We stayed at the Sportsman for eleven nights, from the outside appearance you would not expect it to be as fantastic as it is the pink walls do not do it justice however it is a good landmark!
The staff were exceptional especially Mikaela and Claudio who were both so friendly and kept us supplied with merlot! It was Claudio's first week when we arrived and I would have to say he was really charming, his English was very good and we enjoyed talking to him as he really wanted to improve his English and he also taught us some Italian so thank you.
Mikaela was just aware of everything going on and made time for everyone, she is without doubt an asset to the hotel.
All the other staff were friendly and nothing was to much trouble.
The food was excellent and there was plenty of choice, it is lovely to sit in the dining room and have a relaxing evening meal without being hurried.
We loved sitting in the garden for breakfast which consisted of a lot of choice.
The beach across the road was well kept, our room 201overlooked the beach and lake so great view shame no balcony to sit on however still a great room. We only spent an hour on the beach so that my husband could swim , as there was so much else to see and explore.
We did observe a lot of clients going out to the beach before seven thirty in the morning and placing towels on the sun beds then disappearing! this did not affect us but it did seem totally unnecessary and I know some English holiday makers were not happy with this. I am not sure what the hotel can do about it though.
The hotel puts on a three hour lake trip on a beautiful boat for free and you have complimentary wine on the way out and back. You also get a chance to swim . I would definitely recommend this trip.
Thursday night is BBQ night at the hotel which was very enjoyable.
We went with Thomson and did two excursions Venice by day and night which was a great day with an excellent guide. We also did a lake tour which then gave you the opportunity to see the whole lake and go back in your own time to areas that were of particular interest. Be aware that it is quite expensive on the ferry, we walked as much as possible and were also told by people we met that the bus service was very good.
We would definitely go back to this hotel, there is a great little bar just past the hotel on the right that it is really reasonable for drinks and has really good live music .
Lake Garda is lovely so many interesting places to visit.
- 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