16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great family holiday
"Our family (including twin boys aged 4) stayed at the hotel in late June 2008 and had a fantastic time. Itâs very much a family hotel so if you want a sedate mealtime dining experience then itâs probably not for you; likewise if you have difficulty walking distances or uphill but if you have kids then this is just the place. When we arrived there werenât many other Brits there which suited us fine. It was very much nationalities from all over Europe which was great and everyone was very nice and well behaved. Our room was in block 4000 which had a great view of the lake and was a spacious room. Could have done with a bit of updating but was large enough with a big balcony, blackout linings on the curtains and was virtually soundproof, so ideal if you have small children. As the complex is on a hillside, most rooms except the few that are in the entrance block are well away from any entertainment noise, The food is very good for an all inclusive and the addition of free drinks on tap is a life saver as it was very hot when we were there. You will really eat too much as you also get lovely cakes including an excellent chocolate pannettone in the afternoon. The wine is not the greatest but hey, itâs free, and we got round the monotony of lunchtime meals by occasionally going out for a pizza and ordering a good bottle. When you think what you save on food and drink itâs well worth it. Johnny the MaitreâD was excellent and would get anyone anything they wanted I believe - especially kids. The kids club was very good, run single handedly by Anthea who spoke about 7 languages and catered for all the kids there and did the mini disco 6 nights our of seven. Hotel entertainment was the usual â live music, Brazilian dancers, quiz etc so ok but there was a good, friendly atmosphere and being a way out of town everyone gathered there and was good for the kids to play and make friends. They even showed kids films once a week admittedly in German but mine didnât seem to notice or mind! The pools are good â the ones up the hill better for families as there is a toddler paddling pool and good water slide which keeps everyone entertained for hours. Limone is well within walking distance. Probably best off not bothering with the shuttle bus as itâs a real free for all with no concessions given to people with babies or walking difficulties â be prepared to fight your way on in high season! However the regular bus stop outside the hotel will take you into Limone, Riva or the other way to Gardone, Salo etc quickly, cheaply and itâs quiet and probably easier than catching a ferry but that is also easy though the ferry stop is a fair way from the hotel. Malcesine is an easy excursion and the cable car up the mountain is a must-do. There is much more to say but itâs an excellent family hotel and holiday. Shame Crystal have abandoned their family brochure which puts it out of most families budget without the free child places â though if you book with the hotel direct, children up to 6 are free if sharing a room. We are definitely considering going back though not with Crystal who incidentally were pretty rubbish as reps goâ¦ "
- Travel date: 11th November 2008
The hotel is set in a beautiful area but...
"The hotel is set in a beautiful area but is suitable only for those prepared to walk, a fact stated in the brochure. The food is superb but continental not British so if you are a boring person who doesn't like foreign food you may struggle. The entertainment is low key and not overly intrusive unlike other cheaper holiday destinations.(Bendiorm) The staff are extremley friendly and will converse in the language of your choice be that English, German or Italian. There are a lot of Germans at this hotel only to be expected as it is a prime German holiday destination.The rooms are clean and of high standard. This is a hotel for adults not really child friendly but as stated not suitable for those who want to be in a town centre. I note a previous review gave 2/10 for the hotel but praised their operator. A bit confusing if they said it was suitable not really the hotels fault is it ? 10/10 will visit again and again."
- Travel date: 24th March 2008
"I have stayed at Leonardo 6 times and will definitely come back next year. Iâve tried some other hotels in Limone, but Iâm absolutely sure Leonardo is the best hotel you could ever find in the area! First of all the atmosphere at the hotel is absolutely magnificent. I had never experienced anything even close to such a warm environment! Everyone in the hotel team is just fantastic - very helpful, amiable and pleasant in every respect. They make you feel very welcome and assist in all possible ways. The front desk personnel, especially Wally, are true examples of Italian hospitality. They definitely know how to treat guests. The food is delicious. Restaurant manager Johnny manages the main restaurant and bar in a perfect way. All the waitresses, Agnieszka in particular are very friendly. Animation team, Nica and Niko, are very good with the kids and work hard to give good shows in the evening. Limone itself is a charming tiny place at the foot of the mountains (the picture attached). Itâs nice to walk along the lake (the picture attached), visit Lemon houses, The San Pietro Church and The Parish Church, sit in the shade of the trees enjoying the flowers near The Comboni Missionary Center, make a nice mountain walk (not easy!) along the tourist path which starts near appartamenti La Milanesa (the picture from this path is attached). Donât forget to buy olive oil in Cooperativa Agricola Possidenti Oliveti store (at the corner of via B. Croce and Via Campaldo). Besides well known excursion to Venice, Verona, etc., Iâd recommend to have half day trips to Varone waterfall ([--]) and the ruins of the castle in Arco ([--]). To both places are in easy 30 minutes drive. Also itâs nice to go to the Botanical garden and DâAnnunzio house ([--]) in Gardone Riviera. Iâll thoroughly recommend this hotel for anyone who wants a quiet relaxing stay away from business life in crowded cities."
- Travel date: 27th August 2007
Fantastic hotel- had a great time
"We booked a week long stay at the Leonardo da Vinci in July and had a great time. With a nine month old baby we were desperate for a bit of relaxation and Lake Garda hits the spot! The hotel is well maintained with excellent staff and we were happy with our room overlooking the lake. The views are fantastic and the facilities on offer here are good too. There was a great water slide in the top swimming pool that I made full use of. Plent to keep kids happy at this resort. Food is great for breakfast and dinner but the lunches are rather disappointing with only a bare minimum choice of chips and one other main. Jonny in the main restaurant keeps things running smoothly and is always on hand to make sure you are happy with things. Baby was well looked after and it is clear that this is a very family friendly resort. The pebble beach is lovely too but you have to walk down some pretty steep stairs to get to it. The water was too cold for us wimps despite it being July due to the fact that we are at the north end of the lake. People were swimming in it though and the water is exceptionally clean. Limone is a great little town with lots of cheap restaurants with brilliant food and I wish we had made more of an effort to go down there. We did three of the tours offered to us by First Choice Lake tour, Verona and GardaLand themepark. If you stay at the hotel you get free tickets to the theme park but you have to pay for the coach (20 euros per head) Lake Tour was pretty crap and we spent way too long on the coach rather than on boats as promised. Not recommended with a screaming baby! Verona is beautiful and romantic and worth going to enen if just to see the messaged left on Juliets Balcony. Great restaurants and the pizza is mindblowing. GardaLand is a great theme park and the best thing is that the adrenine rides dont have much a line . The "big" attractions there didnt really justify the long half hour queing like Time Voyager which was very disappointing. We will recommend Lake Garda as a great destination and we wish we had more time there as there was a lot that we had not seen like the Aqua park and the activities on offer for adrenine junkies like canyoning , mountain climbing and biking. Perhaps next time we will stay south of the lake so that we can get to GardaLand and Verona more quickly but we may be tempted back to the Leonardo hotel as we had such a great time there. Hope this encourages you to go there !!!"
- Travel date: 12th August 2007
The low rating is not a reflection of th...
"The low rating is not a reflection of the tour operator, Inghams, they were excellent. The Hotel Leonardo da Vinci does, however, in my opinion deserve the rating. We have stayed in several All Inclusive hotels in Europe and Goa (India) and never have we had to endure such poor food, drink, and entertainment. The location of the hotel is a 25 minute walk into Limone, the last third of which is downhill. Very much downhill!! The hotel courtesy bus stops running at 6.00pm so it's a 7 euro taxi ride each way if you want to get something decent to eat and drink or if you want to escape the "entertainment". The hotel emphasis is very much on German families and we were very much outnumbered. While the hotel staff were on the whole very nice and polite, they do assume that all guests are German and a German phrase book would be of more use than an Italian one! Because of the steep location of the hotel not all facilities are available to anyone with walking or respiratory difficulties. My wife damaged both calf muscles within two days of being there and spent the following two days unable to do much at all. I could go on but you're probably bored now. Give careful consideration to booking the Leonardo da Vinci. The area is stunning, just go somewhere else. "
- Travel date: 19th July 2007
"It would have been lovely to stay at the leonardo da vinci; all the reviews were positive, the facilities sound excellent, just what we were looking for. Since we wanted to travel in school hols, we booked nice and early - in january, to travel in july. We booked direct with the hotel and paid our deposit. It is now TWO WEEKS to our holiday, and the hotel have cancelled our rooms. They have offered another hotel away form the lake, no sports facilities, and recommended for adults seeking peace and quiet. We have two teenage children who were looking forward to sports facilites on site. On checking reviews for the alternative hotel offered, I have found lots of others who have booked direct and had rooms cancelled. It seems the hotel takes your deposit money by offering a discount for early booking, and then sells the room at full price nearer the time. Must be a nice hotel if you can get there! We now have the choice of a hotel we don't want or lose our deposit; the hotel are not offering to return it."
- Travel date: 5th July 2007
"We stayed at this hotel for ten days at the end of August 2006 and had a brilliant holiday. We have two children aged 6 and 4 and it was just a perfect family hotel. They loved the slide at the top swimming pool, but if you wanted a more quiet swim the other pool was perfect. They loved the help your self ice cream - with our permission of course. At lunch time if we were spending the day at the hotel we would tend to go to the lakeside snack bar where you can have the same lunch as at the hotel but right next to the lake watching the boats and windsurfers and general lakeside activity. Idylic and very peaceful by the lake. The evening entertainment was fun for them and we enjoyed it too. The childrens disco didn't go on too long and if we stayed up for the evening entertainment that seemed ok if the children weren't too tierd from the hours and hours of swimming and playing. The hotel staff were lovely, very helpful, rooms very clean, daily maid service faultless. Food good varied and plentifull."
- Travel date: 4th July 2007
This was advertised with Crystal as half...
"This was advertised with Crystal as half board with bonus offer of drinks and light Italian lunch. As stated the rooms are in different blocks and it is a bit of an uphill hike to some and a pain if it is pouring down but the views make it worthwhile. We paid extra for a superior room which had superb views and came with tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, towelling robes, pool towels etc. Really big bathroom with bath and shower and a big balcony. The hotel is not in the centre of Limone but it is a lovely walk in. The hotel does have a minibus which runs hourly but we only used it once. The food was very varied. Always pasta dishes, roast, 2 soups etc. at dinner. Lunchtime was French fries, salad and either a pasta dish or burger etc. Bit strange having cold red wine which you helped yourself to out of a machine. You did this for soft drinks and tea, coffee, chocolate etc. The AI bar was excellent. No queuing for someone to serve you just optics, beer pump, and glasses. Never saw anyone falling over though! We went here because the lakes are so beautiful and to have a rest. We really enjoyed it but if you like nightlife forget it. We did intend to use the indoor pool or gym but relaxed so much we didn't bother. Lots of other nationalities at the hotel but not a problem as people were friendly. Lots of families but the children were all very well behaved. We only sat by the main pool but we did find other pool areas one with slides. The staff were friendly and very hard working, especially the youngsters who worked in the bar collecting glasses. Although the weather was not brilliant we had a lovely holiday."
- Travel date: 10th June 2007
A little piece of heaven on earth
"A little piece of heaven on earth! The location is stunning and the hotel excellent. The staff are friendly and hard working, the food is delicious and plentiful and the superior rooms are more than adequate. The scenery has to be witnessed to be believed - a shimmering sparkling lake to the front and majestic mountains literally just behind. Limone itself is beautiful and although the minibus stops at 6pm an evening stroll (20 mins) is within most people's capabilities and infact necessary after an extremely filling meal. The hotel provides entertainment every night for those who are too lazy to walk into Limone - but you will be missing a magical view if you don't do it at least once and of course there are also the not to be missed gelateris! (disabled people would struggle with the walk as it is steep in places).There are plenty of trips to enjoy - Venice by night is a must, Verona is equally beautiful and those daunting Dolomites are spectacular. We have just booked for the third time and I can not imagine lasting a whole year without going. Although I love to find new places I just don't think there could be anywhere else to compare. Italy is classically beautiful, full of warm friendly people and serves up delicious and healthy food. Limone is an excellent base for exploring nort east Italy and Leonardo Da Vinci is most definately the place to stay."
- Travel date: 22nd April 2007
"I have been to this all inclusive hotel for 3 years and it has never faultered. I always love to go and it is great in the evenings, the animations team always have a theme at night whether it be Bingo or Horror. There is lots to do for children such as clubs in the day and 1 hour slots of things to do at the pool or nearby beach owned by the hotel! Sometimes we found the animations team could be a bit pushy in getting you up to do things but it was not a big problem. It is about a mile walk to the town of Limone whereas there is lots of restaurants and shops. The buffet in the evening simply delicious and there is a choice of waiter service too! I was delighted with the range of food available. Suitable for all ages. Also there is a pool bar at the edge of the pool where salad and pasta based dishes are available at lunch. The staff are extremely helpful and polite and the maid service is outstanding. Most rooms have air conditioning and a bath which is quite rare in hotels abroad. The pool is quite big and there is a small children's pool aswell. There are sun loungers next to the pool where you can relax, take in the mountain view and enjoy the hot italian sun. It is aimed at families. Overall i am always outstanded with the high standard of this hotel but this year we will be venturing somewhere outside of Lake Garda. Although i would always recommend this hotel for a family friendly holiday with a relaxed and calm atmosphere."
- Travel date: 14th April 2007
"Come here on a football tour for 3 nights. Staff were rude and had no respect what so ever. I was in the que when a Italian came in and staff was most happy 2 help them. Told us to shutup and spoke to us however they liked..Food was at a ridiculous price and was not even nice! Have a problem with the English. Would never go back to that hotel as the staffs attitude was appalling. Visitors should not get treat like that from a four star hotel. Was disgraceful."
- Travel date: 8th April 2007
Great if you upgrade!!!
"We accidentally arrived a day early ,and the staff were extremely helpful even though the hotel was busy they gave us a standard room until our superior room was vacant the following day. The standard room was poky and shabby, the bathroom had no light!! not that it didn't work there just wasn't one!! The room was also really far away and at one point I thought my partner had taken a wrong turn. The superior room was enormous and had it's own terrace, garden and lake view (plus toilet light) and was right by the pool and my rating only reflects this room. The all inclusive is great for people holidaying on the cheap but to be honest the food during the day is awful by Italian standards (lots of salt to flavour everything) but at night this improved. The entertainment is aimed at much older than ourselves (late 20's) and the only thing my partner enjoyed was Brazilian night, don't think I need to explain why?"
- Travel date: 14th February 2007
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