On arriving at our hotel late on our first day we see it is clean but a bit outdated and old fashioned but this does not bother us overly. The room again is very old fashioned and most annoyingly for a young couple no double bed just two singles pushed together. The bathroom is clean again but old fashioned the safe is key operated and the TV is a cathode ray (not seen one in a few years). After a quick shower we headed up to the dining room for are evening meal (We are half-board there is no other option as far as we can see). Starter is promising Raw Mushroom, parmesan and a little rocket followed by some spaghetti in tomato sauce (simple but tasty as Italian should be). Then followed by one of the most disgusting excused for food I have had since I left school. I had veal which arrives drenched in gravy (which tasted like it was from a packet Bisto). The cut of veal is one I have never had before perhaps a brisket, it had obviously had been pre sliced and been left to soak in the gravy for hours as it has no taste and is tough. Even worse and odd is that it is served with frozen French fries, and over cooked tinned green beans which are massively over salted. My girlfriend however is less lucky she had the fish which had been microwaved over cooked as it is covered in a soggy crust and the fish is as dry and tough as a bar mat. On inquiring we find that the fish is apparently from somewhere in Asia according to the hotel manager (so must come in bulk frozen). This is stunningly ridiculous not only is this Italy a country that champions its produces and its culinary arts, producing simple dishes that combine a few amazing fresh products. We are also staying next to a massive lake (we ate a lot of lovely lake fish at local restaurants). So after this shocking experience we did not eat dinner there again. Breakfast is another disappointment; Plastic textured Cheese from a Packet, salami from packet, over cooked scrambled egg TINNED half peaches in syrup and TINNED fruit salad; either frankfurters (Hot Dog sausages) or amazingly greasy German style sausage that when I cut into it was sprayed with hot grease ruining my clothes. On talking to other guest who eats there every night for over a week we heard the food did not improve and the weekly menu did not change. The young staff are great, however the managers are stern and acerbic and a little intimidating. Overall Room was ok little below par (apparently a four/three star hotel) Service Good and Bad parts, Food God Awful, Situation near town a nice walk away, View amazing.
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- Also Known As:
- Dirce Hotel Limone Sul Garda
- Hotel Villa Dirce Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy