Set in a beautiful neoclassical villa, this intimate hillside hideaway offers romantic charm and stunning panoramas of Lake Garda.
Built more than 100 years ago for a wealthy industrialist, the graceful fin-de-siècle Villa del Sogno still feels like a private retreat. Wandering around its elegant rooms, strolling in the verdant nine-acre grounds - complete with neoclassical temples - or lingering on the elevated east-facing terrace, you can still sense what it was like here in those early days. The buildings have been sensitively restored, brought into the 21st-century without losing their character, and new additions such as the pool and spa haven’t been allowed to spoil the exclusive ambience of the place.
Everything here revolves around the stunning views over Lake Garda, especially the all-round ones from the vast terrace that runs the length of the villa. It’s here that breakfast is served, and you can have lunch, dinner and drinks sitting out here, too, enjoying the smell of roses and citrus blossoms. There are inspiring viewpoints dotted around the large garden, where the vistas are framed by rare botanical specimens. Even the sun loungers around the swimming pool have been positioned to make the most of the soul-soothing scenery.
The 32 rooms and suites are individually decorated in a traditional style using a rich, warm palette, period furniture and oriental rugs. If you don’t mind not being able to see the lake from your accommodation, Standard Mountainside Rooms have views of the densely planted parkland instead. You get a glimpse of the water from the Standard Side Lake View Room, but to appreciate Lake Garda in all its glory it’s worth choosing a Standard Lake View Room or even a Superior Room with Terrace. You can also gaze out at sparkling blue from the windows of the Junior Suite, which has a spacious sitting and dining area.
In Gardone Riviera on the western slopes of Lake Garda, close to Maderno
Good to know
A tourist tax is payable at this hotel.
32 rooms and suites
Restaurant, pool bar/restaurant, bar
Breakfast at Restaurant Maximilian
*Denotes local charge