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Sportsman Hotel
Ranked #9 of 43 Hotels in Bardolino
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We stayed for 2 weeks from June 21st 2017 and it was one of our best holidays ever. We met lovely people and the hotel staff couldn't do enough for all the guests making sure everyone had a good holiday. The number of return visitors speaks for itself and my husband who normally doesn't like to return to the same place has said he would definitely like to return to Lake Garda and also stay at The Sportsman.

We selected this hotel based on previous trip advisor reviews and also the location. We particularly wanted a pool and also close proximity to the lake. The private beach was a bonus and we enjoyed returning to the pool or beach about 4pm after a day exploring. Annoyingly some guests were reserving beds at about 7.30am and not using them until late in the day, the hotel needs to enforce its rule about no towels out before 10am. We also felt that non hotel guests were using the private beach on a weekend,

There were no lake view rooms left when we booked in January but we were quite happy with our mountain view room. It was very quiet and we had a large terrace area to sit and relax. There is so much to do on Lake Garda we spent very little time in our room.

The hotel food was fantastic and we didn,t have the same thing twice during our 2 week stay. Michaela the Maitre d' is a true professional and is aware of everything that is going on making sure all the guests are happy. She is a true asset to the hotel. Our waitress Serena was also excellent with a lovely, warm, bubbly personality, it was a pleasure to be served by her. As a vegetarian there was usually plenty of choice on the menu but I was always asked if I would like something different.

The weekly Barbeque night on a Thursday is good fun and a excellent opportunity to mix with fellow guests. The staff go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time. Breakfast in the garden looking at the beautiful view of the lake was our favourite time, planning what we were going to do for the day, sharing experiences and tips with other guests.

The hotel boat trip is something not to miss and we would highly recommend the island tour as you can decide which places you would like to return to. We made good use of the hotel bikes making trips to Lazise, Bardolino and Garda.

We would suggest you use the local bus for visiting towns on the eastern side of the lake due to the price hike on the boats. However trips across the lake to Salo and Gardone are not to be missed. One of our favourite days was spent in Malcesine and going up Monte Baldo in the cable car - stunning views.

It was my husband,s first visit to Lake Garda but he now loves it as much as I do. We had a lovely holiday and would like to thank the hotet staff and all the nice people we met during our stay for making it a memorable holiday. Don't let the outside appearance of the hotel put you off, it is a truely excellent well run hotel. Just one thing - we did have issues with poor internet reception and had to use local bar to download kindle.

Finally we would like to thank the chamber maids and domestic staff for the well kept hotel. The bedroom and bathroom were kept spotless, lovely fluffy towels, clean good quality bedding, changed whenever you requested it. Beach bag and towels, dressing gowns provided.

You cannot fail to have an enjoyable holiday on Lake Garda and The Sportsman has got to be one of the best hotels. Only problem - we had to come home!!

Room Tip: Lake view if posdible
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A wonderful hotel,
a great location twenty minutes walk to Garda and twenty five minutes to Bardolino, nice and flat and ideal if you like walking. The hotel has a minibus that will take you to Bardolino on request, they also provide a 31/2 hour lake tour free of charge. The food is fantastic, five sensibly sized courses and a good choice of wine in the evening and the breakfast was really good with fantastic coffee. The service is excellent and nothing is too much trouble for them. The pool was a little bit on the cold side but the lake was great for swimming and felt quite warm.We had a room with two windows and a side view of the lake. I would like to return and have a lake view with a sit out balcony. I read other reviews on here which were negative and I think they must have gone to a different hotel - everyone we met there had similar opinions to us about the quality of the hotel. Free wifi, pool towels and room safe were a bonus.

Room Tip: Go for a lake view wit ha balcony
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Graham E
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

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.

Room Tip: Room 201 overlooks the front lake view
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

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.

Room Tip: Lake views are the best if available.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

After his usual meticulous research, M booked this hotel for us (via Thomson Holidays) for a stay in late May 2017. We were not disappointed. Our greeting at reception was friendly and efficient. We were allocated room 103 which was a corner room with three Juliet balconies! We had paid for a lake view room and the outlook was stunning. We were half board and really enjoyed the dinner each evening - which was served at your table, apart from the salad bar and the desserts which were buffet style. (Watch out for the individual creme caramels which were to die for.). There was plenty of choice - including fish and vegetarian options. We did not eat all the courses - but that was fine with the friendly and efficient waiting staff. Jacopolo served us each evening - he was lovely! We were lucky to have beautiful weather for our stay so it was breakfast in the garden each morning with, again, those lake views. The breakfast buffet had plenty of choice and there was also a facility for freshly cooked eggs of your choice. The pool area was comfortable and M swam each day. There is also a small beach area with loungers and sun umbrellas. The hotel is located midway between Garda and Bardolino. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the Garda ferry terminal and about 20 mimutes to reach the one at Bardolino. (We walk fairly quickly.) The hotel offers a free trip on a sailing boat which takes about 25 people and wine is served during an approximate three hour cruise. To be recommended. We had a really super week at this peaceful and beautifully located hotel. We could not fault any of the staff. They were all helpful and friendly. They even noted my date of birth from my passport and I was presented with a small cake on my birthday - which occurred during the holiday. We hope to return tomthis truly delightful hotel.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Gardesana Dell'Acqua 17, 37011, Bardolino, Italy
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Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Bardolino
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bardolino
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bardolino
#16 Romantic Hotel in Bardolino
#18 Family Hotel in Bardolino
Price Range: RM645 - RM1,182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sportsman Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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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