I have just returned from Malcesine where I stayed 3 nights at the Parc Hotel Eden with my daughter. I don't normally add reviews to Tripadvisor but I was really impressed witht this hotel.
We arrived at lunchtime and were greeted outside when our taxi pulled up by the hotel owner/lady on Reception. We checked in and were then invited to dinner in the hotel restaurant that evening "on the house" (first night is free but subsequent nights we would have to pay for). We chose our meals and were then directed to our rooms.
The room was spotlessly clean with clean bed linen and fresh, white, soft towels in the bathroom. The furniture may be a little dated but don't let this put you off because the cleanliness certainly makes up for it. There is air conditioning and a TV with BBC World News available on it should you feel the need to keep up with events. There are extra pillows available if you want them - just ask Reception or the cleaning lady. There is also a minibar and bags of crisps and nuts in the rooms if you want them - not too expensive either.
The view from the balcony was simply stunning (I had asked for a lake view room but I was still taken aback by how amazing the view was). There was a table and chairs on the balcony so we could sit and admire the scene infront of us.
The Pool area, although a little tired looking, has plenty of sunbeds and parasols and, with its elevated position, again the views were incredible. If you're going to the pool ask Reception for the padded sunbed toppers. You'll then keep these until the end of your stay.
Dinner was nice (great pasta) with a lovely salad buffet and there is plenty of choice at Breakfast (bread rolls, ham, cheese, salami, boiled eggs, Danish toast, jams, fruit, cereal, juices, tea, coffee etc). The Waiter (Francesco) is a friendly chap and, like the lady on Reception, is really helpful.
The Beach is directly across the road from the hotel and is reached by an underpass through the hotel's parking garage. There is a snack bar on the beach with a bathroom to the side of it with a toilet, sink and shower (the bathroom is immaculate by the way). There's also an Ice Cream vendor that pulls up around 3pm and a Beach Bar Boat that comes along every now and again and stays briefly (the only noise you'll hear all day!)
I would recommend taking some form of padded mat with you to the beach though as it is stony and can be uncomfortable laying on just a towel. There is a shop as you approach Malcesine Town that sells beach items so you may be able to get a mat there - a thick yoga mat would be ideal. Also, beach shoes that you can wear in the water are helpful because of the stones.
We had a lovely couple of days lazing on the beach watching the various water sports going on and having a swim. The lake is cold but so refreshing on a hot day and it's lovely swimming in fresh, unsalty water for a change.
The hotel in not really within walking distance of Malcesine (although I understand there is a lakeside path that runs all the way from the hotel to the town but when we were there is was just too hot to walk that far). There is, however, a well organised Tourist Bus which you can catch by going under the same tunnel to reach the beach and then walk a few metres to the bus stop. The bus runs every hour at 20 minutes to the hour into town and then 20 minutes past the hour on the way back. It costs 1 euro 20 cents. On the way back you need to catch the bus outside the Tourist Information office which is opposite where the bus drops you on the way there and don't panic.... it takes a slightly different route on the way back initially but ends up back on the main road long before the stop for the hotel. The bus stop is outside the Hotel Sole but the driver was happy to drop us at the end of the path leading up to the Parc Hotel Eden as we were the last two on the bus.
Malcesine Town is beautiful with little cobbled streets (in the Old Town around the castle) and quaint little shops. We ate at some lovely restaurants and listened to some live music at Cafe Statuto on the Tuesday evening and at a restaurant by the port on the Wednesday.
All in all, our stay in this hotel was a lovely experience. The lady on reception was so helpful and really nice to talk to - her English is great! She informed us about the Tourist Bus, talked us through a map of Malcesine town and when I asked for some details about the castle she happily investigated for us. She also gave my teenage daughter a few English magazines to read. Nothing is too much trouble for her.
I would happily come back to this hotel and to Malcesine... I hope I do one day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a beautiful spot overlooking the lake, surrounded by the nature and only 800mt. away from “Fraglia Vela Malcesine”, the Hotel is connected to the beach, bike path, and the kite-boarding school via underpass. Swimming pool, terrace, solarium, restaurant, bar, lounge, TV room, elevator, WI-FI area, parking and garage. Rooms with bathroom, air conditioning, balcony overlooking the lake, satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parc Hotel Malcesine
- Parc Hotel Eden Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy