My wife and I stayed at the Aurora for 4 nights at the beginning of May. The hotel is small family run and spread over three floors (without lift). It is well situated in in the heart of the town in a small square which is surrounded by shops bars and restaurants. Although our ensuite room was small, it was on the top floor and at the rear of the building so we weren't troubled by any noise form the bars and restaurants in the square. The bed was large and comfy and although the en suite was tiny, the shower was hot and powerful enough, even though the bracket holding the shower arm itself was broken. The breakfast was 'contintental' based but included bread, croissants butter and jams; yoghurt, cheese and hams with boiled eggs offered; fruit juice and coffee or tea (although the italians have yet to learn the art of english tea). The proprietor and his family were all extremely welcoming and helpful throughout our stay and, as like a previous reviewer, we had an early departure and a special breakfast on a tray was prepared the night before, incuding coffee in thermos, fruit juice, croissants, and jams. As the hotel itself is small, the rooms can suffer from the bathrooms of one room being adjacent to the bedrooms of others - but as long as everyone staying there is considerate (and has similar timings with their abluting habits) its all fine (we did however suffer one night with our nearest neighbour - Brits). Malcesine is a great resort for a short break. We had some great pasta - especially at the nearby restaurant Aristotle (again family run with small menu (only really fresh salad to start and the husband making fresh pasta or pizza dishes to order). There are many small bars scattered throughout and along the alley ways and passages, with good beers and wines. Unsurprisingly (I suppose given its proximity to Austria) there is a strong germanic prescence amongst the tourists, represented by signs and menus given in german as often as itailian and weissbier being almost the tipple of choice. The journey up the mountain on the gondola is well worth the trip (some great views and walks) and its easy to get across and around the lake, particularly to Limone (almost opposite). Overall we were able to find many places where the prices were surprisingly low - providing great value for money at a time when the euro is so strong against the pound. And finally (on the matter of money) we can confirm that there is one ATM situated at the harbour (close to the ferry ticket office) - as this seems to have been a concern expressed by others in the forum.
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- Albergo Aurora Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy
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