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Hotel Excelsior Bay
Ranked #42 of 71 Hotels in Malcesine
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The hotel is in an excellent location and breakfast on the terrace on a sunny day is a memorable experience. There is a good selection of food and the staff are very attentive at clearing away plates etc. This is OK as you can take your time before you get the next course (self-service). However...

At dinner the staff are very attentive at clearing away plates - this means that your next course arrives within 30 seconds of you finishing the last one - not the relaxed experience you want at dinner.

You have to choose your meal at breakfast time with no options for the started and four options for the next 2 courses, which is a bit of a nuisance. If there's nothing you fancy - hard luck. You can get a packed lunch instead of dinner if you tell the staff the previous night, when you don't know what the next night's meal will be.

One night my starter did not appear.

The 'primo piatto' was always a lot of pasta with a little sauce which contained very little meat r veg.

The secondo piatto' was meat or fish. One night I got a fillet of trout the size of a playing card! The Treccano restaurant down the path to Malcesine did a lake trout with grilled vegetables for 12.40 euros where the trout covered two thirds of a bigger plate than the one at the Excelsior Bay.

The plates were, as a rule, cold which is one of my pet hates.

The wine waiter insisted we upgraded from a normal Valpollicela to a "vintage" one - sadly this was just a tired old wine.

When it came to paying for extras (e.g. wine), we had at dinner, the hotel could not find all the vouchers I had signed for.

You have to 'rent' a towel for the swimming pool (10 euros). When I went for a swim and left my towel, it had disappeared when I came out of the pool. I complained at reception, but they refunded my 10 euros anyway, saying the the cleaner removed unattended towels from the pool (!)

Room Tip: Partial lake view means that you are on a side wall with a balcony which shows the lake from one sid...
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

The good stuff :-
Location next to Lake shore with Promenade into Malcesine that was great for my disabled buddy. Photo views over lake from restaurant, terrace or upper terrace.
Staff in general were all friendly and accommodating. The restaurant and bar staff in particular were very good. BIG positive for hotel to allow use of a corner of reception to allow charging of a motobility scooter. Its position did not restrict access to anything or anyone but we of course accepted that they could not be responsible for it. He did have a ground floor single room but it would have been very cramped with his scooter in it at night.
Drinks menu :- very good in quality and value
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Room :- We had a first floor Pool View room. It was average. Although bed, linen and maid service was good, it was on small side for a double. The single walk in wardrobe that had safe inside positioned in a way that restricted the hanging space. Due to lack of space in main room we had to have our cases as there as well. Bathroom was a good size with shower, sink and bidet. The room terrace had little to no privacy and you couldn't see the pool from it. It was also in shade from mid morning.
Food:- Breakfast food quality was good, but range average. Hot buffet was limited mainly to an egg station. Cold continental buffet was also limited for hotel of this rating. I expected at least a couple more meat/cheese options as well fresh salad. Cereals and Fruit choices ok. Evening meal options were a bit hit and miss with a few strange combinations. Desert choices were limited and on three days running included creme brulee. Fresh Fruit or cheese and biscuits not options.
Swimming Pool :- The pool area was ok with enough sun loungers for most people when they wanted one. Pool itself was clean but was barely big enough in the busy afternoon periods.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay in Malcasiene and have no regrets about choosing the Excelsior Bay. Further I would recommend it anyone using a wheelchair or buggy. With a few changes to the food options and room makeover it can be better.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms get full sun from early pm so will get hot. Ground floor rooms good for accessibilit...
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Phil_Owen
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Location ***** Breathtaking and so convenient for the centre of Malcesine
Staff ***** Always really helpful, courteous, efficient and welcoming
Rooms *** Small beds, inadequate air conditioning and generally in need of refurbishment
Food ** Sadly, very poor. You can read the many TA reviews for examples of the numerous shortcomings

Over the period of our week's stay we became really attached to the Excelsior Bay Hotel and our initial feelings of disappointment soon changed to that of concern for a dear old friend who has fallen on hard times. This was almost entirely down to the staff who are so good and next only to the location, should be regarded and the hotel's most valuable asset. There is also a large luxurious open swimming pool and surrounding sun bed area.

Our overall verdict is that we really enjoyed our stay at the hotel but I am really concerned that the hotel survives largely from an older, traditional generation of clientele who are generally less internet savvy and unlikely to scrutinise customer feedback before booking or loyal repeat customers. As this is a shrinking market segment, it is so important that the management takes action now to address the food and room quality issues before the world moves on!

If so this could turn around the fortunes of what could be a thriving, popular, upmarket **** hotel!

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are by far the best but come with a hefty premium.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jon S
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This has a great location right on the lakeside with lovely views. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Generally the hotel is clean and comfortable.
Our original room was good but extremely noisy, it sounded like there was a generator outside so we asked to change rooms. The room were were offered was much smaller but quiet, however the airconditioing was not very good so we had to run it permanently to keep the room at an acceptable temperature. The main let down with this hotel was the evening meals. Some were OK but others were awful with overcooked veg and tough meat, also some of the combinations were a bit strange.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Elaine F
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

My wife and I spent 7 days at the Excelsior Bay, having read several bad reviews before hand, we turned blind eye to them and although some rang true, our stay there was sublime.

Excellent surroundings with the mountains to the west side of Lake Garda - sun kissed in the mornings to which we faced eating our breakfasts - in the company of British and German guests. The staff were professional in every sense - catering, service, cleaning and in reception, culminating in an excellent and unforgettable holiday.

We went half-board and each evening the menu comprised of a starter, with which you could fetch a accompanying salad if desired, 2 main courses and a sweet.

Any wine or bottled water consumed was paid for at the end of the stay when settling the bill. On half-board, each course seemed rather small compared to those on B n B basis - but because of the temperature, of suitable size and very tasty.

We would certainly return there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room over-looking the lake. Go B n B not half board to benefit from the larger meals.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mbertolaso60
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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Superb location, literally 10 yards from Lake Garda. Wonderful patio to sit, have a drink and watch passers by on the promenade and activity on the lake. Wonderful staff, receptionists, waitresses, drinks waiter, all were extremely friendly and helpful... all day and night. Spotlessly clean. Bedrooms basic but perfectly adequate, 3 changes of sheets during the week.
A real pleasure to have been there and will return again,and again. Thank you Excelsior Bay.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit to this hotel and our fourth to Lake Garda. The staff at the hotel, the same as last year, all greeted us a long time friends, from the baggage porter to the manager all were welcoming and friendly. Of particular note are the restaurant staff, Kristina, who was at the hotel last year, and her colleagues work very hard to provide an outstanding service with cheerfulness and smiles. The reception staff are extremely professional, charming and helpful.
The rooms overlooking the lake, at a premium but worth every penny, are a little small but this is the case with most Italian hotels. The small balcony is ideal for a drink at sunset with a fabulous view across and down Lake Garda. Our tip is take an excursion to the Spar shop for good value wines, beers and aperitifs!
The hotel bar prices are expensive, this is normal in Italian hotels. There is a small lake front bar along the promenade about 300 yds. away which serves good local wine and beer at reasonable prices.
Take the ferry to Limone for a walk around a very small and crowded village with souvenir prices to match, or go further afield to Riva del Garda where the prices are reasonable for the same things.
You can take a ferry to the south of the lake but it is a long journey, 3 hours, but worth the relatively high cost. Take your passport if your over 65 and get a Senior Citizens discount!
We went to the opera in Verona and this a must do once in a lifetime experience, just fabulous and unforgettable.
We travelled with Jet2 Holidays and found them to be excellent from the onetime flights, superb private taxi transfers to the knowledgeable and helpful resort representative.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Lungolago 13, 37018, Malcesine, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Malcesine
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Malcesine
#12 Luxury Hotel in Malcesine
#18 Romantic Hotel in Malcesine
Price Range: $278 - $475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Excelsior Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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