Lake Garda, Italy, Gardone Riviera
The Grand has been Gardone's leading hotel since the 19th century when tourism first came to the area. With lofty ceilings, elegant public rooms and fine cuisine, it still reflects the atmosphere and service of a more elegant time and remains in every sense a Grand Hotel. The waiter-service main bar is named "Winnie's" in memory of Winston Churchill's stay. But the hotel has kept pace with change too, and the comfortable lakefront reading lounge which Mr Churchill would recognise, now has internet points and WiFi. All rooms have been refurbished in the last few years as has the heated outdoor pool and the à la carte terrace restaurant. Service levels are high and the many return guests love to meet the same waiters and staff year after year. They also appreciate the hotel's lakeside position in the centre of Gardone Riviera, next to the promenade and the ferry station.
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Hotel not suitable for wheelchair users as hotel is split across 2 levels. Some steps without access ramps throughout property.
Board basis options available
This property caters for the following special dietary requirements
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.
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 if 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.
There are plenty more cultural activities available for guests who stay in the Gardone Riviera which can be read about under our ‘Activity Information’ section:
For more information on travel and transport visit our Gardone Riviera page
FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.
Wine Tour (half day)
Coming to the Gardone Riviera wouldn’t be a complete trip without sampling some of the delicious wines from the region. This wine tour, a carefully curated afternoon of tasting the best wines from the region, will lead you through stunning vineyards and down into cellars to learn the techniques of wine making and what makes Lake Garda wines so special.
Tour of Lake Garda (full day)
This full day tour will take you through the picturesque surrounding towns of Lake Garda and across the glittering surface of the water. Travelling by coach and ferry, this tour is ideal for those who are staying in the Lake Garda towns for a short amount of time and want to capture the whole area before their departure.
Venice (full day)
Enjoy a day trip to the wonderful City of Masks. Venice is an enchanting city and a full day visit will allow you to see the glorious city built on the water in bite-sized chunks. The full day trip will include boat trips down the Giudecca Canal, visiting St. Mark’s square, the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and can include a gondola ride.
Venice by Night (full day and evening)
An extension to the full day of Venice except this excursion leaves the wonderful city by boat as the sun sets and the lights come up, a wonderful end to the day and a memorable farewell.
Majestic Dolomite Mountains (full day)
This wonderful day trip to the majestic Dolomite Mountains is a must for our guests who are staying in Gardone Riviera. A scenic drive takes us north of the lakes and along the winding roads, deep into the heart of the mountains. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, at the 2,000m Pordoi Pass we stop for lunch and sit back and admire the view.
Verona (full day)
A day trip to visit the beautiful and romantic city of Verona. The home of the titular characters of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is an ancient and fascinating city. Thousands of years old, there is no shortage of things to do in this city! From exploring the ancient Roman ruins, to visiting Juliet’s balcony, Verona has a little something for everyone to do.
Not many people can return from holiday and proudly exclaim that they spent an evening at the prestigious, and world-renowned Verona Opera! Set in a 2,000 year old Roman amphitheater, the upcoming 2017 programme for the opera is exciting to say the very least!
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Local Fees and Taxes
Tourist tax payable locally directly to hotel