Hotel Elda

Ledro Valley, Italian Lakes & Verona, Italy Book from

Style on a budget: rustic guesthouse goes eco-modern among the forests and frosted mountains north of ravishing Lake Ledro
In the same family since 1949, this once-traditional village inn might have continued thus for another half century. But son and heir (and art college graduate) Andrea had other ideas, inviting a team of architects to reinvent the old building and add a radical new extension - a geometry of glass and timber, with cubic decks of outdoor space and eco-friendly thinking. The result is gasthof-meets-design-hotel: the same family ethos (mum, dad, daughter, baby, three-legged cat) but with space-age bathrooms and Philippe Stark chairs.

Lenzumo's shiny newcomer sits among apple trees in the heart of the Concei Valley - an alpine landscape of lush farmland, tinkling cowbells, low half-timbered houses with a touch of the Tyrol. To the south, the road wiggles down to the petite Ledro, one of the least known and most picturesque of Italy’s northern lakes. A few miles to the north the road peters out, making tracks into deep, dark forests of pine. This is where you do the proper eco thing, and just get out and walk.


  • Stylish and contemporary rooms at affordable rates
  • A corner of undiscovered Trentino: lakes and mountains without the crowds
  • Five-star eco credentials - thermo insulation, solar energy and a low carbon footprint
  • Set in beautiful countryside, with views across open farmland to the snow-capped foothills of the Dolomites. There are mountain bikes to borrow, so you can easily get out and explore
  • A mini “bio spa” with a sauna, steam room and rainbow shower, plus a lovely outdoor pool


  • It's a bit out of the way - especially if you're looking for nightlife and bustle; Lenzumo is a quiet, rural village
  • Beyond the designer interiors, there’s nothing particularly hip about the hotel - think Birkenstock not Prada
  • The restaurant and dining room are over-lit and lack atmosphere, and the full-board plan is a tad regimented (although amazing value)
  • No twin rooms
  • There's a 10% surcharge for stays of less than 3 nights

Best time to go

Come in spring for the wild flowers and apple blossoms, in summer for warm weather, in autumn for auburn woodland scenery, and in winter for snowy mountains and cross-country skiing. The hotel is closed in February.

Our top tips

Ask for a room at the back if you want the best views, or at the front for all-day sun. And don't underestimate the changeability of the weather in and around the mountains; it's worth bringing a raincoat and a couple of sweaters, even in summer.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar (half-board available)
  • All ages welcome.
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available


The 17 rooms are spread across 3 types: Bio, Eco and Traditional. As the name suggests, the latter are more rustic, with a Heidi look, pine furniture and folksy checks reflecting their place in the older, original part of the building. The others are clean-cut and contemporary, and are the best ones to go for if you want the full-on design hotel experience.

The only Bio Room, a slightly more expensive mini-suite, is a fraction larger and has a lounge area with a sofa. But otherwise Bio and Eco Rooms share the same features and style: light and spacious, with kingsize platform beds, white linen, wooden floors, funky modern furniture, and full-height glass doors leading onto a balcony. The clean neutral palette is cheered by the odd dash of colour - perhaps a big canvas of abstract art (some painted by Andrea), red designer chairs or lime-green patio furniture.

All rooms have satellite TV, a minibar, a free internet connection and heating. We loved the nifty bathroom pods, space-age cubicles of misted glass housing a wet-room shower and a basin, set in the corner of each Eco and Bio Room. The loos are accessed via the shower, and have a separate door. Traditional Rooms have showers and/or bathtubs.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Most guests opt for half-board, which includes a continental breakfast buffet, an afternoon snack and a rustic-Italian 4-course table d’hôte dinner. Meals are served in a bright, functional dining room with views of the garden.

A typical dinner menu might include cold hors d’oeuvres (like prosciutto with melon), followed by a choice of 3 starters (risotto with mascarpone and green pepper, for example, or lasagna al forno), a choice of 3 main courses (perhaps grilled trout or veal with salami), and a selection of desserts or fresh fruit. Everything is made in-house, often from ingredients grown on the hotel’s own land.

If you want more choice, you can dine à la carte in the hotel's restaurant, a glass-fronted space with smart monochrome décor - rather incongruous in this otherwise quiet backwater. And thanks to a quirk of village life, the food is unusual, too: the Zoppirolli family (Andrea’s maternal relatives), along with most of the local population, were sent to Czechoslovakia during the First World War. Those who returned a few years later brought an Eastern European flavour to the regional cuisine, and this is the place to try it out.

Typical dishes include gnocchi Boemi, a kind of steamed gnocchi made from bread dough stuffed with prunes and served with sugar, cinnamon and butter, and gnocchi alle erbette, made with stale bread and wild spinach and served with cheese and caramelised onion. The adventurous might go for deer chops in blueberry sauce and dark chocolate; the more conventional, lamb cooked in aromatic herbs. Either way, it's an interesting culinary experience.

The hotel has a good wine list, and a small bar where you can sit and have a drink.

If you prefer to dine out, be warned that there is nothing much (other than basic bar food) this side of Pieve di Ledro. For recommendations further afield, ask at reception.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Half-board available
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: NEW 2013
Activity: Lake Ledro and Monte Cadria


  • Just step out of the hotel and keep going - the scenery around here is stunning and perfect for hiking (or just driving around, though there’s only one navigable road through the valley)
  • Borrow a mountain bike (available from reception) and head north up the Concei Valley, where narrow tracks lead into deep forest
  • It’s less than 10 minutes' drive down to the shores of Lake Ledro, where you can admire the views, fish, do woodland walks and, in summer, hire boats
  • The fit can try scaling some of the peaks in the Ledro Alps, the highest being Monte Cadria (not to be underestimated, at 2,253m)
  • Most people come for the tranquil natural landscapes, but for shopping and street life, head for Riva del Garda, about half an hour’s drive away
  • Riva is the northern gateway to Lake Garda and from the town's quays you can hop on a boat to lovely Limone, or take a ferry to Malcesine (where a cable car climbs up Monte Baldo, a green and sometimes snow-capped mountain that's 1,760m high)
  • Back in the Concei Valley, trekking, canyoning, climbing and paragliding are among the many outdoor sports which can be arranged by the hotel
  • In winter, the area is also a paradise for cross-country skiers
  • The hotel’s bio spa has a variety of treatments, including massages and aromatherapy

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Canyoning
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing
  • Trekking
  • Well being


Children are very welcome, and there's a lovely playroom with books and games, as well as an outdoor pool and mountain bikes to borrow. Kids under 3 can stay in their parents' room for free, and rollaway beds and cots are available on request.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Playroom
  • Outdoor pool
  • Mountain bikes to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Pedalos and boats to hire on Lake Ledro
  • Boat trips from Riva del Garda
  • Cable-car rides from Malcesine on Lake Garda
  • Climbing and canyoning for older kids

Kid Friendly:

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