The 15 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

The challenge in recommending the best hotels with a view on Lake Garda is in refining your list so that it’s not an epic poem marvelling at the wonder of the place. Many poets and writers have loved her, and lived in and on her, and there are some seriously colourful soliloquies to her, from the likes of Tennyson and D.H. Lawrence, to Goethe and the Roman poet, Catullus. And many lakeside properties have rooms named in their honour. But that’s not going to help you choose unless we can refine the list... so here's the best 15 hotels with a view on Lake Garda.

Lake Garda

Not all views are created equal, and some towns, like Sirmione, Gardone Riviera and Salò, seem to have the very best of the best as far as position goes, so quite a number of properties on our Guru’s final list of the 15 best hotels with a view on Lake Garda come from these towns. But there should be something for everyone on our list, because having the most spectacular views of Lake Garda doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag or a ‘no kids’ sign.

Hotel Laurin

The 15 Best Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

The Best Lakeside Hotels on Lake Garda

The Bellevue San Lorenzo on the water in Malcesine, is a late 19th century Belle Epoque villa turned 52 room hotel. As well as being surrounded by beautiful grounds and having lovely lake views, the villa has an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

Bellevue San Lorenzo

Beautifully positioned right on the water at Gardone Riviera, Bella Riva has 23 contemporary rooms and suites, an excellent restaurant and bar and a very nice pool. And the hotel has great watersports facilities.

The Hotel du Lac is located right by the water, on the outskirts of Gargnano. It has just twelve classically styled bedrooms (six with lake view and balcony), and stunning views across the lake towards the Monte Baldo mountain range.

Hotel du Lac

The Most Luxurious Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

Sirmione’s Villa Cortine Palace is a grand, old fashioned villa hotel, with 54 rooms and an absolutely splendid setting on a spit of land jutting into the lake. The rooms are grand, and Art Deco in style, with some beautiful frescoes and antiques, and there’s a private jetty, a lovely swimming pool and lush neoclassical landscaped gardens all around.

Villa Cortine Palace

The Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano is a beautiful aristocratic villa conversion, with 21 rooms boasting restored interiors crammed with antiques, beautiful fabrics and paintings. There’s also a Michelin starred restaurant., and views to die for! The perfect honeymoon hotel for anyone who can afford it.

The Most Romantic Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

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

Locanda San Vigilio

Gardone Riviera’s Villa Fiordaliso 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 wonderful views of the lake. There’s also Michelin starred dining and lovely gardens and terraces.

Salò’s Villa Arcadio isn’t right on the water, it’s on the lake’s slopes so the views are panoramic. A wonderful stone villa converted into an 18 room hotel, and decorated simply, with bare stone walls and just glimpses of frescoes, the villa also has a fantastic gourmet-yet-traditional restaurant, a lovely terrace, a pool and gardens.

Villa Arcadio

The Best Family Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

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

Hotel Laurin

Also right on the water 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.

For a great value family friendly option consider the Hotel Castello in Malcesine. It’s a small, contemporary hotel right on the lake - guests have their own private beach. Some rooms have private balconies overlooking the water, and there’s a lovely terrace and restaurant. Romantic but also family friendly and around £100 per night.

Hotel Castello

The Best Value Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

Hotel Gardenia al Lago is sitauted just outside Gargnano and offers superb value for money in its seven classically styled rooms - standard doubles start from as little as €100 per night including breakfast.

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


Or there’s the Hotel Catullo in postcard perfect Sirmione, a great value hotel with 56 rooms starting from around £100 per night. There are lovely terraces right on the edge of the lake and a private jetty with direct lake access, plus there’s a very nice pool. It’s also very family friendly.

Originally built for the imperial family, the Grand Hotel Fasano is an historic grand hotel in a privileged lakeside position in Gardone Riviera. The architecture is romantic with fairytale turrets and lovely details, but its private terraces, pebbly beach, spa and tennis courts mean it’s also a good choice for families. The 76 rooms start from around £100 per night.

Grand Hotel Fasano

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

The Best Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

  • Hotel Gardenia al Lago Villa di Gargnano 25 rooms from £130

    Active Holiday  -  Activities on the lake: sailing, diving, kayaking. On dry land, choice of walking tours and riding, plus fishing in Lake Garda
    Sights nearby  -  Boat trips to Bogliaco, Palazzo Bettoni, Gargnano, Palazzo Feltrinelli, Villa Feltrinelli, and the Santella dei Pescatori.
    Great walks  -  Hundreds of paths; slope up to San Valentino Hermitage; Santelle tour; D.H. Lawerence tracks
    Sailing  -  Historic Gargano's Sailing Club; Garda Yachting Charter
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    An elegant villa overlooking Lake Garda. Edwardian style rooms with antiques, frescoes, views and all the mod cons. Sun terrace, beach and Italian dishes. Exquisite views across the lake, and lots of activities nearby. An understated but very romantic choice for a weekend of exploring. See More

