Villa Arcadio Hotel, Lake Garda

It’s not just the splendour of the building and its wonderful, far reaching views over Lake Garda that make the Villa Arcadio such a delightful, secret find.
It’s  the joy and warmth that  Finnish owner, Jaana, brings to her hotel that makes one feel so utterly relaxed and infinitely welcome.
Not once did I walk in from exploring the gorgeous town of Salo, stretched around the placid lake, without Jaana greeting me with her smile and offering an aperitif, or a sauna, or whatever assistance she could. Nothing is too much trouble.
So very soon you’ve settled into this converted monastery, with vaulted ceilings, painted white beams, and glass walls which let the light flood in, and made it your home from home.
The 18-room boutique hotel is filled with stylish artefacts hand picked from Finland and across Italy, the glasses, sculptures, paintings and sofas.
I loved my room with its crisp cotton sheets, perfect pillows and deliciously comfortable bed.
Below my window was a grassy slope of vines and olives trees, and beyond that the glistening lake and surrounding mountains, all quite sublime when you open your curtains first thing in the morning.

The restaurant is fabulous, with fresh home grown produce, delicious breakfast eggs still warm from their hens, and impeccable service. I had a top class dinner here and the best one in Salo.
What more could you want for a weekend break from London.
I went in autumn when the walk to Salo was filled with birdsong and spectacular russet coloured trees.
A serene town, Salo seems to float on the lake and reflect its Palazzos on the glassy surface in the soft light.
Boats bob on the water, fishermen gaze into the distance, locals walk their dogs, and the women look as stylish as ever.
Only down the road from Milan the shopping is ultra good for a tiny town and had me hooked, in spite of concerns over how to get all my  new clothes into a weekend suitcase.
Needless to say I managed, and ended up carrying far more than one coat I can tell you!

Via Palazzino 2, Salo (00 39 0365 42281)

10 Responses to “Villa Arcadio Hotel, Lake Garda”

  1. Desiree Judes Says:

    Sharon certainly makes the town of Salo and particularly the Villa Arcadio a “must” on your to do list. Salo’s appeal is that it captures perfectly the ambience and quaintness of a typical Italian town but also enjoys the sophistication of nearby Milan. The beauty and character of Salo is described magnificently in Sharon’s writing as is the special, personal attention guests receive at Villa Arcadio.

  2. Clement Palozzi Says:

    Sharon I felt so at home reading this. Amazing review I must say I agree with Desiree it has got to be a” must “when visiting the northen part of my home country.

  3. Brian Murphy Says:

    Hi Sharon. As usual I find that your recommendations for hotels make them so alluring and this one is no exception. The Villa Arcadio Hotel will definitely be on my list for next year.

  4. Marilyn Says:

    What an inviting review . I really love your vivid descriptions of the place . It makes one feel like they’re living the experience with you. I’ll definitely include this as a stop in my next European trip. Thanks for making my planning so easy . Can’t wait for the next review.

  5. Edmond Says:

    Dear Sharon,
    you’ve picked up the finest once again!
    After reading your comments, I’m thrilled at the perspective of going to explore Lake Garda. In my overall experience, I value a lot staying in a nice hotel with a friendly atmosphere. Villa Arcadio sounds exactly like what I’m looking for: old stones with a history, beautiful surroundings, good food, and welcoming patrons.
    Villa Arcadio, here I come !!!

  6. Pat Squair Says:

    What a wonderful description of Villa Arcadio. I have fallen in love with it without even being there. I saw the film A Summer by the Lake and since that time have had a passion to get to a place similar. This sounds even better than that. I am planning on getting there when in Europe, good food, warm patrons and lovely surroundings. It is on my list! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. Irene Bell Says:

    Your descriptive review brings this idyllic venue to life, beckoning the reader to sample its delights. What a perfect place for a honeymoon or utterly relaxing holiday.

  8. Peter Abrahams Says:

    I’m glad their are people like you who take the time to let others know about such idyllic places. This sounds like a place that must be visited… and soon!

  9. David Nile Says:

    As I look out over the English countryside with the wind and rain lashing against the windows, it brings great cheer to read about this wonderful peaceful setting. I long to be there. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. More Here Says:

    Definitely one of the top blogs on the web.

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