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“Stylish and gleaming - very highly recommended”
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Hotel Meridiana
Ranked #6 of 71 Hotels in Malcesine
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Meridiana is small and somewhere between a boutique hotel and an Italian ski lodge. It's consciously stylish but this is Italy, and it seems everything Italian aims to be functional *and* beautiful. I’ve never seen a hotel like this in England and I don’t have the vocabulary to describe its ‘look’. It just looks like something out of an interiors style/design magazine. (They are clearly inspired by modern design fashions because the foyer has piles of design/home magazines dotted around. Neatly of course.)
Every single item in the hotel has been chosen because it not only functions well but because it looks good and it feels good too. Which isn’t something the English generally bother about. But being actually *in* this environment has an uncannily calming effect on the body and mind. There are plenty of photos illustrating this on the Meridiana's website, all of them accurate.

The hotel pool is really a spa bath outside. 'Swimming' wouldn't be possible in it. But the gym is very nice indeed - like training in the private gym of a millionaire friend. Most of the kit looks brand new and top quality: a comprehensive does-everything multigym, recumbent bike, treadmill, bench-press area and free-weights. A TV on the wall to watch if you must, and help yourself to water and towels. Behind the glass-brick wall is a treatment area for massages, and beyond that, a sauna (which required a booking + fee). Never saw anyone in the gym. Just me and the inexplicable posters of Himalayan people... Very peaceful.

The staff

Everyone we met - the receptionists, breakfast servers and cleaners - were all superb and multi-lingual (Italian, German, English). The owners run a tight ship - everything is spick-and-span: after breakfast service you'll see the same servers cleaning the front of house areas. The housekeepers efficiently do a 'once-over' of the rooms every day. Everything gleams. Whatever you need, it appears (fresh towels, bedsheets, etc). (But if you're like me and *need* hot water/tea, pack your travel kettle because, as in most continental hotels, they don't have them in the rooms.)

Breakfast

It's very important that I tell you about the breakfasts at Meridiana.
The hotel might be owned by a married couple (I'm not sure) but believe me, the place is *run* by two or three women. And their breakfast has ‘female’ stamped all over it. What does that mean? Let me enlighten you.

There’s a huge central table covered with bowls containing every kind of fresh fruit, dried fruit and cereal you can think of. Plus baskets of rolls, crispbreads, rye crackers and gluten-free stuff, honey, spreads etc etc. Then there’s a cold bar with yogs and a 'continental' savoury breakfast buffet (cheeses, meats, salad).

As for ‘boy food’, there is one heated crock-thing containing scrambled egg, bacon (thin Italian stuff, not lardy English slabs) and boiled eggs. That’s it. No toast. No sausages. No bowel cancer. Brilliant.

Oh, and I need to mention the patisserie. Also on the table (and remember, this is at *breakfast*) are tiny mouthful-sized fruit tarts, little ramekins of panna-cotta, canned fruit purees and a covered tray of cakes. Strudel, chocolate chip cake, marble cake and something which looks like treacle tart but surely can’t be. (Update: turns out it's what a Jammy Dodger would be if it was a) a cake and b) made with apricot jam.)

The hotel only has twenty-something rooms so to lay out a feast like this every day is impressive.

The surroundings

The Meridiana is an enjoyable 5 minute uphill trot from the water's edge. The scenery is stunning - there is no other word. It's absolutely beautiful. At all times of day; in any light. If you haven't been, put it on your list. Especially if you're fond of cycling and/or swimming.
I swam in Lake Garda every day (yes in late September) - the water isn’t ‘warm’ but it’s utterly lovely: chilled and sparkling-clean, like swimming in a deep pool of refreshing spring water. Further up the shore (in Navene), dishy chaps were out windsurfing every morning (Italian men even look good in neoprene), but swimming is safe and peaceful nearer Malcesine (pronounced 'mal-CHAY-zee-nay'). In terms of my personal list of ‘World's Best Places to Swim’, this is way ahead of Sri Lanka and Egypt, and I think it's snatched top billing from Kotor. Similarly stunning scenery (like a fjord) but Kotor water is salty; Garda seems as pure as spring water.
To rent bikes, there's a cycle shop and cafe (Xtreme) just under the cable car station, which is 30 seconds down the hill from the Meridiana.
There is a little supermarket (De Spar) just at the bottom of the hill, and our regular caffe+gelato joint was (we think; the name's not visible) called VideoBar, just opposite this. There is a bigger supermarket (EuroSpar) beyond the bus station on the main road.
For shopping, Malcesine's cobbled alleys are fab for belts, shoes and scarves.
And the 'must-dos' of 1) cable car and 2) ferry trips are totally worth it.
Our favourite restaurant - stumbled upon on our first night - was Hotel Castello, right on the waterside. Read the reviews on TripAdvisor and you'll be glad you found this hidden gem.

In summary

Very highly recommended. Currently my favourite place to stay in the world. Honestly. The only downside is that there is no swimming pool (only the small spa pool outside) but who needs one when you have Lake Garda on your doorstep?
Ladies of Meridiana, we salute you, your wonderful little hotel, and your brilliant breakfasts. We'll be back. (Soon I hope.)

