My daughter and I visited this hotel with high hopes re good Italian food amidst fantastic views of Lake Garda. We arrived late but the hotel had organised an evening meal for us (Thomson you need to make this clear as we had already eaten thinking we would miss dinner). A buffet salad was available and was really good. Hors-d'oeuvre's were great. Main course was dire I am afraid. Was supposed to be roast turkey but looked and tasted like Bernard Matthews roll. We speculated that this was due to the food hanging around. Sadly this pattern was repeated all week. You had plenty of food available and we took to filling up on the salad, hors-d'oeuvre and starters which were all okay. Not sure what was going on with the mains but a fellow traveller mentioned it a while back. Dessert was ever so variable and never "good" Maybe I was spoiled by visiting Sicily last year?
I would like to give a special mention however to our waiter who I believe was called Rob (Robert?). Each day he was so happy and friendly enquiring about our day and very helpful with the menu. Some staff did not seem happy at all.
Breakfast was plentiful with lots of choice and apart from the scrambled egg which must have been powdered (or ruined) it was really nice. Missed my orange juice though as not offered.
The bedroom was a reasonable size and comparable to similar establishments in Europe. Bed very hard though and wouldn't suit some.No cushions on the sun loungers added to the back problem
Hotel Panorama up the road had cushions on theirs and has brilliant lunch menu that tasted great. We didn't sit on the loungers by the way!
We were on floor 3 which is actually underneath 1 & 2. All have lake views which is great. Floor 3 though has a little wall that obscures the view when sat on the plastic chairs. Stunning views though!
Afternoon tea was a nice touch. We only took the shuttle bus once and couldn't recommend it as it was 15 minutes late and caused us to miss the ferry we were taking to Malcesine. The manageress did come out to see what had happened to the driver It doesn't drop off in a very useful place either eg the Hortsmann supermarket. Hotel Panorama bus goes up and down constantly whereas this one was very limited.
This review is sounding more negative than positive but I think it needs saying. The bar served some lovely cocktails and I especially enjoyed the sangria with an unusual twist.
However a real problem was the fact that you were not allowed to have any drinks of your own in your room or pool side. This apparently included water. My daughter and I are great believers in conservation and so recycle routinely. This included reusing water bottles purchased in the uk airport on the way in. We refilled these from the hotel room tap and didn't think anything of it taking this hotel room tap water to the pool side (rather hot week). We were mortified to be told off rather publicly by the hotel manager (think she was) telling us we needed to buy water from the bar. This really was a step too far and for this reason although on the whole the hotel is quite okay as long as you accept the limitations we could not recommend it to others. At E2.50 for 500ml I think we would have been bankrupt by the end of the week and think of all the plastic as well! what is wrong with serving tap water at dinner, don't need bottled in Italy surely!
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- Hotel Villa Dirce Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy