Grand Hotel Gardone

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Gardone Riviera

  • 4

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Grand Hotel Gardone is a landmark hotel. It stretches out majestically along the lake and has been welcoming guests since 1884.

An iconic hotel on Lake Garda

In its time it's seen politicians, Hollywood stars and even royalty. You can learn a bit about its history as you walk down the halls – keep an eye out for pictures of the hotel back in it's hey-day. We love Winnie's bar which has live piano music most nights. It’s named after Winston Churchill who used to relax here with a cigar and a glass of Pol Roger. If you want to have a drink outside, the bar terrace is right on the lakefront and the perfect place to pull up a chair and order a drink.

Plenty of summer activities on offer

During the day, take a swim in the pool with fantastic lake views or head to the sunbathing terrace to top up your tan. When you want to explore, Gardone’s historic centre is right on the doorstep and Heller Botanical Gardens are close by. We love taking a stroll down the lakefront promenade straight from the hotel on a summer's day and you're right next to the ferry point so it's easy to visit other towns on Lake Garda.

Added value

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine (celebrated during stay)

Inghams rep based in resort

Flights and airport transfers included

Gardone Riviera

With its cypress trees, palatial gardens and laid-back atmosphere, Gardone Riviera is one of the most peaceful spots on Lake Garda. The promenade is made for strolling and its waterfront and courtyard terraces are made for feasting – preferably on homemade pasta and freshly caught fish. Heller Botanical Garden is the most intriguing of Gardone’s many gardens, filled with sculptures by the likes of Auguste Rodin and Roy Lichtenstein. On the opposite bank lie Garda and Bardolino, best reached by the ferries that carry walkers and cyclists across the postcard-pretty waters of Lake Garda.

The relaxing riviera

Gardone Riviera offers a relaxed take on life in Lake Garda. Hours can be whiled away strolling between the lemon and cream villas of the tiny town centre, where the piazza dips down to the waterfront. Here, a flower-lined promenade opens onto panoramic lake views – and thankfully, there are lots of benches and restaurant terraces from which to admire them.

The gardens of Gardone

Royalty, politicians and theatre stars have all stayed in Gardone Riviera, funding the extravagant villas and cypress-shaded gardens that decorate the town. Heller Botanical Garden secrets away works of art amongst the 3,000-plus plant species, including sculptures by Rodin and pop art pyramids by Lichtenstein. Meanwhile, the bright facades and gardens of Vittoriale degli Italiani mask a disturbing past as the one-time home of Gabriele D’Annunzio, an Italian poet who inspired Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship. Peaceful wanders lie in the hills that shelter Gardone. Paths climb into the mountains of Alto Garda Bresciano Park, where more challenging climbs are rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Garda.

Dining with a view: lake and mountain fare

Fusion food on the promenade, seafood linguine in an 18th-century osteria, and pizzerias for pizza picnics – Gardone Riviera might be small, but it’s got some great dining options. For a treat, book a table at Lido 84. There’s a beautiful dining room and lake-view terrace, plus a menu that combines mountain and lake ingredients to create dishes like sardine risotto and wisteria-sprinkled fior di latte ice cream; and it’s all topped off with a Michelin star. Wherever you choose to eat, Bardolino is the wine of choice on most menus, pressed from grapes grown just across the water.

Venetian treasures and Shakespearean cities

With the Gardone Riviera as your starting point, Lake Garda is your oyster; thanks to the boats that connect the lakeside towns and villages. Make the short hop south to neighbouring Salo and check out the monastery museum to learn about its long history, from Roman roots to the grim years spent as Mussolini’s HQ. Alternatively, zip directly across the lake to the Venetian treasures of Garda and Bardolino, or voyage north to the mountain-backed towns of Riva del Garda – where the foothills climb up into the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites. Peschiera del Garda, in the south, is home to one of the only railway stations on Lake Garda; trains head directly to Venice and Verona.

Why book a summer holiday in the Gardone Riviera 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 the Gardone Riviera's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Gardone Riviera 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: 164
  • No. of floors: 4
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 25
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people. They have a bath with showerhead.

Superior Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people. They have a bath with showerhead.

Junior Suites are between 30-35m² and sleep up to four people (extra bed is a double sofa bed). They have a small lounge area with elegant furnishings and a bath with showerhead.

Single Rooms are about 13m² and have a shower.

Classic Rooms for sole use are also available.

All rooms have:

  • Balcony with lake views
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar

Local fees & taxes

A resort tax of approx. €2.50 per person per day is payable locally.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 6
  • Access ramp: No
  • This hotel is not suitable for wheelchair users as it's split across two levels and there are some steps without access ramps throughout property.
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Verona airport.
  • Lakefront position in the centre of Gardone
  • 20 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 60 metres to the ferry point
  • Large outdoor pool and whirlpool overlooking the lake
  • Pool towels are provided
  • Sunbathing terrace beside the lake with loungers and parasols
  • Direct access from the terrace to the lake
  • Piano Bar
  • Fitness room
  • Private pier for motor boats to access the lake
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)
Family Facilities
  • Early meals for children are available on request, 30 minutes before dinner service.
  • Cots & linen

A varied breakfast buffet is served in the dining room in the mornings. Tuck into pastries, breads and cakes with fruit, yogurt, cold cuts, cheese and hot options along with fresh coffee. 

If you're on half board, you'll eat in the main restaurant. Dinner has a buffet or a set menu option with various choices.

Grand Hotel Restaurant is where half board is taken. It has a great location on the edge of Lake Garda and offers Italian and international cuisine.

Il Giardino dei Limoni has an à la carte menu that serves seasonal produce and has over 100 labels of wine. It's next to the pool so you can enjoy lake views if you have lunch or dinner here (payable locally).

Winnie's Pool Bar is open from 10am to 6pm during high season and offers drinks and light lunches between 12.30pm and 4pm.

Winnie's Piano Bar has live music most evenings and overlooks the lake. Winnie's was affectionately named after Winston Churchill who was once a regular visitor to the hotel. The bar staff make delicious cocktails - there's nothing quite like enjoying a Vesper Martini on the terrace and watching the sun set.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

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

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per person from £1149
Includes £300pp discount
29/05/2024 - 7 nights
3 adults
From Edinburgh
Bed & Breakfast
Grand Hotel Gardone
Lake Garda, Gardone Riviera
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