Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Gardone Lake Garda

The Grand Hotel Gardone is an iconic 4-star grand hotel at Gardone Riviera. Popular through the ages with historical figures including Gabriele d'Annunzio, Winston Churchill, and Somerset Maugham, its key feature is the lakeside setting and the lake views enjoyed by many of its 167 rooms and junior suites. The lakeside gardens offers swiming pool and sun terrace, and walkways lined with palm trees and other tropical plants and flowers. There is a choice of dining and a pool and piano bar.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Verona
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car-hire and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

Grand Hotel Gardone offers 4-star elegance amidst a historic Lake Garda setting. Delicious cuisine and luxurious accommodation afford guests a truly tranquil and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location 8 minute walk to Giardino Botanico Fondazione André Heller

Annual opening 12 April to 20 October

Closest airport Bresica Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 35-minutes' drive from Brescia Airport, 1-hour from Verona Airport, 1-hour and 20-minutes from Milan Linate Airport.

Closest railway station Verona Porta Nuova or Milan Central Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 75-minutes' drive from Verona and just under 2-hours' from Milan Central

Hotel facilities and services

Grand Hotel Restaurant, Lemon Garden Restaurant, Pool Bar, Winnie's Piano Bar, 24-hour Reception, 300-metre Lakefront Promenade, Jetty, Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool, Whirlpool, Sauna, Steam Bath, Small Wellness and Beauty Centre, Beauty Treatments and Massages, Laundry Service, WiFi, Babysitting on request, Secured Parking (€14 per 24 hours).

Out and about nearby

Historic villas of Lake Garda, only visible from the lake, Villa Vittoriale, Local vineyards and olive mill tastings, Salò with its magnificent 15th-century cathedral, Rocca of Manerba, the Thermal Baths of Sirmione, Grotte di Catullo, the Riviera dei Limoni, Verona's lovely gardens and festivals.

Sports nearby

Numerous Golf Courses, Tennis Club (300 metres), Horse Riding (5km), Running Track and Gym (300 metres), Windsurfing (10km), Kite Surfing (15km).

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with partial lake or street view for 7 nights

From about

£1,180

Holiday Code EXH490

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

The first hotel to be built on the shores of Lake Garda, the Grand Hotel Gardone dates back to 1884 and embodies the elegance and style of a bygone era. Boasting majestic views over the lake, this stunning property enjoys a prominent position in the centre of the Gardone Riviera. Starting life as a popular winter resort, the Grand Hotel Gardone grew in reputation throughout the 20th century, attracting nobility and intellectuals from all over Europe including King George of Saxony, writer and poet, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Winston Churchill, Benito Mussolini and playwright and novelist, Somerset Maugham. Remaining to this day one of the most prestigious and refined destinations on the Gardone Riviera, the Grand Hotel Gardone fuses the classic elegance of its illustrious past with the practicalities and convenience of modern-day living. The majority benefitting from a private balcony, most of the 167 rooms overlook the lake, with just a handful facing on to the street or verdant gardens, shaded by palms and magnolia trees. Decorated in a style befitting the heritage and grandeur of the hotel, rooms are classically appointed with air conditioning, satellite TV and en-suite marble bathrooms. The elegance continues through to the main restaurant which is decorated in airy, neutral tones with a large veranda overlooking the lake. Here, you'll enjoy breakfast and an extensive dinner menu accompanied by buffet-style salads, cheeses and desserts. The poolside Lemon Garden meanwhile provides a romantic and atmospheric setting for dinner by candlelight, where the menu showcases the finest Italian and international cuisine, accompanied by a handpicked wine list of over 100 different vintages. For a more casual drinks and dining environment, the Pool Bar serves light lunches, snacks and cocktails whilst Winnie's Piano Bar pays homage to one of its most famous guests, with live music accompanying post-dinner drinks. The Grand Hotel Gardone's heated outdoor pool and sun terrace overlook the lake, with further relaxation opportunities available in the sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, not to mention a wealth of beauty, massage and wellness treatments. Or you might just simply like to stroll along the 300-metre private lakeside promenade, taking in the glorious vistas of this most tranquil and refined setting.

Room descriptions

Grand Hotel Gardone has 167 rooms and suites each with bath or shower and wc, air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar, telephone, bathrobes and slippers.

Single Room with lake view and balcony
Standard Double Room with partial lake view or street view
Classic Double with lake view or garden view
Superior Double or Twin Room with lake view and balcony
Junior Suite with lake view, balcony and sitting area

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with partial lake or street view for 7 nights

From about

£1,180

Holiday Code EXH490

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Grand Hotel Gardone on Lake Garda, our clients usually fly to Verona airport or arrive by train at Verona railway station. From the airport and the station, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. We will arrange this for you if required.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome and children 6 years old and younger stay free on B&B basis when sharing with 2 adults.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with partial lake or street view for 7 nights

From about

£1,180

Holiday Code EXH490

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

About Italian Lakes

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Italian Lakes spans the northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Piemonte and the Veneto. We offer hotels located by the undisputedly beautiful Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda and also the smaller, quieter lakes of Orta and Iseo, both well-worth exploring in their own right. Each lake has its own character and atmosphere, distinctive terrain, architecture and style. Placed as the lakes are to the south of the Alps and to the north of the Po Valley, they naturally possess a charming mixture of the vibrant coolness associated with the Alps but enlivened by the warmth of the South. The landscape around the Italian Lakes is one of deep blue waters surrounded by greenish-blue tinged mountains, often snow-capped. On the shores of the lakes and the lower slopes of the hills you find a profusion of lemons and olives, chestnuts and palms, magnolias and camellias. Pretty villages with rustic stone and wood houses hug the sheltered bays and fishing boats still moor next to sailing boats. Wrought-iron balconies and colourful shutters adorn gaily-painted houses with terracotta roofs. Dining is usually al fresco in the summer months and a magical atmosphere is created with the lapping of the waters and the twinkling of the lights around the lake and in the hills above. The close proximity to Milan and Verona as well as other less well-known but artistically interesting cities means that you can visit the Italian Lakes quite easily for just a weekend or short break as well as a longer holiday. The Italian Lakes can all be visited as part of a rail holiday, and the many beautiful gardens located in the vicinity of Lakes Como and Maggiore are well worth a visit as part of a garden tour holiday. Our favourite four and five star hotels for luxury holidays in the Italian Lakes include Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and Villa d'Este on Lake Como, and the Hotel Cannero Lakeside Resort on Lake Maggiore.

Highlights of the Italian Lakes

Historic villas are to be found on every lake from the Grotte di Catullo Roman villa at Sirmione on Lake Garda to Villa Melzi and Villa Olmo on Lake Como and the Palazzo Estense in Varese. Most of these villas also have extraordinarily beautiful gardens (which can be visited as part of an Expressions Garden Tour holiday) such as the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, the Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore and Villa Taranto at Punta della Castagnola on Lake Maggiore. Monte Mottarone above Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Monte Baldo above Lake Garda can both be reached by cable car and afford spectacular views. At Gargnano on Lake Garda you can see the stone pavilions where lemons were traditionally cultivated. Within the region there are national parks such as the Stelvio National Park north of Orta and the Parco Nazionale della Val Grande above Verbania on Lake Maggiore.

Cultural highlights of the Italian Lakes

Much of the artistic and architectural cultural wealth in the region is concentrated in the great cities such as Milan and Verona but also in the less well-known but culturally-rich centres of Bergamo, Brescia, Pavia, Mantova and Vicenza (not directly on the Lakes but within reach for a day`s excursion). Highlights include the frescoes by Masolino at Castiglione Olona, the Rocca (castle) at Angera, the Flemish tapestries on the Isola Bella Lake Maggiore, the marble cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore at Como and the works of art in the Galleria dell`Accademia Tadini at Lovere on Lake Iseo. Milan has La Scala, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the Brera Gallery (containing Raphael`s `Marriage of the Virgin` and the Montefeltro altarpiece by Piero della Francesca) and its Gothic cathedral. Verona has its annual opera festival from June until the end of August, the Romanesque church of San Zeno, the Renaissance Loggia del Consiglio and the Roman Arena.

Festivals in the Italian Lakes

The Verona Opera Festival takes place in the Roman Arena every year with performances running from June until the end of August. Verona also celebrates Carnival every year culminating on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday. Como holds a flea market, the Fiera di Pasqua, over the Easter weekend. Music festivals take place in Bergamo throughout the year. The Mille Miglia veteran car race starts and ends in Brescia (via Ferrara to Rome in May each year).

Gastronomy in the Italian Lakes

The cuisine of northern Italy tends to contain more meat and butter than further south and rice and polenta compete with pasta. Saffron is used extensively as in Risotto alla Milanese. Bresaola is cured raw beef served as an antipasta (now often with rocket and parmesan). Manzo al Barolo (beef in Barolo wine), Costolette alla Milanese (veal cutlets in breadcrumbs) and Ossobucco (veal in wine and tomatoes) are all popular dishes. Panettone cake and Zabaglione are two regional desserts. This region produces some of Italy's most famous cheeses such as Gorgonzola, Bel Paese, Fontina and Taleggio as well as some of Italy's most exportable wines such as Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella. Less well known but interesting wines are produced in the Valtellina in the north of Lombardy and in Franciacorta near Lake Iseo.

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