Second class guests
We have just arrived home from the Hotel La Limonaia and felt I had to add my review to this site. I agree with others the view from this hotel must be the best on Lake Garda and was breathtaking. The hotel rooms in my opinion can be likened to Butlins chalets. There were three of us, my husband, myself and teenage son. The room we were given was small and shabby with a sofa bed and a mezzanine floor with two single beds, we had to ask for bed linen for the sofa bed which was uncomfortable and not adequate for a two week stay. The air conditioning was not on when needed and was not adequate enough to reach the mezzanine, it was unbearable sleeping up there. The food was not good, the potatoes were always too salty and the fish on most days was inedible. The vegetarian dishes were awful, a rubbery cheese omelete a stuffed pepper, potatoes and no sauce and on one occasion three slices of tomato, mozzarella cheese and courgette. There were other problems with the television, the air conditioning, the chambermaid not cleaning our room, not enough towels, and on our last day our luggage was not collected as arranged and we had to go back and collect it ourselves making us late for our pick up time. We noticed a big difference between the treatment of Page and Moy guests and other guests Page and Moy were given better rooms and separate dining facilities. I would not reccommend this hotel to anyone accept for the view.
Lovely location, lovely staff, food very good esp for a 3*
We stayed at the Hotel Limonaia for a week at the end April/beginning May, & considering it is a 3* hotel, were more than happy with it. The views were splendid, the staff were always courteous, & a good variety of lovely, wholesome food was presented. My husband doesn't eat pasta or cooked tomatoes, & there was even planty for him to eat. I would definitely recommend this hotel, but bear in mind it is a 3*, so don't go expecting A-La-Carte or you will be disappointed.
Beautiful Views - but not from our room!
We have recently returned home from our holiday at Hotel Limonaia. Generally the views from this Hotel are fantastic but we were in the "Page and Moy Block" (or so it seemed) 5 floors down from the Reception etc and our view was obscured by bushes etc. The room was clean but there was a smell of mildew in the bedroom and signs of mildew in the bathroom. The swimming pool was very large and clean (and can be seen on their web site) and food at the poolside cafe was quite good but expensive.
The food reviews by others may be a little mean. It certainly isn't up to the quality of La Palme, which is a Hotel in the town but then that is probably why La Palme has a four star rating and half board costs considerably more than our whole holiday including flights! Breakfast was typically European, bread (which can be toasted on the super slow toaster that we travellers know and hate!) meats (cold and hot) cheese, 3 types of cereal (which never changed) yoghurts, "fruit" juice (I never did make out what fruit!) tea and coffee. There was bacon on 2 or 3 mornings but the eggs were hard boiled, which made and interesting combination!
Evening meal. There is buffet of salads and veg, which, in all fairness could be a meal in itself for a veggie. Starter is a pasta dish - plenty of it but never any signs of meat in the sauces (gives lasagne a whole new meaning!) but ok. Alternatively there is a soup on offer - undoubtedly packet. Main course (although in title only) is a token gesture a small piece of meat of some sort (not always turkey but sometimes indistinguishable) or fish (yes it is VERY small especially as fish must be so accessible on the lake) with some form of fried veg (also unrecognisable but I liked it) And dessert? I can confirm the accusations of others as fruit cocktail (tinned), mouse (of Angel Delight type) or melon, (on 2 occasions there was ice cream).
Due to it's location definitely not suitable if you are old - we are 52 and took the hotel shuttle bus every time! Even to come up from our room to evening meal needed a quick burst of oxygen at the top!
Once into Limone transport to other towns is easy on any number of boats and well worth the trip. Malcesine is flatter and a delightful town, just 7 euros from the car park in Limone.
Do visit La Palme Hotel for a meal at some stage surprisingly inexpensive and you can literally sit at the lake's edge - beautiful!!
All in all the holiday was good value for money. Page & Moy £399 including the Opera trip to Verona Arena. I must add that if you take this package you can expect sausage, mash & peas both to and from Verona! The Hotel food was better than that!!
missing the veiw already
having returned today from La Limonaia we felt we should add our comments to the previous reviews whilst we have only given the hotel an average rating we feel that some of the reviews are somewhat harsh. Yes the views are the best in Limone. The twin room was very spacious, and towels were replaced with clean ones each day and the room was obviously been cleaned. We chose this hotel because of the air conditioning and we weren't disappointed, With temperatures well in the 30's it kept us cool. The walk up the hill was steep but not unmanageable for those with reasonable health we are 49 and 57 years old and never felt the need to use the minibus. FOOD not inedible but there is certainly room for improvement, salad buffet very good, spaggetti and pasta to be expected we were in Italy. improvement in variety of main and dessert courses would make this hotel better. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were not Page and Moy guests but didn't feel any less looked after. When one goes abroad one expects food to be different.
best in garda
After 16.years on this hotel I must tell you its the best view you can have. The staff are really kind- they do everything for you in a kindly way. If you just want to live in the natur with water-fall - and you dont want garden-like flowers- then Limonaia is the best.