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  • Hotel du Lac, Gargnano Villa di Gargnano 12 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Gargnano is a great base for exploring all of Lake Garda
    Lakeside  -  Right on the shores of Lake Garda
    Great walks  -  There are lots of paths for walkers of all abilities and once a week the hotel hosts a guided excursion
    Spa  -  Wellness treatments can be booked at the sister hotel Gardenia al Lago

    A charming family owned and run small hotel overlooking Lake Garda, just outside Gargnano. The twelve rooms (six with lake view and balcony) are traditional in style and feature period furnishings and antiques that perfectly complement the 19th century building. A welcoming understated stay. See More

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  • Villa Cortine Palace Sirmione 54 rooms from £384

    Total relaxation  -  Allow yourself to be transported to a by gone era when palaces were home and servants tended to your every need.
    Honeymoons  -  A lovers paradise with private couples dining, indulgent suites and private balconies overlooking the lake.
    Great walks  -  Wander the huge five acre gardens that surround the property, with elegant landscaping and wonderful statues.
    Tennis  -  Be sure to bring your racket and check out the clay tennis court on site.
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    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. See More

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  • Bellevue San Lorenzo Malcesine 52 rooms from £172

    Total relaxation  -  This chic hideway is perfect spot to recharge, with Hammam, sauna and sleepy gardens overlooking the lake.
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by beautiful gardens, sloping down to the shores of Lake Garda.
    Views  -  Wonderful views of Lake Garda.
    Great walks  -  Walk along the promenade to the picturesque Val di Sogno, a superb spot for lake bathing and water sports.
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    Popular belle epoque villa with lovely grounds overlooking the lake. Five Italian Villas with simple yet stylish rooms. Highlights include a restaurant with a view, outdoor pool, fitness centre and small relaxation spa. Good value for a stunning spot. See More

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  • Villa Feltrinelli Gargnano 21 rooms from £824

    Foodies  -  The elegant restaurant serves up superlative Italian cuisine in an undeniably romantic setting & has two Michelin stars
    Romantic Break  -  The ultimate treat for yourself and a loved one
    Great walks  -  Plenty of scenic walking routes nearby
    Restaurant  -  Two Michelin starred restaurant
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Bella Riva Gardone Riviera 23 rooms from £165

    Families  -  Baby cots are provided or extra beds for children plus babysitting services are available for parents in need of a break!
    Romantic Break  -  Pick a room with lake views enjoyed even from your bed, the ultimate romantic setting
    Lakeside  -  Direct access on to Lake Garda
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Dreamily positioned with views over Lake Garda. Contemporary, but still classic, hotel with fabulous rooms and suites, excellent restaurant, bar and pool. Fantastic watersports and activities. A great choice for families, an outdoor holiday, or a romantic break. See More

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  • Villa Arcadio Salò 18 rooms from £208

    Foodies  -  The restaurant is sensational, with four-course taster menus made using produce from the garden
    Total relaxation  -  The quiet lakeside setting and exemplary service makes this a great place to come and unwind
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the Alto Garda National Park
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Garda
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Villa Fiordaliso 25083 Gardone Riviera 5 rooms from £174

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Locanda San Vigilio Garda 14 rooms from £234

    Writing a novel  -  This enchanting place has been inspiration for many great minds, from Churchill to Napoleon and Laurence Olivier
    Honeymoons  -  Private balconies overlooking the lake, palatial fourposters and romantic walks through fragrant gardens.
    Local markets  -  The hotel has its own Emporium where you can buy prints of drawings by Venetian artists, painted ceramics and fabrics.
    Tennis  -  Tennis club di Garna is 4 km from the property and equippment can be rented on site.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Bellerive, Salo Salò (Lake Garda) 46 rooms from £131

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. 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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  • 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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  • Grand Hotel Fasano Gardone Riviera 76 rooms from £208

    Total relaxation  -  A gorgeous former hunting lodge located in a secluded spot besides the lake, the perfect place to come and unwind
    Romantic Break  -  With pools to lounge by, elegant rooms and a romantic terrace restaurant, this is a great choice for lovers
    Lakeside  -  On the edge of Lake Garda.
    Romantic  -  You couldn't stay in a more fairytale setting on the lake's edge.
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    An historic grand hotel originally built for the imperial family. Its privileged lakeside position and romantic architecture make it the ideal spot for a honeymoon or romantic holiday. Fairytale turrets, terraces, private pebble beach, spa, tennis court and sumptuous rooms. Heavenly. See More

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  • Gardesana Torri del Benaco 34 rooms from £121

    Local exploring  -  Offering a great location overlooking the lake and with views of the castle, this is the perfect spot to explore from
    Foodies  -  Regional dishes are served on the terrace restaurant
    Fishing  -  Fishing excursions nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Verona 40 minutes drive
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    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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 21st March 2019