Grand Hotel Gardone

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Gardone Riviera

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Grand Hotel Gardone is a landmark hotel. It stretches out along the lake and has been welcoming guests since 1884 including politicians, Hollywood stars and even royalty. You can see its history as you walk down the halls – keep an eye out for the pictures that show the hotel when it had just opened.

The hotel is as grand as you would expect. High ceilings have crystal chandeliers and there’s marble throughout the hallways. The bar is one of the most opulent that we’ve been in and has live piano music most nights. It’s named after Winston Churchill who used to love relaxing here with a cigar and a glass of Pol Roger, his favourite champagne. The rooms have a more comfortable elegance and some have been refurbished in a modern style. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy lake views from your balcony.

The outside areas of the hotel are even more spectacular than the inside. The wide terrace is right on the lakefront. Pull up a chair here and order a drink – you’ll want to stay all day. Take a swim in the heated pool or head to the sunbathing terrace to top up your tan. A poolside attendant will make sure you have everything you need. When you want to explore, Gardone’s historic centre is right on the doorstep and Heller Botanical Gardens are close by too. The hotel can organise activities like cycling, tennis and boat hire. Head back here for dinner and enjoy gourmet food on the terrace. Make sure you ask the sommelier for their wine recommendations too.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Verona airport.

Added value

Early booking offer available for summer 2022 (ends 31 Jan 22, not combinable)

Free nights available between 01 - 13 May 22 & 24 Sep - 21 Oct 22 (min 5 night stay)

Honeymoon & Anniversary Offer: Free bottle of sparkling wine

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

Local Fees and Taxes

A resort tax of approx. €2 per person per day is payable locally.


Classic Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people. They're finished in a traditional style and have lake views from the balcony. Facilities include air conditioning from May to September (weather dependent), TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, hairdryer and a bath with overhead shower. Cots are available on request, free of charge. 

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

Junior Suites are about 30m² and 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.

Double Rooms for Single Use are available on request, please call to book. 

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

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.

Gardone Riviera

Gardone Riviera is one of the most elegant places on Lake Garda. This is where you’ll find boutique stores, artisan gelaterias and tree- and flower-lined promenades with plenty of places to take a seat and enjoy the lake views. There’s a very sophisticated feel here. Think grand villas, historic buildings and baroque piazzas.

This resort is perfect if you enjoy gardens. The Heller Botanical Gardens are close by and they have over 2,000 species of tropical plants and flowers. It’s a fantastic day out, you can easily spend hours wandering through the grounds.


Free Excursion: Pre-book three excursions per person and receive a FREE full day excursion to Verona

Please note that excursions are not pre-bookable in Gardone Riviera for summer 2021 - some excursions are available to book locally, but will only run subject to meeting minimum numbers.

Verona Opera (evening)

The Verona Opera is definitely one for the bucket list! The season runs from mid June to early September and covers all the classics including Aida by Verdi or Turnadot by Puccini. Whichever performance you choose; you’ll have an incredible evening. We’ve included transport to and from the arena so you won’t have to worry about a thing. You can find out more about the opera and see the 2021 programme here.

Price: from £64 per person (price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available) Not available for summer 2021

Departs: Various days from June to September (click here for the 2021 schedule)

Venice Classic (full day)

Spend a day in this rich and indulgent city; known for its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dramatic theatre history, cobbled streets and charming waterways. It’s not to be missed! Our Venice Classic excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide as well as at your own pace. You’ll arrive there by coach and a water taxi transfer is included into the historic 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 in your own time – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Price: from £70 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Majestic Dolomites (full day)

We think the Dolomites are the most breath-taking part of the Alps and this excursion gives you the chance to embrace mountain life with one of our fantastic tour guides. It starts with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. Then there’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a refugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Price: from £53 per person Not available for summer 2021

Departs: Mondays

Tour of Lake Garda (half day)

Get ready to explore the best of Lake Garda on this excursion – there’s so much natural beauty and picturesque towns to discover. See the spectacular mountain scenery of the north and the sunny plains of the south. Travelling by both coach and ferry, the tour itinerary for this excursion varies depending on where you start but will usually follow the famous Gardensana road lined with fragrant olive and lemon trees to reach the likes of Malcesine, Sirmione, Salò and Limone.

Price: from £48 per person

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

Verona (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. The handsome city mixes its rich past and modern present with great style.

Price: from £47 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

Please note that the price of excursions will vary depending on the resort you are staying in. 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.

  • 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
  • Sauna and Turkish bath 
  • Massage and beauty treatments (payable locally)
  • Fitness room
  • Live music most days 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)
  • Private pier for motor boats to access the lake
Family Facilities
  • Baby sitting service (on request, payable locally)

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. 

Guests on half board will eat in the main restaurant. Dinner is four courses with a choice of starter and main course and a buffet of salad, dessert and cheeses. Dinner is served from 7pm - 9.30pm. There's a gala dinner once a week from May to September. The hotel offer early meals for children, on request. 

Grand Hotel Restaurant has a wonderful location on the edge of Lake Garda and offers Italian and international cuisine. 

Il Giardino dei Limoni has an à la carte menu that celebrates seasonal produce and has over 100 labels of wine. The 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 has live music most 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 - there is 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

  • 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: 10.560436
  • Latitude: 45.61869
  • Location Description:
    • Lakefront position in the centre of Gardone
    • 20 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 60 metres to the ferry point

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per person from £619
Grand Hotel Gardone
Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda,Half Board
04/05/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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