The Villa Dirce is a very nice hotel. Because of it's position on the hillside it is a long and narrow structure. The view across the lake is magnificent and a good view of Limone itself is afforded from all the rooms and from the dining room, terrace and pool terrace which is on the roof.
The air conditioned rooms are plainly furnished but there is plenty of room to move around, wardrobe space is good and the bathroom, like all parts of the hotel is spotless. Reception is on floor 0, the pool and a few rooms are on floor 1 (which is the roof) and the rest of the rooms are below reception on floors 2 and 3 which is back down again and seems really odd at first. There is a lift which takes the guessing out of where the floors are!
Breakfast is served mostly continental style but at odd times bacon or sausage and scrambled egg appears. As the hotel is half board, guests make their dinner selection at breakfast time. Dinner comes as four courses: a self-service salad bar, entrees, main course and dessert. Guests collect their free jug of house wine (it is on tap) from the bar along with a jug of water. After dinner the bar serves drinks on the terrace. This is the only part of our stay at the hotel that we felt could be improved. The bar service covers the dining room and the terrace and as there is usually only one member of staff preparing drinks this makes service very slow, though it improves as dinner comes to an end.
The hotel is a good twenty minutes walk from the town. You can leave the hotel two ways on foot. One is to go down the garden stairs and onto a cobbled lane. Although this is the safer option, it is quite daunting walking back up them after the uphill walk from the town. The other route is from the front door. There is about a 100yd walk to the corner of the Via Nova which leads down to Limone. About two thirds of this short walk to the Via Nova is along the unpaved main road, the remaining third has a footpath. This is quite a scary walk, especially when coming back to the hotel as you have your back to the traffic but it is by far the shortest route and certainly the one that the staff use.
The staff try very hard to speak English but they are much more comfortable with Italian and German. That said there are plenty of British visitors, mostly with Thomas Cook and Thomson Lakes and Mountains which both use the hotel.
In summary we had a very pleasant stay at the hotel and would happily visit again.
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- Also Known As:
- Dirce Hotel Limone Sul Garda
- Hotel Villa Dirce Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy