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Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel
Ranked #8 of 42 Hotels in Limone sul Garda
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

It was several years a go, 2007, my wife and i had the misfortune to stay at this hotel and i felt sure i had posted a review, somewhere!
We went with Inghams who were very good to be honest and the only complaint was the hotel. It really was / is not for the English with the guiest ratio being something like 85% German, with a few Dutch and Danish etc. The food was awful, so much so that despite paying for all-inclusive we had to eat out every night, bumping up the cost somewhat. The AI drinks package was via a self service vending machine and the colour or wine depended on what the previous guest had, so it could be a bit pinkish. Location in respect of Limone village is very misleading and you have to be quite fit to walk it, my wife and i are not so had to use the courtesy bus, but only if you could fight the Germans off the damn thing. My wife was physically preventent from boarding the bus buy 2 large Germans, i was unable to go to the lake that day due to ill health but wish i had been there!
The scenery is stunning, quite literally jaw droppingly beautiful, we just picked the wrong hotel. Do not make the same mistake, please!

Room Tip: If you have to go to this hotel and speak good German, make sure you have a lake view superior room...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear catpeople,

we're sorry for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay back in 2007. Our all-inclusive treatment is designed to cater for a varied clientele, but we acknowledge that someone happens not to be satisfied with that. Anyway, yours is an urge to further improve our service, so we thank you so much for your review. We would like to invite you and your wife to come back now. We would be really happy to welcome you again and show you how our hospitality has improved. Kind regards

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The hospitality here is awesome. We had a lovely welcome from the reception, every meal time the staff were very attentive and friendly. 5 star performance.

The hotel is clean and tidy but generally very very dated, you think you have gone back in time.

Our room was dressed daily and towels changed when needed. unfortunately the room was dusty in areas and the bed had seen far better days.

The location is pretty good with great views across the lake and an easy 10 mins walk into Limone.

During our stay we met only one other English couple, this doesn't normally bother us as we like to mingle with other cultures and nationalities, but the majority of the German guest staying here were very rude, especially to the staff. Not something we have come across before.

The food in almost great overall. Breakfast has a lovely selection, hot and cold. Lunch was the let down with Chips and some kind of breaded meat, one pasta dish and salad. The evening meal was excellent, lots and lots of choice with freshly carved meats, fish and delightful pasta dishes. I generally don't eat desserts but here I had some every night!

The entertainment is poor, bring your own.

On the beach of the hotel is Windriders where we spent the week learning to kiteboard. this is highly recommended!

This hotel has the potential to be great with some investment in decor and facilities, with this I would happily pay more.

Room Tip: Lake view recommended
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank James C
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear James,

thank you so much for your review. Thank you also for your kind remarks: we will take them into consideration so as to further improve our service. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

my wife and i spent a very uncomfortable 3 nights at this hotel. the views are very pretty and the first impression of the hotel good. however a few hours into the holiday we realised we were the only english couple in a hotel full of german visitorsthere were nol information boards in english, when asking for information on trips we were told that there were no trips for the english visitor going anywhere.the meals times were very very uncomfortable and in the evening with no entertainment what so ever we were in our room at 7.30 in the evening the alternative sitting in the bar which again would have been very uncomfortable. the food was very basic . the whole experience quite isolating.

there are a lot of hills and steps to the rooms ,

my advise would be very wary when booking at this hotel. in my opinion if they do not want to cater for the english visitor do not take bookings from the english tour operators

unfortuately it was not a good first impression of italy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Wendy B
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear Wendy,

we're sorry for the inconvenience. Our hotel has a high proportion of German guests, owing to our location on Lake Garda. But, of course, we warmly welcome guests from all over the world. We're sorry if your first impression was not good; yet we will take your review into account so as to improve our service, and we invite you over to see the improvements for yourself. Kind regards

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Spent a relaxing two weeks at this hotel with my wife in September.

The holiday got off to a great start with just a two hour flight to Verona. The transfer to Limone took almost as long, because the coach travelled up the east side of the lake to the top, and then down the west side to our destination, after dropping off at resorts along the way.

The hotel is beautifully situated, overlooking the lake. It has extensive grounds, with most of the rooms spread around various outlying blocks. There are several sunbathing areas, with loungers aplenty, and there is even a private shale beach, with its own snacks and drinks bar. This is where the "different" bit kicks in. The hotel's three bars - beach, pool and indoor - are all completely self service. There is a beer pump, a wine and soft drinks machine, a hot drinks machine, and an array of optics with bottles of spirits at each location. This seems odd at first, but actually works very well, virtually eliminating queues, with a large supply of glasses (plastic at the outside locations) always available. Also unique in my experience of continental hotels is that dogs are allowed, but at no inconvenience to other guests. The only time I saw them was being walked on leads by their (usually German) owners in the hotel's grounds.

We found the rooms very comfortable and well equipped. The meals, I have to say, are not gourmet standard, but perfectly acceptable. The evening meal is the best, with a wide choice which should suit all tastes. A range of hot or cold breakfasts set you up well for the day, but the choice at lunchtime is limited to pasta, chips salad and a burger.

For days out the locality provides endless options. Excursions are on offer to Verona, Venice, Milan and the Dolomites. Alternatively, you can amuse yourself. The hotel's free shuttle bus takes you into Limone at various times of day. This little town is a picture postcard from start to finish, providing opportunity for shopping, sightseeing, ambling around, and watching the world go by. If you want to go further afield you can take a ferry from Limone to various other towns on the lake. The ones we visited were all beautiful, but none to match Limone.

