What a great choice of hotel this was, on the outskirts of beautiful Malcesine, on Lake Garda.
Yes, the hotel is uphill, a 20min steady walk from the Cable Car Station, but it well worth it to stay in such a lovely and very well run hotel.
They provide a shuttle bus at certain times, but it is just a small mini bus with around 8 seats.
The local 'Tourist Bus' is a very useful alternative though, mainly on the return journey up from town. It takes a one way circular route... 30mins down the way, 10mins back up. 2 euros.
The hotel is spotless and set in stunning gardens, with pools in three locations. All very peaceful and relaxing.
The rooms up in the annex building are huge, with great views over the lake.
No access issues.
Great food every day.
Excellent offer of free beer and wine at meal times, as well as a complimentary lunch on three days of the week.
Free coffee and biscuits at 4pm too.
The main pool at the hotel is great for a swim, if rather cool. I used it every day.
Take a cold shower, then just get in the pool . Lessens the shock.
Great staff, both at reception and dining room.
Cleaners do a great job also.
Malcesine is a great base for the north side of the lake.
Boats to Limone and Garda Del Riva are available at the main harbour.
Stunning rock scenery as the boat travels up the far side of the lake towards Riva.
The cable car up to Monte Baldo is at the bottom of the road from the hotel.
It gets very busy... Go early, or late in the afternoon, to avoid the worst of the queues.
Well worth the wait to see the fabulous views and watch the Paragliders taking off from the flat top.
Plenty of mountain paths go over the summits from the top Station too.
I used one of them to get to the high point of the ridge at 2,200mtrs. Brilliant sunny morning and amazing Alpine vistas were the reward for my early start.
Five Star holiday and a great place to enjoy it all from.
Highly recommended, and I would not hesitate to return.
Lake Garda is a very beautifull part of northern Italy.
Malcesine is a beautiful old town, with its narrow, cobbled streets, which wind down to the lakeside. Magic !
My 3rd trip to Italy this year... Skiing in March, Sorrento in June, then here in Garda during September.
Every trip brilliant in this beautiful and sunny country.
Spent a week on half board late September. Booked a delux room which was located in the newer buildings behind the main hotel on the first level. Note...to access this building it was via a walkway, although it was covered it was open to the elements at both sides and could be a little cold and windy during inclement times. Walking fairly briskly it took about 4 mins to walk from our room at the far end of level 5 to the restaurant. On the positive side it was very quiet,
The room was very comfortable two large beds, sofa bed, table and chairs and had a nice large balcony that looked out to the lake. It was cleaned well daily and the sheets were changed mid week. Toiletries were provided, shower/shampoo, body lotion, shower caps, however no tea and coffee facilties(we took our own supplies and travel kettle) or tissues.
Wifi connection was very intermittent and was charged at 1 euro per day for each appliance.
Food was plentiful and a good variety both breakfast and dinner, it was quite crowded at times, but the staff kept food replenished and cleared things away very efficiently. It was good that drinks were included with the meals.
The staff on the reception were very helpful and efficient.
Have just returned from a 7 day late deal stay with TUI. Was a wonderful holiday thanks to the staff at this hotel. Although the room was a bit outdated it made up for it with space and a lovely big verandah overlooking the pool. Luckily it was quiet because of the time of year. The food was varied, plentiful and tasty for a buffet and the chefs and waiting staff kept replenishing when it was getting low. The staff at this hotel are superb from the hotel manager to the cleaners. The reception and waiting staff must get a special thank you especially Sara,Valentina and the young man at reception, together with all the staff in the restaurant especially Giuseppe,Sabrina and Kristina. Thank you all. We will definitely return
We had stayed in this hotel as a base when we got married in malcesine and a lot of the wedding party also stayed here.
Very pleasant and friendly staff that went above and beyond at numerous times during our stay.
Breakfast was a buffet style with a massive selection of both hot and cold goods. This breakfast selection was among the best I’ve seen.
There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the superior room that we were in and there was a daily charge on the safe. This should be kept in mind.
One thing to consider when staying at this hotel is the distance from the town itself. It is about 1.5km which isn’t bad however it has a relatively steep incline. This is fine for going into town but coming back is a large effort.
Shuttle bus service wasn’t quite as frequent as we would have liked. It was 6 times a day each way with 2 hour breaks between approx. it was a 7 seater bus so sometimes multiple trips were made when it was a busy run such as the 10am run. There was the potential to be waiting a good while for this.
Other than the distance and the shuttle frequency, this is a really good hotel with great facilities and lovely views and friendly and helpful staff and I would highly recommend staying here.
We went here as my two sisters said how good the hotel and especially the food was when they were there. When we arrived we were disappointed with how old the room looked and it was north facing with not much view and no sun. That evening we went for our first meal and we were initially impressed with the set up. But when we bit into the pizza it was cold and the meats were tasteless and chewy. This set the scene for the rest of the week; it looks good, looks impressive, you can have as much as you like but it was tasteless. When we ate in Malcesine we were equally disappointed paying dear for meals that were just ok and the hotel food didn't seem so bad.
We found the distance from the old town not suiting us even though we didn't mind paying for the bus. Every evening we went to bed early as it wasn't worth walking in and out of the old town and the hotel entertainment wouldn't be our thing.
The hotel grounds are excellent. The hotel cleaners and waiters/ waitresses were hard working and friendly. Especially Giuseppe! He really is the best waiter we have ever had. Well done Giuseppe! Older female waitress talks loudly across several tables to waiters.
Staff accommodated us arriving back from Venice just after 8.30pm. We hadn't had any dinner so it was much appreciated.
I think this hotel would probably be ideal for a family holiday if you intend to stay mostly in the hotel. It just wasn't for us.
Our best day out was hiring a moped in Riva from Motoragazzi. Check them out for a fantastic day out.