There is very little I can add that hasn't already been said in a host of other positive reviews for the hotel. We stayed her in mid-October 2012 for our honeymoon and the hotel was the perfect fit for the type of holiday we wanted.
We had emailed an expected time of arrival as around 10pm, but we arrived late on our first night due to the idiosyncrasies of our Satnav system. We were greeted by the receptionist who informed us that she had been worried about us (sounding not unlike our mothers). This set the tone for our interaction with the staff of the hotel; always welcoming, informative, helpful and personable. Needless to say that their English was better than our Italian. They could teach Harry Redknapp a bit more about the language.
The hotel itself has a modern, almost boutique style, having only been refurbished in the last few years. It was always immaculately clean and tidy and it certainly looks the part. The steam room, sauna and jacuzzi rooms were excellently relaxing places to retire to after busy days of sight-seeing. The gym is full of a huge range of modern equipment. The room isn't massive, however, so I don't know exactly how comfy it would be in high season when jammed full of people.
Our 'Exclusive' room was very comfortable. Having arrived in the dark and not yet had a glimpse of Lake Garda, imagine our awe when raising the (electric) blinds on our first morning to see the breathtaking view. Personally, the only thing I felt the Exclusive room was lacking in was an iPod dock.
It may seem to be harsh to rate a restaurant three stars when their isn't really a restaurant as such. It's certainly a perfectly pleasant place to eat your breakfast and there is a decent choice of food available with a choice that would be welcome to Irish, British, German and Italian visitors. The big omission at breakfast is the lack of fresh pure orange juice. The room also has lovely lake views. The option of having dinner in the hotel would have been nice for a little flexibility.
If you've got this far in reading about hotels in Malcesine, you hardly need any further opinions on the town or Lake Garda itself. All I'll say is that it is a very versatile place to stay. A holiday at Lake Garda can be pretty much anything you want it to be, from dangerous water sports to basking in the sun. Even in October there was still plenty of bustle about and the temperature was still lovely and mild.
I would recommend Lake Garda as a fantastic holiday destination to anyone and for many reasons would say that it would be very hard to look past Casa Barca as the place to stay. The attitude of the staff would be the top reason for that. They made us feel at home for ten nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Casa Barca, which was completely renovated in 2007, lies embedded in an olive grove of 4500 square meters and it is only a stone's throw away from the historic old town and the lake. The guests can enjoy the privilege of a rejuvenating and relaxing atmosphere.The modern design is the perfect starting point for a holiday under the motto of comfort and physical wellness.Our new health spa will help you to make your dreams come true. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Albergo Casa Barca Wellness
- Wellness Hotel Casa Barca Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy