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Hotel Caravel
Ranked #24 of 42 Hotels in Limone sul Garda
Reviewed 1 October 2008

At first I was a little annoyed to be put in this hotel after we booked through archers/cosmos to stay in the splendid, however they did compensate us and the hotel caravel was our replacement. The people we sat next to for dinner had been to splendid 3 times before and seemed to much prefer caravel overall.

For starters the room is pretty massive and you don't have squeeky beds or paper thin walls that means you can here whenever anyone gets up in the night (plaguing the rest of the hotels in Italy), The beds were 'ok' which is one of the reasons I hadn't rated it excellent as the pillow wasn't too effective, the rooms seemed to have everything apart from a mini fridge but I can live without that.

The staff at the hotel were all very friendly including the help desk, bar staff, waiters, cleaners and repair man!

The second reason why I only gave the hotel 4 is because there is no heated/indoor pool and when travelling in September even when its nice its too cold to swim in the top pool.

Finally Food, one of the best restaurants I've ever been which is great for a hotel with half board and I enjoyed the cakes mid afternoon ^_^

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

My husband and I stayed here in August 2008.
Limone is very pretty,clean and in superb surroundings.
The hotel was lovely,the room and balcony were spacious and clean and the staff were polite and helpful.
Most of the staff had a very good command of the English language ( we are typically British - too old and lazy to learn other languages!)

The food selection was good and varied and well presented.

We had some excellent day trips in the area.

One small complaint (definitely age-related..) was that coming up from the lakeside the road got a litle steep, especially at the end of the day..

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

Stayed here for a week with my husband and 2 teenagers (14 and 17). Fantastic hotel for families with children of any age, and for older people who don't mind having children around. Not so good for romantic couples.

What's good: location in Limone convenient for town (10 min walk) and public beach (3 minute walk). Superb food - huge variety for breakfast; free cakes served mid afternoon; amazing 5 course suppers with plenty of choice; all to a standard exceeding our expectations. Great outdoor area - pleasant terrace, 2 pools with plenty of sunloungers and beautiful view. Friendly, helpful and very efficient staff (restaurant staff really helpful about my son's egg allergy). Generally a clean and very well run hotel.

What's not so good: Must stress first that we had a great holiday at this hotel, and this comment is only for people who are really bothered by aesthetics...... the decor is very dated. Also, the restaurant is vast and lacking in ambiance - although, having said that it's lively and full of chatter!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2008

Just got back from a week at the Caravel Hotel in Limone, Lake Garda. We originally wanted to stay in Riva del Garda but as we were booking last minute we couldn't get the availability that we wanted, so our last and only option was the Caravel. We knew nothing about the area as we had never been to Lake Garda and we couldn't find a hotel website so we only had trip advisor reports to go on.

When we arrived we were pleasantly suprised. It was centrally located in Limone which is unusual as many hotels you had to get a minibus into town as it was only a 5 min walk to the main promenade.
The reception staff were helpful and very pleasant and the hotel was very clean, the rooms looked like they had recently been renovated, we were in room 114 which was a ground floor in the main building. Unfortunately we had 2 twin beds but they were easy to push together to make a large double, a sofa, 2 chairs and a really large wardrobe which had space for so much, also lots of hangers were provided also had an electronic safe in it! TV in the room had only italian and german channels and the only UK channels were BBC World News and Sky News.

The bathroom was quite spacious, very large shower with rainshower head which was lovely, toliet and bidet with a large sink and area to put your wash bag, There was a hairdryer on the wall but it wasn't very hot and it wasn't very powerful so maybe best to take your own.
Whilst i said that the room looked newly renovated it was still a little dated and the doors into the room were not fire doors and seemed original doors from when the place was build Additonally the lock stuck so it took 10 minutes to get in and out of the room every day,,, they key we were given at check in also weighed a ton, and the air conditioning was a little hit and miss!

