"Idyllic Lakeside Hotel --we'll be back! "
We loved staying at Hotel Giardinetto. We knew we were getting a double room with lake views, but when we arrived we were thrilled to find that our room (named Charlotte) not only had superb views, it had three little patios overlooking the lake, a kitchenette, two sofas, and two bathrooms! The kitchenette was equipped with a stove, a tea kettle, a small fridge, plates, wine glasses, etc. (We could’ve easily cooked meals there but ate out every meal instead.) The Queen-sized bed was very comfortable and the room was perfectly quiet, except for on our last night, when there was a thunderstorm. ;-) We also loved the refreshingly quirky decor--a change from the anodyne hotel decor you find in many U.S. hotels. We enjoyed two dinners at the restaurant, which also faces the lake. Both meals were memorably good: I recall an enormous super-fresh green salad (served with high-quality olive oil, of course, and balsamic vinegar), one of the richest, tastiest risottos I’ve ever had, and a substantial cheese plate with an unforgettable Taleggio. The service at the restaurant was excellent; I’ll never forget the kind Sicilian waiter who taught us how to properly eat the large prawns, shell and all. The wine choices by the glass were excellent and reasonably priced (5-6 Euro) and my husband loved his mojito, which we enjoyed during aperitivo on the outdoor patio.
We loved staying here and are already plotting our next trip to Lago d’Orta so we can return to Giardinetto!
Traveller from Portland, OR