Limonaia Hotel

, Limone Sul Garda, Italy
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Limonaia Hotel

, Limone Sul Garda
3 star

Rooms: 72

Via Sopino Alto 3 - Limone Sul Garda - 25010 - Italy 365954221
229 Traveller

Reviews - Limonaia Hotel

3/10
One week is enough
Submitted by: Erik and Helen in 24/08/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
My initial disappointment with the Limonaia was that the rep at the welcome meeting didn't move us to another hotel, such as the one in town that they held the welcome meeting at. The Limonaia is an array of buildings built into the mountainside and largely facing south. Our room was up in the heavens, off a troglodyte council estate style corridor. It offered a spectacular view of the lake that anyone would be happy to tackle all of those stairs to see once, perhaps twice, in a lifetime. We did though receive a bottle of red wine in reception when asking for more of the tea style towels.

The room was made up daily, though this largely involved making the bed, spraying lavatory cleaner into the air (we saw this done) and tight fistedly auditing the toilet roll supply. Sometimes paper was removed, presumably when she thought that we had too much.

While the lavatory was excellent, the shower offered nowhere to put soap or shampoo. The electricity was only supposed to be available while we were in the room, although this could be overcome. The weak air conditioning was only available for two hours in the morning, another two at tea time and four more into the late evening. This could not be overcome but was sometimes overlooked.

The television had many channels, though only CNN and Eurosport were in English. This was probably fair as, judging from the car registrations and accents, the guests could have been from around a dozen central and north European countries.
The meals were surprisingly good, with meat and fish to help yourself to. Vegetables and salad were always on offer. It was though best not to focus too much on where particular food stuffs had been recycled from. Unfortunately, the mandatory two pasta starter could detract from the other courses. The drinks available at meal times were expensive, but were not sold with the enthusiasm that used, or part used, crockery was removed. During one course two waiters tried to remove my bowl before my pasta arrived.

The hotel had no internet connection. The small and beverage-themed mini-mart was only open for one hour, twice daily. The indoor pool was entirely within a bar area, while the outdoor pool was only intermittently slightly green. There was much on site car parking.

Despite its appearance in the view, the town of Limone was close enough to walk to. The walk back up the hill was more of a struggle, best avoided by using the one Euro minibus shuttle service. On the other hand, the town itself was so far from anywhere not on the lake that Venice is probably easier to visit from Luton than it is on the excursion.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Limonaia Hotel

Best thing was the view

from A TripAdvisor Member
Returned two days ago from Lake Garda and La Limonaia Hotel. Both the bedroom and bathroom were clean but basic with very thin walls. We had noisy people above. The view from the balcony was terrific and this was the best thing about the place, although others were not as lucky as trees obstructed the view. In general the hotel is run down and has an untidy appearance, not like other 3* hotels in the area which look smart and have made an effort with flowers etc. Breakfast was edible which is more than can be said about the evening meal. The meat appeared to be turkey most of the time, always served with greasy potatoes. The fish was minute.The sweets were always the same. Melon, fruit salad and a mousse which was definately out of a packet. The staff were friendly but the service was unprofessional. The Gala Evening on the last night had the best meal and the music was very good. The walk to and from Limone is extremely steep but can be managed by anyone reasonably fit. There is a minibus for those less able. There was no problem with the rest of the Page and Moy holiday, which was very well arranged. We did not take any organised trips as it was so easy to take a boat to most places, just get a timetable from the ticket office in Limone and work your own route out. It is worth taking the cablecar up from Malcesine. The views are wonderful and the cafe is good.

Climbing the heights

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location of this hotel is fine once you have achieved its summit and planted your flag, and your lungs have regained their normal rate of function, you can enjoy the spectacle of looking down on the soaring Sea Eagles. There is a minibus provided by the hotel, at a small cost; however this bus owes much to the Derek and Rodney Trotter mode of transport when compared to other hotel minibuses. In short, the location of this hotel is not for the very old or the infirm.
If you are hoping that it will not be necessary to make many excursions from the hotel, be warned it will be necessary, for those wishing to maintain the attachment of body and soul through quality nourishment they should seek elsewhere, as the food provided is nothing short of appalling. The main holiday operator for this hotel tries to put a “spin” on this by telling clients that this is traditional Italian cuisine – it isn’t!
Therefore expect to increase the cost of your holiday significantly by paying for your food twice.

Views to die for!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a 3 star hotel and the rooms, food and service do fall mainly into this category, although the vast majority of the staff are very friendly and helpful.