Public areas again were very clean but it did feel like you had steped back to the early 80's however it was pretty cool! Restaurant was nice, you were given your table on the first night and that was your table for the full stay which was nice ( if you had a nice table ). Waiters/Waitresses were very friendly and extremely attentive.. I have never seen staff work so hard!! The hotel is H/B and Food was extremely good, breakfast was buffet with breads, jams, fruit, cereal, cheese and hams and some hot items like scrambled eggs and bacon. Dinner was 5 courses, Salad, then a starter, pasta, main dish and dessert and it was a excellent choice and tasted pretty good. Some days were hit and miss but that is dependant on your personal food tastes but it was all good food. Wine was about 16 euros per bottle and if you didn't drink the whole bottle that night they'd save it for you. A large table Water was 3 euros per bottle.

Swimming pool and area near the reception again was very clean, with lots of loungers with comfy pads, Pool behind the main block where the Eden block was was larger and quieter and had the Grill/Bar open at Lunch.

Limone itself was a charming town with excellent places to eat, easy to get around the northern part of the lake and you can get the ferry easily to the south of the lake but these services are not as frequent. Went to Riva for the day and spent 2 hours there not as charming, much bigger and not as pretty so glad all in all we didn't get a hotel there in the first place!! Malchesine was beautiful and our favourite place we visited and whilst we liked LImone if we go back we will stay in Malchesine. My observation was it was expensive in general within Lake Garda, admittedly the Euro isn't particually good at the moment!!

The only thing we did not expect was that Lake Garda was so geared towards the German guests, all the restuarants had menu's in italian then german and then english and german was more of a second language than english which was odd.
All in all though a great holiday with nothing bad to report, a beautiful part of the world and a great hotel if you want to use it as a base, extremely clean, lovely staff and great food, it was listed as a 4* but i would say more 3.5*!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank M0nkeyB
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Reviewed 10 July 2008

We were a little apprehensive about the hotel because we paid substantially less than for 4* hotels in other resorts on Garda. We were attracted by the price and the location and the lake view balcony.
This was a great hotel- the staff couldn`t do enough, the room was fine and the balcony enormous with a stunning view. The air con worked really well, the pools were well maintained with plenty of loungers and umbrellas. The food was really good, traditional Italian with lots of choices and a great dessert buffet.
Excellent value for money and made for a really enjoyable holiday.
My only reservation- this is a great hotel for couples, but I wouldn`t want to come with children.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

If you suffer from any food allergies then this hotel can cater for them perfectly. I suffer from Nut anaphylaxis & worry about eating out in the UK & especially abroad. I met another lad who also suffers from serious nut & egg allergies & he agreed that this hotel is fantastic he said that he trusted them to cater for him. I ate at this hotel 3 times a day for 10 nights, the evening meal consisted of 3 courses each time. I did not have a single problem reaction to any of the food. Everyone, from the Hotel Manager to the Receptionist to the Waiters took the time to consider my request & dealt with it efficiently. The head waiter 'Salvo' was very careful & attentive & often adjusted the set menu for me so that I could eat in the restaurant.

Even if you are fortunate enough not to have any food allergies I would say that this hotel is perfect for Honeymooning couples, retired people, young families (& teenagers) who wish to relax by the pool & eat good food. This hotel is only 5 mins walk away from Limone's centre, which is still quite peaceful & only 20 mins by ferry away from the busy town of Malchesne across the lake.
Contrary to other reviews there is absolutely nothing wrong with the decor, it is simple & compliments the lemon & orange trees. There are 2 clean pools, a well stocked bar, live music, great views & transport links. There were no yobs despite Euro 2008 being on - you know the sort. We went with Inghams they were superb. First Choice airlines however made flying with a nut allergy difficult though, I would consider them to be 'Last Choice' for someone flying with allergies. the only thing that i will say that is slightly negative about Limone is that when flying in & out of Verona airport there are many coach stops & Hotel Caravel & Villa Eden is the last stop, this also means that any trips to the Verona Operas or Venice ensure that hotel Caravel is the first pickup & latest stop.
This hotel deserves a 5* rating - I didn't want to come home!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

First and foremost i would agree with most of what was said by the last comment and i would like to say that i arrived with my Girlfriend at Hotel Caravel on the 21st of June 08, just after this comment was made. The weather was absolutely fabulous and It is certainly not just the weather that makes the holiday. There was a lovely newly wed couple from Manchester and a wonderful family from Ireland there and if they read this, HELLO!!!!!!!!! So, that is to say that there was not just Germans there. In actual fact there were a lot of British and Irish there too. Germans, French, British and Irish... a nice mix.

