10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My husband and I have just returned from a week at Le Palme Hotel, Limone. This hotel has a fantastic location and we were lucky enough to have a lake view room with a balcony. We were not so lucky in that our bathroom did not have a shower but we did not want to complain as the view from the balcony was so glorious. Our one major niggle was the food. We booked on half board basis but the food we were given was awful. It was very dry and seemed to have been cooked hours earlier. The vegetables were not fresh and the potatoes were soft and spongy. Ugh! The table we were shown to was at the back of the indoor dining room and faced the wall. We were not at all happy so chose to eat al a carte after this unsatisfactory experience. The al a carte menu can be taken on the terrace overlooking the lake and the food is so much better. But this did make our holiday a lot more expensive, even with a 20% discount on this menu. We did feel that hotel residents were treated as second class when it came to the dining experience. Why not let residents have the benefit of dining with the lake view every evening instead of having to eat in the indoor dining room. This would have made the stay so much more enjoyable. Even the food would have tasted better when taken with that wonderful view!"
- Travel date: 19th June 2006
"great hotel, stayed there in 1997 and went back in 2005. still as great, vittorio the waiter has to get a special mention as he was absolutely wonderful the second time, rooms were small but well decorated. No problem with the ferry point being next door to the hotel. market in riva del garda was good."
- Travel date: 11th June 2006
All we hoped for
"Not having holidayed in Italy before we choose this hotel largely on internet recommendations. In recent years we have explored many Greek islands by car and sampled some brilliant food and wine. So this was to be a different kind of holiday, no car and more relaxation. Limone hugs the lake edge and the heart of the town is relatively car free. There are a variety of shops, from grocers to high fashion salons around the centre and a large number of leather shops selling coats and handbags plus jewellers and the more touristy souvenir type. Owned locally, La Palme stands on the lakeside next to the ferry stop. (This adds to the general atmosphere and buzz and they don't start too early or finish too late. Their proximity did not bother us.) We had a good size room with traditional if somewhat ornate furniture. The beds were comfortable and the bath/shower clean with plenty of hot water all day. Our room had a small balcony, room for two chairs, which looked across the lake and town and I would recommend booking a 'room with a lake view'. Although an old building the interior was quiet and the dining room light and airy. Breakfast is served on the terrace, which becomes the restaurant at night. There is also a terrace bar which serves drinks/ coffee and cakes/snacks during the day and has live music (mostly acoustic when we were there) in the evening. The staff were attentive and friendly, spoke good English and happy to engage in a chat when not too busy. There is a small private swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas a few minutes walk from the hotel. For once we took several coach trips visiting: Bolzano: excellent dayout (if you go don't eat at the big coach stop in the mountains. Walk down the road for half a mile and have lunch on the terrace of the little bar looking at the Dolomites.). Verona: crowded and not enough time to get a good look around. Venice: unique and saw enough to send us back for a week this year. (Go on the nightime trip, its less rushed.) The ferry stop by the hotel will take you to all the local towns as well as on a 'round the lake' trip. Garda and Malcesine are worth a visit. Take stout footwear if you go on the cable car, there is good walking across the mountain. Food: the breakfast buffet suits most appetites from egg, bacon and toast to fruit and yoghurt. Evening meals are ordered from a choice of two or three options and we found them all enjoyable. On one night a week they have a 'Gala' meal, speciality dishes, of which we had several helpings, although some guests were reluctant to try. (a delicious rissotto and fresh gnocchi in a blue cheese sauce). You just can't please some people! All in all we returned well satisfied with our week. Always preferring to visit new places, for once we had found somewhere to which knew we would return someday."
- Travel date: 15th February 2006
"I waited with great expectations for my holiday at The Le Palme Hotel, Limone after reading all the previous reviews on this site. I can only say what a big disappoint it was. When we entered the reception area is small and dark, the welcome from the hotel manager was cool and not inviting. On a plus side our room was clean and quite big, but we overlooked the back of the hotel so it again was dark with the ornate decoration not helping. But the major downside to this hotel was the food, it was awful. At the time when we stayed everyone we spoke to was of the same opinion. We had to order dinner the evening before, quite normal for Italian hotels, but it tasted as though the food had been cooked the night before and reheated in a microwave, and everything seemed to have a meat gravy over it inlcuding the fish! In desperation we ate a few times from the al a carte menu and even with a discount was still expensive and although an impovement nothing special. We were unfortunate that the weather was not good when we stayed and the lack of a nice lounge area was a let down, The lounge in the hotel over looked the same back street as our room so was not very pleasant. What a waste that the lake side position could not be enjoyed. As really the only good thing about this hotel was it's position, if you don't mind the noise and bustle every time you went out because of the people waiting for the ferries."
