We stayed at the Sportsman Hotel between the 17th and 24th June 2017 and were lucky with sunny, hot weather and warm lake water ideal for swimming.
The lake is across a public path about ten metres from the hotel's front door and the hotel's private beach is sandy with sun beds and parasolls as well as a wooden jetty with steps to access water about one metre deep.
The hotel pool is very clean and big enough for swimming laps so plenty of exercise available if you want it. The gym has a couple of static bikes, a cross trainer, multi gym, press bench and sit up bench which are well maintained and enough to keep you ticking over while away from your usual gym.
Our room was extremely clean and well maintained with air coditioning which we needed in the 35 degree heat.
We had a side room which had views of the lake and breakfast area (room 404). There was ample storage space and plenty of towels ( for the room and beach ) as well as robes and slippers and even a beach bag with the option of flip flops for a few euros -worth buying or taking your own for the stones on the beach and shells on the bottom of the lake.
The food was of a high standard with loads of choice for the buffet breakfast which included excellent fresh coffee delivered to your table. The dinner was a five course affair with 3 choices for the first and second main courses. In case you were wondering a salad buffet, starter and dessert buffet make up the other courses.
On Thursday there is a buffet barbecue served in the garden which we did not enjoy due to the heat, queues and people being allowed to smoke - no such problems in the dining room!
The staff are very friendly and speak reasonable English and cope pretty well with pressures of serving so much food to a full restaurant.
The walks to Bardolino and Garda take about 20 minutes if you're fit and are along a wide, flat path with lots of wildfowl on the lake and lots of interesting campers/locals using the lake on the way. The whole area seems very well cared for with neat public spaces and a civilised atmosphere.
All in all one of the nicest holidays we've had considering all the above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sportsman is located halfway between Garda and Bardolino, directly on the lake, in an enviable, calm and peaceful location. It is the perfect destination for guests who wish to relax or do sport. The hotel boasts a bar, restaurant, lounge, tv room, terrace, swimming pool, private beach, wifi, air conditioning in all rooms, heating and car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sportsman Hotel Bardolino, Italy - Lake Garda