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Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

July 29, 2012
Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Being a long time traveller and now travel writer, I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels, hotels and rental flats. Over time, they all become a bit of a blur with none really standing out more than another.

But now there’s a certain hotel, that I can’t get out of my mind. It’s beautiful, peaceful and inviting. One one night there was not enough and I find myself yearning to return. Maybe it’s because I like pretty things, romantic places and being treated like a princess. And who doesn’t like that?

So which hotel was able to capture my heart? Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy which rests on the shores of Lake Iseo.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

A small family run hotel, it’s neither too large nor too small. You immediately feel at home when you’re welcomed by the friendly and courteous staff at their small front desk. Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

There’s also a cozy lounge area where you can eat a meal, use the Internet and borrow a book from their little library. Had I more time there, I would have curled up in a chair and read for a while.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

My room was tastefully decorated with neutral tones and pastel colours. It was feminine, chic and accented nicely with cute throw pillows and a patterned chair. I especially loved the soft white terry cloth robe, which I wore while standing on my terrace drinking prosecco.  Yes indeed, life was good at that exact moment.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Then there was those unforgettable views of Lake Iseo from my terrace. Can you now see why it was so tough to leave Hotel Rivalago?

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

As if the inside wasn’t lovely enough, the outdoor eating and pool areas were stunning. Imagine having breakfast here while watching the early morning sunrise!

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago in Sulzano, Italy.

Hotel Rivalago is perfect for someone (like me) looking for solitude and inspiration, a couple wanting a romantic getaway or discerning travellers looking for a refined hotel experience in Lake Iseo.

Tips – be sure to book ahead during high season so you can get a room with a view of the lake. While my room had a small terrace, other ones have larger ones complete with lounge chairs. Wifi’s available, but is painfully slow. Cars and boats are also available for rent.

Hotel Rivalago
Via Luigi Cadorna, 7, 25058 Sulzano Brescia, Italy
+39 030 985011
http://www.rivalago.com/ 


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* Disclosure – My stay at the Rivalogo Hotel was complimentary, courtesy of Brescia Tourism. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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  • Reply Don Faust July 30, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Wow, very nice! Looks like a home. I especially like the lit bookcase.

  • Reply Jarmo July 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    That looks beautiful and peaceful

    • Reply Cheryl Howard July 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      @Don – Me too! I can picture a leisurely evening sitting there reading a book!

      @Jarmo – For sure. I hope I can make it back there someday.

  • Reply Dean July 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Wow. This hotel looks like it has a lot of character…and what a view!

  • Reply Andrea July 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Wow – gorgeous! Would love to stay somewhere like this in Italy – so romantic

    • Reply Cheryl Howard July 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      @Dean – For sure! That view is certainly hard to beat.

      @Andrea – You and John should head there for a romantic time away.:)

  • Reply Matti August 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I stayed in this hotel last year some nights with my wife. I 100% agree with what Cheryl is writing. I would like to add that the breakfast was exellent and the prices are reasonable.
    The view from the room is really stunning.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      @Matti – Thanks for your comment. I’m so happy that we can share our love for this really beautiful hotel with the rest of the world! 🙂

  • Reply Ayngelina August 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    What an absolutely gorgeous place, I love all of the white.

  • Reply Cheryl Howard August 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    @Ayngelina – Me too! I want to return oh so badly.

  • Reply Rob August 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    The pool shot the 3rd from the bottom looks divine.

  • Reply Cheryl Howard August 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    @Rob – Thanks … divine certainly is a good word to describe the place!

  • Reply The Travel Chica August 9, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Love the simple, yet elegant decor. And that view! Wow!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      @The Travel Chica – Agree and agree. I could live waking up to that view almost everyday.

  • Reply Jane Ward August 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I totally agree, the Rivalago is a very special place in a simply stunning setting, I’ve been organising a painting holiday there for over six years and every year it only gets better.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      @Jane – How amazing! And such a great thing to look forward to each year. 🙂

  • Reply Spencer August 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Looks like a great place to stay in. Loving the view.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard August 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      @Spencer – Thanks! I love this hotel with all of my heart. Hope to make my way back there someday. 🙂

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