The rooms are large, clean and all have fantastic views (probably the best on the lake) but the hotel would not suit people with mobility problems because of the very steep access.

The local town of Limone is small but interesting and there are many facilities to occupy tourists.

The cable car ride from Malcesine is a must!

Brilliant

from A TripAdvisor Member
I don't know what people have found to complain about at this hotel. The Hotel Limonaia is superb and, with a few touches, would be a 4 star.

Views out of this world. Staff fantastic - friendly and speak very good English. Rooms fine. Pool and terrace great. Food simple Italian country cooking but very tasty and incredibly healthy. (We only saw one elderly couple complain and that's probaly because they expected bacon & egg 'just like at home').

We went as part of a Page & Moy package and can't speak highly enough of the whole experience. Check in/check out smooth and efficient. Tour guides very good. Bar prices great value and Lake Garda itself magnificent. Don't listen to the whingers, you'll love it!

Great views, shame about the food and service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from Hotel Limonaia. The hotel undeniably has one of the best views on the lake, an incredible swimming pool and own waterfall, once you've trecked past the rusting building rubble. However, it's a very basic hotel with unsinspired, barely edible food, consisting of different types of pasta served with the same canned sauce; no real vegetarian options and unique delights such as cold veal in tuna sauce! The service is unprofessional, with limited English spoken. The receptionist was unable to tell us where in Limone the hotel minibus stops! Despite arriving at 9pm the room wasn't ready and we were told to help ourselves to bed linen from a nearby cupboard. I would not recommend anyone goes there in the summer as aircon barely works and you can't leave the windows open as the balcony is actually part of a communal terrace. Not good for people with mobility problems as rooms difficult to access with many steps and slopes, while the hotel itself is up a very steep drive, meaning you're overly reliant on the hotel minibus.

hotel, views, staff, swimming pool, bus tours, food all fantastic!!!

from chalebeate
With only a three star rating we did not expect the exceptional hotel setting, the very frienldy and professional staff, the rooms all overlooking lake garda, even the large swimming pool overlooks the lake, it was more than we ever expected, the food was very acceptable and the rooms were kept clean and with each room having its own veranda overlooking the lake and mountains what more could we have asked for !!

Fabulous Place

from A TripAdvisor Member
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The views are spectacular and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It is quite a steep walk to and from town (takes about 20 -30 mins) but there is a shuttle bus and the driver is great - it costs 1e return but is well worth it. I can't wait to return! I met many people there who had been there before and had returned and I can understand why.

Fantastic Hotel/Friendly Staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from "The Limonaia"and what a fantastic place it is.The staff are genuinely friendly and the food is delicious.
There is a swimming pool, and a poolside bar which serves the most interesting salads.
Their system of allocating you the same table each night, cuts out the hassle in the restaurant, and the views are spectacular.
We will definately return to this hotel in the future.

Very nice hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice hotel. Fab. views. Good food, Clean, Nice room, Shuttle bus essential: cheap and frequent - run by Gabriel (who is an angel).
But - early May 04 weather cold with wind chill.
Windy? They hold world sail-boarding championships at Torbole, so wind is to be expected. Suggest if weather is a bit chilly then take the boat south to, say, Bardolino or Salo.
And for lunch someday, try the parma ham with melon. Yummy.

Fabulous Views

from JanetCornwall
This was an exceptionnaly clean hotel. The rooms were spacious, bedroom being on a mezzanine floor. The views were breathtaking from the balcony outside the room. Chairs were provided for you to sit and watch the lake.

The food was good especially breakfast. The evening meal was good with 4 courses. The antipasta was excellent. All other courses were good although the desserts could have been a bit more imaginative. The freshh fruit was an apple and/or banana/orange plonked on a plate.

The staff were all friendly and helpful.

Top Local Tips for Limone Sul Garda

Getting around from Limone The only practical way to get around (if you do not have a car) is by boat. The buses are not frequent. However, the boats are excellent and reasonably priced. However they do not run in the evening so you are limited to your resort. This does bother us as we usually get back to hotels just in time for a shower and late dinner.Major Tip: Get a promotion (discount) card from your hotel or the Tourist Information Office. This gives you 20% discount on the boat fare for 3 days and you can easily get another card when the first one runs out.

Venice There are many excurisons to Venice available, but be aware that it's around a 3 hour coach drive, plus around 30 mins on a boat.

LOCATION FANTASTIC SETTING IN MOUNTAINS/LAKE

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  • Address: Via Sopino Alto 3 - Limone Sul Garda - 25010 - Italy
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