Italy is one of the places that before you visit for the first time, you wonder if the hype around the beauty of the lakes and the great food can be true. I have just returned from a week here from the 14th to 21st of September and I can honestly say the hotel and the location completely deliver the experience I was looking for.
The transfer takes around 2 hours to 2.5 depending how many drop offs you have previously. We landed around 6pm and just managed to reach the lake in time for sunset. The hotel wasn't concerned with checking us in, only that we had eaten. They pushed us through to the restaurant and then happily checked us in after.
The transfer can take longer on a Saturday night, as we found out. A lot of the surrounding locals travel to camp near the lake to enjoy the water sports.
I was worried after reading previous reviews on here claiming the hotel is "Dated" I would disagree. While it is not an up market city hotel. It is perfectly comfortable, more over I would consider the hotel to be decorated in keeping with the local surroundings and the lifestyle of the local people.
We had room in the 5000 Block. I can recommend these as they all carry wonderful lake views from the balcony.
The bathroom is large, the shower is good and the beds are comfy. You are provided two towels, brown for the pool and white for room use.
You have the standard complimentary tea and coffee along with soaps, shower gels etc.
The room was equipped with a hair dryer but it wasn't the best. You were also provided a bottle of water and sweets upon arrival.
The room did have a fridge, and I do think it was switched on, but it wasn't very cold and it wasn't stocked by the hotel. Something I haven't seen before in an all inclusive resort.
The safe is in the room for a €30 deposit.
They are superb, they literally work their tails off every morning and evening to provide you fast and efficient service. The rooms are bottomed every day and the reception are always happy to help.
The restaurant is run by Johnny who has been mentioned here before, he runs an incredibly tight ship meaning the service is fast. But he is also extremely friendly and adds some wonderful drama. You will know what I mean when you meet him!
The entertainment team also work long hours and try their best. In the afternoon they try and get lazy sunbathers involved in tournaments. Table tennis, Archery, Darts etc. All good fun.
A range of cold meats, cheese etc is available for the continental breakfast. All fresh and tasty. For the English there is a continental style "English Breakfast" which I had most days. There is also the standard selection of cereal. Wonderful fresh breads and fresh yoghurts.
Lunch - Fresh pasta, wonderfully cooked and chips etc most days. Along with various fresh salads and cold meats. You can either dine in the restaurant, by the pool bar or alfresco on the patio outside the hotel lobby.
Dinner - There really is something for everyone, I'm not sure about people's observational skills however the menu is definitely not rotated every three days. The only constant you will find is that chips are more often than not available. But there is no one forcing you to eat anything you don't want to. You have the full choice to eat as healthy as you wish.
Drinks - The alcoholic drinks are fully self service throughout the hotel. There are two types of beer available and to be honest, when it's been a hot and busy day sight seeing a nice cool beer is very welcome. You have the choice two red wines, the best red wine is in the barrel at the left front of the restaurant. And there is a range of very nice soft drinks. The lemon drink is especially nice.
My tip here would be to take your own travel cup, thermos to get the beer/ drinks in larger quantities. The cups are much bigger than in previous all inclusive places I have stayed but it still helps keep the drinks cool.
The optics have a range of non branded shorts. Martini, Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Amaretto were all ok. Amaretto if you like it, tasted most similar to a well known brand. But work your way through them all. No one will stop you.
The machines also dispense coffee, tea and hot chocolate. All very nice, especially the hot chocolate mixed with the whiskey.
There is also a selection of ice lollies to take as part of the all inclusive package in the main bar area.
Amenities : -
Outside Pool, The pool area is clean, with a large amount of Sun loungers that never got fully during the time I was there, the pool is quite cold but that means its not over chlorinated. The drinks area is fine and easy access to beer, wine, spirtis tea and coffee etc.
My only advice for the hotel here would be that at around 3pm the entertainment staff come out and regardless of if people join in or not, they play louder music and try and engage with the residents, sometimes not taking no for an answer. But they do have some great activities and encourage competition with Darts, Archery, Zumba, Football, Crazy Golf, Table tennis. They are all free. I'm sure if I had a family the kids would love them.
Inside Pool, It's part of the spa, so very warm inside the pool. The jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna are all clean and if the weather is bad you can get a massage etc for about €40.
Top Pool, The top pool has a flume, great for kids and separate from the adult pool, so those of you with kids you can let them splash and scream all they like.
There is a gym which I didn't use, but you can book it our personally at reception. You are provided towels and robes to use at the pools. A nice touch.
Beach, Pebbly but extremely pretty. You can easily get a lounger and there is a hut with the usual array of beer and wine etc. The beach is private, for hotel guests only. So not too busy. It provides a lovely spot for a dip in the lake. Which is FREEZING, but makes you feel great.
Internet Access, It's free if you ask at reception for a voucher that lasts for 72 hours. When it expires. Just ask for another. It's not very fast. Or reliable. But we did manage to have a FaceTime conversation home.
Shuttle Bus, Again it's free and takes you back and forth to Limone, where you can get the lake taxi to other places. The time table is available but the driver wasn't perfect at sticking to the times.
TV, the TV in the room was very old, like a spare room tv from 1993. And it didn't have any english speaking channels on it. But it was a blessing in disguise. I didn't go to a beautiful place to watch TV.
If you travel with Crystal/ Thompson your rep will be Nick, who did a good job. I can definitely recommend the trip to Venice. And take the gondola tour. The lagoon tour was good for a view of Venice from the distance but not all that interesting.
Also while in Limone I can definitely recommend a trip across the other side to Malcesnie. The town is delightful.
On the whole we paid just over £700 each for a week here, and at no point did we feel hard done by. If you are after a great place to relax, unwind, eat great food with great scenery. This is your place.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci Limone
- Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
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