Loved this hotel
This was the most inexpensive holiday we have taken in Italy and, consequently, very good value. The views from our room balcony and the terraces were amazing. The food was good - fantastic salad bar and first course, main course a little bland but, hey, we were in Italy. The hotel staff, including the mini coach driver were very friendly and helpful. Lake cruises a must. We were fortunate to have two firework displays. I would also recommend a trip to Verona with a night at the opera. Unforgettable!
Lovely stroll to the town
The best feature of this hotel is undeniably its most glorious setting on the hillside overlooking the lake. There is a fine stroll to and from the village along an easy traffic free route. There is a hotel bus but quite unnecessary. The rooms are purely functional and call me vain but I would have liked a mirror in my room!
Lovely trips can be taken around the lake, tickets readily available from the quayside booths.
Food was not the finest Italian cuisine however this was a basic Page and Moy package chosen for its ease of travel arrangements. Were happy to enjoy the lovely restaurants aroung the lake.
The swimming pool was excellent, very clean. Sunbeds shabby and did not encourage a long stay.
Like any other hotel in Limone the view is ab.fab. Can't get enough of it. Hotel and room was kept very clean. However we are not really satisfied about the food and service. The staff is trying to have you a 4 course meal in 30 minutes. All the food is prepared well ahead. Baked patatoes are like stones. Fish, meat and even an eggmeal comes out of the microwave and stayed there far too long. The bill for the drinks is presented to you well before you had your desert!!! The galadiner is like any other diner and the difference is that there is a musician playing (for 5 minutes and after that he pluggs a CD in the machine. Very disappointing. Breakfast is struggle for a full plate. They are definitely on a budget. Rolls and fruits are not replenished so we had to eat baqueteslices for 3 days because we came in on 9.15 hrs. We are on a holiday!! Glasses, salt and pepper are not on the table. And not a manager insight. Who runs this place? Premises 3 star, organisation and food 2!!
Good view, shame about the food
Superb location for an average hotel. Food beige, regardless of dish, not a good ambassador for Italian cuisine. Hot food served lukewarm on cold plates, salad presented on hot dishes straight from dishwasher. Views from the balcony breathtaking once the heat haze clears. Hotel rooms comfortable but basic. Not a hotel for the elderly or infirm as there is very steep hill to reception and a stiffish walk into town, though a minbus is available at extra charge. Limone is totally charming with interesting architecture and a labyrinth of back alleys. Very good fashion shops for retail therapy and a pleasing lack of touristy catchpenny outlets. Transport other resorts easy by ferry.
Limone sul Garda
"Even in the rain it looked inviting..."
There are some places you read about that get your heart beating faster everytime the name is mentioned, either through hype, misinformation, or snippets seen on the Travel Channel, but somehow they prove to be a major disppointment when you finally visit in person. I'm happy to report, Limone is 'not' one of those destinations.
It is a very charming little town, so picturesque, so pretty, so colourful, even in late fall, and even when seen through mist covered spectacles. I'll admit I'd preferred to have been able to sit and bask in bright sunlight, but hey, I'll take this tiny piece of heaven anyway I can. In fact, just moments before the photo was taken, we were hiding under our umbrellas in a heavy downfall, so things were looking up.
At first glance, Limone reminds me of Cinque Terra. The town appears to grow up the side of the mountain, making the buildings look like a set of childs building blocks stacked haphazardly one on top of the other. It has a magical feel to it, a setting intended for lovers, and comes complete with waves lapping onto the shore for you hard core romantics.
Wander the narrow alleys arm in arm, skip across the cobblestones, smell the freshly brewed espresso, find a cozy little waterfront bar and claim a corner table. Order a glass of vino, or perhaps a Spritz, nibble on the bowl of peanuts, roll the olives about in your mouth, and file that moment away in your box of memories. Life just doesn't get any better.
Limone is known for their lemon orchards, however the groves, called Limonaia, are rather different than you would expect. Cement pillars have been erected against the backdrop of the mountainside, in part to shield the harvest from harsh winds, but also to retain reflected heat from the suns golden rays.
Wooden rafters are suspended from one pillar to another, and a greenhouse of sorts is constructed to provide cover in cooler winter months. Soil was initially imported from the southern end of Lake Garda to help suppliment the poor gravel like soil found naturally at the base of the mountain.
The entire lemon grove is supplied with water by an ingenious irrigation system specifically designed by these crafty Italians.
For your information, and so you won't be misled like I was, the name of the town comes from the Latin word Limen, which means border, but people prefer to think it comes from the fruit of the lemon groves. Lets just keep it our little secret.
Limone is situated at the foot of a mountain, so expect to find stairs like these ones shown in the photo. However, not all of the town is like this. Yes, most streets and walkways are on a grade, but are only a problem when climbing to higher elevation. Great fun coming back down again though.
If you or your companion experience difficulty with your hips or legs, I'd suggest you confirm with your hotel prior to booking, just to assure it is located on level ground, a bit closer to the water's edge. Many hotels in Limone are situated on streets requiring a bit of an uphill hike, so best check.
it helps to be an urban mountaingoat