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Historical Traveler Reviews Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel Limone sul Garda
We stayed at L. Da Vinci for one week ending 6th Aug 2005. We had booked Standard rooms and found them very basic and without air-con. After two days the hotel handyman broke our shower and we were upgraded to a superior room - what a difference, the air-con, the view, the luxury compared to the standard. I know what we will be booking in future, if we ever go back. The food was first class, there was something to suit all tastes, and plenty of it. We always walked into the town via a small road that ran parallel to the main road, and this took about 15mins.We walked up the mountain roads behind the hotel and discovered the birth place of Daniel Comboni. If you want 'lager-louts' and late night discos then don't go to Limone, it's much too good for situations like that, but the younger members of our party still enjoyed themselves at some pubs in town. The trip to Venice was long (about 3 hrs each way) but having gone to northern Italy it would have been a pity to have missed it. You can easily pass a week in this lovely part of the world and you'll not get bored - travel and explore some days and relax on others. The free wine, tea/coffee and lemonade during the day was very welcome. The red wine was very pleasant and has a bit of a kick too.
Not as great as I had hoped
Just came back from 10 nights at the Leonardo da Vinci - having read all the reviews I was really hoping for a great great holiday. Overall it was OK.
I paid for the superior room , not worth the money. The air-con was a god-send , the view was pretty good , but the room was very dusty , the beds were awful (very spongey) and the space available very cramped, if your'e bald you will find the hairdryer useful.
The food was excellent , lots of choice and of a very high quality. As I had three vegetarians they very well accomodated for.
The entertainment in the evening was very ordinary and finished about 10pm - a bit too early.
The staff were quite moody - sometimes very friendly , sometimes quite 'off'.
The resort itself is simply stunning - the lake and surrounding towns are very beautful.
I would recommend lake garda to any-one but don't expect the '4 star hotels' in the area to be anything like 4 star hotels around the world
We are just back fom a very enjoyable week at a lovely hotel. Food was great in that you could invent a 5 course breakfast if you wanted, and a huge dinner, if you wanted. Self service, or try the waiter service in the alcove (same food, but less choice). Several pools. The main pool is the focus, but despite the hotel request that you do not reserve a pool lounger by leaving belongings on loungers, this is what you have to do, before 9:00 am. However, there is always plenty of space at the pools above, near the macaws (yes, real macaws) and I found loungers free there at 10:30 am.
The site is on a slope so you have to be reasonably fit to get from reception to your room.
There is a minibus for 80c into Limone, but be sure of times and get a little slip from reception. It was nice to get back to the hotel in the afternoon and walk straight into the bar, up to the machine, and get coffee, tea, cola, orange, red or white wine as you wished, for free. At 4pm they bring out the nicest cake and biscuits - all free!
If you want a taxi, it's €7 per group. Sharing to different hotels does not reduce the cost.
Limone itself is a beautiful little town, with lots of bougainvilla purple around. Pleny of cheap or expensive shopping.
You are a bit limited in where you can go as you are at the top of the lake. For example, Gardaland would be a long boat trip, and quite expensive. Try Riva, the main northern town, and Torble, famous for windsurfing.
Malcesine is well wrth a trip, especially if the day is clear. You can go up Monte Baldo for €15 in the cable car. In May you can see for miles to the north, and see beautiful snow-clad mountain peaks. But not when the snow has melted. No matter how hot it is below, bring a rainjacket and a pullover. Its very cold and breezy at the top, where you can watch the paragliders jump off to land in the lake below.
What was not so great was the Venice trip. Too long in the coach, gondola trip a tour of back streets/canals. It took away from free time in Venice. All too rushed in awful heat of 34c.
If you are going on a trip for the evening and will miss dinner, reception will give you €12 vouchers to use at the grill bar at the pool. One couple we met said they had difficulty in spending their whole €24! Not a bad complaint.
The Leonardo Da Vinci in itself is great. Food is great, everything clean, rooms cleaned daily. Very helpful staff. Very good holiday. Only problem was the heat, which is not under the hotel's control!
Simply the best
We went to Italy and stayed at Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel in lake Garda
The hotel was very good the staff was very helpful and the food was very good we would recommend upgrading to an air condition room and the lake views, it was really worth it. We have a twelve year old and he met many friends
We would never go there in August we think it would be very busy with lots of children running around and very noisy also very hot,but out of season is lovely.
Entertainment was ok some night I found very boring,
Lake garda is one on the most beautifulness place we have been and we will be going back
Great staff / No air con in restaurant
We've just come back from a week at the Leonardo da Vinci. We were on a late deal, where accommodation is allocated on arrival, and I must admit I was slightly worried when we arrived, at the look of the hotel - not quite shabby looking but well in need of brightening up.
Our room (standard) was also functional - basic furniture, and the tiniest of shower-rooms - for a four star hotel, I expected more. The lack of air conditioning in the room was also a suprise for a four star hotel - the stifling heat (only June when we went) would make an upgrade to a superior room a good choice if you can afford it in high season.
The hotel grounds are extensive and beautifully kept. The swimming pool is great - its a really good size, loads of room, and no reserving sun beds at 5am allowed! The grill along side the pool also serves great food and the staff there are first class. For the kids there is a very enthusiastic ents team, but absolutely no pressure is applied to those just wanting to chill out so just right.
Dinner is buffet or waiter served. We stuck with the buffet - all the food was good, some even excellent. For a week long visit plenty of variety. My major gripe with the restaurant was that the temperature was uncomfortably hot, - no fans / air con apparent which kind of took the edge off an otherwise good restaurant. The waiting staff and all hotel staff are excellent.
Summary - The hotel earns its 4 stars in some areas (pool/staff), but not others (lack of air con / basic rooms)
I stayed at the Leonardo Da Vinci last week with two friends. Mostly an older age group and couples with young children, but absolultely fine for our age group also (35-45). The staff were simply amazing - I have never come across anything like the efficiency and helpfulness. Nothing was too much trouble. We asked if it would be possible to change room as we were intially in quite an isolated part of the complex, and this was done without hesitation - they moved all our luggage etc. for us. The food is of a very high standard, although maybe a bit tiring for a full seven nights. But that could be said of anywhere. Private beach is great. Fantastic holiday - Limone is devine - Leonardo Da Vinci great (and cute bar staff too - but that's another story!!!!!!!!!!). Us Shirley Valentine's are going back!!!!!!!!!
Hotel Leonardo = Superb!
Staff lovely, people friendly, food excellent, weather fine, facilities very good, entertainment entertaining, room good (superior room with view and aircon, recommended), great for kids 3+ due to kids club 'Juppidu': the people who looked after my daughter were just amazing! Lovely lovely lovely! You can windsurf, play tennis, go cycling, do archery, swim, go to the opera.... we had a great time and would recommend the Leonardo without hestitation.
Married in verona
I stayed at the leoardo for 2 weeks in June 2003 together with my partner and 2 year old son. I returned married as we got married in Verona on the 19th June. Being quite a critical individual, I am please to be able to endorse the previous reviews and confirm that the Leonardo and indeed Limone are well worth a visit, although is perhaps not ideal for those who do not wish to be around children as it is a family orientated hotel. The grounds and facilities are excellent, the cuisine remarkably good for such a large hotel and the staff could not have been more helpful, particularly when an emergency arose involving a slide, a head and a 2 year old. The swimming pools were good and the stoney beach leading to the lake out of this world! It was ridiculously hot every day as we stayed in the middle of a heat wave. I would suggest that inb high season air conditioning is vital. In fact, the views are so superb it really is worth paying a little more for a superior room with balcony and views. I can confidently say it was the best holiday I ever had and this was not just because I got married. I bumped into numerous other British guests who likewise rated this hotel. I will return one day and would not hesitate to reconmend it to others.
Stayed here for 2 weeks in July. Hotel was very clean, the rooms were quite spacious with a Queen size bed. Balcony was a nice size with an excellent view of the lake. The staff were so friendly, always made us welcome. The food in the restaurant was excellent with a wide variety of choice every night. Entertainment was quite good with nice clean seating area. 3 pools were always clean. During our stay there was a firework display & live bands playing on the beach each weekend.
Overall a great holiday, will definately go back.
We went to the Leonardo for our honeymoon, and loved it so much we are going back again this year. The hotel is brilliantly situated next to the lake with its own beach, and the views are magnificent. The restaurant food is very good (buffet breakfast and dinner), and the formal evening dining option at no extra cost is well worth checking out. Despite being one of the largest hotels in the area, it never felt overcrowded even in high season. Booking a superior room (aircon, hairdrier and safe) definitely recommended. An excellent value for money hotel which is unpretentious but caters for your every need.