UPGarda Hotels: history of hospitality
since 1885 on Lake Garda

since 1885
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The history of a hotel can tell you a lot about the kind of hospitality you will find during your stay and that is why we decided to tell you ours.

We were born as an inn in Austria because this was indeed an Austrian territory in the 19th century.
We got our first license as an inn in 1885.

Customs clearance was on the border with the Kingdom of Italy near Nago and our inn was on the main road to Lake Garda. We offered catering services, a few rooms to guests and fodder to their horses.

In 1896 we took on the name "Gastaus zu den 2 Gänsen" ("The two geese tavern").
We have had very different people passing through us: from travelers with few and simple demands to high-ranking members of the Habsburg Court. For some as well as others, we are a place to feel welcomed in a friendly and familiar way.

The Hapsburg court, passing by the then winter residence of Arco (5km from us), used to stop right in Nago to eat and taste our muscatel.
At that time, Girolamo Zanella had vineyards and the muscatel he produced was renowned in the Vienna court.
During the First World War, Girolamo's son, Carlo Zanella, carried on and consolidated the tradition of hospitality. After the war, our "Gastaus zu den 2 Gänsen" became part of Italian territory. We then enlarged the structure by building two floors of rooms.

When the fascist regime came to power, foreign writings on signs were banned. So, our hotel took on the family name and became "Hotel Zanella". But we did not want to erase the symbol of our history of hospitality and so, you will find the two geese and other geese in a row above on the external facade till today.
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Unfortunately, after the Second World War, Hotel Zanella was partially destroyed. Despite this, a strong and tenacious will and the ability to use the few resources in the right way allowed us to start again. In fact, not only did we repair the serious damage to our hotel, we also expanded it. Rooms were created with the annexed services (optional at the time) and a third floor was built.

Our grandfather, Nino Zanella, then continued his adventure, helped first by his mother, and then by his wife. He also began to act as a consultant and interpreter for the first great German pioneers of tourism, having the good fortune to know multiple languages.

In 1985 the hotel management passed to the hands of his daughter Sabine, who, together with her new family, completely renovated the hotel in 1999 thereby making it a 3-star hotel. The geese on the facade were restored to their splendor and some features that recall the roots of our hospitality were preserved.

By early 2020 it was time to make a real UP GRADE FOR YOUR STAY, because today's art of hospitality cannot be separated from an increasingly welcoming environment.
17 rooms were renovated and enlarged with a style that is both vintage and modern at the same time and in addition, we are completing the wellness area with a heated outdoor whirlpool.
Our history taught us how to welcome you in the best possible way; offer you a stay in a comfortable and functional structure; lets you taste the best products of the Lake Garda area.

We did not lose Grandpa Nino's spirit in acting as "consultants", that is, giving advice on beautiful excursions to go on and speaking multiple languages to make you feel at home all the time.

The name epOche HOTEL ZANELLA, with the inevitable reference to the GEESE, reminds us of our sense of belonging and love for hospitality, not learned today but inherited over time.

Now the same spirit is being put back into Hotel Olivo in Arco which was taken over in 2006 and forms the UPGARDA HOTELS group together with the epOche HOTEL ZANELLA.
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We are "UPGARDA" because we offer you a superior service made up of:

  • Attention to details and your needs, thanks to family management
  • Attention and respect for the environment
  • Passion for Trentino’s food and wine
  • Excellent knowledge of the most beautiful places and routes in the Alto Garda area
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitization of the premises
So, UP GRADE YOUR STAY: give yourself a superior stay.

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