What We Love
- Outstanding location on the edge of Lake Garda
- The 16,000-square-foot spa features two pools, salt baths and dozens of treatment rooms
- Michelin-starred chef Giuseppe Sestito is at the helm of the two restaurants
What To Know
- The building dates from 1899, but the interiors are completely contemporary
- Dress to impress at the Il Re della Busa restaurant and the Bali Bar
- All rooms come with Acqua di Parma bath products
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When this Lake Garda grande dame first opened in 1899, its classical architecture and prime waterfront location attracted passing aristocrats and royal visitors, including Habsburg emperors. Today it serves as a supersleek hideaway with a contemporary spa, but the timeless elegant vibe remains. The interiors, by architect Alberto Cecchetto, bring together vaulted frescoed ceilings and urban materials including copper, glass and resin floors. Low-slung sofas and coffee tables are scattered around the modern lobby in front of a sweeping central staircase. The 42 guestrooms are decked out with brightly colored feature walls, and some have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Garda. All offer mineral water, Acqua di Parma toiletries and free WiFi. The 16,000-square-foot CXI Spa features indoor and outdoor heated pools, a salt room and several baths (heated to different temperatures), plus dozens of treatment rooms. Michelin-starred chef Giuseppe Sestito is at the helm of the two restaurants: Tremani for laid-back light lunches and Il Re della Busa, a decadent spot for indulgent dinners. Head to the Art Nouveau–style Bali Bar for a nightcap.
In the Area
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and it offers plenty of aquatic activities, including sailing, fishing and water-skiing. Prefer to stay on the shore? Start with a trip to the magnificent Palazzo Bettoni before heading on to the ancient citadel Vittoriale degli Italiani. In the afternoon visit one of the surrounding ancient towns, many of which have monthly antiques markets (Bardolino and Arco are particularly good). Food and wine are also a huge part of the local culture, and there are tons of mouthwatering restaurants to try. Splurge on Le Gemme di Artemisia’s sublime tasting menu (the knowledgable chefs also offer cooking classes), or enjoy freshly caught seafood at Osteria al Pescatore while taking in the views of the harbor, dotted with fishing boats.
How to Get There
We stayed at Lido Palace for two nights. It is a beautiful property by the lake at Riva del Garda, which is at the northern tip of Lake Garda. It was a 3-hour drive from Milan Malpensa. Would strongly recommend the hotel and will come back again if we visit Lake Garda again.
Service: Warm welcome by the front desk staff with efficient check-in. Our car was valeted to the parking. Hotel staff are in general very nice and helpful.
Rooms: Small room but neatly decorated with modern design. We had a room with balcony with a lake view, and the view is stunning.
Restaurant: High food quality with nice and knowledge staff. We had both bfast and dinner there. Dinner is a must try.
Facilities: we didn't use much of the hotel facilities as we went out every day. The hotel is right next to the lake and hence it's easy to take your basket to the lake and have a swim there.
We originally stayed at the Lido Palace in July 1989 on our honeymoon, loving the view on the lake, friendliness of the staff and the restaurant, so we thought it would be kind of nice to stay again for our 30th anniversary. In the years in between the hotel has been extensively revamped and is now truly world class. We splurged for a junior suite (about 3 times larger than the room we had 30 years ago) and did not regret it. The views of the lake are still spectacular, the staff are still very friendly and helpful and the quality of the service excellent. Loved the Aqua di Parma in the bathroom. The restaurant is definitely in the Michelin class, great food and impeccable service.
We were greeted with a complementary bottle of bubbly in our room and congratulatory note from the manager a nice touch.
A very memorable visit
This a fabulous hotel the staff are really accommodating and very friendly..the views are breathtaking and only a short walk into the town of riva..our waiter was called Diego he was a really nice man and couldn't do enough for us