15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
My husband and I who are both in are 40'...
"My husband and I who are both in are 40's (me only just!!) stayed at the Splendid Palace in Limone for one week. We had a fantastic time. The staff are super friendly and helpful, they are a credit to the Hotel. The Hotel although a little dated is very clean and kept in good order. The views are breath taking. The food is lovely with as much free drink with your meal as you like. I really can't say enough about the Hotel itself, my only critisim was that our bathroom was a little small. That said, it was managable. Not all the rooms are the same as I spoke to a couple who said their room was fine with all mod cons, so other than that I found nothing I could fault. There isn't much entertainment but you actually don't want or miss being sat in an entertainment room as the views from the balcony and the ambuance is all part of the pleasure. There was a couple of singers and a dance group which took place on the balcony of the Hotel. You may actually find that you don't have many late nights as you are so chilled or tired from sight seeing the beauty of Lake Garda. The Hotel is in a perfect location, it's a very short walk in to Limone. You can take lake tours or local ferries to the surronding area's. It is truley a lovely beautiful place. Although about one and half hour drive from the airport it is well worth it. I would recommend this Hotel and Limone to anyone visiting Lake Garda, you will not be dissapointed, We will certainly be going back and I can't wait. "
- Travel date: Thu 21st of August 2008
The Hotel is ideally situated with breat...
"The Hotel is ideally situated with breathtaking views from the rooms and Bar terrace.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Although our room was a little drab and dated it was very clean and well kept.
Unusually for Italy, a british style buffet breakfast was prepared with boiled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, beans and frankfurters. All along with the usual european meats, cheese etc.
Dinner was quite cosmopolitan plenty of pasta dishes meats and veg. Of course excellent Icecreams cakes and cheeses.
All washed down with an inclusive selection of wines, beer, soft drinks and water on tap.
The waiters were fast efficeint and friendly, allways happy to prepare a table for you .
The hotel was very close to the bars, shops, restuarants and lake ferry in the centre of Limone without it being intrusively noisy.
Possibly better for couples and adults than families.
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2008
Hotel Splendid is a three star hotel, ru...
"Hotel Splendid is a three star hotel, run by an Italy family. It felt like been at home, there was a hotel dog and cat, that my kids enjoyed playing with.
It is located by Lake Garda; luckily we had an excellent view as our room was overlooking the lake as are several other rooms. There is a private pier for hotel users to lounge and sunbathe. Breakfast was in the garden by the lake on sunny days.
It is located in the town Centre and was a few minutesâ walk to the designer shops, cafes, restaurants galleries, shopping mall tourist centre and several Ice-cream bars! There is a traditional church that is very attractive to tourists 10minutes away.
Room was airy and big; I liked the tiled floor, felt more hygienic. There is a Ping-Pong table in the garden so take along your ping pong bats and ball if interested. Breakfast was mainly continental. Boiled egg can be ordered.
Hotel Splendid serves the purpose of providing you with a comfortable place to stay. It served us well and we enjoyed spending a lot of our time at the pebbly beach outside the hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of October 2007
Hotel Splendid has magnificent views acr...
"Hotel Splendid has magnificent views across the lake Garda and the view truly rates 5 stars, however the hotel is in need of work.
The bedrooms are tired but the public rooms are passable and the waiter service is good making this 3 stars at best.
The most annoying part of this hotel and indeed the holiday is the evening meal arrangements, this is a buffet style dinner which I can only describe as the worst dinning experience I have endured. Unless you are first in the rush the main courses are quickly gone with replacement food hit and miss, waiting sometimes 15 to 20 mins for replacements.
I cannot speak for anyone reading this review but I go on holiday to relax and be looked after. Getting you into the dining room in and out in 40 mins seems to be the main objective, free drinks are on offer which are not the best which is in keeping with the dinner.
Overall the dinner I would rate as 1 star and overall the hotel 2 stars. It was interesting to note a guest comment book by the reception and reading through it the experiences ranged from good to bad with nothing in between, how the hotel can have pages and pages of adverse comments with no action being taken that we or several other couples could see was beyond us all.
If lake Garda is for you, as it has been over a long number of years for my wife and me, choose another venue, there are better accommodations to be had in Lamone and the lake in general."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of July 2007
fabulous honeymoon stay
"My husband and I spent one week in the Hotel Splendid Palace in Limone for the first week of our honeymoon. The hotel was fantastic in every sense of the word and exceeded all expectations.
Our hotel room was very private and had a wonderful view of the lake from our balcony. Our room was comfortable and we were greeted by a bottle of bubbly and a fruit basket due to the fact we were honeymooners.
The hotel is in an enviable position and commands fabulous views of the lake and beyond. Beautiful Limone with its quaint harbour, shops and cafes is a few minutes stroll away down a cobbled footpath as is the ferry stop where you can regularly catch a ferry to transport you to other destinations on the lake.
The food was much better than I anticipated for a buffet style restaurant and the food on the menu was fresh and varied to suit all tastes. The service by staff was second to none-all were very friendly and polite.
We went on to stay in a 5* hotel in Austria for the second week of our honeymoon although my husband and I agreed that we enjoyed our stay in the 4* Splendid Palace more. I doubt that there is a better hotel to be found in the resort-cannot be faulted. I would definitely return to this hotel!!!!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of January 2006
"the hotel Splendid Palace in Limone is a very special hotel. The view is stunning from the balcony in the rooms or even from the bar/restaurant. The food is excellent and is authentically Italian and wins awards every year and we stay there every summer.
In response to the previous reviewer who complained about the 'cheap' rooms being pool view as opposed to lake view, it does say clearly in all the brochures of the tour operators and on the hotels own website that a lake view is available at a small supplement, which is only Â£ 3.00per person per night, so you cant blame the hotel if a non lake view room was booked, it really is the customers responsibilty to ensure that they get the right facilities and when you book last minute always check all the details"
- Travel date: Tue 30th of August 2005
Great but watch out!
"We booked this holiday as a late deal with Crystal. Watch out if you do this . What they wont tell you is that theymay automatically sign you up for the 'cheap rooms' ie Pool View (PV in the very small print in the brochure).
The Pool View should be renamed 'In the Pool'. The pool was no more than one metre from our balcony. After one hour we realised that there would be no privacy, considerable noise from kids playing happily and no chance of sleeping with the window open. Apart from this our neighbours from Germany were firmly planted on their lounges from 7am outside the room.
I complained and was met by a not too friendly receptionist who insisted that Id booked the room.It took 15 minutes to expIain Id booked late, spent Â£1,000 on 2 rooms for 4 nights and that the agent had never mentioned PV or LV ( Lake View) when booking. Eventually we moved to a room mid pool which was only marginally better.
Most staff were very friendly, the hotel was very clean and tidy, not much to do for teenagers but wonderful views."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of August 2005
A really Splendid hotel
"We have recently returned from a 2 week stay at The Splendid Palace which was our second trip there. I would highly recommend this hotel. The food is excellent and varied. The free beer and wine with the evening meal is a great bonus too. Our room had a small balcony and lovely views across the lake. The hotel is extremely clean and the staff are very helpful - although removing a bat from our room may have been something they hadn't tackled before! There are 2 outdoor pools and a beautiful new indoor pool which was always very quiet.
The only negative points ,in my opinion, are the steep hill up to the hotel which may not be suitable for some people and the location of Limone near the top of the lake which increases transfer times from the airport and for any sightseeing trips to Milan, Verona etc."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of August 2005
"We have stayed at the Hotel Splendid Palace four times, and everything about the hotel is perfection - location, service, cleanliness, and the food. The views of Limone, Lake Garda and Monty Baldo are breathetaking.
We look forward to returning in a couple of years time."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of June 2005
Fantastic week at Splendid Palace
"We have just returned from a week at this hotel and would like to confirm that all the positive comments made last year by other guests still apply. Our room had a stunning view over the lake; the food was amazing; you are able to eat outside on the balcony with lake view if you want. The hotel is set behind a lemon grove with beautiful old pillars, looking rather like a Greek temple, so is very quiet, as it is not on a road. The hotel pool is large enough to have a proper swim and was never crowded during our stay. Limone is a perfect resort; you can wander through olive groves. I recommend Osteria del'Olio for lunch under the olive trees and vines, a pleasant mile's stroll from the hotel, walking through Limone or along the lake. We shall definitely be returning to Hotel Splendid."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of June 2005
hotel spendid and surrounding areas
"we have just returned from the hotel spendid - had 2 weks there form aug 18th - it is a very nice hotel with lovelly views. the food is excellent....with visitors from different countries i.e germany etc.
the hotel is on a hill and will make it difficult with people who are infirm or unable to climb short steep hills.
this is our first visit to lake garda and we will not be returning...dont get me wrong it is a very pretty place.....but the lake is deep and dark and not pretty blue like the med.........this is what i missed...but this is my opinion ....if u like beach holidays then be prepared for something different.
do go up the cable car.....do go to the dolomites and do go to verona !!!!! fantastic places....and if u want beach ......dont go at all......lake garda is very nice- but i have seen better places. maybe i shall go further south to get a true taste of italy."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of September 2004
"We have just returned from a wonderful week (18th to 25th August) at the Splendid Palace and will almost certainly return. Even though we had read the reviews the hotel still lived up to it's expectations, and Limone even more so (even if the short climb up to the hotel from the village was hard for me - a middle-aged, arthritic, asthmatic!). The view from our room was out of this world - lake, mountains and blue sky - what more can someone ask for when lying in bed?
Those who complain about the food clearly can't like Italian - every night there were at least 2 different pasta dishes (which changed each night so over the 7 days we were there the same dish didn't occur twice), as well as a main course and, being buffet service, you could have as many helpings of whatever you fancied as you like! The drinks were on a "help yourself" basis too - it wasn't top quality wine but it was quite acceptable (and there was a choice of red, rose or white as well as beer, still or sparkling water and fizzy drinks) and all free! I also liked the fact that chips only appeared once during the whole week (unlike most of the hotels abroad we've been to).
We'd go back tomorrow if someone would pay for us!!
Pat and Ian Brown"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of September 2004