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Hotel Val di Sogno
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Val di Sogno 16, 37018 Malcesine, Italy   |  
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Ranked #10 of 73 Hotels in Malcesine
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14 hotel reviews
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“Most amazing trip of my life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We were here in May of 2004 & it was outstanding! We had arranged to be married in the Castello & Silvia & Michaelo made sure our stay was unforgettable! Nine yrs later & I think of them daily!!! Food was great, accommodations satisfactory, & the hospitality unbeatable!!! Thank u, thank u! We will be back next yr for our 10 yr anniversary :)

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed just one night when delayed near Lake Garda by a vehicle breakdown. The accommodation and location were very good and we were well pleased with our room (except that the hair dryer did not work). However, dinner was a very different matter. There appeared to be a very good a la carte menu available but the only offering to visitors on dinner, room and breakfast terms was a very limited set menu. When I saw the written menu, I thought that, for a four star hotel, it would turn out better than it looked. It didn't. The general impression both for quality and presentation resembled a British two star hotel in the 1960s. First was the buffet of salads. It was just that - a choice of basic salads. There were no special items with some originality or perhaps fish content - with the sole exception of a bowl of quite good small artichokes. The next course was a choice of pasta or fruit juice (fruit juice as a starter in the UK went out in the 1970s). It was just a pile of pasta in the middle of a plate. Nothing special nor any attempt at appealing presentation. The main course offered a choice of fillet of Sea Bream (widely farmed nowadays and therefore probably the cheapest option they could find), Chicken (well known to be the cheapest meat) or Frikadele of Minced Meat (minced meat can be anything and is certainly a very cheap option). We had the Chicken which was just some pieces of chicken with sauce over it in the middle of a plate. It was OK but nothing special. Here again there was no attempt at appealing presentation. A bowl with broccoli and potatoes was also placed on the table. The desert choice was just Coffee and Cream Pudding, Ice Cream or cheese. Knowing the excellent reputation of Italian ice cream we both chose this. We received three scoops each of assorted flavours (their choice - were not asked what flavours we wanted) in a china bowl of average quality ice cream - not the superb ice cream one expects in Italy. If you go to any basic bar or cafe in Italy and order ice cream you will be offered a choice of flavours of excellent quality, magnificently served in a glass probably with some cream and other garnish.

The breakfast the next morning was buffet style and just about satisfactory. However, here again it certainly did not particularly impress for what is supposed to be a four star hotel.

The hotel was expensive but if the food had matched the quality of the accommodation it could have been considered good value. My "average" rating is based on very good accommodation and very poor food. Italy is supposed to be one of the great countries of the world for food. It can be, but if you want good food avoid the Val di Sogno.

Room Tip: All rooms are lake front - probably little difference between them.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed at the hotel for the last week in September just before the end of the season. Our room was very spacious with a balcony overlooking the lake. The breakfast was the usual continental style but also with a small choice of hot food that was cooked to perfection. Definately worth booking half board as the restaurant food was excellant and if there was nothing suitable on the menu they were happy to cook something especially for you. The only small thing is that dinner is between 7.30 & 8.30 so quite early for us & service a little rushed. Reception booked a tour for us which was added to our bill being very helpful to us. The walk into Malcesine is a good 30 mins which is fine on a dry day but less so in the rain especially on the way back from a night out. There is a tourist bus available but it could be more frequent.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Everything about this hotel was lovely. We were very impressed. Gorgeous rooms overlooking the lake. Excellent food. Plentiful and varied breakfast. Set menu for dinner on half board but really good. Friendly helpful and smart staff. The walk into Malcesine is lovely, a cobbled path along the lake shore. Great for an after dinner evening stroll. Takes around 25 minutes but didnt seem like it as it is so pretty. We had a Splendid room which was really nice with a great bathroom and fantastic shower. Sheets changed every couple of days and nice toiletries and beach towels (handy for that limited room in your suitcase). Missed the beach but was overall a great holiday. The cable car up Monte Baldo is not to be missed. What superlative views. (as are the lovely sunsets from the balcony of the rooms). Thoroughly recommend..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chelmsford, essex
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Myself and my wife got married at Malcesnie castle in May and stayed at the maximillian. We many other quests staying at the hotels around the lake, but none of them matched the Val di sogno, except maybe the maximillian.. The location is quiet and the views are stunning. We hada balcony which looked straight across the pool and lakes.

The hotel was quiet in may which is what we really wanted. We stayed half board and the food was petty good. They had a set menu which yoyu could choose from. Remember most of Garda is pretty expensive to eat out, so for the money it was worth paying for half board. that said we like to get out and about, so only ate there three times during our 7 day stay.

The staff are really friendly and happy to help with all arrangements. The reception staff also came in handy when trying to find out way around when we first arrived.

The hotel is a fair walk from the main harbour area, but Garda is not a beach holiday and walking is the best way to see the beautiful lake and real daily Garda life.

Overall I would definatly recomend this hotel to anyone visiting lake Garda!!

Room Tip: If you are on your honeymoon or getting married at the castle inform the staff and they will provide...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We actually were at Val di Sogno in July 2011 but cant add before sept on Trip ... regardless.... Val Di Sogno was a super hotel. Up to that point we had rarely stayed in a hotel, preferring self catering so for a 'new to us' experience Val Di Sogno was great.
Our room overlooked the lake and indeed we felt we could touch it almost from our balcony. To be so near the water was relaxing and romantic. We could watch brides who landed on the nearby jetty, walk to their reception - truly different.
The staff were very good and were efficient without being intrusive. We were half board and the food was good, especally the breakfasts. The walk from the hotel to Malcesine was not at all tiring, walking along the lakeside became part of the holiday. Travel around the lake was easy - a trip to Limone is highly recommended and also Verona if you get the opportunity or other trips - can't imagine any trip around this wonderful part of Italy would not be lovely.
We will visit the other Lakes as we love Italy but we do intend to go back to Garde and will stay at the Val di Sogno - hope thats recommendation in itself?!

Room Tip: You must overlook the Lake - great even in a thunderstorm - amazing!!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We stayed here for our honeymoon in June! On our arrival we had been upgraded to one of their best rooms, on the ground floor with a huge bedroom, massive bathroom and large balcony, very private as it was towards the end of the hotel! Our shower was immense, the size of three normal showers with a huge picture window looking onto the lake. Being a family run hotel meant staff were very friendly and attentive! Meals were fab, over 7 nights we only had one starter we didn't like. ( we were half board)
A few things I would point out. The hotel is a good(but pleasent) 25 minute walk along the water front, which includes a large hill! Not a ten minute stroll, although we found this a good thing as val di Sogno is far nicer than malcesine!
The hotel itself is very popular with German families so if you like to go somewhere with lots of Brits this may not be the place for you.
We loved our stay at the hotel and would recommend and would go back.
Pool was fantastic btw!

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Val di Sogno 16, 37018 Malcesine, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Malcesine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Malcesine
#3 Luxury Hotel in Malcesine
#14 Romantic Hotel in Malcesine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Val di Sogno 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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Val Di Sogno Malcesine
Hotel Val Di Sogno Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

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