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“View of a lifetime”
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Hotel Castell
Ranked #8 of 42 Hotels in Limone sul Garda
scotland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“View of a lifetime”
Reviewed 29 May 2007

We have just returned from a very enjoyable week at the hotel casstelle,the views are to die for,great service and food was Italian They were not trying to give us egg and bacon if you know what I mean.
One hundred steps down to the center of Lemonie,not a lot compaired to other hotels.
Swimming pool,again had great view over the lake and what a sun trap.
Rooms were cool and very clean.
Would recomend this hotel if you are looking for a really quiet relaxing time,so go on enjoy it. We did.

P.S. We did not get payed to write this.

Very contented couple from Troon,Scotland.

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Brighton
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Reviewed 28 May 2007

Lovely views and nice pool but found the service to be very variable and the food was extremely hit and miss - gave up after 4 meals. We had extremely hot weather and a very small room with no fan or air con which was uncomfortable at night. The cleaners were very noisy early in the morning. The worst problem was the awful music blaring from the Hotel Le Palme below (Italian crooners doing terrible covers). Fortunately it seemed to stop at about 11pm most nights. Would advise people to book B&B instead of half board if they like Italian food - go to La Noche near the church or the Se Rio (near the Splendid Palace) for excellent meals.

  • Liked — Lovely views
  • Disliked — Food and Reception service
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Cork Ireland
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2007

The hotel is old and needs modernisation but that is the worst I can say about it It is spotlessly clean The views of the lake from the pool, dining area and some balconies are spectacular and something I will never forget

The steps to the beach and shopping area are fine going down and coming up are ok too as they are staggered - my knees are not great but some days I went down about four times and had no problems

The staff were very friendly and helpful and all got to know us by name - even when we were leaving those on duty were out say their farewells and we thought that was very personal and nice

The three of us would have no hesitation in going back to the Hotel Castell again - in fact we have plans to do so

Hello and thanks to the manager and all staff

Pauline, Mary ,Maura

Stayed September 2005
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Harrogate, North Yorks
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Reviewed 21 August 2006

Arrived back from Limone on 20 August. I would describe Hotel Castell as a no frills hotel.

As this was our second holiday of the year we decided to go for a generally cheaper option hotel and room.

I don't know what the superior rooms were like but our room didn't have a fridge, hairdryer or tea/coffee making facilities.
Guests should bear in mind that this an old hotel so doesn't have the benefit of air conditioning. My partner and I sufferred on a couple of nights due to the warm conditions. We didn't feel secure in leaving the terrace open but brought a portable fan instead. It worked ok but in that warmth, a fridge to keep water and other drinks cool would have helped.

The room we had was on the lower terrace where the view of the lake was partially obscured by a tree. That said the advantage of this hotel was that all rooms are guaranteed a lake view . We could see from our balcony that some guests in other hotels wouldn't get a lake view at all. The views from the swimming pool and restaurant balcony are fantastic.

The pool and sun lounge area is small so get there early. We thought the evening meals and service were excellent. Unfortunately, the hostess was not of a cheery disposition.

Limone itself is a quiet, beautiful and clean looking town. If you want more activity and shopping options, take a trip to Malcesne. If you take the cablecar to Monte Baldo, check the weather first. Its a bit dissappointing to get up there and not have the panoramic views.

We would stay at the Castell again but would choose a superior room next time.

  • Liked — The location/scenery
  • Disliked — The room quality
  • Tips/Secrets — Go for a superior room
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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North Yorkshire
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Reviewed 20 August 2006

We stayed at the Hotel Castell for a week in August, half board. We'd belatedly seen the indifferent reviews on Tripadvisor, which turned out to be accurate.

My parents stayed at the hotel in 1997 at which time they thought it was 'basic, but OK'. I would say that the extra nine years of wear and tear, combined with 'skeleton' staff service and poor food now make it 'very basic and not really OK'.

Many of the rooms have obscured views, either by a large tree (in full leaf in August) or, as in our case, by a 4ft wall on the balcony edge, blocking the view when you're sat down in the evening with a glass of wine. The bathroom was very tired, with a rusty shower and poor level of cleaning, especially in the rather fluffy cavities of the radiator. No bath. The bar area was awful. It was very unwelcoming and we only saw a handful of people drinking in it. The staff were withdrawn (except the waiting staff, of whom there were too few) and looked disinterested.

If... and it's a big if... all areas were refitted and the menu was far better, this could be an excellent location, and it would just be down to the lottery on getting an unobscured view

Having spoken to guests staying at other hotels, all you really need to know is that there are much better choices. The 'Hotel Splendid' looked very good and guests at the 'Hotel Christina' said it was excellent, although not as well located.

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Leeds, England
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Reviewed 12 August 2006

Just returned from a week staying at the Hotel Castell. It was everything we expected from the brochure.
Firstly the views are amazing. I think it's maybe luck of the draw with the room you get and the quality of the view but my room (and I think most rooms) had a stunning view over the rooftops of Limone and accross the lake to the mountians. Most evenings were spend just sitting on the balcony taking in the atmosphere and the music from the hotel below (which was mostly very good). The rooms are very clean, a nice size, with new furniture and a nice bathroom. Yes there is no air con but this wasn't a problem as the sun goes off Limone by 5pm ish and the doors to the balcony let a lot of fresh air in. The breakfast buffet was good and the evening meals were everything you'd expect from a 3* hotel - 3 choices of each course. The pasta was very tasty. The longest we took to have the 3 course meal was an hour and a half which isn't bad at all and there are wonderful views again from the dining room! The Swimming Pool was big by my standards with, again, fantasitc views. Steps are nothing to go down (!) and not bad going up. There are benches to sit on if you get tired but most people should manage them no problem! Management and staff seemed very nice and helpful.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Steps up - but without them wouldn't get the views!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed 31 July 2006

We just got back from a very bad holiday, staying at Hotel Castell. We went there to get a romantic vacation. Unfortunately we got a room with 2 seperate beds, so far apart and with a half wall between, that we could only see each others feet. We asked politely for a room with a doublebed/grandlit at the reception and was asked to wait til the next day - that was ok. But, then we met the manager! He was rude and arrogant and showing us no respect. He even told us, that he should have known our ages if we should get a room with a double bed and that the hotel only had 3 rooms with doublebeds (out of 90 beds). We decided to call one of the guides from the travelagency. Next day we were shown a much better room. We were happy, but then he got really rude - even when the guide was still there. We were chocked, dissapointed, sad and angry. But, we took the room - what else could we do - but unfortunately the mattreses were so bad and the beds were on wheels, so when you turned around at nigth the beds would move. The room gets very hot at night! The next day in the evening the staff at the diningroom were treating us very bad too. They didn´t want to wait on us and were very rude as well. So rude that you can´t imagine... The food you get is not very good and the salatbuffet is boring. Not very italian. We deciced not to eat there any more, even though we paid for it.
One good thing - there is a fantastic view from the balkony. But unfortunately it fades when you feel that you are so unvelcome.

Stayed July 2006
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Property: Hotel Castell
Address: Via IV Novembre 62, 25010 Limone sul Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Limone sul Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 42 Hotels in Limone sul Garda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Castell 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Castell, grown in the rocky face of an lemon house "limonaia", in a quiet and phenomenal location, situated just e few steps from the characteristic historical center of the town, with shops, cafe's and restaurants, which can be reached by an internal staircase. The hotel has 48 comfortable and friendly rooms, divided into two categories: the double rooms Standard and the double rooms Superior. All rooms with shower/W.C., hairdryer, telephone, TV/Sat, safe and balcony. Internet connection (WLAN) free throughout the Hotelproperty. Rich breakfast buffet. The evening restaurant offers great quality and style cuisine that retrieves all the flavours of Italian tradition. Our Outdoor Pool is in a beautiful location, with a small refreshment area, the ideal place to relax, to ffer you drinks, snacks or sip an aperitif in the magic of the place Small parking place in front of the hotel or free garage (300mt) from the hotel You will have a reception open 24 hours on 24 and the friendly staff is happy to provide tourist information and help with your every request. Parking-place guarantee at 300 mt. from the Hotel. In Hotel ONLY on request and reservation. ... more   less 
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Castell Hotel Limone Sul Garda
Hotel Castell Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

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