We were a party of 20 guests that stayed at the Alpino from the 2nd-9th June for our wedding. We chose this hotel partly because of the location and partly because of price. The hotel is set outside of malcesine which means it is in a lovely quiet location with unrivaled views of the lake. The walk into Malcesine is about 30mins but is flat and is a lovely way to walk off the Italian cuisine! As we went to Lake Garda during the English spring bank/Jubilee holiday the prices for the rest of the hotels in Malcesine centre where very high so this hotel offered great value for money as we stayed half board. The hotel reception and dining area is spotless and quite modern. The rooms are quite basic but lovely and who spends all their time in their room when in Malcesine...?! We were at the front with a great view of the lake but as others have said this is the nosier side of the hotel because of the lake road. The rooms at the back overlook the lovely pool area and are a bit quiter. All of the rooms have a safe and air conditioning but these are at an extra charge. The staff in the hotel were great, so helpful and friendly, particularly when helping us organise taxis etc for the wedding. Our party found the food in the restaurant a bit hit and miss to be honest. The food is not traditional Italian but a mix of Italian and German. Some nights is was good, some nights not so good. However due to the good value we didn't mind eating out in Malcesine some nights. The hotel is in a very quiet location with only a couple of hotels and restaurants so for more lively nightlife we did get the tourist bus into Malcesine a few nights. The tourist bus is great, 1 euro oer trip (no matter where you get off) and stops just outside the hotel. We found that the bus was often early so get there at least 5 minutes before just in case. Sometimes the bus was very busy and lots of pushing was required to get on the bus (as the locals do, when in Rome...). However the verona/Riva buses also did the same trip for 2 euros each so a good alternative.
Overall this hotel is a good value little gem, run by a lovely family in a fantastic location.
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- Astoria Hotel Malcesine
- Hotel Astoria Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy