Hotel Mayer & Splendid

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Desenzano

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Hotel Mayer & Splendid has a fantastic location. It’s right on the lake in front of the ferry stop, so you couldn’t be more central. Desenzano’s bars, shops and restaurants are all an easy walk away. It’s easy to explore further afield too, just hop on a ferry or walk 15 minutes to the train station. Trains run regularly to Venice, Verona and smaller cities like Padua, which are well worth exploring.

This is a historic hotel that’s been open since 1824 and the Mayer family have been running it for seven generations. There’s history everywhere you look, from the postcards that show an old-world Desenzano to the antiques that can be seen in the public areas. We love heading to the hotel’s bar every time we come here. It faces the lake and a has a gorgeous terrace where you can pull up a chair and enjoy the views. Make sure you try the food here too.

The brand new spa area is great if you’re after a relaxing day. It has a sauna, Turkish bath, plunge pool and relaxation area. The rooms here are traditional, in keeping with the rest of the hotel. They feel really spacious and they all have private balconies. Some have side views of the lake while superior rooms have front lake views.

Transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport.

Added value

Free daily afternoon tea and cake between 4pm and 5pm

Free entry to the wellness area all season for Inghams guests (bookable locally)

Free use of hotel's city bikes (e-bike hire, payable locally)

Honeymoon Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

One free drink per person at the hotel's terrace bar during stay

  • No. of rooms: 50
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €2 per person (aged 14+) per day is payable locally. 


Standard Rooms are finished in light colours and can sleep up to two people. They have side lake views from the balcony and facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer and shower.

Superior Rooms sleep up to three people and enjoy stunning lake views from the balcony. They have a bath or shower.

Junior Suites can sleep two people and have a living area and balcony or terrace with lake views.


Adapted rooms are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre's thriving with bars, cafés, pizzerias and an impressive pedestrianised shopping area. Mingle with the locals as you walk around the narrow streets, stopping to browse the unique items found in some of the family-run boutiques. Stroll a bit further and head uphill to the medieval castle that overlooks the town – you’ll get some of the best views of the lake from up here.

If you want to get some sun, we recommend heading to one of Desenzano’s three public beaches. There's sun loungers and parasols to rent as well as lake-view cafés where you can stop for a drink. The lakeside comes alive in the summer evenings with trendy bars welcoming tourists and locals.

What to see on a Desenzano holiday

One of the best things about Desenzano is how easy it is to get out and explore. The ferries leave regularly so popular towns like Garda, Peschiera and Sirmione are easy to get to. The town's station has regular trains to both Verona and Venice, which are perfect for day trips. But if you’ve already been or fancy escaping the crowds, we recommend heading to Padua. It’s a small, energetic city that doubles as a museum with the Basilica of St. Anthony’s extraordinary frescoes and a jumble of architecture from Gothic to Renaissance.

Discover more things to see and do on Lake Garda.

Why book a holiday to Desenzano with Inghams?

We've been working with our hotel partners in Desenzano for many years so you can be sure of the best value and a wonderful service while you're away. You're holiday is always in safe hands with Inghams.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

With a large ferry port and train station, you won’t run out of things to do in Desenzano. This is one the best places to stay on Lake Garda if you’ve got sightseeing on your agenda. You can travel all round the lake by ferry - head for a leisurely day to Sirmione to try their famous gelato. Or jump on a train for some city sightseeing. There’s so much to see and do in Verona or Venice. Don’t forget about the smaller cities though, they can be a real hidden gem.

There's lots to see and do in the town itself, too:

  • Desenzano’s castle looks out over the town and you get some great views over the lake from the tower entrance. You can walk around the walls here and take in the history.
  • The archaeological museum is a must-see if you’re interested in history. They’ve got a great selection of Bronze-Age artefacts. Grab a combination ticket that includes the castle to save a few euros.
  • Head to the town’s Roman villa to get an idea of how wealthy Romans used to live when they holidayed on the lakes. It was built more than 2,000 years ago and you can wander around the ruins and see the mosaics left behind. We recommend watching the short video that explains the original layout of the house.
  • See the Last Supper by Tiepolo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maddalena – a 16th Century church. You can’t miss it – it’s in the centre of Desenzano and it’s a great option to escape the crowds for a while.
  • The Parco Sigurta botanical gardens are just south of Desenzano but we love visiting them while we’re here. It’s a great, wide-open space where you can get back to nature.


Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Venice Classic from £73 per person (full day)

Venice is not to be missed! This excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide and at your own pace. You’ll arrive by coach and grab a water taxi to the centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge  – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Verona from £45 per person (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. 

Departs: Fridays

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

  • Spa with indoor salt water plunge pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, sensory showers and a relaxation area included (bookable locally)
  • Massages and beauty treatments are payable locally
  • Fitness room
  • Free use of hotel's city bikes
  • E-bike hire (payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Garage (payable locally)

Breakfast is taken in the bright dining room and is buffet style with homemade pastries, eggs, cold meats and cheeses all served with freshly-brewed coffees and teas.

The hotel's à la carte restaurant is known for its cuisine. You can expect to see fresh fish dishes here along with home cooked pizzas and pasta, risottos and delicious desserts. During summer, take advantage of the warm weather and dine on the terrace that overlooks the lake. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Diabetics - Insulin can be stored
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.5407693
  • Latitude: 45.4701496
  • Location Description:
    • Resort centre location
    • 20 metres to lakefront promenade
    • 200 metres to ferry departure point
    • 300 metres to the beach
    • 50 metres to the nearest bus stop

Reviews of Hotel Mayer & Splendid

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Total price from
per person from £749
Includes £350pp discount
Hotel Mayer & Splendid
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Bed & Breakfast
25/06/2022 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Manchester Int.
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