Hotel Ideal

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Sirmione

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Hotel Ideal has one of the most peaceful locations in Sirmione. It’s right at the end of the peninsula with stunning gardens of olive trees and surrounded by the lake. You’ll feel you’ve found a little oasis in this busy town.

Explore Sirmione's Roman grottos and the old town

The ferry port is only ten minutes away from the hotel and the Old Town is within walking distance. If you don’t fancy the walk, jump on the tourist train that stops at the Roman grottos near the hotel. It’s a fun trip for any age.

Relax in the Aquaria spa & pool

The hotel's a quick five-minute walk to Aquaria Spa (payable locally) - a fantastic thermal spa with outdoor pools and over 10,000 square metres of pure relaxation. One of our favourite things to do at this hotel is simply relax by the pool. There’s plenty of loungers and olive trees provide some shade, which is very welcome in the height of summer.

Added value

Honeymoon & Anniversary offer: free bottle of sparkling wine (celebrated during stay)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

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


Look at a map of Lake Garda, and you’ll see a delicate peninsula unfurling from the southern shore. This is Sirmione – one of the most striking towns in the Italian Lakes. It packs a lot into that thread of land, too. Scaligero Castle is the photogenic crown, but there are also medieval lanes, a beach, Roman ruins, olive groves, thermal spas and a glut of gelaterie to explore – and all on traffic-free streets. Beyond the historic centre, you can continue with lakeside strolls along the promenade or board one of the many ferries that hop between the glimmering towns on Lake Garda’s shore.

Scaligero Castle: immerse yourself in history

Sirmione is framed by jewel-green water and spectacular views on three sides. A moat marks the entrance to the pedestrian-friendly historic centre at the end of the peninsula. Cross it to Scaligero Castle, which was designed to be an all-seeing defensive outpost for the Della Scala family, who ruled the Verona region in the 13th and 14th centuries. Climb all the way up to the balustrade and tower for a bird’s eye view of the terracotta-tiled, green-shuttered streets below. From here, you can also admire the brooding mountains on the more northerly shores of Lake Garda.

Walking away from the crowds

Most people visiting Sirmione are day-trippers who mill around the castle and harbour before going on their way. But by staying for a walking holiday in Sirmione, you’ll have the time to explore the whole 3km-long peninsula (and its famous gelato shops) at leisure. One of the best walks is over-looked by many visitors. Simply continue beyond the castle to the Roman ruins of Grotte di Catullo at the far end of the peninsula. Jamaica Beach sits below, accessed via a path through silvery olive groves.

From Roman spa town to luxury lake-view spas

The spa-loving Romans were the first people recorded to enjoy the waters of Sirmione. These days, weary wanderers can still soothe their legs with a soak in one of thermal baths. Sulphuric, iodine-rich water heats the lake-view pools of stylish spas to a balmy 36°C. For more in the way of relaxation, finish the day with dinner by the lake. For all it attracts day-trippers by the hundreds, Sirmione is a relaxed spot for a drink by the water on a lazy evening after the crowds depart.

Take to Lake Garda

Sailing boats glide across the lake, while canoes and paddle boards are available for hire if you prefer paddle power. Ferries and boat tours are a relaxed option for exploring the rest of Lake Garda. They make a beeline for Bardolino (home of the famous red wine), Garda (for Venetian architecture and prom walks), and Riva del Garda and Limone (pretty gateways to mountainous footpaths). You can even get to Verona in less than an hour by bus.

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

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Sirmione 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: 32
  • No. of floors: 3
  • Official rating: 4


Pool View Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people. They're decorated in a modern style and have balcony that overlooks the pool. They have a shower.

Side Lake View Rooms are about 18m² and have side lake views from the balcony. They have a shower.

Superior Lake View Rooms are about 16m² and sleep two people. They have lovely views across the peninsula, lake and Grottos of Catullus from their terrace. They have a bath.

Single Rooms are about 14m² and have a balcony with lake views. These rooms have a shower and are available on request, please call to book.

Family Rooms are about 22m² and sleep up to four people. They have a balcony and lake views, and a bath or shower. These rooms are available on request, please call to book.

All rooms have:

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

Cots are available on request for approx. €15 per night, payable locally.

Local fees & taxes

A resort tax of approx. €2.30 per person per night is payable locally


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 45 mins by coach from Verona airport
  • 400 metres to the centre of Sirmione
  • 400 metres to the Aquaria Spa
  • 30 metres to the lakeside
  • 800 metres to the ferry point
  • 1 kilometre to the nearest bus stop
  • Outdoor pool with views over Lake Garda
  • Pool towels are provided
  • Garden
  • Bike rental (payable locally)
  • Affiliated with the 2022 Global Sustainable Tourist Council
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking

Restaurant Essentia is open for breakfast and dinner and has a lovely terrace that overlooks the lake (open in good weather). For breakfast there's a large buffet with hot and cold options. Guests staying on half board will also have dinner here, with a choice of four courses.

If you're feeling peckish during the day, the hotel also offers a lunch service (payable locally).

The hotel's outdoor terrace is the perfect place for a glass of chilled Laguna wine from the bar, while watching the sun set over the Sirmione peninsula. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

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

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14/09/2024 - 4 nights
3 adults
From Manchester Int.
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Hotel Ideal
Lake Garda, Sirmione
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