Hi, Just returned from a week's holiday at the Hotel Augusta in Malcesine. The hotel was excellent and the room we were allocated (34) was great. From the moment we arrived the staff were really friendly and we were shown up to our room which was a really nice touch. The hotel itself is impeccably clean, the pool (indoor & outdoor) and gym facilities are great with plenty of sunbeds available. Breakfast was a real pleasure, the food was lovely & fresh, there were plenty of tables so no rush to make way for other guests, just a nice chilled start to the day with wonderful views of the lake & castle. This is the fifth time we have been to Malcesine and the Augusta is definitely the best hotel we have stayed at to date, thanks for a great holiday !!!
It was my wife’s birthday on the day we checked in. And Marina, who showed us to our second floor villa room, stood beside the balcony window and said “this is your present”.
Wasn’t it just!
The room opened onto a balcony with a classic picture postcard view of Lake Garda and Malcesine's trademark Castello Scaligero. It looked the best view in town – although all the Augusta’s deluxe doubles have roughly the same outlook at this under-rated three-star hotel – which, in most other countries would merit an even higher rating.
The Hotel Augusta is simply amazing. An immaculately stylish place to stay with a surprise at every turn. The location can’t be faulted … within five minutes you are through the underpass, into the old town and on the way to the lake through a twisting warren of cobbled streets, individual shops and restaurants in the shadow of the castle. And across the road from the hotel is the cable car that takes you nearly 1800 metres to the top of Monte Baldo with breathtaking views of the lake.
The Augusta rooms are smart, spotlessly clean, and beautifully maintained on a daily basis. There’s a choice of open air terrace or sheltered tables for breakfasting from a well-stocked buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, cold meats, cheese, cereals, yoghurts, breads and preserves.
The beautiful landscaping between the main hotel and villa has an immaculate terrace of glass-topped table, chairs, a swinging seat, trees, shrubs, potted plants and, of course, still the dominating view of Castello Scaligero.
The pool is another dream! Surrounded by olive trees and dotted with sunflowers in a garden that also features a sheltered arbour, 9-pin bowling, table tennis and children’s play area. The sun loungers are fitted with upper body shades. Or there are more Rattan-style tables and cushioned chairs for lunching and drinks. And overlooking the patio is the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and elegant shower / changing facilities.
Downstairs is a small but well-equipped gym. And the sauna with the hand-painted walls...? Well, you just have to see it and pray for a rainy day.
It’s difficult to choose words that don’t sound like an advertising brochure but the Augusta really is *that* good. Our friends, who have been going to Malcesine for several years, and were getting married at the castle, took one look and booked it straight away for their anniversary next year.
Thanks to Marina and the Benedetti family for a wonderful stay. We’ll be back!
This was our fourth visit to the Augusta in the last nine years. We have seen it transformed from a quaint, Teutonic style into a much more luxurious hotel with an additional indoor swimming pool, revamped reception area, sauna, jacuzzi, gym and a lovely terrace for breakfast with stunning views of the castle and lake.
The public areas and our room were spotless. The garden is well maintained with plenty of shade to be had under the olive trees. The breakfasts were good but they seemed to have an overstock of tinned pears! Also the orange juice wasn't orange juice at all but a very watery orange drink. But this hotel's unique selling point is it's location, handy for the cable car to Monte Baldo and in an elevated position overlooking the lake and castle. To really enjoy the views stay in a room in the Villa overlooking the garden and lake. Number 21 has a good sized balcony and enjoys both lake, castle and mountain views. It would appear that its clientele are predominantly German and the breakfasts reflect this. Also whilst Marina's ( on reception) English is good the rest of the managements grasp of English is limited. However we had a lovely stay and would unhesitatingly recommend the Augusta.
The Benedetti family are very proud of their lovely hotel - and so they should be! Augusta is a great little hotel, in a perfect position just outside of town, by the cable car station. The hotel is spotlessly clean, and he room beautifully appointed. No restaurant (no problem as there are plenty on its doorstep) but a marvellous buffet breakfast.
Since our last visit, 9 years ago, the hotel has been upgraded, adding a super gym and spa. The gardens and pool are lovely. Best of all, the family are charming, helpful and always around to help. It's a perfect holiday hotel, in a perfect holiday town.
Stayed here for 2 weeks in July and agree with a lot of the comment from previous reviews. The hotel is very comfortable but we travelled with Crystal Holidays (Thomsons) which meant we got a room with no balcony. The stay would have been improved if we had a better view or balcony. The rooms to the front means if it is warm at night you need to choose between paying 6 euros for air conditioning per night or sleeping with the windows open and be woken by the traffic around 7 am. The hotel has good facilities compared with others nearby with a good size pool, small gym and outdoor jacuzzi. The garden around the pool also has a slide/climbing frame/swing for kids and a skittle lane and table tennis table.
The cable car is right outside your hotel so easy to get to early which is a must in high season with waits up to 90 mins if you go later on. The tourist bus stops outside which, for 1 euro, will take you on a short tour of the area and useful for getting to some of the restaurants and beaches outside of the resort.
Malcesine has great ferry links to the other resorts in the north of the lake, Limone/Riva and Torbole and bus links to the East of Garda and Verona. All of these are within a 10 minute walk of the hotel.
Martin who runs the hotel is very helpful and informative on where to eat and ideas for what to do. He also is a font of knowledge on the weather you can expect. The staff all try to be helpful and make sure you enjoy your stay. The hotel is mainly used by German couples and families and so the amount of English spoken is limited but the staff do try their best.
Breakfasts are continental with fruit, cereal, meat, cheese etc. They try to vary the fruit, cheese and cakes each day but if you are there a fortnight it does become repetitive.
I would love to go back to the hotel but would look to book direct to get a choice of rooms. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.