The 10 Most Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda

Lake Garda offers a breathtaking variety of near-perfect views: from the chalet chic, wind swept towns of the north, under their sheer amphitheatre cliffs; past the Belle Epoque villas of the riviera stretch; to the beautifully converted farmhouses and spa towns of the Mediterranean-feeling south. The most romantic hotels on Lake Garda can be found dotted all over the lake’s shores; a collection of beauties offering perfection for everyone - whatever your taste.

Villa Cortine Palace

Our Guru’s recommendations for the 10 most romantic hotels on Lake Garda include traditional villas with decorations to impress the Tzars, contemporary offerings chic enough for James Bond - who’s been known to swing by in this or that sports car, to five-stars-but-pared-back properties which let the lake views speak for themselves. If you want intimate, our list of the 10 most romantic hotels on Lake Garda offers intimate, if you want an all-out-honeymoon-worthy-fuss our recommendations offer that too.

The 10 Most Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda

The Most Romantic Luxury Hotels on Lake Garda

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. Right on the lake at Garda.

Locanda San Vigilio

The LIdo Palace is a five star resort perfectly positioned in Riva del Garda, between lovely Lake Garda and the mountains. The stunning Liberty villa has ben converted into a 42 room hotel with contemporary designer flair. There’s a fabulous spa, extensive grounds and a gourmet restaurant.

Lido Palace

The Most Romantic Hotels with a View on Lake Garda

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.

Villa Arcadio

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. Gourmet and super romantic, if you like historic charm.

Villa Cortine Palace

The Most Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda for Foodies

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 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 Most Romantic B&Bs on Lake Garda

The Vivere Suites are a sleek collection of six contemporary ground floor suites, all with private gardens and kitchenettes. There’s a spa and pool onsite and there’s plenty of facilities for outdoor adventures close by.

Vivere Suites

La Finestra Sul Fiume is a rustic, five room B&B set on the side of a river, between Lake Garda and Verona. This peaceful stone cottage has whitewashed walls and exposed beams, plus romantic terraces.

La Finestra Sul Fiume

The Most Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda - for Families

Originally built for the imperial family, the Grand Hotel Fasano in Gardone Riviera is an historic grand hotel in a privileged lakeside position. The architecture is romantic with fairytale turrets and lovely details, but its private terraces, pebbly beach, spa and tennis courts mean it works for families too.

Grand Hotel Fasano

The Best Value Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda

Gardesana 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 very romantic.


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

The 10 Most Romantic Hotels on Lake Garda

  • 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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  • Lido Palace Riva del Garda 42 rooms from £440

    Spa breaks  -  The spa includes an indoor-outdoor pool divided by a large glass pane, suanas, a salt room and excellent treatment menu
    Foodies  -  There are two restaurants, one a laid-back Mediterranean offering and then there's superb formal Il Re della Busa
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    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Five Star luxury on the shores of Lake Garda and at the foot of mountains and nature reserve. Stunning liberty building is home to designer contemporary flair - rooms and suites have all glass walls, modern gadgets, huge beds, and stand alone bathtubs. Fabulous spa, gourmet restaurant and grounds. 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Vivere Suites Arco 6 rooms from £239

    Active Holiday  -  In a quiet spot yet with easy access to cultural attractions as well as sailing and watersports opportunities
    Romantic Break  -  Each suite has a private garden and terrace, ideal for couples looking for privacy
    Swimming Pool  -  With panoramic views
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith

    A sleek collection of ground floor suites with private gardens and kitchenettes close to Lake Garda. Contemporary rooms, excellent spa and pool, yoga, cycling and great restaurants close by. A great spot for total relaxation and outdoor activities for families or honeymooners. See More

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  • La Finestra Sul Fiume Valeggio Sul Mincio, Lake Garda 5 rooms from £121

    Back to Nature  -  Nestled between the Mincio river and Lake Garda, this is a a scenic spot for an escape to nature
    Groups  -  With just four rooms this is a great option to rent out in its entirety
    Total relaxation
    Sailing  -  Hire a boat and spend the day cruising across Lake Garda
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    A rustic B&B in a magical riverside setting between Verona and Lake Garda. A stone building houses 5 lovely rooms with wooden beams and whitewashed walls. Enchanting terraces dotted around the property soak up the sun. A great choice for rural romance, nature lovers or families. 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 Sunday, 24th March 2019