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“Best views in Malcesine” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Rosa
Ranked #69 of 70 Hotels in Malcesine
Ardley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best views in Malcesine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013 via mobile

76 friends & family descended on Malsecine for my nephews wedding, we booked Hotel Rosa as it is next door to the reception venue. Glad we did, excellent on every level. Friendly & very helpful staff, nice clean rooms, good views and breathtaking views of Lake Garda (and the mountains).

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

Me and my partner stayed for a week half board at the Hotel Rosa and have to say it was one of the nicest holidays we have had in a while. The staff were extremely friendly, the rooms really clean with spectacular views across the lake (we booked a lake view which is a must), the food was also really good so all in all a fantastic family run hotel that we will recommend to family and friends and definitely go back ourselves.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

An excellent small hotel, ideally located for walking or visiting ,using the excellent local transport system, the many small towns on the East side of the Lake. There is also a frequent ferry service about 15 minutes walk from the hotel which takes you across the water to Limone.This trip is a must. We stayed half board at the hotel and we found the meals varied and very good with the wine list to be commended. The swimming pool is of average size and although unheated is kept immaculately clean. We did not spend much time in our rooms but they were quite small(particularly the bathroom and this might bother some people).There is one must though-insist on a lake view,or you are likely to be disappointed with the room accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ChrisLong7142
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Myself and my boyfriend are just back from 6 days in this hotel and we shall be returning! Amazing location, you cant get any better views I dont think. We paid for a lake view with air conditioning and so glad we did. The view from our balcony was breathtaking.
Hotel was spotlessly clean and found staff very helpful.
There is a tourist bus that stops right outside the hotel and for 1 euro brought you into the centre.
Breakfast was the usual continental and was fine, we never dined there otherwise as food wasnt to what we would like but that is no reflection on the hotel.
We hope to go back next year and for this reason would 100% recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Pay extra for lake view and air conditioning, its a must!!!!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lesley m
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Great hotel in a superb location. It's not in Malcesine but in Val Di Sogno, a couple of kilometres outside town

Tourist bus stops right outside- a 10 minute trip to town costing one euro

Only stay at Rosa if you can get a lake view room though, the rooms on the back aren't great but the ones on the front, although small, are really clean and the views are simply stunning

The pool is lovely too with similar views and the swim in the lake in also a great way to cool down on a hot day

Breakfast is continental as you'd expect and is much improved from our last visit. Didn't have evening meal as it seems to be for half board customers but there are so many great places to eat in Malcesine then why tie yourself to one place? La Voglier (to your left if you come out of hotel) is a really great place to eat

Understand Neilson do a package trip to Rosa now if you prefer someone to do the work but if not, flights to Milan Bergamo or Verona will leave you an hour and a half to travel on a great lake view road. I've got the number of a local mini bus driver to help so contact me if you're interested

Room Tip: Lake view room is vital!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Please, let me explain the title of my review:

My wife and I stayed here for a week in August.
Firstly, this place has absolutely breathtaking views and is set on a relatively quiet stretch of shingle 'cove', right on the lake. I cannot stress how amazing the view is from the front, with the never ending lake and mountains either side really giving it that 'wow' factor. I'm a photographer and It's exactly what I hoped Lake Garda would look like.
It is half an hours stroll into Malcesine or 5 minutes on the tour bus which stops directly outside the hotel. The stroll in lovely on a morning after breakfast, but hard work (the last bit up a hill) if you've been out walking / sightseeing all day.

The hotel was spotless. From the lovely pool area, all the way through to the restaurant, outdoor terrace and gardens, it was immaculately clean and well kept. At breakfast and evening meal you even get cutlery wrapped in their own paper bags (and on an evening, even an envelope to place your napkin into when you have finished your meal). It may be a bit extreme, but we thought it was a nice touch.

The staff were fantastic to us. They don't speak much English, but if you try to speak a bit of Italian and make an effort to talk to them, they are lovely people. The manager and two waitresses, in particular, were great. The waitresses work unbelievable hours as well but were always available and well presented. We heard that the staff were rude to English travellers and at first we thought this were true, but getting to know them a bit really worked in our favour (more on that later).

Now onto the food. We didn't know what to expect having read other reviews being a bit 'middle of the road', but it was good. It's hard at first to come to grips with how they serve evening meals (if you're staying half board). At breakfast you fill out a card with your room number on it, then tick the choices of starter, main and dessert you want for your evening meal. Apparently most hotels adopt this service and to be honest, it was never a problem. The breakfast itself was fresh fruit, cereals, cold meats, cheese, breads and scrambled eggs - some days with cheese and ham. It's Italy and this is their culture, so don't expect sausage, bacon & beans. There were the usual array of jams etc to choose from for a continaental breakfast and to us, this was all fine.
We never ate from the snack menu so cannot comment on the food served but the evening meals were good. Different every night, with three choices of each course to choose from (at breakfast). The salad bar was always there to go upto but each of the three courses was served to you by the waitresses. No serving yourself buffet. We were always quite full after our meals and they were all decent.

