Brochure states all rooms have lake views, not so as trees and shrubs hides the lake views. We requested another room and the staff did oblige.
The food in 2007 was in our opinion 4* but this time only 3*. The buffet selection on breakfast was limited and catered mainly for the European type of breakfast i.e continental breakfast.
The evening meals were satisfactory but again limited on selection.
We found that the wines served on the evenings were expensive when especially the sister hotel the Christina were giving free carafes of wine to there guests with there meals.
The hotel overall is still one that we would return to
and hope that it would compare favourably with the visit we had in 2007.
Travel operator: First Choice
Maid service was excellent and rooms were very clean. Hotel was full but quiet as there were almost no kids about (term time) (which was nice as we were having a break from ours for a few days!).
There's a 5 minute free ride on the hourly bus from the hotel to Limone town centre (or a 20 minute walk down a steep hill). Limone is a very quiet sleepy town with plenty of cafes/restaurants on the harbour front. Regular high-speed boats take you to the other towns on the lake.
We went half-board and the buffet food was OK, but seemed to cater mainly for the large number of German tourists (i.e. very plain food - meat/potatoes/veg - large variety of salad - bit of seafood or pasta) not much proper Italian food though. - waiters very good and with a good sense of humour!
On the downside... the Air-con didn't work at all in the room (and it was about 35-38 Celsius!) and half of the light bulbs and switches were either broken or faulty. There was a safety deposit box in the room but you had to pay a 30 euro deposit to use it.
Night time views across Lake Garda were almost as good as those from Sorrento across the bay of Naples :))
I would recommend both the hotel and the town to anyone looking for a quiet getaway - few kids - no Townies (cos there's no nightlife to speak of) - just a relaxing atmosphere.
Travel operator: Success Tours
The rooms were not quite as 4* as I expected (but then I haven't stayed in a 4* before):-
1) there were stains on the carpet (looked like someone had cracked open a bottle of wine, spilled it and it had not been properly cleaned)
2) the double bed was really a twin - 2 singles held together (but still with the gap down the middle!)
3) bathrobe and slippers were advertised but we only got a stiff towelling robe and no slippers.
Otherwise the rooms were fine - decent bathroom, TV, minibar/fridge, in-room safe (at no extra cost) and bottle of asti spumante, water and fruit on arrival, plus stunning vista from the balcony!
The grounds were lovely, very green, lots of shrubbery and flowers, including a cactus garden. 2 large exterior pools and 1 fantastic warm indoor pool.
Bar with 'entertainment' (singer and piano - not our cup of tea). Table tennis, giant outdoor chess set, Internet and newspapers (both extra charge).
Reception staff helpful and they can arrange excursions - we got a trip to Venice provided free because we were on honeymoon!
Although lack of communication with their head office about this and a 5% early booking discount I was entitled to - I had to produce various email confirmations to prove both these things - the hotel staff weren't aware! I thought they should have been informed.
Food nice (but then I ain't that fussy!), buffet style, fair amount of choice and different courses, staff helpful, most drinks cost extra (apart from a kind of pink orange juice provided free at dinner and some days asti spumante provided free at breakfast!), restaurant got full though some nights if you didn't go early.
Overall, I would definitely visit the hotel again if I had to (but I'm the kind of person who likes to visit different places, not the sort who'd go back to the same place year on year!)
Travel operator: none (self-booked!)
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