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“Mixed feelings on Villa Dirce” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Dirce
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Limone sul Garda
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings on Villa Dirce”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

Spent a week in Villa Dirce first week in September, after checking with reviews on Trip Advisor. As previously stated the views from the hotel are stunning, the staff are excellent and whilst the rooms are clean the rooms are a bit outdated, but I have found this in other parts of Italy.

Our room was on floor 1 next to the swimming pool, which was OK except there was no water, or only a trickle, for a shower in the morning and at night (unless taken at 7.00 or 17.00). Other guests on this floor complained but was told it was because everyone was using them at the same time! Its a problem that will always exist and whilst you can expect the odd bad shower experience on holiday abroad being stuck with conditioner on your hair (more than once) and no water to rinse off can be a bit annoying.

The major disappointment was the standard of food served at the evening meal. Whilst we had seen mixed reviews we were confident the food would be to our liking. We are not fussy eaters and have previously eaten in many hotels in Italy and thoroughly enjoyed the meals. There was plenty of choice, as other reviewers have pointed out, but it was a bit hit and miss. Food was being sent back because it was cold, pasta congealed in one lump and some not very palatable dishes. Shame the food couldn't match the views from the dining hall as they were excellent. We have stayed in 3 star Italian hotels and the food has been of a higher standard.

We will be going back to the lake for our 3rd visit in the near future, but not to the Villa Dirce

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Hales24
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London
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64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Firstly: none of the photos of the view lie! Whether it's a stunningly clear blue day or a raging thunderstorm, you have a front-row seat at this very fjord-like end of Lake Garda almost guaranteed.

The walk into Limone is easy: make sure you take the path down the steps by the whirlpool, rather than trying to go down the road. Decent walk into the centre of 15-20 mins with lovely views and interesting skirting round the back of the mysterious abandoned lemon farms.

The food: certainly edible, certainly quirky, with a reasonable amount of choice. But it is mass-catered; a bit like the Italian equivalent of school dinners! It was a relief to eat out a couple of times, as staying here on half board means you can't really appreciate fabulous Italian cooking. Breakfast is a pretty decent, continental spread: loved being able to boil my own egg! You're unlikely to lose weight here.

The service, while extremely professional, is a bit mixed in terms of friendliness. Robert was excellent and good fun, but others more distant and polite, if always helpful.

Rooms are basic and comfortable: having a fridge was good, and they are kept clean. Although I understand that rooms don't have their own irons/ kettles due to concerns on electrical overloading, a nice touch would have been an ironing service in the hotel, or a room where people could have done it themselves. Felt rather crumpled! Free tea/ coffee in public spaces would also have been appreciated, other than the one free cup in the afternoon.

Pool was nice if a bit smaller than the pictures seem to indicate: very much one for splashing around in. Whirlpool was icy cold and shady: not particularly tempting!

All in all, a decent place with stunning views but not really 4*. If you can avoid half-board, I would, as simple Italian food in town is tastier.



  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank adventurerette
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

Have just spent 10days in the hotel villia dirce. Overall the hotel was of a good standard, a little out dated but spotlessly clean, the room was a good size and had amazing views, the only down sides were the two single beds pushed together instead of a double and every morning starting from 7am all you can constantly hear is furniture being moved around above in the terrace and people walking around, so not good if you like a layin on holiday. The quality of food we found very poor, particularly the gala nights where there wasn't a choice of what you had, none of the food was fresh and didn't resemble what we had ordered. We found the staff to be very helpful particularly Robert. The hotel is a good 20 minute walk from the centre of limone, which at times can be quite steep so wouldn't recommend it if you have children. 

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CRC89
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

I have just spent two weeks at The Villa Dirce in Limone and have had a lovely time. As the other reviews state, the service and care we had from the staff was excellent. The hotel manager Livy is a credit to the hotel and endlessly ensures you are well looked after. The other staff, especially Robert, are also fantastic and as already stated in other reviews, do this without imposing in any way.
The rooms are perfectly comfortable; they might not be the most modern but they are spotlessly clean and I slept really well in the bed. One reviewer stated that the televisions are dated, but they work and with a view as amazing as the one from the room's balcony who needs TV?
At meal times there was a lot of choice (and of food). It might not be the greatest food in the world, but the staff take the time to ensure it is suitable for you. Both my partner and I are vegetarian and we were offered a variety of alternative choices to cater for our needs. The breakfasts were plentiful and there was a wide variety of choice, including cereal and fresh fruit along with hot food.
The final thing I must comment on is the pool: wow! To stand in the pool looking at the wonderful views of Lake Garda was fantastic. The location of the hotel was perfect; it is located about one mile from the town centre which is easily walked. There is also a bus running from the hotel at various times throughout the day if you don't want to walk. The local buses are also easily caught from just outside the hotel to make exploring the coast easy and are a cheaper (if slightly less dramatic) alternative to the ferry services.
To sum up, this hotel was an excellent choice and I cannot complain about any aspect of my stay here. Thank you Livy and staff for making my stay so enjoyable!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gem06g
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

Hotel Villa Dirce is an old-style tourist hotel - in the best sense. What it may lack in technical facilities - wifi access can be temperamental - it more than makes up for in the setting and the staff team's collective commitment to the wellbeing and satisfaction of its guests.

The four of us spent a week's family holiday at the hotel in early August 2013. It was seriously hot throughout, with temperatures up around 35 degrees. The air-conditioning was efficient and
unobtrusive and the rooms, while simply furnished and equipped, were completely adequate.

The location of the hotel is superb with every room (bar one, we understand) enjoying a unspectacular view of the lake and the mountains on the opposite side. Best of all is the view from
the top terrace, lounging by the pool with a tall glass of something cold, as the crickets chatter,
lizards dart around under the plant-pots, swallowtail butterflies flutter about and the occasonal eagle or kite soars over the cliff which rises almost sheer behind the hotel. The walk down into Limone, a charming though highly tourist-focussed little town, takes about 25 minutes, and a little longer for the return. A shuttle bus runs into town and back three times a day from the hotel.

There is a wide variety of decent hot and cold breakfast options, served in a buffet style, and it's not hard to eat enough to make lunch unnecessary. Dinner is a slightly more formal affair involving four courses, and as much salad as you could wish for. This is not fine dining, but it is well-cooked and well-presented Italian food. Provided they are made aware beforehand, the staff make every effort to accommodate specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, lacto-intolerance etc), not to mention the preferences of picky teenage tastes. Overall, the staff were friendly and helpful, withot ever being creepy. Livi, the manager, in particular is worth a mention for her efficiency, responsiveness and sheer energy.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Dave R
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

First off, Lake Garda is a fantastic location. It was a random choice of holiday location on a last minute deal after orginally wanting a beach holiday. Its Lake Holidays all the time now. Not only can you sit by the pool looking at the lake, you also have the amazing mountains to stare at too.

Limone is a great little town. Not too touristy with a fantastic selection of authentic italian products and food to sample. (try all the different ice cream flavours).

The Hotel was amazing and is exactly how all the positive reviews on here describe it. The staff are great and reallty helpful. They are always talkative and interested in how you are. Livy is just amazing at remembering names and your room number. Tell her you are going on an excursion, you can expect a chat with her at dinner time where she wants to know how it was and if you enjoyed it.

The food in the hotel was excellent. You got a good choice for evening meals and LOADS of food. I like my food and even I struggled to finish much of it. Factor in a breakfast full of cold meats, fruit, pastries and cooked bacon and eggs and you really do not need to both with Lunch.

Don't bother with a Milan excursion, it will only make you miss the Lake more. Venice is something else however and well worth a visit. Also do a Lake Tour and see how different the south side of the lake is.

Overall I would highly recommend this hotel and location to anyone wanting to sample Italy for the first time. Its not full of all the tacky gift shops and theme parks, just nice small shops, bars and resturants to suit all peoples budgets. I am already working out how I could go back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank timfusciardi
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

The hotel is brilliant the views are just amazing. The hotel staff were professional and polite, they also fully understood coeliac intolerance, by bringing gluten free bread for breakfast to the table, the chefs also created specific deserts for evening meals. The rooms were clean and tidy but the rooms were outdated decore and electronics, but with views like that why would anyone want to stay in there room and not explore, if you didn't want to explore then lounge in the pool with that view.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Lee H
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Property: Hotel Villa Dirce
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 80, 25010 Limone sul Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Limone sul Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Limone sul Garda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Dirce 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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Hotel Villa Dirce Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

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