This all sounds brilliant so far, but unfortunately, there was a downside and it was a big one, but keep reading on after and it can easily be rectified.
The room we had was ridiculous to behold. The whole room was about 12ft square and included the bathroom. Sitting on the toilet you can stretch your legs and arms and touch the adjecent wall. The shower (just big enough for a 6ft, 13 stone fella) leaked all over the floor, creating a slippery pool on the tiles.There was no air conditioning and that wonderful view, well, from our room, turned into a clay banking with fire escape. It was easily the most uncomfortable room we've ever stayed in. On holiday, a room is just a room to sleep, shower and get ready for us. But it has to be comfortable. On all three counts, it was not. We couldn't sleep - it was very hot and we woke to sweat dripping off our heads every night. It was hard to shower and we tripped over each other and the beds while getting ready. Talk about claustrophobic.
The one good thing was that the safety deposit box was free...

NOW THIS IS WHERE THIS REVIEW MAY HELP OTHERS:

Do not book with travel operators if you can help it, or if you do, make sure of an upgrade facitity within the booking. A room with a lake view is firstly, essential. You get a balcony!
We upgraded to this while we were there (we tried with our tour operator before we went - but were told we could only do it at the hotel, which is pot luck). This though, does not guarrantee you a bigger room. It was identical to our last room, but with a spectacular view and the space of a small balcony.
Earlier on in the review of this hotel, I mentioned making the effort with staff, well it certainly helped me gain info from the manager. Tour operators do not book out the better rooms. They offer only the cheapest, budget rooms (with and without views) to gain bigger profits. They also don't want to be lumbered with rooms they cannot shift.
Let me say this, We got a guided tour of what our holiday could have been, if we booked through them directly. Room 102 (first floor - the same floor as ours) was an execttive room and spectacular. It was like a duplex apartment with huge bathroom, big LCD TV, balcony with lake view, side opening window with pool view, air conditioning, cooking facilities, a fridge (not available in the budget rooms - how you will miss that!!!) and everything was built in. Room 104, next door was a superior room. A bit smaller but again with lake view, balcony, air conditioning, fridge and huge bathroom. This would be perfect for anyone staying here and at least twice the size of our room(s). They had ground floor room the same as room 104 that had a garden!
On the second floor, we were shown a room the same as ours but with air con and truth be told, it was slightly bigger. Air con is free to rooms that have it as well.

If you're reading this thinking they were lots more expensive, they were not. Booking through the hotel would be cheaper and you get a choice of far superior accommodation. I would wholeheartedly reccomend this hotel to anyone, as long as you get a decent room.
Just please, make sure you do. It would transform your holiday and this hotel from a 3 to a 5 in my opinion!

Room Tip: Rooms 102 (Executive), 104 (Superior), The one below (Superior with garden) and on the second floor...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank RonBurgany75
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derry city
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

my wife and i stayed here for 1 week in august, the hotel overlooks the lake , which has beautiful views, breakfast was good, and good size cups for tea,
the dinners we tried twice and would not recommend, you will leave hungry,
now for the room, there is no kettle or fridge in the room, the hair dryer is useless you could blow harder.
it was the smallest room of all the hotels i have ever stayed in, it looked out on to a clay banking, there was no air conditioning, room became very hot at night ,when you opened the window there was a fire escape up to the main road so you where scared to leave window open at night, which meant sleep was very limited, you would open window till you went to bed but you only let in the mosquitos, then when you closed the window you trapped them in the room and you where bitten all over through thje night ,
we asked to get moved from the room but they told us they where unable to give us another room as they where booked out, we contacted the holiday rep and asked for a move to another hotel but they also said all hotels where booked up,.
they had an excellent pool, and there was no problem getting a sun bed as the pool was never really that busy ,
as for the girl that cleans the room ,i bought some milk and lemonade to drink and make a cup of tea, we had a little travel kettle with us, i put cold water in the bath and placed the lemonade and milk in the cold water to keep it cool, we went out of the room and came back a few hours later , the cleaner had come into the room , let the water out of the bath, took the milk and lemonade out of the bath filled the bidet with water and put the milk and lemonade in the bidet, would you drink it after that. unclean or what, i had to dump it
i did most of my sleeping at the pool during the day .
the staff cater mainly for the germans and speak better german than english.
i would never go back to thi s hotel again, which is a pity because it has a lot going for it.
good location, good pool,good breakfast

Room Tip: if you are going to this hotel , make sure you ask for a room with a lake view
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Rosa
Address: Localita Val di Sogno, 37018, Malcesine, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Malcesine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #69 of 70 Hotels in Malcesine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rosa 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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Hotel Rosa Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

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