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About Garda

Garda, or sometimes Garda Town to avoid confusion, was the 10th Century fishing village which gave Lake Garda its name. Built on a scoop of shingle, today the bay is just as charming, but the town is pierced by the busy road around the lake so it can be quite busy in summer, and the best places to stay in Garda tend to be just out of town away from the traffic.

If you stay in Garda it’s definitely worth taking a boat out to nearby Isola del Garda, a stunning private island with an impressive Gothic villa and beautiful formal gardens. The boat from Garda leaves on Wednesday morning.

Just remember to get organised and book early. The best places to stay in Garda are very busy during the peak summer months.

For lakeside elegance

  • The Locanda San Vigilio is an elegant, 14 room hotel owned and run by an Italian count! It’s been a hotel for 500 years and it’s immaculately decorated with antiques and beautiful objets. The hotel even has it’s own Emporium where you can buy beautiful things.

For great spa facilities

  • Located in a lovely hillside spot above Garda, the Tobago Wellness Hotel is ideal if you appreciate good spa facilities. Here you can expect a Turkish bath, Kneipp hydrotherapy, a finnish sauna and much more. Plus there's great views, lovely outdoor pool and restaurant.

For excellent value

  • Relais Rossar is the one to book, if you don't want to spend a fortune but do want a stylish place to stay. It's perfect for outdoorsy types too - there's great storage facilities for bikes etc, and families are welcome.

    Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Garda for you?

    Best Hotels in Garda

    • Tobago Wellness Hotel 18 rooms from £189


      Offering guests a large outdoor pool with sun terrace and an extensive spa facilities. Bedrooms are fitted with contemporary furniture and stylish modern features. All have glorious views of the surrounding lake and hills. Enjoy fresh fish and Italian classics at Tobago's restaurant.

      Spa breaks  -  Boasting a Turkish bath, Kneipp hydrotherapy, waterfalls, jacuzzi baths and much more - totally relaxing
      Romantic Break  -  Couples packages, hot tub baths and a spoiling spa
      Sights nearby  -  Parco Baia delle Sirene
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Locanda San Vigilio 14 rooms from £237


      Elegant and intimate lakeside hotel, full of character, owned and run by an Italian count. A hotel for 500 years, the property is right on the waterside in a charming location, full of antiques and objets. A very special and relaxed place to stay.

      Views  -  Wonderful views of Lake
      Local markets  -  The hotel has its own Emporium where you can buy prints of drawings by Venetian artists, painted ceramics and fabrics.
      Great walks  -  Wander along the Cypress shaded avenue to the Parco Baia delle Sirene.
      Sailing  -  Charter a boat for hire from Lega Navale, just 2 km down the road.
      Recommended by  -  Johansens
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    • Relais Rossar 16 rooms from £110


      A hot spot for bikers, groups and families - this secluded villa has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The peaceful countryside and large garden provide the perfect place to unwind. Bedrooms are spacious and homely- some spread over two floors. Helpful staff can organise excursions.

      Great walks  -  This is lovely walking area from strenuous hikes to a more sedate amble
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool open from April to October
      Sailing  -  Sailing on Lake Garda
      Sights nearby  -  Visit Verona
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