We stayed at the Hotel Lucia for 7 nights during a very hot week in August; there are amazing views across Lake Garda, and the surroundings are fairly quiet, which make the 20 minutes somewhat hair-raising drive up to Tremosine from Limone absolutely worth it (although not to be tackled by nervous or inexpereinced drivers due to everyone else on the road seeming to expect you to give way all the time!). The hotel is friendly and welcoming; many of the staff spoke good English, and they were all very helpful if you needed local information or travelling advice. It was full but never appeared crowded, apart from the normal lack of sun loungers around the pool mid-afternoon.
Our room overlooked the lake, and whilst a little basic, was very clean and well presented, with a useful fridge for drinks and a ceiling fan - but no air-conditioning. There was plenty of wardrobe space, extra pillows and a flat screen TV with a full range of Italian and several German-speaking channels (most of the other guests were German), though no English ones, which was a bit of a shame, as we had to watch the Olympics from a very Italian perspective! The bathroom was disappointing; functional, but very small and dated; it badly needed renovating and upgrading - my husband was somewhat put out at having to stand in the shower tray in order to use the loo! The walls and ceilings were rather thin; you could clearly hear people in the next room, and the divisions between the balconies did not afford much privacy.
Breakfast was a good choice from a self service buffet, and dinner (on half board) was generally good, although not always very inspired. One chose the following day's menu at dinner the night before, from a selection of 3 choices for each course, plus a salad bar and dessert. The wine was exceptionally good value, and there was a good range of both local Veneto and other Italian wines on offer - we had several bottles of an excellent Prosecco for less than 10 Euro. Our waitress Gabriella was excellent, attentive and very professional. The a la carte menu was more exciting, and also good value.
Many of the hotels around Lake Garda are in the lakeside towns and villages, and as such are in the middle of busy and touristy surroundings or on the main road that runs around the lake. If you are looking for the 'lake' experience but want something a bit quieter, Hotel Lucia is well worth the drive, although once up the mountain I'd recommend spending a few days just exploring the little communities, footpaths and mountian passes in the area rather than constantly travelling up and down the long and twisty road to Limone, Riva and the lake ferries. We did our share of lakeside outings (including a ferry trip from Gagnano to Malcesine - which we discovered would have been less than half the price if we'd taken the private boat trip from Limone to Malcesine!) but thorougly enjoyed the lovely mountain scenery a short drive from the hotel.
In summary, Hotel Lucia is not the grandest or poshest hotel we have stayed in, but the accommodation and food were good, the staff very friendly and the setting absolutley stunning - a good choice for relaxing away from the bustle of the lakeside towns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Lucia overlooks Lake Garda from a natural balcony, from which you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. Surrounded by the beauties of the Alto Garda Park, it offers the pleasures of the mountains as well as those of the lake. Far from traffic and noise it is the ideal place for those who love to relax. Our warm hospitality and the real value for money we offer ensure you’ll have a great holiday ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lucia Lake Garda, Italy - Arias