We have just returned from a 7 night stay at the Piccolo, which we were recommended by friends. We were warmly welcomed by Maria, who, as per previous reviews, speaks excellent English and is ever helpful. We had booked a 'confort' room which has a balcony and wonderful views of the lake, I would imagine it had been recently refurbished as it was modern, stylish and spotless. (Excellently cleaned daily while we ate breakfast!) The room rate included A/C 'at the discretion of the management' which meant from about 5 p.m to 1 a.m. I was well aware of this in advance and could have chosen to pay the extra to have the A/C available all the time but chose to save the money (only regretted this a bit twice in the middle of very hot nights!!). We obtained a free Wifi code from reception, which should have only worked in the public rooms and restaurant balcony, but as we were right next door in room 9 worked just fine from our room!
The breakfast was good and was refilled as necessary as far as I could see ( we weren't particularly early!). We also ate dinner in the hotel on two occasions, as other people have mentioned this does have to booked earlier in the day, however the food was excellent and very good value at 15 euros for 3 courses. By the way drinks are also reasonably priced, in fact cheaper than most restaurants we ate out at when visiting other resorts. Cold drinks (both alcoholic and other) and coffees, teas also snacks (bruschetta, paninis etc.) are available throughout the day from the bar, perhaps this could have been mentioned at check in as we didn't realise this until about day 5! To be fair, we did travel about quite a bit, perhaps if we'd been hanging around the hotel more in the daytime it would have been obvious. We used the pool area (only one other couple there ... had other residents found it?) It is small but clean with good sunbeds and wonderful views of the lake. You can also sunbathe on hotel sunbeds down by the lake, yes it is across the road but only a very short distance. Also the hotel is 45 minutes walk from town, which is along a safe and scenic path, but again knew this in advance and was happy with it and when we were just too hot (or in my case lazy!) to do it , the hourly bus was fine! By the way if you're intending to take the cable car up to Monte Baldo, if you stay on the bus, after It stops in central Malcesine, one of the other stops is right outside the cable car entrance.
To summarise; Great time had, absolutely no complaints, would love to return!!
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