The 10 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Foodies

Known for being beautiful and atmospheric, romantic and fun, Lake Garda is also a delicious destination! The picturesque towns, villages and hamlets around the lake’s edge have a hefty smattering of cafes and restaurants and the best hotels on Lake Garda for foodies have their own restaurants, some of them Michelin starred.

Villa Cortine Palace

Pizza, pasta, plenty of fresh seafood, local olives and olive oils, polenta, local citrus fruits are all on the menu, with all the local wines to match, from Merlot, Cabernet, Nosiola, Bardolino and Vin Santo. The lake is bordered by three distinct regions, Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige, and they all have much to contribute to the flavours you’ll find on your plate. The 10 best hotels on Lake Garda for foodies are a great place to start planning your ‘food-yssey’, many will be able to point you in the right direction as far as cooking classes and wine tastings are concerned as well.

Villa Giulia

The 10 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Foodies

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The Villa Giulia is a handsome Victorian villa right on the water’s edge in Gargnano, with 23 light, airy bedrooms and some lovely original decorations. Between the villa and the lake are beautiful, fragrant gardens. The villa is peaceful and the views are spectacular.

Villa Giulia

Salò’s Hotel Laurin is 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.

Also in Salò, the Hotel Locanda Del Benaco has rooms with floor to ceiling windows, luxurious bathrooms and hot tubs. It's wonderful in-house restaurant has a covered patio overlooking the lake, but you're also within easy reach of town if you want to eat elsewhere. Rooms start from around £100 per night.

Hotel Locanda Del Benaco

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The Villa Cortine Palace is a grand and charmingly old-fashioned villa hotel with a splendid setting in pretty Sirmione. Lovely lakeside gardens, grand 30s style bedrooms, frescos and antiques. Private swimming jetty and lovely pool. Gourmet and super romantic, if you like historic charm.

Villa Cortine Palace

The Villa Fiordaliso, right by the lake in Gardone Riviera, is a grand 19th Century Liberty-style villa with beautiful, historic interiors and a gourmet restaurant. There are just five rooms, which are traditional but timeless, and all with beautiful views of the lake. There’s also Michelin starred dining and lovely gardens and terraces.

The Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano is another incredibly beautiful aristocratic villa conversion, with 21 rooms boasting carefully restored interiors filled with antiques, sumptuous fabrics and paintings. Plus a Michelin starred restaurant.

Villa Feltrinelli

The Villa Arcadio in Salò is a fabulous stone villa perched on top of a hill and offering panoramic views from its 18 bedrooms and suites. Simply decorated, with bare stone walls and the occasional hint of a fresco, there’s a lovely swimming pool and gardens and a fantastic restaurant and terrace.

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The Lido Palace offers five star luxury right on the shores of Lake Garda at Riva del Garda, positioned beautifully, between the lake, the foot of the mountains and a nature reserve. The stunning liberty building is packed with designer contemporary flair - rooms and suites have all glass walls, modern gadgets, huge beds, and stand alone bathtubs. There's also a fabulous spa, a gourmet restaurant and impressive grounds.

Lido Palace

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Right on the shore in Salò, the Hotel Bellerive is a charming mid-sized hotel with 46 large, stylish rooms plus an outdoor pool, a fantastic Italian concept restaurant, and sailing and golfing opportunities nearby.

Hotel Bellerive

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


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Osteria Antico Brolo in Gardone Riviera is a gorgeous restaurant with four chic, all-white rooms and suites you can stay in. Private and comfortable, and very good value, with rooms starting from around £60 per night.

Osteria Antico Brolo

Also in Gardone Riviera, the Locanda Agli Angeli is a similar offering, a charming restaurant with nine romantic rooms - some with four-poster beds. The decor is simple, think whitewashed walls and exposed beams. And there’s a small pool. Rooms start from around £70 per night.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 10 best hotels on Lake Garda for foodies might be perfect for you?

The 10 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Foodies

  • Hotel Laurin 30 rooms from £123


    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.

    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
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Villa Giulia, Gargnano 23 rooms from £276


    Handsome Victorian villa right on the water's edge. Light and airy bedrooms with original decorative flourishes and antiques. Fragrant gardens sloping down to the lakeside. Its unassuming and sophisticated charm transports one to another time.

