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Hotel Villa Madrina
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Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

We have just arrived back & the hotel was fabulous! There was 4 of us in our party & the inlaws we travelled with loved the hotel, they attended breakfast ( we are never up in time) & the gala dinner night & raved about the food & service. The only grumble the inlaws had was that the short walk down to the Lake front didn't have a footpath, but that's not the Hotels fault & the cars seemed used to people walking down the side. The cleaning staff were excellent £ they even came into the rooms in the evening to turn the beds down. We didnt use the Spa or gym, but didnt realise till our last day that the wirl pool & gym were free, so we might have uses the wirl pool. Would recommend this Hotel & if we go back to Garda we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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5  Thank Lindsey325
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

This is my 2nd time traveling from Canada to Garda. I specifically rerouted my travels to land through Garda on my way to France just to stay at The Villa Madrina.

I personally think the place is magical. I find the location and hotel so relaxing. Villa Madrina is just a great place to wind down and relax.

The view from the hotel is beautiful. The hotel is quite and only a 2 minute walk from the boardwalk in Garda.

The staff are top notch, attentive and kind.

Check out my pictures.

You will certainly love the Villa Madrina. I recommend trying it.

Room Tip: Get room 108. It is quiet and on the end of the ground floor of the building. You can sleep with the shutters open in this room. You also have quick access to the pool area.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kerjner
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

The hotel on the whole is very impressive. It is in a great location just a five minute walk from the lake. Rooms are large and spacious with fridge,kettle and air con. Most of the upper floor rooms have a good view of the lake and a large shaded balcony, great when the weather is hot. The pool and garden area is a nice place to relax as long as your towel is on your sunbed by 8am! The breakfast buffet is very extensive, just about everything you could ask for is there. The only downside at breakfast is that the tea and coffee is not hot enough, this is more of a european thing rather than a fault of the hotel. The quality of the food at dinner is very high, even from the set menu. There is an a la carte menu which you can pay extra for but nobody tells you this.

There are a few minor niggles with this hotel which would enhance the overall experience if they could be sorted out. Firstly, there was not a particularly friendly welcome on check in, efficient yes but a smile or two wouldn't go amiss. The staff on the whole did their jobs well but I would say they remained a bit "distant" and didn't really interact with the guests enough. The dining room lacked a bit of atmosphere as guests couldn't really talk to each other, even those sat at the same table didn't speak ! The evening meal was especially quiet as there were only a few tables set every night.
The owner tended to "loaf" around in the background and never really got involved with guests or even the staff.Twice a week there is a welcome drink and canapes but he only appeared when everyone had gone to dinner and started to clear the stuff away. One major gripe was that the air con was never used in the dining room. The doors to the terrace were always open and that made it unbearably hot when it came to dinner time.
Having the doors open for breakfast is fine but not for dinner, if the hotel is advertised as being fully air conditioned then it should be used, especially when it's 30c+ outside.
Sometimes we had to rush dinner in order to get back to our room to cool off.

Housekeeping was fine although sometimes the rooms weren't done until about 4pm. For some reason the air con would switch itself off at random times, not sure why. Also it didn't seem to work particularly well between 7am and 9am. One of the lifts was out of order most of the time. Minor points but sometimes these can made a big difference, especially when you are paying a premium price.

Overall the hotel is very elegant and rooms are furnished to a very high standard. The service is adequate but not outstanding. Food is of a very high quality with a good choice for breakfast and dinner. The wine list was extensive and reasonably priced. If you like a nice quiet atmosphere in a small select hotel then this place is for you. It is probably a little bit overpriced but then you can say that for a lot of hotels around the lake.

If only they could inject a bit of atmosphere and a bit more enthusiasm into the staff and the owner then it would be perfect.

Room Tip: Top floor is best for a view of the lake
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank DocHoliday22
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Spent 10 very relaxing days at the VM, which is a very good, family run hotel with a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. The staff are excellent, the rooms are quite large and well furnished (and fitted with shutters for a good nights sleep). The bathrooms are very good, with lots of towels, robes and slippers. The pool is excellent, with plenty of sunbeds. Most days there were only a handful of people using the pool area before noon, although it was busier in the afternoons when people returned from trips.
The hotel has had an additional floor level built during the winter, but is never crowded or noisy. Very few children and no teenagers. Location is good, being less than 5 minutes walk to the lake and centre of Garda.
One or two minor negative comments: not every sunbed has a mattress, pillows and bed mattress a bit firm, no English channel on the TV (perhaps this should be a positive).
Garda itself is lovely, as is the lake. Lots of Italians and Germans, but quite a few English people at the hotel.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms have direct access to the lawn and pool, but not much of a view.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank tobleroneLiverpool
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

We have recently enjoyed our third stay at this superb, friendly, family run hotel, one of our two favourites on Lake Garda. We spent 5 days here before moving on to our other favourite for a further 5 days.
The Villa Madrina is situated in a quiet area at the northern end of Garda town, about 400 yards up a steepish hill from the lakeside. Turn right at the lake and in 200 yards you find the ferry station, going left for 300 yards will cover most of the old town and lakeside restaurants, cafes and bars.
A free, half hourly shuttle bus service operates from close to the hotel gates down to the town centre and return, from 9:30 a.m. until early evening with the usual lengthy Italian lunch break.
Adjacent to the hotel is a well maintained public playground, ideal for younger children.
The hotel presents an attractive aspect on arrival, with well maintained lawns and gardens.
Reception is efficient and friendly.
Our ground floor room was very adequate in size, comfortable and offered good fitted wardrobe space with room safe, a table and seating area, a very nice bathroom and reasonably stocked mini-bar, as well as a very comfortable bed. High standards of cleanliness were maintained at all times with regular towel and bed linen changes. There is a further individual semi-private external seating area with table and chairs for each of the rooms on the ground floor and these give easy access across the lawn to the picturesque swimming pool where there were plenty of comfortable loungers and parasols. The pool area is well maintained, the deepest area I would guess is around 4 feet.
The dining room service is efficient and friendly, with the buffet breakfasts offering just about anything you might want in the way of cereals, fruit, eggs, sausages, hams, cheeses [including smoked salmon and champagne] along with a fine range of breads, cakes preserves etc.
Whilst we had registered for B & B, we had evening dinner in the hotel on 4 of our nights, mainly because the standard of cuisine is so high but also because the price is so very reasonable. There is a very generous buffet salad and anti pasti table with great pasta and main courses to follow and a sinful dessert trolley. Bar and wine prices are pretty reasonable. The gala evening reception offered aperitifs and finger buffet prior to evening dinner along with a very talented pianist.
If you are looking for a quiet, friendly, top-class hotel, then we highly recommend the Villa Madrina, we certainly intend to return.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank pancake
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