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Grand Hotel Gardone

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Gardone Riviera

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Perched on the western shores of Lake Garda, the Grand Hotel Gardone is more than just a spectacular hotel, it is in fact a landmark. Known for its popularity amongst politicians, Hollywood stars and Royals, The Grand embodies a long lost sense of opulence and grandeur in this verdant and affluent region. Located just off the town square of Barbarano and within stone's throw of the ferry port, this is the perfect base for getting out and about to other resorts, whether it be up to the cobbled streets and looming castles of Malcesine or down to the beaches of Peschiera

The decor of the hotel is typical of the early 19th century with crystal chandeliers and marble scattered throughout its halls. Guest rooms are elegant and expertly combine traditional features with modern amenities. Some of the best cocktails on the lake can be found at the hotel’s ‘Winnie's Bar’, which is affectionately named after former frequent guest Winston Churchill. Enjoy al fresco dining at the Lemon Tree restaurant, which is renowned for its culinary achievements. Think rich breakfast buffets and sumptuous evening meals of freshly made gnocchi, abundant antipasti platters, rich meats and locally sourced fish all complemented by fine wines and aperitifs.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach.

Added value

Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 nights or stay 14 nights and pay for 12 nights between 14 Apr - 15 May 20 and 26 Sep - 17 Oct 20

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer: Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine

Save 10% on the hotel price for holidays between 09 Apr - 16 Oct 20 booked by 31 Jan 20 (not combinable)

Rooms

  • No. of rooms: 164
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 4
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 25
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 4

Classic Rooms can sleep up to two people and measure 20m². Finished in a traditional style, these comfy rooms boast lake views from the balcony, air conditioning from May to September (weather dependent), TV, free wifi, minibar, safe, hairdryer and a bath with overhead shower.

Superior Rooms can sleep up to three people and have a more contemporary style and impressive lake views from the balcony.

Junior Suites are 30m² and can sleep up to three people. They have a lovely seating area and elegant furnishings. A private balcony overlooks the lake.

Single Rooms are available with a lake view and balcony.

Accessibility

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

This hotel not suitable for wheelchair users as hotel is split across two levels and there are some steps without access ramps throughout property.

Meals

A rich and varied breakfast buffet is served in the grand dining room between 7.30am and 10.30am. Fresh pastries, breads and cakes baked on site are accompanied by fresh fruit, yogurts, cold cuts, cheese and hot options along with fresh coffee. 

Dinner consists of a four course meal that can be enjoyed in the spectacular dining room or out on the terrace if weather permits. There are four choices per course with the restaurant able to accommodate vegetarian and other dietary requirements (please inform our reservation team at the time of booking). Luxurious dishes of home made pastas and gnocchi, meats and local fish are served via a freshly created daily menu and complemented by a vast choice of local wines (charges apply). Dinner is served from 7pm - 9.30pm.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

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

Gardone Riviera

The Gardone Riviera, situated on the west coast of Lake Garda consists of two separate resorts: Gardone and Salò. Surrounded by lakeside mountains, the Gardone Riviera has a fantastic subtropical microclimate that brings you warm balmy summer days. Gardone is situated around a pretty harbour, and Italian history and culture can be found in abundance in this area and there are plenty immaculately kept buildings and gardens.

When not distracted by the stunning mountain and lakeside views, Gardone Riviera is also home to the Heller Botanical Gardens, which houses over 2,000 different species of subtropical plants. Exploring the other lakeside towns has never been easier either, with plenty of ferries running back and forth across the lake.

Things to do in resort

Gardone Riviera restaurants and food

The number of delicious restaurants across Lake Garda and Gardone Riviera cannot be recalled- there are just simply too many! Classic Italian cooking and heritage is embodied in the food and you can expect to see delicious fresh ingredients that have been sourced locally, homemade pasta, homemade sauces and ragus, and plenty of fresh fish from the lake.

Emiliano’s Restaurant in Gardone has been tipped as being excellent and the ideal location on the lake makes it a truly special place to linger over lunch. The hotels along the lake front also serve some delicious food (Hotel du Lac, Grand Hotel Gardone and Al Valerio are tipped as being good) and you can enjoy the spectacular views from the terraces.

 

Gardone Riviera bars and wine

It’s no secret that this little corner of Italy is a haven for the wine lover. With the Bardolino bi-annual wine festival happening on the other side of the lake, and many of the delicious wines coming from the immediate area, it would be a mistake to leave the Gardone Riviera without sitting on the lakeside promenade with a drink and watching the sun slip below the mountains.

Aquolinae Bar has some absolutely excellent views and also serves as a café during the day if it’s too early for a tipple. Hotel Du Lac has a fantastic lake side bar and restaurant and set slightly back from the lake front (up in the hills) sits Dai di Moro bar (on Via Ceriolo) which has some absolutely spectacular views once you reach it.

 

Gardone Riviera shopping

In the immediate area of the Gardone Riviera you will find plenty of food shops, souvenir and gift stores and some crafts here and there.

If you are looking for some proper shopping, then why not make the most of our excursions to nearby Verona and Venice? When not touring the beautiful cities, you may find some time to explore the shops selling high-end Italian fashion and leather goods like shoes, handbags and accessories.

Lake Garda is also famous for its wonderful markets that are held throughout the summer in different locations. Antique and flea markets are held regularly during the months and can be a real treasure chest for those of us who like to trawl through the old trinkets and items looking for a gem. Fresh food markets are also held regularly and you can see the wonderful colours of the locally produced fruit and vegetables of Lake Garda.

 

Gardone Riviera spas and relaxation

Situated in Colà across the lake, near Peschiera is the wonderful Villa dei Cedri Spa, which attracts plenty of visitors every year. Large outdoor lakes overlooking the beautiful Lake Garda, are kept fresh by nearby springs and warmed to a toasty 33-34°c by thermal sources from deep underground.

