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“Stunning views across beautiful Lake Garda”
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Hotel Lucia
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arias
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“Stunning views across beautiful Lake Garda”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

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.

Room Tip: All rooms face the lake, so it doesn't really make much difference.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

I believe Hotel Lucia is worth more than three stars. The amazing view of the Lake and its peaceful surrounding is in itself worthy of three stars alone. Everything else is a bonus.

The relatively small main building is for bed and board and the additional buildings house self-catering guests However, meals are flexible so self-catering guests are allowed to have meals in the hotel at an extra charge of about 7 Euros for breakfast and 11- 15 Euros for half- board. The hotel is relatively small and is set in the village of Tremosine up in the hills. It takes about 15 minutes to walk further up the hill to a relatively small village where there's a restaurant, shop, RC church. Walking down the hill for approximately 30 minutes takes you to a slightly larger village with more restaurants, an RC church and gift and souvenir shops. The roads are narrow and winding which can be a bit risky especially on a winding bend where there may not be a pavement. I found the gradient to be relatively steep but then again I'm a relatively unfit senior citizen (just). I found this to be the case also around the hotel building on the paths that led from the hotel to the swimming pool, activity centres and platformed sun area. There were plenty steps and sloping paths which is to be expected when high up in the hills.

A bus service runs past the hotel to Limone in the north, the nearest town, and another bus takes you to the south. Although the bus stops are in front of the hotel the bus service is quite infrequent. There's a bus at around 8.00 am and 10 a.m that takes you to Limone for a relatively small charge. The last bus back is about 5 pm. The run is not for the faint hearted as the bus takes you even higher up in the hills on even more narrow and winding roads. However, the drivers know the roads very well and are very competent. It gives you the opportunity to see local life in action and the villagers all recognise the drivers and wave to them, sometimes stopping for a brief chat. We boarded a boat in Limone which took us to the village of Malcesine, a picturesque, small cobbled place with lots of the typical souvenir shops and restaurants. We found Limone and Malcesine to be very overcrowded and were glad to return to the tranquility of Hotel Lucia. Having driven our car from England we took the opportunity to drive further south. Galgano with its pretty harbour was not touristy and flat. Salo was bigger, pretty and less touristy. Sirmignione was much bigger and very touristy. The further south we went the flatter it got and hotter. It was a straightforward run on the motorway but coastal roads are available but it would have taken too long to cover everything this way. However, there are boats which take you all round the island on a hop on and hop off basis.

The hotel provides bikes for hire and there are lots of trails for keen walkers. It can also arrange excursions for you. It is a family run hotel and appears to be directed by the "Mama" who cannot speak English. However, at least one of the family could speak English fluently and often was evident at reception which was open between 8 am and 11 pm. There was the odd occasion when one of the waitresses had to step in to help us set up a wi-fi account. This was free per half hour per day and we arranged for this for the whole week. There is a charge for anything above this. They have their own computer in the lounge area.

Our bedroom was quite spacious and had plenty wardrobe and storage space. Although there was no air conditioning the room was fitted with a ceiling light/fan which helped to keep the room cooler ... having a tiled floor also helped. As the temperature was around 29 degrees in the day time and 22 at night we found that it was enough to keep us comfortable. The shower room (no bath) was quite small as was the shower cubicle. The base also had a slight slant and it was tricky trying to stay upright. The water was generally cool apart from one occasion when it was scolding. We fell in love with the balcony which housed two comfortable chairs and a sun-bed as well as a table. We spent time there enjoying a cool drink from the fridge whilst taking in the spectacular view of the Lake or reading our books in a peaceful setting (apart from the odd occasion when we heard the whines from a spoilt child). At our request the hotel allowed us to use the fridge in our room at a charge of 1 euro per day. This was fantastic because we always had cold drinks available. There was a hotel safe in the room which was free of charge.

We were on the third floor, the highest in the hotel which we requested at time of booking. The rear exit at this level took you to the swimming pool, activity areas, sauna etc. Being on a hill meant you had to walk up steep gradients. Guests were requested to wear rubber soled footwear around the pool area which a a reasonably sized slightly heated pool, with modern sun beds and parasols. A vending machine was available for supplies of soft drinks, chocolate etc. There were a couple of platform areas on a higher level with two sun beds, parasol, table and two chairs which we used for some of the time in the day.

The dining rooms, reception and bar and lounge area were on level 2. A lift was available on the ground floor to the west side of the building. This area was very attractively set out with a typical wrought iron spiral staircase under which was a decorative pond with fountain.

There were two dining areas and a terrace across the front of the hotel on level 2. One dining area appeared to be used in the main for families with younger children, although some couples were also evident. We were thankfully placed in a more civilised area. Guests were expected to use the same table for breakfast and evening meal. I'm sure if you wanted to change that the staff would willingly oblige.

Breakfast was served between 7.30 am and 9am and Dinner between 7.30 and 8.30 pm. After your first evening meal and every evening after that, guests were expected to record what meals they would like for the following evening. Every morning there would be a recorded statement of what extras you had been debited with the previous day as cash did not exchange hands. This helped the guest and the hotel to keep tabs on what was being charged for and any mistakes could be rectified quickly .... there were no mistakes for us and it was a very efficient and quick process when checking out as a result of this.

Breakfast was the usual continental buffet style..... cold meats, cheeses, preservatives, bread, cakes, cereals, fruit etc. The only hot food was boiled eggs which were obviously hard as they were kept warm in an insulated basket. Beverages, juices etc were available from the machines.

There was a wide choice of foods covering courses. The salad buffet bar I found to be lacking in choice but the main menu had several choices which always included soups, pasta, meats, fish, omelettes and vegetables with the main course. The meals were good but I found some tended to have had too much oil added as it was evident in the sauces etc. Having said that I never left anything. Guests who had come on A la Carte terms used the terrace for their evening meal. It appeared that anyone could use the terrace for breakfast if they preferred it to their table.

