This hotel is quite simply superb.
Its a bit like a very high standard British country house hotel but with Italian style. There is all sorts of beautiful antique furniture and old things of interest around the place. The location is ideal being alongside Lake Garda and less than 5 minute stroll to the town centre also bus station only 2 minutes away.
Not cheap but often in life you only get what you pay for !
In a nice quiet area, but was a quick 5-10 minute walk to centre of Garda and Lake. Rooms were very clean and air-conditioned, although a little old fashioned in terms of decoration and main room light fitting was not fully attached to ceiling! Most of guests were retired couples with just a few families and younger couples.
We were B & B and we were provided with a reasonable choice for breakfast. To encourage B & B guests the hotel was promoting a good deal in their pizzeria by offering a pizza and drink for 9 euros. In the restaurant you could have a meal for 11 euros. Although this sounded a good offer we didn't try it as I think the choice was limited to either a meat or fish dish for the main course. There were plenty of ristorante or trattorias in Garda to choose from instead.
Staff were helpful and you were served quickly in the bar.
It was disappointing that you were not given free wifi access.
For a 3 star hotel the hotel royal lacked a decent breakfast all the served was hot milk bread a few cereals and bockfurst. The waiter service for hot drinks was appalling and often we would receive the hot drinks after we had finished eating. The rooms were basic but clean. When in the rooms you can hear everything from the rooms around you including their bathroom visits which was off-putting. The hotel staff however were extremely friendly and welcoming. The hotels vibe is disappointing. The hotel is situated in a fantastic location close to the lake front amenities night life and transport. For that we thoughroughly enjoyed our stay in such a pleasant Italian town.
Our room was one of the smaller ones, but it was still clean comfortable, air-conditioned and with a small fridge you could stock with your own drinks at no charge.
The best fetaures of the hotel are the setting, location, pool and gardens. The hotel has lovely views over Lake Garda (especially from the terrace where you take breakfast), and it only takes 10 minutes to walk in to the centre of Garda (which is one of the nicest towns around the lake). The gardens are large, well-maintained and with shade given by trees. The pool is a decent size and with only 25 rooms or so the pool was rarely busy during our stay in August. Getting a sunbed was easy - and no charge (unlike some hotels I have been to in Italy).
Breakfast was good and we took an evening meal at the restaurant twice during our stay and the food was fine, but there is also a great choice of restaurants a short stroll away into town.
Travelling on my own for a wedding I was really pleased to find Benaco met my needs perfectly. it wasn't until breakfast the morning after my arrival I discovered I wasn't the only person in the hotel, but here I am reaching for the only negative of my stay. The breakfast offerings were spot on, the room super clean and filled with all necessary conveniences - air conditioning thank goodness - and the hotel staff were extremely helpful, particularly helping me to navigate my way out of Garda during a fiesta in time to make my flights. It's a stone's throw from the main strip in Garda and a great option for couples; I hope to bring my boyfriend back with me next time.
Hannah from Leeds, UK
Hotel Benaco is ideally situated in the historic centre of Garda, just 50 meters from Lake Garda and is an ideal base from …More
Staff were so attentive from waiting staff to reception and cleaning all had the same could not do enough attitude . One back office staff went out of her way to buy a European adapter for phone charger .
Food fantastic and free bikes to borrow to take in the beauty of the lake and the town of Garda .
Swimming pool and jacuzzi area clean and always well serviced by staff with towels and drinks . I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for couples and groups alike and wedding parties which we were.
A lively, pretty lakeside resort, Garda features Renaissance ipalazzo/i and villas and a small medieval fisherman’s quarter, attractively colonised by restaurants and shops. The small headland of Punta di San Vigilio is a romantic secluded ensemble comprising a dock, the 16th-century Villa Guarienti (by Sanmicheli), a garden, church and beach. The latter, Baia delle Sirene, is one of the nicest places on the whole lake for swimming.
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