During our flight and even the bus trip to the hotel, we were a little worried because of some of the comments that we had read here such as the decor being dated etc...The decor was certainly not dated and the whole hotel was spotless and very comfortable. So we were very much surprised and very happy with our last minute choice. If only we had been here to see the last comment (POSH NOSH).

Yes the hotel is at the top of a 'somewhat' steep incline but nothing that one cannot handle. Each day we saw people aged 60 and over walking up and down that hill with nothing but a smile as they were each greeted by hotel staff and other guests. If the weather got too hot and it did at 3pm each day, there was a pool/billiards table in the pool side bar that is on the ground floor and a bar and grill on the fourth floor that is alongside the swimming pool up there. Also, the beach is just a stone throw away and the easiest way to get to it and back from there is actually to turn right as you come down that "STEEP HILL" and there are steps down behind the statue there and it brings you down alongside the river that leads into the lake and down along the beach. It is easier to come back that way also.

I don't agree that this is not a hotel for children as the menu was, in fact , quite flexible if need be and there is nothing that the waiters wouldn't do for you. You also don't have to eat at the hotel and there are some lovely restaurants down by the lake side and some even closer.

For entertainment there is water sports down by the beach, shopping, and of course the amenities in the hotel. The pool was sufficient for all the families that we saw at Hotel Caravel. Of course if it is raining, there is no hotel that i've been to 'abroad' that can cater for children other than to feed them and use your imagination.

Either way this hotel has the pool table and 3 video game machines and a darts board which is indoors beside the bar which also serves ice creams and sorbes and there are, free, freshly made cakes between 4 and 5 o clock every day. While we were there the games machines were not working but they had only got them in and will be up and functioning by now i'd say. Also the fourth floor pool overlooks a small playground with slides etc and two table tennis tables. So plenty to do.

Gardaland which is one of Europe's biggest water and theme parks is literally across the lake and can be reached by bus or ferry and is meant to be worth the trip. Just be advised that there are queues and it can be extremely hot waiting to get on some of the bigger rides. Also there is crazy golf all over Lake Garda.

If you ask at reception the night before you go on any excursions, they will make you up a lunch bag of whatever you like.

I must say that the waiting staff and bar staff were exceptional. I suffer from Egg and nut allergies and i also have some reactions to raw veg etc... but the staff were aware of this and they really made a fantastic effort and made me feel very comfortable and confident that they would look after me.
Whilst there i was not the only one with special dietary needs and we were all very well catered for.

That is not to say that you need to have allergies or special diet to get what you want. If you were not keen on the menu, all you had to do was say and the waiters would do you up something that would be more to your liking.

Our room had a large walk in shower which was fantastic and wonderful balcony view of the lake. The room will be dark if you leave the shutters closed on the outside of your balcony doors. So you can keep your glass balcony doors closed and the wooden shutters open. The rooms are really spacious and the cleaners do a great job. Your rooms have everything one needs from a room as does the bathroom. There is a safe in every room. One thing i will say is to ask for a second pillow because one on its own is quite flat.

In sum, i would highly recommend the four star Caravel Hotel in Limone, which is a wonderful part of Lake Garda. I visited every part of Lake Garda on the day long Lake tour and Limone was simply the best. Caravel has highly trained staff that could teach other hotels i've visited a thing or two. The price of food and drink is very reasonable and of the highest quality. There is pretty much nothing that each of the staff at hotel caravel wouldn't do for you. Also i would recommend that you keep all of your receipts as you don't pay for anything in the hotel until you leave. So when you get drinks at the bar or food upstairs etc, keep the receipts. It gives you an idea of your balance at the end of your stay.

I would like to thank bar manager Daved for putting "Daved love" into our drinks and Salvo the incredible maitre die who was very kind and extremely attentive, Mille Grazie Salvo . Lastly to all the waiters and waitress's in the restaurant and indeed the reception staff for a memorable experience. Grazie, A presto.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Tamas 2, 25010 Limone sul Garda, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Limone sul Garda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Limone sul Garda
#13 Luxury Hotel in Limone sul Garda
Price Range: £97 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Caravel 4*
Number of rooms: 347
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