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. They prepare local ingredients and make dishes like pasta with rocket and almond pesto and gourmet pizzas.

A recently renovated spa area is available to hire on a private basis (payable locally). This is great if you’re after a relaxing day or want to pamper yourself a bit. 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

Stay 10 nights and pay for 9 nights or stay 14 nights and pay for 12 nights between 07 Apr - 31 Oct 20

Complimentary drinks including soft drinks, wine and beer from 7pm - 11pm for holidays between 21 Sep - 31 Oct 19, 20 Apr - 23 Jun 20 and 23 Sep - 31 Oct 20 (available at other times for €10pppd)

Free tea and biscuits every day between 4pm and 5pm

Complimentary bike hire (subject to availability)

Honeymoon Offer: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 50
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 3


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 accommodate two people and have a balcony or terrace with lake view and a living area.

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

Desenzano combines a lakeside setting with a lively atmosphere. The centre is 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.

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.


FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.

Please note: Only one Verona opera booking per person can be counted towards your 3 excursions.


Verona Opera - Jun to Sept - please visit our Opera information page for booking details and prices

Wine Tour from £48 Tuesdays only
12.35pm - 6.50pm
Spend the day sipping some of the finest wines of the Veneto and Trentino regions in the sunshine. Discover the secrets of wine making and enjoy a small snack with a selection of full bodied fresh, refreshing whites and vibrant rose.

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 Mondays and Fridays 
8.15am - 6.45pm 
Explore the resorts of Lake Garda with one of our fantastic tours. Take a coach down the famous Gardesana road and cruise the crystalline waters on a boat trip to resorts with time for shopping, sight seeing and lunch.

Dolomites from £53 Mondays only  
6.40am - 8.00pm 
Drive through the scenic South Tyrol right through to Pass Pordoi and immerse yourself in the vibrant countryside of the Dolomites. Stop for a drink at one of the Refugio's or explore the flora and fauna on foot during this guided tour.

Venice Classic from £70 Tuesdays and Thursdays 
8.30am - 7.30pm 
This spectacular guided tour offers you a full day in the rich and decadent city of Venice. Including coach and water taxi transfers, our tour leader will guide you through the sights and on a gondola (optional and payable locally) before you enjoy free time to explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Verona Classic from £43 Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am - 5.40pm  
Visit one of Italy's most popular citta d'Arte and traverse this spectacular medieval city which is home to the Roman Ampitheatre, Juliet's balcony and the stunning Via Mazzini.

Bookable Locally

Milan from £59 Thursdays only
Take the coach down to the cobbled streets of Milan and spend the day immersing yourself in the stunning architecture of this industrial city.

**Please note that 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. See terms & conditions.** 



Hotel Mayer & Splendid have a wellness area with a sauna, Turkish bath, mini pool and relaxation area with herbal tea station (payable locally).

General Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Car parking
  • Restaurant

Breakfast is taken in the bright dining room located on the ground floor of the hotel. You'll have both hot and cold options including home made pastries, eggs, cold meats and cheeses all served with freshly brewed coffees and teas.

The hotel's a la carte restaurant is known for its cuisine. You can expect to see fresh fish dishes here along with home cooked pizzas and pasta, fragrant 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
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.5407693
  • Latitude: 45.4701496

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per person from £714
Includes £55pp discount
Hotel Mayer & Splendid
Desenzano, Lake Garda,Bed & Breakfast
23/10/2021 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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