Hotel Poiano

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Garda

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Hotel Poiano is on a hill on the outskirts of Garda. That means that you get to enjoy some stunning lake views from the gardens and pool. Upgrade your room and you can even enjoy them from the comfort of your own balcony. The grounds of the hotel are large and the rooms are located in low-rise buildings that are spread throughout the gardens. The pool is Olympic-sized, so get some laps in while you’re here. Alternatively, you could grab a sun lounger and admire the views instead!

Great for summer activities

We love the hotel's spa – it has a heated saltwater pool, whirlpool and sauna. It’s not just about relaxation here though. If you want to stay active, play a game of tennis on one of the hotel's courts, hire a bike and explore the area or play a game of golf at the hotel's golf academy (payable locally). There's even a shuttle into town if you want to explore the centre of Garda.

Added value

Up to two children 17 years old and under stay free in summer 2024 when sharing a room with two adults

Free daily tea and biscuits from 5pm to 6pm

Inghams Guided Walks included from 13th May -7th Oct (excludes 16th Aug, subject to availability)

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers


The eponymous town of Garda is a sought-after summer holiday spot whether for families, friends, couples or solo travellers – but that’s nothing new. People have flocked to Lake Garda for millennia, each leaving their storied stamp; from Bronze Age rock art and Roman vineyards to Venetian villas and historic hotels. Summer holidays in Garda are all about whiling away time walking around the old town and along the promenade. But there’s still more to see beyond this sheltered bay. The rest of Lake Garda calls – as well as the cities of Venice and Verona, just a ferry and train ride away.

Family walking around Garda

Summer walking holidays in Garda embrace laid-back lakeside living. Drift along the promenade, stopping at one of the many bars for an Aperol spritz or for the young ones, a generous scoop of stracciatella gelato. We love wandering around Garda's historic town centre, with its Gothic-Venetian church and villas. Make sure to drop by the Friday market to browse stalls piled high with bottles of Bardolino wine and marbled mountain cheeses from the nearby Dolomites. Children will love trying the tasters in the different stalls- see how many types of cheese you can get your hands on; in true Italian style, the food and drink is delicious and fresh!

Sightseeing in Garda: must see summer holiday sights

Garda's tree-lined promenade stretches south to Bardolino and further still to Lazise – a beautiful lakeside walk or cycle; children will love pedalling way along the lakeside. Follow it north, and and you'll find yourself in Punta San Vigilio. This scenic headland is topped with cypress trees, an historic 16th-century villa and a trattoria with tables laid out, just a pebble’s throw from the water. Mermaid Bay is just around the corner – it's one of the best summer beaches and sunset watching spots on Lake Garda, and well worth forking out a few euros for the entry fee. It's a wonderful spot for a family beach day! If you fancy giving the calf muscles a workout, make sure you climb the 6km up to La Rocca for panoramic views, it's a beautiful walk. Look out over the pin-striped vineyards and sailing boats that characterise the eastern shore of Lake Garda.  

Exploring Lake Garda by boat, bus and cable car

Buses and ferries pootle between the towns of Lake Garda all summer long. Torri del Benaco is a 10-minute ride away. Here, a museum castle that once belonged to the ruling Scaliger family exhibits local curiosities like antique olive presses and Bronze Age carvings found in Garda’s hills. Alternatively, head for the ferry port. It’s a short hop across the water to Gardone's Heller Botanical Gardens or the castle-crowned Sirmione. The further north you venture, the more mountain views there are to enjoy. Jump off in Malcesine to peruse the pretty terracotta-tiled town before hopping on the cable car up Monte Baldo. Monte Baldo is full of fantastic walking trails, where you'll find some of the best views of Lake Garda. There's a good range of trails so it's not hard to find a path that children will love just as much as adults.

V for Venice (and vineyards)

Olive groves and vineyards fill the hills behind Garda – an excellent chance to sample Bardolino's famous red wine. For a mini adventure, catch the boat to Peschiera on Lake Garda’s southern edge, where the train station offers direct services to Verona (just 20 minutes away) and Venice (a scenic 1 hour 15 minutes).

Why book a summer holiday in Garda with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Garda's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Garda. Join a professional mountain guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Garda include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 120
  • No. of buildings: 3
  • No. of floors: 2


Two blocks separate to the main building.

  • Official rating: 4


Costabella Rooms are 17m² and sleep up to three people (third bed is a single sofa bed). They have a balcony, and shower stall. These rooms are also available for sole use at a supplement. 

Panorama Rooms are 17m² and sleep up to three people (third bed is a single sofa bed). They have lake views from the balcony and a shower stall.

Junior Suites are incredibly spacious at 35m² and sleep up to four people (extra beds are single sofa beds). Located in the annexe, these elegant rooms have a lounge area, balcony or terrace and lake view (the view in some rooms may be restricted by trees) and a bath with showerhead.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Minibar

Cots are available on request.

Local fees & taxes

Resort tax of €2.50 per person per night is payable locally.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 4
  • Access ramp: Yes
  • The hotel is located at the top of a hill and a fair amount of walking is involved to reach the different blocks of the complex. It therefore may not be suitable for guests with accessibility requirements.
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport
  • 3 kilometres to resort centre
  • 3.3 kilometres to ferry departure point
  • 50 metres to nearest bus stop
  • Food shop on site

Plenty of activities for your summer holiday

  • Activities including beach volleyball, bowls, table tennis, archery (free of charge)
  • Tennis court (courts cost approx.€15 per hour, racket hire costs approx.€6, payable locally)
  • Padel tennis (approx. €40 per 1.5 hours use)
  • Football pitch (approx. €2.50 for 90 minute use, payable locally)
  • Yoga and pilates classes(payable locally)
  • Mountain bike hire (approx. €3 per hour)
  • Golf academy with tuition and equipment hire available (bookable and payable locally)
  • Outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool
  • The hotel's supervised kid's club runs from mid-May to mid-September for 5-12 year olds

Hotel Facilities

  • Spa with salt water lagoon pool, Turkish bath, sauna and bio-sauna, aromatherapy showers with light and colour therapy and a herbal tea and water station open Mon - Fri 2pm to 8pm and weekends 10am to 8pm (entrance payable locally, approx. €15 per person per 3 hour session, adults only) (children under 18 years old can use the spa from Sun-Fri between 2-3pm at a cost of approx.€5 per entry, payable locally)
  • Pool towel service
  • Fitness room
  • Free shuttle to the centre of Garda normally operating between 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking

Enjoy an American buffet breakfast and three-courses for dinner with table service, please note that on Saturdays dinner will be served buffet style. Children can enjoy a two-course meal with a choice. Once a week there's a gala dinner. 

Poiano Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers Italian and international cuisine.

Gazebo Pool Bar is open during the day for light meals including pizzas, panini and salads.

Piano Bar has views over the lake and a relaxing ambiance with live music.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know about dietary requirements at the time of booking. The hotel has no particular menu for special diets, but they try their best to suggest the most suitable dish for you. 

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per person from £689
16/10/2024 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
Half Board
Hotel Poiano
Lake Garda, Garda
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