When not enjoying the tranquil bathing lakes, there is plenty to do at Villa dei Cedri with a grand house/hotel, winter garden glass pavilion, sunbathing in the carefully manicured gardens, massages, beauty treatments, and a wellness complex including medical fitness/therapies, biosaunas, solarium, Turkish bath, and a relax zone.

Sirmione has one of the top natural spa complexes in Europe, Aquaria, with thermal baths made with the heat that comes from deep below the lake and mountains.

Garda Thermae sits near Riva del Garda and celebrates wellness and peace of mind, body and soul. Saunas, indoor-outdoor swimming pools as well as beauty and spa packages are on offer here.

 

Gardone Riviera arts, culture and events

Throughout the summer, there is an action-packed events calendar for the Gardone Riviera and the surrounding towns of Lake Garda. Including the bi-annual Bardolino Wine Festival, Musica Riva Festival in Riva del Garda, Garda Jazz Festival (also in Riva del Garda) and more. The nearby cities of Verona and Venice are accessible through excursions organised by Inghams, and you can even venture up into the nearby Dolomite Mountains to see the breathtaking natural beauty.

Heller Botanical Gardens

A real gem for those with a love for natural beauty and serenity. The Heller Botanical Gardens are designed by the internationally renowned multimedia artist Andre Heller, who also designed the Swarovski Crystal World and the fabulous AFRIKA-AFRIKA circus. The Heller Botanical Gardens are a showcase of pioneering ideas on landscape design and how to integrate art into the setting. The location couldn’t be more ideal with the glittering Lake Garda and the mountains as its back drop.

Not too far from Gardone Riviera, The Heller Botanical Gardens are easy to access and make a fantastic day trip.

 

Villa dei Cedri Spa

Across the lake from Gardone Riviera in the small town of Colà is the wonderful Villa dei Cedri Spa which attracts visitors from all over the world with its healing and therapeutic thermal waters. Set in the grounds of a grand imposing house, two man-made lakes are supplied with warm (33-34°c) spring water that bubbles up from sources deep below Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. Not only can you bathe in the natural lakes, but the spa complex also includes swathes of bathing lawns, a lovingly restored Victorian glass pavilion (now a restaurant and relaxing solarium), saunas, swimming pools, whirlpools, wellness suites with massages, beauty treatments and more.

You can access the Villa Dei Cedri Spa yourself as an excursion and pay locally for entrance.

 

Isola del Garda

Isola del Garda is the biggest island on Lake Garda and makes a very pleasant day trip out on one of the regular ferries. The island has a mixed history that dates back to the Roman settlements there, then housed a Franciscan monastery and now you can visit the beautiful villa that stands on the island.

 

Salò Duomo

Dating from the 1450’s, the Duomo in Salò is open for you to go and have a look around (except for when there is a service happening at the time. Modesty must be acknowledged and ladies must cover their shoulders and wear skirts/ shorts that are below the knee. Men must not wear sleeveless.

 

Il Vittoriale

A glamorous house that sits in the Gardone Riviera overlooking Lake Garda, the history of il Vittoriale house weaves a rich and fascinating tapestry. Most famous for being the home of the artist, writer and political activist Gabriele d’Annunzio. D’Annunzio criticised Mussolini’s political regime in 1922 but due to his popularity amongst the Italians, the decision was made to keep d’Annunzio happy and comfortable in the il Vittoriale house... and as far away from the politics in Rome as possible!

Today il Vittoriale is a wonderful complex of buildings, gardens and points of interest. Museums, beautifully landscaped areas, stunning statues, archives and libraries all look over the majestic Lake Garda. And there’s even a ship set into the side of the hill...! A great day out, you can walk to il Vittoriale from the centre of Gardone Riviera and pay locally for entrance.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.560436
  • Latitude: 45.61869
  • Location Description:

    On the shore of Lake Garda with a private promenade. Next to the ferry departure point.


For more information on travel and transport visit our Gardone Riviera page

Excursions

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.

PRE-BOOKABLE EXCURSIONS 2019

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

Wine Tour from £48 Tuesdays only
12.05pm - 7.30pm
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
7.30am - 6.00pm
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
7.10am - 7.30pm 
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 
7.50am - 8.15pm
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
8.50am - 6.20pm 
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 subject to change. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.** 

Facilities

Restaurants & Bars

Grand Hotel Restaurant has a wonderful location on the edge of Lake Garda and offers Italian and international cuisine. Guests on half board will eat here with a choice of courses and an extensive salad buffet.

Il Giardino dei Limoni has an a la carte menu that celebrates seasonal produce and over 100 labels of wine to complement your dish. It's location beside the pool means that you can enjoy lake views as you dine here for lunch or dinner (payable locally).

Winnie's Pool Bar is open from 10am to 6pm during high season and offers refreshments and light lunches between 12pm and 3pm.

Winnie's Piano Bar offers live music six evenings and overlooks the lake, Winnie's was affectionately named after Winston Churchill who frequented the Grand Hotel throughout his twilight years. The bar staff are trained in cocktail making to a silver standard and there is nothing quite like enjoying a Vesper Martini on the terrace as the sun sets. 

Pool

The large outdoor pool at the Grand Hotel gazes out over the lake and has plenty of sun loungers on which to relax and a whirlpool. Pool towels are provided.

General Facilities

  • Turkish bath
  • Massage and beauty treatments (payable locally)
  • Free wifi
  • Parking (payable locally)

Family Facilities

  • Cots & linen
  • Highchairs in restaurant

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Grand Hotel Gardone
Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda,Half Board
06/05/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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