The hotel we usually stay in on Lake Garda was booked for our dates, so we had to choose another one. We picked Caminetto because the rooms from the brochure looked decent, the price was decent, and the location was super.
It is located right where you enter Torbole on a street just off the roundabout. You can see it as you descend the hill from Nago. There isn't much space for parking; 3 tiny spaces out front and a garage below. We couldn't get into the garage when we got there because it was full. Lucky for us, there was a spot to cram our car into out front. We parked it there and never moved it again until we left Torbole.
We could walk everywhere we needed to go; lakefront, Coop grocery, restaurants, and plenty of shops. We were in Torbole to ride our bikes, so we started our rides from the hotel.
The only person that spoke english was a man that seemed to only work in the mornings. Not overly friendly, but checked us out of our room willingly when I had to hunt him down from his kitchen duties.
We had requested a room on the top floor and received it. Typical small room with 2 twin beds pushed together, small desk, chair, bedside tables, safe, area to hang clothes, and a small flatscreen tv mounted high up on the wall w/remote. Adequate bathroom with moderate lighting, usual Italian tiny shower, and a large sink.
Nice feature was the wall facing the outside of the bldg composed of 3 large glass doors that each opened up to the faux balcony. I noticed the 2nd floor rooms had balconies which were actually large enough to use with chairs. 3rd floor balconies are more for decoration from the outside.
These doors allowed alot of light to enter the room and you could look past the hotel out the windows to the tops of the mountains towering above. The windows do look right at the next hotel, but we weren't in the room much, so it didn't bother us.
The bed was very uncomfortable, hard, and small. And the wall butted up next to the bathroom next door, so we could hear our neighbor in the bathroom. But our earplugs, which we always travel with, helped get us through those episodes.
The hotel was slightly "tired" looking inside, even though it was allegedly remodeled in 2004. There is one small elevator, which is pretty slow. You can't be in a hurry.
The morning breakfast did not start until 8am. It was composed of the typical Italian breakfast of hard rolls, thin sliced meats, cheese, fruit, and a choice of some cereals, milk, juice, and coffee. We don't enjoy these type breakfasts. But that's all you're going to get in a hotel like this in Italy.
We chose the hotel for the location primarily, so it did not fail us in that regard. The only reason we'd stay here again is if we can't get into the place we usually stay. I'm keeping that little gem a secret.
For Torbole and Riva del Garda, we think it's best to get an apartment if you can. You can fix the type meals you like, and have the option to eat a meal at the place your staying if you don't want to cook. It's a very cost saving feature in my opinion.
We normally go to Torbole in late Sept, Oct, or early May which is a less crowded time. This time we were there for the first week of September, and it was much too crowded for our taste. We probably will not go back again during high season, or even mid season. It's a different experience if you go during low season.
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