My wife and I had a most enjoyable stay at the H. Antonella from the 17th. May, 2009. The first thing we noticed was the friendliness and attentiveness of the Marchiotto family which owns and runs the Hotel and the Ristorante e Pizzeria da Gigi downstairs. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and our every need was catered for immediately. They all work so hard, that I wondered if they ever slept! The evening meals were a choice of beautifully cooked Italian food, produced by Sra. Marchiotto and her daughter (with advice from grandmother, who started the hotel in 1960), and we ate and enjoyed every morsel. Son Max - the bar-tender, waiter, computer whizz-kid and general factotum - even made time to make a printout of all the lake's fish, to satisfy my curiosity. Then there was 'Flipper', the family's friendly golden Labrador, who was very popular with the guests on the terrace after dinner, and would sit for ages to be petted. We loved him!
There was a lovely view of the lake from our room/balcony on the third floor and also a terrace, front and back on that floor from which we had views across to Limone and the Monte Baldo range at the rear. As usual, I hired a car (from Avis at Riva) so that we could explore the other towns and villages around the lake. and return to our favourite paradise, lovely, peaceful Lago di Ledro, up in the mountains to the N.W. of L.Garda. It can be reached only by road, preferably through the 4.3 km dead straight tunnel through the mountain above Riva - an experience in itself! Being about 2,000 ft. higher than L.Garda the temperature is always 5 or more degrees lower than Malcesine - when it's hot we always head for the mountains! Boy, was it hot! The temperature ranged from 25 degrees at the beginning of the week to 39 degrees on Saturday, when we took the car back to Riva, and had to trudge back from the ferry (about 10 min. even with a knee replacement and a dodgy heart between us). It was so wonderful to collapse into the air-conditioned coolness of the bar / dining room area with a cold drink! The main road outside the hotel is noisy, the only drawback, but you can watch the mad motor-cyclists cutting up the other traffic. The hotel and rooms have excellent double-glazing, but we daren't shut the door in that heat. If only there was air-conditioning in the rooms it would be perfect!
It was delightful to be looked after by a family, and we certainly didn't want to leave.
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- Also Known As:
- Antonella Hotel Malcesine
- Hotel Antonella Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy