Just returned from our hols in Malcesine. We booked this hotel through Thomas Cook and we also had our wedding organised through them (But that's another story!)
The hotel is lovely. Set in lovely gardens which have many private spots. The views of the lake and mountains are amazing.
The room we had wasn't in the main block, but in a separate building called villa Cristina. It wasn't the room advertised in the brochure but it was still nice and large and clean. We thought about requesting one in the main block but when we weighed up the fact that it is quieter in front of our building, we decided to stay here. (The main block has the pool and bar below and is generally busier than in front of the villa Cristina - although it is still a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere)
The restaurant is lovely and the waiters and waitresses are brilliant. There is a short waiter called Federico who is really nice and really seems to enjoy his job.
The food is second to none. My fave was cream of tomato soup with orange (Believe it or not these actually go together!).
There is always a few choices of each course. You will not be disappointed.
In the restaurant there is a dress code! Nothing major, but they like you to wear pants/dark jeans rather than shorts! I had a few funny looks from some of the other guests on my first night there!
My only quibble really is the distance from the centre. It took myself and my wife 30 mins to get there by strolling down the lake promenade. It takes around 25 mins walking the road way but this can be trecherous due to the lack of pavements.
There is a 'Tourist bus' usually Red in colour which can take you into the centre for 1 euro per person. This runs every hour from 8am to midnight and takes only 5 mins. Don't be fooled though as sometimes they use a white bus with no markings!
To be honest, the stroll to and from the centre is lovely. We had all our guests staying in the centre. Almost every day we walked to see them in the morning and then walked back to hotel in the afternoon. Then we would walk to the centre in the evening and then walk back again at night. Doing this for 10 days does take it out of you. If only the Maximilian was near the excelsior bay. I'd say that had the perfect location - not too far away and yet not too close to the centre so you can hear all the morning noise (Roadsweepers, glass bottle collectors - we had some of our guests at Hotel Modena and Hotel Vega mentioning this)
The hotel has free Wi-Fi which was really handy.
To summarise, the Maximilian is a lovely hotel. I can't fault the staff, food, cleanliness or setting. If only it was a mile closer to the centre it would be better.
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- Also Known As:
- Maximilian Hotel Malcesine
- Hotel Maximilian Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy