Above: Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda, Gargnano, Italy

Remarkable Returns: Hotel Revisits of the Year

View from the Lake Garda, Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano

Although we are always on the lookout for promising new hotels and resorts, a key part of our mission is revisiting previous recommendations to ensure that standards of service and accommodation remain high. This duty, it must be said, is usually more of a pleasure.

While it pains us to occasionally discover that a once-loved property no longer meets our standard, more often we relish our return. After all, the Andrew Harper Collection contains the best luxury hotels in the world, and it would be a shame if we experienced each only once.

A change in ownership or management, member complaints or significant renovations might trigger an anonymous re-review of a recommended hotel. And sometimes, we simply can’t resist going back. The following properties were our favorite revisits of the past year.

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli

Lake Garda, Italy

Al Lago Premium Suite, Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda

New owners acquired this longtime recommendation since our last visit over a decade ago, and that was all the excuse I needed. Its 20 accommodations are divided among an ornate neo-Gothic main villa and several outbuildings, all sandwiched between towering cliffs and Lake Garda. The unfailingly gracious service, the small number of guests and the ability to drink or dine wherever we liked made us feel like we were guests of a fabulously wealthy friend. Wherever I found myself on the property — whether breakfasting on the lake-view loggia, sipping Franciacorta in a lounger on a dock, reclining beside the striking pool, having a Michelin two-star meal on the dining terrace or taking a digestif in a candlelit, frescoed lounge — I didn’t want to be anywhere else. Rooms in the main building of Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli are most popular, but the villa-like Boat House is the real star. For those who can afford it, it’s one of the loveliest accommodations in Italy.