and spotlessly clean, as was the whole hotel. We are all vegetarian, but this was not a problem at all, there were always options available every evening, and if we did not like what there was on, the chef would do us something else. The food was delicious every night, and served by very concientious, friendly waiters. The only thing that would have been helpful would have been, if the buffet items at the evening meal had been labelled as vegetarian, as we had to guess and sometimes got it wrong!. Early breakfast was available at 6.30 am, as we had an early departure time. We enjoyed the use of free bikes to ride around the lake. A lovely touch on departure was a gift bag containing a bottle of wine and two tea towels to celebrate the hotel's 50th anniversary. Thank you to all the staff at Hotel Garden, we had a fantastic time, were sad to leave and would thoroughly recommend this hotel. I can see why so many people return ! Keep up the good work !"
"A fabulous week spent at Hotel Garden. Totally faultless, everything aspect of the holiday was amazing, room, food, pool, gardens, views, all staff, a wonderful calm quiet ambience. Very quiet with no noise from adjoining rooms. Made some lovely friends who helped to make our holiday so brilliant. Dinner in the evening was wonderful both food and service. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday, just sad it’s over! Just book this fab hotel and enjoy!"