On evenings you can take a pleasant 20 minute walk into Limone, where there are occasional open air concerts, and you can try a drink in one of the lakefront bars. Alternatively, you can stay at the hotel and take advantage of its free drinks, whilst enjoying the low key, easy listening entertainment, provide by a talented range of instrumentalists/vocalists.

The hotel is well served by its unobtrusively pleasant and courteous staff, who are there for you but not in an "in your face" manner. Johnny, the restaurant manager, is a real gentleman. He will make himself known to you, and be delighted to help in any way if you need him. We also found the Crystal reps to be unfailingly helpful, and keen to help you get the best out of your holiday.

All in all, we found the hotel to be excellent value for money, in quite an expensive part of the world. To have bought everything outside which the hotel provided as part of its package would have cost a king's ransom. We will undoubtedly be back at some time in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Web PR Manager at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Magjim,

thank you for your review. As you realized, our hotel caters for couples and families who want to have fun in a stunning setting. We are very pleased that you liked our services. We hope that you will come back soon.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Comfortable well situated hotel very clean great views of the lake with its own private beach,what more do you want for this price?. Free drinks decent red wine with dinner beer was ok and the spirit bar (self service) had reasonable quality local brands, had much worse at other all inclusive s in the past.Breakfast was good lunch quite limited (but how much do you want to eat in a day ?) dinner was very good with plenty of choice for all tastes. All staff in all areas were very friendly and helpful (even at reception). The main winner is the lake fantastic beautiful place explored all of it during the week stunning sights will definitely come again.

Paul/sue west mids.

Room Tip: Not recommended for the less mobile,go for the superior rooms guaranteed lake view
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank paulie c
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Web PR Manager at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Paul and Sue,

thank you so much for your review. We are pleased that you liked our service and location. We hope to see you soon again next year, if you happen to come back to Italy.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

I must admit I was worried about this hotel after reading some of the negative reviews but this hotel is really good and value for money. What make it a good experience is the care the staff take over all the guests. Special mention should go to Carolyn who is an amazing multi lingual font of all knowledge. Also to Johnnie who has had frequent mentions in reviews, who has excellent communication skills and the staff are well trained. We had a lovely quiet room with a view of trees and lake. I am glad we were not overlooking the pool as they have loud music on to entertain the children, during the day.
Rooms are very clean and towels changed daily, we would have been prepared to hang on to ours for another day (many hotels have towels in the bath - change policy).
There is plenty of choice for breakfast and the tables are cleared quickly.
Lunch served by the pool or beach is limited but the salads are really nice, we did not like the plastic cutlery - made the whole thing cheap. Don't mind the plastic plates as china could break near the pool.
Always plenty of choice for evening meal and this changed daily. We had a la carte a few times, it was delicious and a good experience, but the portions were always so huge we felt embarrassed to leave so much, so we went back to the buffet. The wine was drinkable which is good, as I have been to all inclusives where they can be very vinegary
The pool is nice and deep enough but only the brave ventured in. The indoor pool was a lovely experience, low lights and very warm. It has 2 jacuzzis which we were reluctant to leave. There is a simple gym (some of the equipment was broken when we were there) No one else seemed to use the gym.
The entertainment was adequate; really enjoyed the music quiz on the last night the staff made it really fun and the fact the prizes were small made it a fun event rather than a strict competition. The Brazilian dancers were a joke; the three girls could not dance, the lighting was on the audience not the dancers and there was a distracting screen saver projected on to the wall. We walked out followed by many others. The managers should cancel this event.
The walk to Limone is quite nice along a quiet road.
We thoroughly enjoyed the week, and a big thank you to the staff.

Room Tip: we were on room 5403 which was nice and quiet
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank lynda h
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Web PR Manager at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Lynda,

thank you for your support and your praise. We are very glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay, and we will take into consideration your remarks about the entertainment. We hope to welcome you again soon, if you happen to be around Lake Garda again next year.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Firstly this is not 4 star, but we were lucky enough to get a superior room with the most stunning view across the lake. The room was very dated and only our pillow cases changed once in a week, but it was cleaned every day. We liked the lake side beach area as it was always quiet, but sadly the beach side grill and pool side grill had closed down, so we were only able to get drinks from the machines which were surronded by wasps. Breakfast was just ok, no fresh fruit only tinned prunes and the usual scammbled egg and bacon with a few cold cuts, lunch was very poor as all we ever had was three trays of grated carrot and cabbage a little ham and sliced cheese, chips, pasta and a burger of sorts, no sweets or friut. Afternoon snacks were small pieces of swiss roll. The evening meal was good with a nice assortment of hot and cold food, cheese and sweets. The entertainment was pretty boring with the usual electric organ player/singers. The walk down to Limone took about 20 mins, but what a beautiful place so pretty, there we hired a speed boat for an hour for 50 euros which was great fun. There was only a handful of English people at the hotel the majority were German. Well worth a visit if you don't expect too much from this hotel.

Room Tip: If you have mobillity problems this hotel is full of steps and slopes.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelLeonardoDaVinci, Web PR Manager at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Moores,

thank you for your review. We're sorry about the linen change and we thank you for putting it up for our consideration. Your opinion will be taken into account so as to improve our service. If you have anything to suggest as in order to ameliorate what we are now offering, feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again soon.

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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 3, 25010 Limone sul Garda, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Limone sul Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Limone sul Garda
#5 Luxury Hotel in Limone sul Garda
Price Range: $100 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 240
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