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!!
- 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