We spent a week in the Royal Village hotel as a family with 2 little children (4 years old and 1,5 years old) and had a nice vacation.
Rooms: We had a room in the Villa Lucia which was perfect for a family with kids. The room was big (it fitted a double bed, a baby bed, a desk, a bunk bed and there was still room for our kids to play and for the baby-stroller to stand. Also the bathroom was modern with a big corner shower - no bathtub. We had a room with lake-view, but the main view we had was on the parking lot (2nd floor). However, when we were at the reception to get our key, there were some German people complaining about their room and requesting a room in Villa Lucia (where we were staying). So apparently, not all the rooms are that big and comfortable. We liked the room, it was clean and the furniture was modern.
The fact that it were German people complaining is not a surprise, as 90% of the guests are German and in the age category 50+. It didn't bother us, but be prepared to be addressed in German by the staff and by other guests. Lake Garda in general is also very German - oriented (in shops and on roadsigns everything is indicated in Italian and German).
Restaurant/drinks: The restaurant hours are from 7:30-9:30 (and they really start taking everything away at 9:30), 12:30-14h and 18:30-20:30h. Breakfast was the same every day but extensive. There were cereals and yoghurt, cheese, ham, salami, bread, croissants, eggs in different ways and bacon. Coffee and tea was self-service from machines. Juice was also from a machine. At lunch there was a salad bar, different salads and some slices of pizza and pasta. In the evening there was also a salad bar, different salads, two types of soup, three types of pasta with sauce and everyday there was also plain pasta and plain rice with separate tomato sauce (which is interesting for children), one type of fish and two types of meat. The German influence was also noteable in the salads, everyday there was something with sausages and potatoes. The vegetables are often prepared with a lot of butter. Overall the quality of the food was good, you could find someting you like everyday, although the salads etc. are often the same at lunch and in the evening. The desserts were somewhat limited, but there was also fresh fruit and a soft ice machine (again ideal for children). Drinks are available from machines in self service: some soda's (virgin cola) and white and red housewine which was ok and beer. There is also a microwave to heat baby food. The restaurant is very noisy, as there are a lot of people and you can also hear noises from the kitchen. Two times you can also eat in the pizza restaurant instead of the buffet restaurant, which was a nice diversion.
At 4 o'clock there is tea-time near the pool area and then you can eat some cake and cookies, again ideally for kids. During the day you can also get coffee and drinks in plastic cups (until 6 o'clock). After dinner time you have to pay for your drinks.
There is a dress code in the restaurant: men have to wear a long pair of trousers and no slippers or tank tops are allowed. However they did not send anyone back with shorts or slippers.
Pool/playground: There are three pools, a pool in the form of a fish next to villa Lucia and a big pool and a children pool across the street (which was also where you had to get your drinks). We never had a problem finding a seat at the pool. The water of the pools is fairly cold, even indoor. We used the fish-shaped pool as this was near to our hotel room, but we had to cross the street for drinks everytime. There is also a playground for children with trampoline etc. which our 4-year old enjoyed.
Location: The hotel is actually a collection of buildings along two sides of a steep road. The main building and main swimming pools are on one side of the road, villa lucia and the restaurants are on the other side of the road. The lake and center of Limone is a short walk down the road, but it is indeed steep. However, we walked down and up everyday with our baby-stroller and our 4 year old walked alone and never complained. For older people it might be a bit more difficult. There is also a paying shuttle service which brings you up and down (1 euro), but we never used this.
The parking lot is also rather steep but it is doable to park your car.
Conclusion: We had a nice family vacation here with our two small children. I would suggest to request a room in Villa Lucia as these seem to be the biggest and newest rooms. I would recommend this hotel for families with (small) kids. The playground is really nice for them, the rooms are a good size and the partly all-in service is good for drinks etc. The only downside is the rather cold pool water and the fact that the property is split by a road.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Village Hotel
- Hotel Royal Village Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy