what are people complaining about! So what if there is a tile missing or a crack in the ceiling...how sad is it that people use things like this to judge a hotel! This is a lovely hotel with lovely rooms, pools and staff and good food and spotlessly clean - isnt that what makes a holiday... I have stayed at many 5* hotels so I went here with an open mind here. I was NOT disappointed. So what if my ceiling had a crack on it! Here's my summary;
Pool - cold but that was due to the sun not having been around long enough to warm it up. I am a wimp with cold pools but even I got in and swam - a case of once you are in and moving its fine (inside one was warmer). All 3 were extremely clean and all well presented - so ticks the box for me.
Rooms - I had 2 single beds (which could be pushed together), a sofa bed, 2 bathrooms (with plenty of towels for a change), 2 patios, pool towels, lots of storgage (including 30 hangers), a tv and fridge. Does anyone need anything else... you aren't there to sit in the room all day/night afterall. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean by the daily maid. We did not need the aircon on despite it being 80+ everyday we were there but bear in mind it does not get switched on until June (and that is a government stipulation not the hotels choice).
Food - now this is important to me as I contracted E-coli and dysentry from a 5* hotel. Now to say I am now extremely cautious is an understatement but I am also very fussy. I did not struggle ONCE with an evening meal here. We only paid £20 more to stay here all inc. compared to a half board in another resort so we decided if we ate out for lunch a few times it was still worth it. All meals are buffet/self service. Evening meals were salads, rolls, 2 pasta dishes, childrens pasta corner, 2 prepared meat dishes (eg beef in a sauce, chicken, pork loins), a potato/rice dish, fish dish, one freshly carved dish and 3 trays of vegetables. Puddings are fantastic - approx 12 different ones and all devine. There are 6 different ice creams and also cheese, biscuits and yummy fruit. Breakfast - there are boiled and scrambled eggs, bacon and beans - and that is it on the cooked breakfast side. BUT there is also fab breads, yoghurts, fruit, meats, cheeses, cereals etc....so it is more than enough...or do you eat a full fry up everyday at home... Lunch - now this is my only down. There was salad, rolls, cold meat/cheese, one plainish pasta dish and one 'other' (which could be sausages, burgers, fish fingers anything really but it was different every day).... and chips every single day. That got a bit boring I must admit but think about it and you can adapt it...make a cheese roll, or chop the sausage and put it in the pasta...just a bit of imagination and you can deal with it. If thats not enough there are cakes/biscuits and an ice lolly fridge available which you can help yourselves to throughout the day. Drinks are a plus here and will save you a lot of money. Tea/coffee, beer, wines, fizzy, waters and the obvious optics (gin, whiskey, ameretto, brandy, martinis, vodka) etc. Its all you need really. No its not the cocktails 5* type of hotel but it is a great hotel. Oh and can you not mention the fantastic job the restaurant manager does - he is brilliant and yes really does look like Basil Falty! Oh and one more thing one morning there was a powercut at breakfast (meaning no hot drinks/food/toast etc) this was a powercut just like we have here and not a fault of the hotel...so what did he do? He opened the bar to allow access to the coffee machines and set up tables of champage for people and apologised for over 24hours for the inconvenience!
Reception-staff are so warm and helpful and this really made a nice change from the often frosty response you can often receive.
Location-yes it IS hilly - and I mean it! If you have difficulties walking (which I do) then it can be hard going. It is set in the mountains so obviously it will be steep they have done a good job of breaking it up to different levels but it is still short sharp STEEP hills - but I did it in my own time so dont let that put you off to much.
There is a bus service that takes you down to Limone throughout the day and the drivers are lovely and safe (unlike my Thomson return coach trip). Only downside here is it stops at 6ish in the evening but the walk is a nice one (via a road at the rear of the hotel) but again it is steep once you get to the last part of it. If you think about it the town is at the waters edge and the hotel is in the mountains so there are going to be some hills going between the two. I would feel 100% safe walking this and being in Limone as a girl on my own.
Thomson/Crystal reps - are the same people (Thomsons). Katy and Claire are both lovely girls. We didn't book any excersions with them but the feedback was good.
Animation-these guys deserve a special mention. They have to be the friendlist I have ever met! They dont push you to do the usual adult games (ping pong, water polo etc) but they do take the time to say hello, are so friendly and are cheeky/charming. Would thoroughly recommend you watch the water polo - Daniel has a hilarious way of changing the scores throughout the game. They do a fab job of speaking whatever your language is and are genuinely funny and nice (not patronising or pushing) team. I dont have children but have to say they were a hit there too, remembering names, little details and even when they werent officially working would have time for the children.
Limone is a charming resort (with the best fireworks I have ever seen). Malcesine is fab (accessed via the ferry) with fab leather goods, cafes and a cable car (worth doing but dont eat in the restaurant at the top as food is over priced and cold but OK for a drink). Riva is busier but good shopping.
Think that sums up what was a fantastic holiday I have just had in this beautiful place and in a lovely hotel. I never go back to the same place again as too many places in the world to see.... but this is going to be my exception but next time I will go for 2 weeks!
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