Room Tip: Specify you want a lake view if you must, but we had a budget room on the ground floor which was fin...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We visited Malcesine for some friends wedding celebrations and stayed at the Meridiana for four nights. First of all the complaints.... the aircon wouldn't work between certain hours (deliberately), the shower cubicle leaked, the bathroom was a lovely 1980's 'off lime' green and I think a chiwawa could have jumped a length of the swimming pool it looked so small.

The plus points, nice staff, good breaky / coffee and wonderful views of Lake Garda from the balcony. We were with plenty of friends and kept very busy with the wedding. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but for the cost, out of season would have expected more. No massive complaints, apart from the aircon but likewise, not much to write home about either.

Room Tip: Asf for a view of the lake, simples.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed at the Meridiana in late september 2012 and I was impressed with both the hotel and the staff. Clean and comfortable bedrooms, very good shower and bathroom, breakfast well above average, a really nice building and gardens. There is a whirlpool, although we didn't try it, but we did use the sauna which is of a very high standard and reasonably priced at 14 euros for 2 people for 2 hours. There is also a small gym which is very clean and well maintained. The staff are polite and helpful and the cleaners do a very good job. The location is fine - a very short walk to the town centre and the lakeside. The Meridiana is a very honest hotel, representing good value for money is certainly in the top tier of small 3 star hotels. I would reccommend it to anyone staying in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Just back from a wonderful week in Malcesine, booked last minute we found this superb small b& b hotel situated about 200 yards past the cable car. It's an easy ten minute walk into town and offers a quieter location although there is still road traffic and passers by going home to larger hotels further up the road.The hotel was refurbished about five years ago to a very high standard in modern boutique style, spotlessly clean with friendly owners. The whole design works well, we had a side lake view room and apart from a slightly too firm mattress we score this hotel 10/10. Breakfast was way above expected for a small 3 star hotel, beautifully presented and of a high quality. Malcesine is a superb base to explore the lake, ok it's busy in the day with visitors, but so many great places to eat and drink or just people watch. Limone was lovely for the morning sun with good shopping and the lake boat trips allow for easy access to explore the nothern villages. Overall a superb weeks holiday and in this hotel we found a lovely base that would be perfect for anyone not wanting the larger hotel style. We thought the food on offer in the resort was of a high standard and very good value, so many good restaurants (our favourite was Al Gondoliere) , different squares and two harbour areas to eat around. We don't go back anywhere as there are too many places to explore, but if we did we would to stay in this hotel again.

Room Tip: Rooms on lake side are quieter.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Stayed here for a week whilst getting married in Malcesine. The hotel was spotlessly clean and tidy. Staff were very welcoming, polite and helpful. The hotel has a boutique feel about it. The lobby and restaurant areas are comfortable and stylish.
Our room was spacious, clean and tidy. It included air con, a fridge and a safe. It was serviced on a regular basis. The bed was comfortable and we were able to get a good nights sleep.
The continental breakfast was plentiful and included cereals, pastries, bread, cold meats, cheeses etc. Breakfast is served on a lovely balcony overlooking the garden and with lake views.
We also ate snacks at the hotel which were reasonably priced.
The hotel is located a 10 minute walk out of the main town up past the Monte baldo cable car, this was a nice walk. The distance out of town meant that the hotel setting was quiet and relaxed.
The hotel does not have a pool, however it has a small hydrotherapy plunge pool, this was lovely for cooling you down. There were a number of sun loungers within the hotel garden.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This hotel is the cleanest i have ever stayed in, it was spotless. The room we had was one of the basic ones, but still very comfortable. The breakfast was lovely, with fantastic views of the lake, also a very comfortable seating area where you can have coffee, or just relax and enjoy the views. We were only there for a couple of days for a wedding, but if staying longer it would definately be worth paying for one of the rooms with balcony and lake views. The lake, shops and eating places are a short walk down the hill, but we found this better because the hotel was quiet at night, friends of us who stayed in a hotel closer to the 'action' said it was quite noisy.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a higher floor to get the views
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sandramgdriver
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed here with our family for a week in early August 2012 when we married at Malcesine Castle.
The hotel is absolutely spotless, the rooms and views are stunning. We had 2 adjoining rooms with a door so that my 2 young children had their own room and space. Breakfast and lunch were great, the small outdoor pool/Jacuzzi is perfect for cooling off. The staff were fabulous, really friendly. The hotel is located a few hundred metres from the Mont Baldo cable car and is a 5 minute walk into town.
Will stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms 301 & 302 are adjoining rooms, perfect for families. 304 and 303 have stunning views as d...
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Address: Via Navene Vecchia 39, 37018, Malcesine, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Malcesine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Malcesine
#11 Romantic Hotel in Malcesine
Price Range: $149 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Meridiana 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a beautiful green setting, only a few steps from the old city centre and the lake, the Hotel Meridiana provides guests with the privilege of enjoying a relaxing atmosphere. Very close to the station, a short distance down from the Mt. Baldo cableway, it's the perfect starting point for hikes and bicycle trips. A modern design, attention to detail and a warm, bright atmosphere - combined with a marvellous landscape, mild climate and the fine cuisine of Lake Garda - will turn your holiday into a pleasurable, relaxing experience. Free WI-FI throughout the hotel. Easy, secure access from your devices with your social accounts. And you'll find our geoportal to be a great source of useful information and services: public and private transit, sailing and cableway schedules, itineraries for walks and hikes, museums, shopping, water sports, beaches, golf courses and a selection of local restaurants. ... more   less 
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