    Literary  -  DH Lawrence stayed on the lake for months at a time and would write the final version of Sons and Lovers here.
    Great walks  -  The beautifully maintained gardens are a feast for the senses with bougainvillea, climbing roses, olive and lemon trees.
    Sights nearby  -  Gargnano, one of the few villages on the Lake that still maintains its original structures, is only one km away.
    Views  -  Magnificent Lakeside views
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  • Hotel Bellerive, Salo 46 rooms from £131

    Salò (Lake Garda)

    A delightful hotel overlooking Lake Garda. Large stylish rooms and apartments, many with views. Outdoor pool, and fantastic Italian concept cuisine. Sailing, golf and opera nearby. Gourmet, family friendly, all in a romantic location.

    Foodies  -  Restaurant '100km' is a concept by Fred Plotkin, using products sourced within this distance. Olive oil & wine tours and tasting
    Families  -  Apartments are big enough for the whole family, with kitchens to make picnics. Boat trips on Lake Garda, swimming and cycling
    Sights nearby  -  Brescia and Verona, between Venice and Milan, between the Dolomites and the sea
    Sailing  -  Minutes from the hotel
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Villa Cortine Palace 54 rooms from £389


    Grand and charmingly old-fashioned villa hotel with a splendid setting in pretty Sirmione. Lovely lakeside gardens, grand 30s style bedrooms, frescos and antiques. Private swimming jetty and lovely pool. Super romantic, if you like historic charm.

    Garden  -  The hotel boasts a five hectar garden with fountains, neoclassical statues and natural terraces overlooking the lake.
    Great walks  -  Wander the huge five acre gardens that surround the property, with elegant landscaping and wonderful statues.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor swimming pool with outstanding lake views.
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  • Villa Arcadio 18 rooms from £211


    A fabulous stone villa with spectacular views over Lake Garda from its hilltop perch. Bedrooms and one suite are simply decorated with bare stone walls and glimpses of frescoes. Fantastic restaurant and terrace, swimming pool, and gardens around. Romantic, traditional, gourmet.

    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Garda
    Active Holiday
    Romantic Break
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Villa Fiordaliso 5 rooms from £175

    25083 Gardone Riviera

    Very romantic and grand late 19th century, Liberty-style villa with historic interiors and gourmet food. Timeless, traditional rooms with antiques, lakeside views, and lovely gardens and terrace. Intimate and refined.

    Sights nearby  -  Vittoriale degli italiani the architecturally fascinating hillside estate in the town is only a 15 minute walk away.
    Great walks  -  Plenty of scenic walking routes on the property grounds and surrounding countryside.
    Sailing  -  Rent a boat and head out on the lake, the perfect way to explore the shore.
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Garda
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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  • Villa Feltrinelli 21 rooms from £833


    Ultimate luxury lakeside hotel in an historic house. Like staying in a private home, full of aristocratic heritage, with restored interiors and antiques, beautiful fabrics and paintings. Gourmet dining, a perfect honeymoon escape for those that can afford it.

    Romantic Break  -  The ultimate treat for yourself and a loved one
    Great walks  -  Plenty of scenic walking routes nearby
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Heated Pool
    Sights nearby  -  Verona just 1 hour away
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Fodors
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  • Gardesana 34 rooms from £123

    Torri del Benaco

    Excellent food and comfortable, simple rooms in Garda's showpiece fishing village. Perfectly positioned in a charming little port, it's a very romantic spot for a good value break. Homely and ideal for local exploring.

    Local exploring  -  Central location perfect for exploring Lake Garda and its surrounds
    Fishing  -  Fishing excursions nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Verona 40 minutes drive
    Sailing  -  Sailing on offer nearby
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  • Osteria Antico Brolo 4 rooms from £70

    Gardone Riviera

    Gorgeous restaurant with rooms in Gardone Riviera. Enter through a charming courtyard with arched stone gateways and traditional oak doors. Chic all-white bedrooms and suites with exposed beams complemented with period furnishings. Eat delicious dinners at the on site osteria. A perfect base!

    Value chic  -  Seriously good value with standard rooms from only €70 per night B&B.
    Local exploring  -  A chic base for exploring Gardone Riviera and Lake Garda
    Sailing  -  Spend a day sailing on Lake Garda
    Sights nearby  -  The town of Gardone Riviera
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  • Locanda Agli Angeli 9 rooms from £70

    Gardone Riviera

    Charming restaurant with rooms near to Lake Garda. Romantic bedrooms have four poster beds, white linens, wooden beams, and white washed walls. The restaurant serves excellent local food and there's also a small pool. Excellent value, family friendly.

    Value chic
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 5th June 2019