Having read previous reviews for this hotel I was a little concerned. However, having just spent 12 glorious days there I can say that I need not have worried.
all rooms face the lake but a few have the view slightly obstructed by trees. We had 875 at the top, and on the end meaning that we got morning and evening sun on the balcony. The view was perfect.
The furniture could be described as 'worn' but that didn't worry us at all. The bed was extremely comfortable and there was a mini fridge which we used to chill our own water & wine (as well as stocking the hotel's own drinks). We had carpet but noticed that many other rooms had tiled floors. The room was big and had a sofa bed, table and chairs as well as the king size bed and dressing table & wardrobe etc.
The bathroom was clean and functional with a shower over the bath.
The room was cleaned daily by a lovely cheerful lady who came back later if the do not disturb sign was showing. Towels were changed as often as you wanted (leave them on the floor if you want them changed or hang them up to use them again). Shower gel was replenished as often as it was used as were toilet rolls & tissues etc as you would expect.
There was a kettle in the room and tea and coffee provided as well. We received a welcome bottle of prosecco and some sweets which we appreciated.
There was a table and chairs on the balcony as well. The air conditioning works only when the window and doors a closed (opening them breaks the electrical circuit) - seemed to make sense.
There seems to have been a lot of criticism of the food in previous reviews. There does seem to be a German influence in the food here but that seemed to be common to several restaurants we visited in the area. Since a large proportion of the residents of the area are expat Germans and the majority of visitors to the north end of the lake are too then this isn't surprising.
We were happy with the food on offer and you would never go hungry here. Meals are buffet style but chefs serve your choice of starters and mains - you help yourself to everything else.
For starters there are three or four choices of pasta dish (or have a little of all of them if you like) as well as two soup choices. These change daily. Bruschetta and oils as well as bread rolls are available to help yourself to. There were four hot choices of mains every day. Including a fish choice. Examples are - roast meats (pork, beef, lamb), schnitzels, goulash, herbed chicken. A hot potato dish and a hot vegetable dish is also available daily and these also vary.in addition there are about 20 cold accompaniments that you can choose from including pickles, vegetables, salads, rice, pasta etc.
There were several desserts available including cakes, strudel, mousses and a mountain of fresh fruit. Again we saw people having a piece of everything - some seemed to have very good appetites!
With dinner you can help yourself to water (still or sparkling), their version of orangeade/coke and red or white wine. These drinks all come from a self service machine and there is no limit to the number of times you can refill your glass. I do enjoy my wine and, whilst these are not top class wines, they are still very drinkable.
Breakfast was buffet style again. There were always hot boiled eggs, scrambled eggs (German/Italian style) and something that looked like bacon but wasn't quite the same as in the uk - but still tasty. There was also a variety of breads for toast, rolls, croissants, cold meats, cheese, cereals, yoghurt, jams and fresh fruit - eat as much as you like again.
Filippo the restaurant manager was great as were the waiters. They work hard and seem to be unappreciated by many of the guests many of whom didn't seem to offer a please or thank you.
If I had one complaint about dinner it would be that it was too early 6.15pm to 8.30pm but you wouldn't want to get there much after 8pm to get the full choice. With the one hour time difference it made our evening meal seem very early.
An indoor pool which never seemed to have anyone in it and two outdoor pools.
Free coffee and cakes are available by the outdoor pool every day between 4&5pm.
A gym which never seemed to have anyone in it.
Loads of sun beds dotted around the gardens with amazing views.
A bar with live music on a couple of evenings which we enjoyed immensely - shame more people didn't come to listen.
As mentioned before the restaurant staff are very pleasant and helpful as are the reception staff. A special mention to Rosa on reception who translated for us when our hire car broke down. Our housekeeper was a joy.
The staff had to deal with many demands from the guests who often appeared to be unappreciative so we found that a 'per favore' and 'grazie' went a long way.
This is a big hotel with a lot of guests most of whom are German. There seemed to be several German coach tours. We were the only English although there were some French and some Americans there too. The predominant age seemed to be over 60 but there were a handful of families and younger people.
The hotel is on the side of a very steep hill about a mile from the town. The walk to the town and back is very pleasant and there are many shortcuts. If you don't fancy the climb back up (or down) the hotel provides a bus service for 80cents per trip but we didn't use this preferring to walk.
Limone is beautiful - take time to explore all of it - there is more to see than you first think. The shops are touristy and overpriced but the restaurants are great.
Visit the limonaia where they used to grow lemons and see the restoration. Visit Jonny on the quayside to hire one of his speed boats.
If you like walking there are great walks up the mountain to the back of the hotel.
Also cross the lake to Malcesine for a trip round the town and go up on the cable cars to Monte Baldo for a spectacular view (there was deep snow at the top but it was 25 degrees at the bottom).
We also visited Monza for some racing (very hard to find!), Trento, Brescia, Verona, Venice and lots of the towns around the lake. We hired a car - the driving took a bit of getting used to but was worth the effort.
We went over Easter and the temperature should have been around 16 degrees with a couple of days of rain but we enjoyed 20-25degrees daily with no rain.
We had excellent pizza at Restaurant Tovo (just opposite the hotel), yummy lasagne at the Palme hotel and great gelato at Jacky bar.
In summary - you can tell that we had a great holiday and will definitely be back again!
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- Also Known As:
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- San Pietro Limone Sul Garda
- Hotel San Pietro Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy