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Travel Blogs from Limone sul Garda
... on their first night.
Damien, Belinda and Dave Morris-Munns (the adopted son) fly in from Barcelona. No airport pick up, but a 5 litre beer flagon is personally delivered to Arena Dreams apartment by Ernesto himself (the personal touch is what keeps ET in front of the pack).
Joely and Eds fly through a storm (unarranged) at Venice Airport ...
... cheesy Venetian masks, outdated and inefficient 'water buses' and water that smells like a sewer. St Marco square is also, overcrowded with tourists with shops you can't even browse through due to crazy crowds. It also contains an ugly cathedral that we got stooged out of cash to enter the 'museum' aspect of the monstrosity. I was led to believe that the church was open to everybody, for the people, but we had to pay to look at religious ...
... of time and settled in for our 2 x 1 and 1/2 hr train trips. Two things that have amazed us here are 1. The number of vineyards and grapes - they are everywhere! Soooooo many grapes, no wonder local wine is cheap here. 2. The number of castles - if there is a flat or even a small ridge or shelf up high there is a castle on it!! Our Tyrolian adventure is over as we have now travelled from North to South ...
... to meet. After securing a map we set off down the road towards the smaller of the 2 lakes in this area. We loved that this was all downhill. We kept checking the map but somehow we did not take a track and ended up high above the lake on a road to the other end of the lake. As this was where we were intending to finish it did not seem to matter so much. Instead of strolling around the lake at lake level we were treated to views from above. Sue was foraging on the way there and ...
... They do not seem to do salad and mains together here. We walked around the castle in the dark. It is all lit up and stunning. More photos. Our room is dark with it's imposing dark furniture and panelled walls and the lighting is dim. Just as you would expect really. We realised that we can't remember where our AU SIM cards were put. Had a little look but really can't remember. Ah well, this time we will need to organise a pick up ahead of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cristina Limone sul Garda
First Family Trip Abroad.
We have just returned from a weeks holiday staying a the Hotel Cristina in Limone Sul Garda. This is the first time my wife and I have taken our children abroad and it has been ideal for us.
The staff at the Cristina were helpful and efficient at all times and even put up with my attempts at Italian with support and enthusiasm.
Our rooms within the hotel were simply but comfortably furnished with comfortable beds, satellite television, showers and heating.
No tea making facilities appear to be provided in the rooms. The hotel has two outdoor pools with additional indoor pool facilities provided at the companies sister hotel the Leonardo Da Vinci a short distance away.
The meals were an immense pleasure in there own right with an amazing range of options every day. My children are vegetarian and they were well catered for.
The hotel is located on the side of a hill and is close to the town centre. My parents, who are a little less able, made use of the minibus service provided and were impressed by the friendly driver and his amusing stories.
Good quality entertainment was laid on in the hotel several evenings during the week.
Although the weather was not the best, it was still a pleasure to be in this wonderful, historic place and thanks to the Hotel Cristina staff for making it a very special holiday indeed.
Having only booked this holiday 2 weeks before departure had a bit of a panic thinking it may be too quiet and remote than what we are used to.
After arriving into Verona on a Saturday evening we had a long journey with numerous drop offs ahead of us. This was fine as it was daylight during most of the drive so we got a very good view of the Lake and its resorts around it.
We were the last drop off and arrived about 10 pm. After checking in we arrived in the room which was a little dated but extremely clean and tidy. We had a balcony that overlooked the lake and a television and mini-bar in the room. We were also supplied with a cold salad and a bottle of mineral water with compliments of the hotel.
The view from our room was breathtaking and we were extremely happy apart from the fact that it said that the rooms had air conditioning during high season and our room didn't. It was only a problem during the first couple of days of our stay when the temperature was very hot (which we like) but the humidity was unbearable, especially at night! However, we perservered and after a thunder storm on the Tuesday night the air cleared and it was more bearable.
After a debate between my husband and I we took a trip to Milan (I wanted to go to Venice maybe next time) on the Saturday which we booked through our Tour Operator Crystal Holidays only to find out that the city was quite deserted due to the fact that the Milanese go on holiday in August and more or less leave the city. The tour was great we had a guide who explained everything as we travelled to Milan and a walking guide who took us through the Castle, Cathedral and Opera House. Be aware you need to cover your legs and shoulders (men and women) to get into the Cathedral and our Rep did not tell us this before departure. We had visited Malta last year and they supplied us with wraps at the door of the churches for this purpose. We obviously had to go to the San Siro stadium (my husband) insisted. This was an extra cost of 10 Euro but quite good although the shop is a rip off.
The Sunday was overcast so we hired a moped and toured round the lake which was excellent. We had a shower of hail stones and had to take cover until it went off.
You can get the boat down in Limone across to Malcesine and go up the cable car to Monte Baldo which was great, the scenery was beautiful.
The food in the hotel was excellent, my husband is a fussy eater and he did not on any occasion find it difficult to find something he liked. We did not try the al carte menu as there was no choice. The pool facilities were great and the loungers were fine and the bar prices were extremely reasonable. The wine was good and although more than double the price of the supermarket it wasn't extortionate for a hotel 12 Euro for a bottle.
I would recommend this hotel and area for anyone who wants a relaxing, peaceful break, there was entertainment most nights although not for the younger livlier person. The location would not suit those who have some form of impairment for walking as they are quite steep although a courtesy bus runs from morning until early evening from the hotel to the town.
This was our first trip to Italy and we loved it. We will definitely visit again!
Our photos are very similar to a previous reviewers - breathtaking!
Value for money Hotel Cristina, Limone
Just got back from Hotel Cristina in Limone sul Garda on 30 August 2005.
Standards were typical of a three star hotel but views from the hotel were outstanding. Lovely pool areas which were generally very quiet. Food (self-service buffet style) could have been better (we were Bed, breakast and evening meal) so chose to eat out more often than not. A good choice of restaurants in Limone.
We had a very spacious and comfortable room at the bottom end of the hotel but the balcony was shared between three rooms so lacked privacy. Also, the rooms tended to be very noisy as any sound seemed to carry through the walls. Daily maid service ensured the room was clean and tidy.
Staff were all very friendly and helpful, and checking in arrangements were good - not much hanging around.
The hotel was about a 15 to 20 minute walk away from the centre of Limone - not bad going down but quite a tiring walk back uphill during the heat of the day, but worth it for the view. A mini bus was available to and from the hotel though I never used it myself.
Overall, this hotel is good value for money and I would have no hesitation returning.
OK but wouldn't stay again
Booked a late deal thru Crystal to this hotel. 20th Aug - 5 days. Half board.
After a 2 1/2 hour coach journey from Verona airport, we finally arrived at the Cristina Hotel. We had bad vibes about our room when we were told that we needed to walk thru the restaurant and go into a lift and then climb extra set of stairs. The lift was like a service lift and didn't fill us with any confidence. Once in the room - it was very very basic, more like a 2 star not 3.
We immediately went back to reception and asked if we could upgrade rooms. We were allowed to look at a superior room, this was an improvement on the original, but we feel that if we were giving this room 1st would we still have complained? as the basket of fruit was rotten, the headboards were dusty and the radiator in the bathroom was gross, thick with dirt, but the view was FANTASTIC and this sold it for us. We paid an extra EUR9 pp/pnt to change. They also have a higher grade room the panoramic, which people say are meant to be nice?
Food in the hotel is OK, however mainly stuck with the continental breakfast as the hot breakfast consisted of scrambled egg and hot dog! - yuk. Dinner was slightly better, more choice, but after 5 days was glad to be leaving as was bored and ended up eating in Limone after the 3rd day.
Location - Yes 89 steps from the hotel then an approx 10 min walk downhill and round a few bends and crossing over roads and you make it into lovely Limone. Fab little place, very picturesque.
Things MUST do :
Ferry - fab consistent service. Went to Riva (25mins jny), Malcesine(20 mins jny) and Sirmone(2 1/2hr jny) on the rapid service !.
Malcesine cable car the views are fantastic and on a clear day can see Riva, need to change 1/2 way then the 2nd car turns 360 degrees so you get a great view.
Hire a little speed boat - approx EUR50/£30 for 1 hour.
As we were only in Limone for a short time we were unable to get booked on any of the trips to Verona or Venice - which was a shame - but hey we will just have to return again, however think might stay in Malcesine or Sirmone at the bottom of the lake.
Overall Lake Garda is a great place and have wanted to go for so long and will probably return on a regular basis, however would not stay again at the Cristina Hotel. The staff were friendly and the hotel layout of the pools etc were nice but found the location to be a little out of the way, but it does have it's pluses as you would not be able to get such a great view of the lake if you were down in the harbour area.
A lovely stay!
We've just returned from a week in gorgeous Limone, Lake Garda. It's a beautiful place and the views from the hills/mountains were stunning. Hotel Cristina was great and has a fabulous spot overlooking the lake. I had read some reviews about the hotel before we left and although most were positive I was nonetheless a little concerned about the negative remarks made by some. But thankfully, we really had nothing to complain about at all. The staff were all friendly and helpful, breakfast good (we paid a supplement for dinner one night and it was fine- what you would expect from a 3 star hotel half-board) and amenities great (you get to share restaurants/pools with 4 star San Pietro). I had read that some have had pot luck with their rooms. Ours was really good- although it was a Panorama which I think is the most expensive. Probably pays to go for a higher standard room (the views are absolutely amazing). If you go B&B like we did, we really recommend some of the little restaurants near the hotel. Il Tovo, on the road going down into Limone from the hotel, is especially worth mentioning. It was the most traditional of eateries that we came across in Limone- obviously family run and with lovely views of the lake. Also The Osteria which is about a 5 min walk up the hill (past the hotel)- gardens have great views of lake and are set amongst grapevines. Very quaint! Both restaurants were very reasonably priced too. We had a fabulous time and would really recommend both the hotel and Limone itself. Would love to go back and will undoubtedly return at some point.
Excellent value for money
We stayed in this hotel on a short break (4 nights) with Crystal Lakes and Mountains end of July/beginning of August. Thought the hotel was excellent value for money and would recommend it -
Food - excellent - plenty of choice and very clean
Staff - very helpful and pleasant
Rooms - quite basic but clean - we only had a standard room and did not have A/C - worth getting a superior room to get A/C
Resort - lovely - very pleasant, nice shops, lovely to walk around. Ferry port nearby to get boats to neighbouring towns. We would particularly recommend Malcesine (and would stay there on our next visit) - you can get a cable car to the top of Mount Baldo - well worth doing.
General - very nice hotel in very pretty grounds with lovely views of the lake. There are 3 outdoor pools and one indoor which are shared with the Hotel San Pietro. One pool is for adults only and is very peaceful and lovely.
Had a lovely few days and met lots of nice people.
Stunning Lake Garda
Just returned from Hotel Cristina Limone sul Garda.Food views and staff excellent-rooms were a bit luck of the draw-mine had tv but had to hire remote to work it with.Bathroom was odd -a power shower but no rail or curtain ; water went everywhere-lovely bath but no taps to fill it with.A free bus to town and back driven by the entertaining Franco was a plus.Overall this was the most relaxing holiday i have ever had.
Returned 4th August from Limone Hotel Christina.
Wonderful holiday with stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Will return to Limone again in the future. Hotel Christina was fine,our room was basic but adequate, ask to see your room before you accept, as you can be lucky or unlucky with the location.Lots of terrace area to relax and walk around with panoramic views. Good pools.Yes there are steps to climb back from the village all 89, but you get used to them, although wouldn't recommend for elderly people.
Good selection of food, but like all buffet selections it does get a little boring the second week.
on arrival at hotel cristina we decided to purchase a safe key for a deposit of 30 euros which we thought was very expensive, the receptionsit told us we would received 25 euros back. When we returned the key the receptionist asked us for a reciept for the safe key I explained we never had a receipt given to us he said that because we didn't have a receipt we would not get our monry back. this receptionist was rude and very nasty and abusive towards me other guests which were checking out were also apaulled at this mans attitude. Never again will I stay at this hotel.
Beds very uncomfortable, staff not very polite and unhelpful. Food Pork everynight.
Last August we stayed at the Hotel Cristina. The view of the lake was beautiful, but everything else was far from acceptable. The room was terrible, with a large 5ft wall inside our room blocking the window.
This contained waste pipes for the rooms above, bubbling and moaning through night and day. The hygiene in the dining hall was questionable and the food was very boring. The pool area was lovely, but if you wanted the free coffee and cake, you had to climb numberous steps to the adjoining hotels pool area to get it. We booked three trips, all of them picked up down a very steep hill, which meant that we were struggling up the hill at midnight when we got back. The hotel has great potential but very little effort is made to bring it out.