What I did not like was that our table linen didn't appear to have been changed the week we were there. When we first sat at our table the napkin had been shaped into a cone. After that I observed the waitresses used to simply fold the same napkin and place it into a cloth wallet-like holder after every evening meal. Fortunately, we were not messy eaters but I'd have felt much more comfortable using a clean napkin after every meal.

Finally, I would just like to say that all the staff were friendly, respectful and courteous. Hopefully we will be able to return one day soon.

Room Tip: opt for rooms on level three with a lake view
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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picton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

This hotel is located atop a hill overlooking the base of the Dolomite mountains and magnificent Lake Garda. Once up there, it's magnificent. Getting up there is another story. However if you are an adventurer, a walker or hiker, this is the place for you.
We opted to stay in one of the independent villas that is located just up the road, but you can still walk to it from the main property where the restaurant is located.We had dinner is the restaurant several times and found the food very good. There are several units in a block and they offer you your own balcony or terrace. The unit we stayed in had a combo living/dining area, separate bedroom and lovely bathroom. Our friends had a until that had an open loft upstairs as well as the kitchen.living area. Although we didn't cook at all during our stay, the fridge came in handy for things like milk and juice or a nice cold beer.
The area of Lake Garda is like a dream. There are towns and villages scattered around the lake connected by road or by taking the local ferry. One of the nicest towns located just at the base of the mountain is Limone that has wonderful restaurants, bars and shopping.
If you are looking for a heavenly area and a lovely hotel, this is it.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

Provided you are happy with the 30-40 minute drive through narrow winding mountain roads to reach this hotel, this is an outstanding hotel in many ways. Although rather unspectacular from the outside, the interior areas of the hotel are quite beautiful and reminiscent of a lavishly decorated old Italian villa. The hotel is part of a village complex with other rooms and apartments in nearby locations, and the rooms in the main hotel all have balconies facing the achingly beautiful view over the lake and the mountains on the far shore. Our room was a little basic, with several items that would normally be regarded as standard only available as extras - we had to request a kettle to make tea in the morning for €20 deposit and collect 2 cups on a daily basis, and the fridge required a "rent" of €6 for the week. Also, the TV was full of only German-speaking channels with only one English channel, Bloomberg; the advertised BBC1 channel was just not available. For those of you that need computer access there is Wi-fi in the hotel: first 30 minutes free and chargeable after that, although the connection can be a bit flaky. The only other negative was the washing facilities were a bit sub-standard, with a broken shower cubicle and only lukewarm water for washing and showers.
The extremely reasonable half-board price of €38 p.p.p.n. included a German-style buffet breakfast with a range of breads, ham, cheese, cereals, juice, and coffee which we found acceptable, plus a 3-course dinner which was quite outstanding. The choice of dishes was imaginative and beautifully presented, and we were never disappointed with the excellence of the cooking - I particularly recommend the Amaretto Parfait, which was an amazing taste experience.
Finally, the staff were all very helpful and anxious to please; we took a trip to Venice while we were there and we were provided with a printed train timetable for the following day; and our regular waitress Gabriella was charming and really anxious to make sure we had all we needed at meal times
We would definitely go back to this charming hotel, although it is really a place for chilling out and relaxing as the pace of life in this part of the world is, well, very Italian! We probably spent too much time driving up and down the mountain to see as much as we could, which was tiring, and another time it would be nice just to relax on the balcony or by the pool.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed at this Hotel from 2nd October until 9th October. The Hotel is owned and managed every day by the owners - Lucia and her mother Anna. They have had the hotel for forty years and is named after Anna's daughter - Lucia. I cannot speak high enough of these wonderful people - Lucia and mother Anna together with their first class staff. They will do anything to help you and are so friendly and welcoming. - Thank you :-)...The food cannot be faulted. First class. I have special diet and it was all prepared and ready for me when I wanted it. Wow!
The hotel is little in accessable and you do really need a car or some other mode transport as the buses to the lake and the nearest town - Limone - are only 3 or 4 times a day and the buses double up as school bus!. The journey to Limone is about 10 - 15 minutes in a car but 30 minutes on the bus. Verona the nearest big airport is about 1.45 hours away by car. THE VIEWS ARE STUNNING !!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

My husband and I stayed for a week in August. The staff were excellent and made sure our stay was comfortable. We stayed half-board and found the meals to be of a good quality. Although there is no entertainment in the hotel, this suited us fine, as we like a quiet place so we can take in the atmosphere. There were board games in the lounge area if wanted. The views from the hotel are fantastic. Most evenings we would sit on the balcony outside the restaurant and soak up the viewsl It is about a 15/20 min walk into the village for small supermarkets, which stock a good range of items. A car is definitely needed as it is about one and a half/two hours from Verona airport and the last 20 mins from the bottom of the lake is quite narrow and windy, but we found it no problem once you got used to it. Although we didn't use the pool area, we often used the hammocks which were dotted around the gardens and we found these really relaxing, especially late afternoon after we had been out during the day. We had a standard double room with a lake view and a small balcony. This was more than enough for us as we didn't spend that much time in the room. We are already planning to book again for next year, and we hope to drive out there and stay for about 10 days or so.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

The road up to the hotel is exiting. I like it, added to the experience. The hotel is very clean, the staff very nice! In it's price range this is one of the best hotels I've stayed in. And the view from there terrace is breathtaking.

If you want pubs/bars and restaurants nearby this is not the hotel for you. It's a long drive to nearest "town".

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Lucia
Address: Via del Sole 2, 25010 Arias, Tremosine, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Tremosine > Arias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lucia 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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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