The 11 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Walking Holidays

As diverse as it is spectacular, Lake Garda is a dream destination for a walking holiday. There are walking trails for all levels, from leisurely lakeside strolls to a full-on assault of the 2220m of Mount Baldo. There are plenty of hotels with great access to walking routes, but our Guru’s recommendation for the 12 best hotels on Lake Garda for walking holidays all have more than just great access.

Lake GardaNeil Whitehead via Flickr

Around Salò, Gardone Riviera, Gargnano and Limone is the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano, which is a stunning natural backdrop to walk against, dotted with pretty towns and villages. Monte Baldo is to the north east, and the Morenic hills are to the south, where you’ll find vineyards, olive groves and flatter trails trough historic landscapes. But whatever area you choose to walk in you’ll be extremely well rewarded with views and points of interest along your amblings.

Lake Gardatraveljunction via Flickr

Some of our Guru’s recommendations for the 12 best hotels on Lake Garda for walking holidays have amazing views, some are in the heart of picturesque villages, and some have great facilities for all sorts of activities. But they’re all able to offer advice on the best routes for you.

Lake GardaDino Quinzani via Flickr

The 12 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Walking Holidays

For a room with a view

Villa Sostaga

  • Converted from an old hunting lodge, the Villa Sostaga in Gargnano is now a 19 room hotel, surrounded by 40 beautiful, green acres overlooking Lake Garda. A homey atmosphere and some very nice antiques make this a peaceful retreat with plenty of charm.
  • Sirmione’s Hotel Eden is a wonderful lakeside hotel with 30, simple, contemporary rooms and lovely sun terraces. Just a few minutes walk from the beach.

For couples

Dimora Bolsone

  • The AQVA Boutique Hotel in beautiful Sirmione is a calm, modernist style 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.
  • On the hill above Gardone Riviera, Dimora Bolsone is a stylish, ten room B&B in a converted medieval manor house. Quiet and secluded, you get views over the whole area from the house’s position above the town, plus there’s a lovely garden and simple rooms with nice antiques and objets.

For peace and quiet

Tenuta Le Sorgive

  • Tenuta Le Sorgive in Solferino is a beautifully restored 19th Century farmhouse on an organic agriturismo farm. You’re faraway from the lake, but up in the hills, and there are wonderful walks though the property's own orchards and vineyards, as well as in the surrounding hills.

For families

  Hotel Castello

  • Hotel Castello in Malcesine is a small, contemporary hotel right by the side of the lake. Some rooms have private balconies overlooking the water, plus 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.

For a B&B

Il Mosaico

  • The Garni Gianmartin in Limone is a seven room B&B on the main square, just minutes from the beach. The rooms are simple and comfortable, and all have lake views. The suites have their own private terraces as well. The breakfasts are hearty, and the rooms, with breakfasts, start from around £70 per night.
  • Sirmione’s Il Mosaico B&B is a six room, adults only B&B set just back from the lake. There’s comfortable, contemporary decor, air conditioning, wifi and plenty of parking, and all for around £55 per night.

For great value

  Osteria Antico Brolo

  • La Dimora del Garda, also in Sirmione, is a simple, sophisticated house with four comfortable, air conditioned rooms and an airy communal breakfast room. Each room has a small outdoor terrace.
  • The 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. Plus you know you’ll be able to refuel in style.
  • 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?

The 12 Best Hotels on Lake Garda for Walking Holidays

  • Dimora Bolsone Gardone Riviera 10 rooms from £248

    Romantic Break  -  Pools with a view, romantic al fresco dining and gorgeous suites
    Sights nearby  -  Next door to Vittoriale Degli Italiani, the last magnificent home of poet Gabriele DíAnnunzio
    Great walks  -  Maps available. Walks suitable for all from gentle strolls to more adventurous hikes.
    Views  -  View over Lake Garda
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Stylish bed-and-breakfast in restored medieval manor house with breathtaking views high above the town. Lovely garden, simply styled rooms full of antiques and objets. Quiet, secluded, a good base, set in a nature park with wonderful hikes. See More

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  • Villa Sostaga Gargnano 19 rooms from £113

    Active Holiday  -  Lake Garda makes an excellent base for sports enthusiasts with sailing, hiking, golf and cycling opportunities in the area
    Local exploring  -  A charming spot from which to explore the delights of Lake Garda
    Historic  -  The property was once the home of the Feltrinelli counts
    Views  -  From its elevated position you get fab views over Lake Garda
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Surrounded by 40 acres and overlooking Lake Garda, this charming villa was once an old hunting lodge. The bedrooms have a unique homely feel with antique furniture and are all individually named. Enjoy the elegant art nouveau dining room which gives a refined noble feel to this charming retreat. See More

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  • Hotel Eden, Sirmione Sirmione (Old City) 30 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  Right on Lake Garda and just a few minutes walk from the beach and the castle
    Romantic Break  -  Stylish suites with Lake views - ideal for couples
    Great walks  -  Explore the hills surrounding Lake Garda
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day in nearby Verona
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    Hotel Eden offers guests fantastic lake side accomodation with a private sun terrace and relaxed outdoor dining. Bedrooms are air conditioned with simple, contemporary decor - often with lake views. A charming and picturesque spot with great activities on offer in the surrounding area. 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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  • Tenuta Le Sorgive Solferino, Lake Garda 12 rooms from £87

    Families  -  This is truly a family place, with plenty of group activities on site and a wholesome organic vibe.
    Great walks  -  There are lovely walks around the estate where you can learn about farming in the Italian counrtyside.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor garden surrounded pool
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A beautifully restored 19th-century farmhouse on an organic agriturismo farm. Simple traditional rooms come with continental breakfast. Explore the orchards and vineyards or head out on a pony trek through the surrounding hills. A wonderful spot to re-engage with mother nature. See More

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  • Il Mosaico B&B Colombare di Sirmione 6 rooms from £80

    Value chic  -  Modern, luxurious accommodation at a steal of a price
    Romantic Break  -  Adults only hotel makes it ideal for visiting couples
    Local exploring  -  Great central location for exploring on foot
    Restrictions on children  -  Children are not permitted at this hotel
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    Slightly set back from the Lake Garda waterfront, Il Mosaico offers good value boutique accommodation ideal for those looking to explore the area by car. Comfortable, air conditioned bedrooms are striking in moody palettes with all the mod cons. Includes free Wifi and plenty of private parking. See More

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  • Osteria Antico Brolo Gardone Riviera 4 rooms from £72

    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
    Foodies  -  Sample the delights of the on site gourmet restaurant
    Families  -  One of the suites can accommodate up to 4 people
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    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! See More

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  • Locanda Agli Angeli Gardone Riviera 9 rooms from £69

    Foodies  -  The family-run restaurant spills out onto the square where regional dishes are served up with alot of love and care
    Traditional  -  A charming traditional property perfect for an authentic and homely stay
    Great walks  -  Get out into the countryside and explore the many walking trails
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    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. 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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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Monday, 13th May 2024