We have been to Malcesine many times over the last 30 years. It is the best and most beautiful town on Lake Garda, the most unspoilt because of its traffic-free streets, charming harbour and compact but plentiful choice of shops, restaurants and cafes, and Hotel Costello is in our opinion the best hotel there. By miles. You will find cheaper, but here you get what you pay for and more.
Family owned and run, the attentiveness and professionalism of the staff is of the highest standard. This isn't a family-run hotel where the owners think being friendly is all it takes; they are there to ensure your holiday is perfect and it clearly matters to them. They are happy to chat and be friendly if that's what you want, but just as happy to leave you in peace if that's your thing - and peace is what Malcesine is all about. If you want night-life or to go for some loud drinking, please don't go there - at least when we're there!
With a fantastic location right on the lake-front with I think all of the rooms having stunning lake views, there is a walk up a short hill to get into the town but nothing like the trek some other locations require and the town centre is maybe 100 yards away. This modern hotel is maintained in absoloutely perfect condition throughout and furnishings and decor are of a very high standard. Even the plentiful sunbeds on the spacious lake-side lawn are lined up with millimetre-accuracy every evening! Food is excellent - though there are also some very good restaurants in the town if you like to vary where you eat - and the buffet-style breakfast of hot and cold options the best I have ever seen.
The only drawback for some is there isn't an outside swimming-pool, but then there is a rather large one right in front of you! And the big benefit is you don't get the noise that can be associated with hotel pools, and I think they have made the right decision not to have one. Nor would I especially recommend it for kids though a kids play-area is provided and they'd be welcomed - but it just isn't that sort of hotel where they can let off steam without probably irritating other guests, and they might be bored, though a couple of miles away there is a lake-sports centre at Torbole where you can wind-surf, ski, or even jump of a cliff hanging onto a kite if that's what you like doing.... But the hotel itself is a place for relaxing and enjoying the comforts only a very good quality hotel can offer, and ideal in my opinion for couples or families with older children who can appreciate the scenery and setting.
Booking is easy - the staff have good English (though we are trying to learn some Italian...making the effort, however poor, seems to be much appreciated by the locals) and it's simple to book online at the hotel website, with Verona being the best airport to go to. I believe the hotel can arrange transfers but we have always hired a car at the airport - the hotel has an ample car-park. Driving in that area we find easy with little of the more hectic style of driving you can find in some parts of Italy, though there can be traffic-jams on the lakeside road (check market days) so we often use the boats to visit other lakeside towns.
We have just come back and yes we have already booked for next year! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated right in the historical centre of Malcesine (the town centre is just 50m away) but in a quiet position at the foot of the Scaligero Castle among the ancient battlements and the waters of Lake Garda, the Hotel Castello Lake Front is proof of how architecture and landscape can come together in perfect harmony: the private beach does indeed seem to be a natural continuation of the Hotel structure. All the main areas of the hotel - such as the dining room, the lounge, the bar and the panoramic terrace - offer incomparable views over the lake Garda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castello Hotel Malcesine
- Hotel Castello Lake Front Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy