The 18 Best Budget Hotels in the Italian Lakes

Some of the best prices for travelling to the Italian Lakes can be found in the shoulder seasons, but if this is your first visit then you might not want to risk the weather being anything less than perfect and spoiling those idyllic vistas… In which case our Guru’s investigation into how to do the Italian Lakes on a budget, and the best budget hotels in the region is for you - we’ve narrowed it down to the 18 Best Budget Hotels in the Italian Lakes.

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There are some stretches of waterfront which are less pricey than others, the north of Lake Como for example, and the south-eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, and these are good places to start. But it’s a shame if you stop searching there, for our Gurus have found some great ways to ‘do’ the Italian Lakes on a budget in some of the region’s most glamorous lakeside towns. Don’t discount Bellagio on Lake Como or gorgeous Gardone Riviera. Hotels and B&Bs in Lake Garda's Salò and Sirmione, and Lake Maggiore’s Stresa are also on our Guru’s list.

If you know where you want to stay you might want to skip to our recommendations for:

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The 18 Best Budget Hotels in the Italian Lakes

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Relais Villa Vittoria

The Hotel Florence, in Lake Como’s glamorous Bellagio, is a stunning hotel with design mimicking its Florentine namesake. It has just 27 lovely rooms and sumptuous suites, some with private balconies or shared terrace, and spectacular views - of course! There’s also a gourmet restaurant and a spa, and all starting from around £130 per night.

For a similar room rate, one might also stay in the Relais Villa Vittoria, in Laglio, a wonderfully romantic hotel right on the edge of the lake. As well as beautiful views, this hotel has 11 delicately sumptuous rooms, an excellent restaurant, and peaceful terraces overlooking the lake. Perfect for honeymooners.

Gardesana, in the pretty fishing village of Torri del Benaco on Lake Garda, has 34 simple, comfortable rooms, great views and excellent food. It’s also wonderful value, with room starting from under £100 per night, and it’s quite romantic.

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The Garni Gianmartin in Limone, Lake Garda, is a seven room B&B on the main square, just minutes from the beach. The rooms are simple and comfortable and the suites have their own private terraces with lovely views. The breakfasts are hearty, and the rooms, with breakfasts, start from around £70 per night.

For around £75 per night you can stay in La Dimora del Garda, in Sirmione, Lake Garda, a simple, sophisticated house with four comfortable, air conditioned rooms and an airy communal breakfast room. Each room has a small outdoor terrace.

La Dimora del Garda

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Salò’s Hotel Laurin, a stunning hotel with 30 rooms and suites, also right on the shores of Lake Garda. Converted from an elegant 20th Century villa, guests can expect parquet floors, frescoes and Art Nouveau furniture. There’s also a lovely pool in shady gardens and an excellent restaurant.

Hotel Laurin

Owned by the same family for four generations, the Albergo Olivedo is a gorgeous ten room townhouse hotel right by Lake Como at Varenna. The decor is traditional, with stone floors, pastel walls and private balconies. Family friendly and laid back, the Albergo Olivedo also has a lovely little Italian restaurant. Rooms start from around £90 per night.

The Locanda di Orta in Orta San Giulio, Lake Orta, is a charming, traditional hotel with nine wonderful rooms and suites with stone walls and private balconies. There’s a rooftop gastro-bar and a bistro. Rooms start from around £50 per night.

Locanda di Orta

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The Hotel Castello in Malcesine is a small, contemporary hotel right by the side of the lake. Some rooms have private balconies overlooking the water, there’s lovely terrace and restaurant, and guests have their own private beach. Romantic but also family friendly. Rooms start from around £100 per night.

Hotel Castello

The AQVA Boutique Hotel in Sirmione is a calm, modernist hotel with 18 neutral-shaded rooms, a peaceful garden and a small jetty. You’re just 600metres from from Scaligero Castle and within a short stroll of Sirmione’s thermal baths. Rooms from around £100 per night.

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Varenna’s Albergo Milano is a charming hotel in an enchanting lakeside setting. There are a collection of 14 rooms, triples and apartments, all with stone floors, whitewashed walls and private balconies. There’s also a lovely restaurant. Rooms start at around £110 per night.

Lezzeno’s Nest on the Lake is a charming little lakeside B&B with five rooms and self-catering apartments. Bedrooms have four-poster beds and private terraces and there are lovely sun decks to share. They’ll also rent you a bike or a canoe. And all for under £100 per night.

Nest on the lake

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The Hotel Cannero in Cannero, is an old fashioned charmer, with 55 spotless bedrooms, a lovely piano bar and lakeside terrace, and a pool and tennis court. Great buffet breakfasts and gracious, attentive service from the family who has run this hotel for decades. Rooms from around £100 per night.

Foodies will love the Hotel Verbano, a restaurant with rooms in Stresa. There are 12 rooms, with romantic terraces overlooking the lake, and lively decor, with some charming old features and creamy colourings. Romantic and well priced at around £130 per night.

Hotel Verbano

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La Contrada dei Monti in Orta San Giulio is a traditional, 17 room hotel whose bright rooms feature stone walls and beamed ceilings. Simple, but well located, and rooms start from around £80 per night.

La Contrada dei Monti

Or, just along the lake’s shore, there’s the Hotel Il Giardinetto, a great restaurant with 59 rooms, right on the water. The food is gourmet. the sun decks hang out over the lake and there’s a romantic atmosphere. Rooms start from around £70 per night.

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The Hotel RivaLago in the quiet village of Sulzano, is a charming 32 room hotel. The decor is elegant and some of the rooms and suites have private balconies overlooking the lake. Plus there’s a pool and private beach.


Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 18 Best Budget Hotels in the Italian Lakes is right for you?

The 18 Best Budget Hotels in the Italian Lakes

  • Relais Villa Vittoria Laglio 11 rooms from £182

    Weddings  -  Receptions and intimate marriages are regularly held here and can cater for up to 68 seated guests
    Total relaxation  -  Spend days lounging in the infinity pool overlooking the lake and mountains or unwind in the spa
    Local exploring  -  Just a short paddle from the village of Laglio
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Lake Como
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller

    Utterly romantic hotel on the edge of Lake Como. Spectacular views, delicately sumptuous rooms, excellent restaurant and terraces, and plenty to do on the lake. Honeymooners would be in heaven! See More

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  • Garni Gianmartin Limone (Lake Garda) 7 rooms from £103

    Back to Nature  -  Located overlooking Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains, this is a superb escape to nature
    Active Holiday  -  Find a wide range of activities to choose from including sailing, hiking and mountain biking
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic town of Verona
    Views  -  All bedrooms have a lake view
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    Located on the main square in a quiet village, this small B&B with lake views is just minutes from the beach. Bedrooms are simple and comfortable, suites have terraces with a view. Store bikes in the garage or rent them on site. Hearty breakfasts before a day of outdoor exploring. Great value too. See More

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  • La Dimora del Garda Colombare di Sirmione 4 rooms from £78

    Value chic  -  This part of the world is not cheap, and here you have great value and plenty of style
    Local exploring  -  Whether by bike or on foot, Lake Garda and its attractions are moments away
    Great walks  -  Enjoy walks in the surrounding hills
    Sailing  -  Hire a boat and explore Lake Garda
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    This simple and sophisticated house has been recently renovated and offers four comfortable air conditioned rooms and an airy communal breakfast room. Each of the bedrooms also have a small private outdoor terrace area with table and chairs. A great spot for families looking to explore Lake Garda. See More

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  • Hotel Laurin Salò 30 rooms from £123

    Foodies  -  Garda Food and Wine Trail & Strada dei Vini e Sapori del Garda: visits to about 100 producers (wineries, oil mills, cheeses).
    Families  -  Swimming and Lake Garda to explore by boat. Many child friendly sights in the area, such as movie studio and safari park
    Sights nearby  -  Salò, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano Maderno, Gargnano and Limone del Garda
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    A stunning hotel on the shore of Lake Garda. Rooms and suites in a 20th century villa are elegant, with parquet floors and all mod cons. Frescoes and art nouveau furniture. Excellent authentic cuisine, pool and shady gardens. An idyllic choice, and perfect for a family holiday. See More

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  • Albergo Olivedo Varenna 10 rooms from £134

    Local exploring  -  Well located just 5 minutes from Varenna's pretty centre made up of winding cobbled streets
    Elegant  -  Traditional interiors see large sash windows, parquet flooring and antiques
    Sailing  -  Set on the Varenna jetty, this is a great base to explore the lake by boat
    Owner managed  -  Owned by the same family for four generations
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Gorgeous townhouse hotel on Lake Como. Charmingly traditional bedrooms have stone floors, pastel walls, and private balconies. Magnificent views from every room and authentic Italian food. Laid back, family friendly. See More

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  • Locanda di Orta Orta San Giulio Novara, Lake Orta 9 rooms from £74

    Roof terrace  -  Fabulous gastrobar roof terrace.
    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Private Hot Tub  -  One of the suites has a private balcony with hot tub

    Charming, traditional, cheaper than most. Wonderful rooms and suites have stone walls, private balconies, good sized beds. The highlight - rooftop gastro-bar, wine cellar and bistro. Very family friendly and affordable. See More

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  • Hotel Castello Malcesine 36 rooms from £106