- Travel date: 24th September 2005
Relaxed holiday in a good little hotel
"Wife and I spent a very relaxed holiday in a beautiful part of Italy. As stated in previous posts it is the staff that makes the hotel special. They worked very hard to make all the guests as comfortable as possible. The food was good and the views from our room were fantastic. Two small quibbles are that the ferry terminal is very very close and you have little chance of sleeping in. (They do however stop fairly early in the evening.) I also thought that our room was clean and well furnished but on the small side. The ensuite facilities were even smaller and I found it difficult to use the shower in such a restricted space."
- Travel date: 5th September 2005
Excellent Small Hotel.
"Took a short 4 night break here with my wife and 9 & 11 year old. The hotel has recently been refurbished and the rooms are really nice. Blue and gold with antique furniture and tiled floors. We intended using the hotel as a base b&b and eating out but the hotel food was so nice it was a shame to miss it. The staff are very friendly and helpfull and the chambermaids did a fantastic job of our rooms. The hotel has a private walled pool 2 mins along the beach and you can also use the sister hotels pool 5 mins up the lane. The ferry picks up next to the hotel and stops off all around the lake."
- Travel date: 26th August 2005
Perfect for Limone and north Garda
"Stayed here in Aug 05, is in a perfect location beside the ferry departure point for exploring the rest of the lake. Nice food and friendly helpful staff, doesn't have a pool but can use the one at the Splendid which is a sister hotel, though who needs a pool with the beach only 10 minutes walk away."
- Travel date: 17th August 2005
Italy was never better
"We first came across Le Palme almost by accident,lunched there,liked everything we saw and vowed to return the following year for a holiday.This we did ,and have done so now for eight consecutive years which just about says it all! The hotel only boasts 29 rooms,the best are directly on the lake and to ensure the best demands booking ahead by many months,but it raelly is worth it.If we are to be truthful we dont go for the 'package deal' food which is not a mirror image of the A La Carte in the terrace restaurant by any stretch of the imagination.We go mainly because the entire staff are amazingly good and bear little resemblance to that in the large modern hotels dotted around the village. To visit once is to be forever smitten and dissapointment is not an option."
- Travel date: 7th May 2004
Could not ask for more...
"What can we say about The Hotel Le Palme? Yes, it's on the shores of Lake Garda; it's relatively small and 'quaint' and it's the oldest Hotel in the area, but all this is in the travel information - but what's not in the information is the fact that the atmosphere is pure Italian i.e. laid back, but uniquely elegant; friendly [as only Italians can be] but always polite and well mannered; relaxing and unpressured [unlike some Hotels].All the staff were helpful and as stated, friendly - nothing was too much trouble, and most had a good understanding of English and were extremely patience with our comparatively feeble attempts to butcher the gracefulness of the Italian language.Whilst the Hotel itself may only be officially a 4 star rating in UK rating scales, the place and the people made this a 5 star experience for us."
- Travel date: 4th September 2003
A Jewel on the Lake
"a delightful hotel right on the lake edge where the steamers and other ferry boats arrives. Don't let this put you off, they don't start too early and do not carry on until late, it is very interesting watching them anyway. Delightful hotel, antique features in the rooms, try to get a room with a view of the lake it is breathtaking. The first day we arrived it was late and they had left a meal ready for us in our room, I slept with the shutters open so I could look over the lake at night. Food can be a little strange, but they do a good a la carte menu as well. Limone is very chic, as is most of the lakeside villages and towns, except Garda itself which is very touristy. Try Salo, a working town but the lakeside edge is usually very quiet, great restaurants there. Breakfast is taken on the outside terrace, help yourself type, plenty to choose from. We would definately return to this hotel, primarily for its' location which cannot be faulted, it is worth going for the view from the bedroom windows ! Enjoy !"
- Travel date: 23rd October 2002
Hotel Le Palme is also called
- Le Palme Hotel