Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Built in 1884 as the first hotel on Lake Garda, the elegant Grand Hotel Gardone reflects the grandeur and style of a bygone era. Nearby, ferries leave to navigate the lake, passing picturesque harbours and solitary castles en route to major towns and attractions. Panoramic views of the lake are best enjoyed over a leisurely breakfast of cooked eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice on the terrace, whilst planning activities for the day. Whether it’s a bus trip to Verona or locating the nearest watersports centre for a spot of sailing, the everhelpful staff are only too happy to offer advice. Lakeside, an invigorating whirlpool bath bubbles up adjacent to the sparkling outdoor pool, with sunbeds lined up to make the most of the glorious scenery, and cool drinks served from the pool bar in the hot summer months. Indulgent beauty treatments, soothing massages, a sauna and Turkish bath are also available in a small wellness centre. High vaulted ceilings and sumptuous fabrics immerse guests in the glories of ages past. Refined cuisine is a highlight in the hotel’s main restaurant, ideally located on the veranda to ensure the best sunset views. After dinner, there’s the chance to dance the night away to great live music at Winnie’s Piano Bar, a tradition that goes to prove that the Grand is still one of the most prestigious destinations on Garda’s riviera.
HOTEL FACILITIES • Two restaurants • two bars • swimming pool • outdoor whirlpool • wellness center • sauna • Turkish bath • free WiFi Internet throughout hotel
ROOM FACILITIES • 164 rooms & suites • mini-bar • flatscreen TV • air conditioning • balcony