    Romantic Break  -  An idyllic lakeside setting complete with a romantic terrace restaurant, a perfect choice for a romantic holiday
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned to enjoy Lake Garda and just a stroll from the historical downtown area
    Sailing  -  Hire a boat and spend the day cruising across the lake
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the the ancient battlements of Castle Scaligero
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    A small contemporary hotel on the edge of Lake Garda. Contemporary chic rooms, some with private balconies overlooking the lake. Excellent restaurant and terrace and its own private pebble beach with deck chairs. A good value spot for a romantic holiday, family friendly too. See More

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  • AQVA Boutique Hotel Sirmione 18 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Just 600m from Scaligero Castle and within walking distance of Sirmione’s thermal baths
    Total relaxation  -  The hotel boasts its own stretch of private beach
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be arranged with the hotel
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the lake
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    The hotel offers relaxing rooms filled with calming natural palettes. Modernist design, private balconies and a peaceful garden with a small jetty. Enjoy lunch on the terrace or cocktails at the sun loungers. Organise exciting day trips and fine dining restaurants with the hotel concierge. See More

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  • Albergo Milano Varenna 14 rooms from £130

    Charming  -  Pick this property for a tradional stay, the oldest part of the building dates back to the 17th century
    Families  -  With 3 apartments sleeping up to 5 people, this is a great choice for families or small groups
    Owner managed  -  The friendly owners, Bettina and Egidio, often greet their guests personally
    Lakeside  -  Take the short stroll down to the lake and go for a swim
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Charming lakeside hotel. An enchanting setting on Lake Como, various rooms, triples and apartments, with white washed walls and private balconies. Very good restaurant and spectacular views from the terrace. A great choice for families, groups and romantic breaks. See More

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  • Nest on the Lake Lezzeno 5 rooms from £95

    Hideaway  -  The lakeside property feels secluded and quiet, perfect to get away from it all
    Local exploring  -  Located an easy boat ride to Varenna and other attractions
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Lake Como
    Sights nearby  -  Some of Como's most spectacular villas are very close by
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    An adorable lakeside B&B with rooms and self-catering apartments. Elegant bedrooms have four poster beds and private terraces. Lovely sun deck and bikes and canoes to rent. Great value for families, groups or couples. See More

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  • Hotel Cannero Cannero Riveria, Lake Maggiore 55 rooms from £104

    Foodies  -  Exquisite lakeside terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Views  -  Magnifcent views overlooking Lake Maggiore.
    Total relaxation
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    Charming old-fashioned establishment run by the same attentive and gracious family for decades. Spectacular position on Lake Maggiore with beautiful views. Spotless bedrooms, piano bar, lakeside terrace, pool and tennis court. Buffet breakfasts are a speciality. The perfect place to unwind. See More

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  • Hotel Verbano Stresa Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Lake Maggiore 12 rooms from £130

    Views  -  All the rooms have stunning views over Lake Maggiore
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers, CN Traveller

    Special restaurant with rooms set on an island of Lake Maggiore. Excellent local cuisine from romantic terraces overlooking the lake. Lovely bedrooms and living areas in creams, with brick fireplace, wooden beams, white washed walls, and private balconies. Ideal for a romantic break or a wedding. See More

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  • La Contrada dei Monti Orta San Giulio, Lake Orta 17 rooms from £79

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sacri Monti churches, a colleciton of 16th and 17th century churches.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat to San Giulio island and visit the Romanesque basilica.
    Great walks  -  Along the ancient footpath at the Sacro Monte.
    Lakeside  -  On Lake Orta
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    Located along a cobbled Piedmont lane provides a traditional stay in this historic town. Bright rooms are decorated in yellows and period pieces with terracotta tiles, exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Local and continental food can be enjoyed indoors or in the sun. Do note there is no wifi. See More

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  • Hotel Il Giardinetto Pettenasco Novara, Lake Orta 59 rooms from £112

    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restaurant  -  Creative regional cuisine
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Fantastic restaurant with charming rooms on the water of Lake Orta. Gourmet food on romantic terraces, sun decks overhanging the lake, pastel rooms with wonderful views over the lake. A romantic choice for an authentic Italian break. See More

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  • Hotel RivaLago Sulzano, Lake Iseo 32 rooms from £143

    Active Holiday  -  The hotel will help organise all your excursions - from watersports to trekking and cycling
    Romantic Break  -  Stunning suites with lake views
    Views  -  Stunning lake views
    Diving  -  Available nearby
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    Set in the quiet village of Sulzano on Lake Iseo, bedrooms are comfortable, airy and decorated with elegant colours. Some rooms and suites have private balconies with lake views. Organise daily activities and excursions from the hotel or relax by the pool and private beach. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 20th September 2023