Hotel Cristallo

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Malcesine

  • 3

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Hotel Cristallo is a charming hotel with a friendly and welcoming feel. It’s located about a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Malcesine and the lakefront. 

Lovely lake views

The benefit of this location is that you get lovely lake views – especially from the third floor panoramic terrace where you’ll find a few loungers and a whirlpool. There are more loungers in the garden by the pool.

Homely and traditional

The décor here is very traditional. Expect bright colours in the rooms and comfy furnishings throughout. The restaurant feels just as homely and serves local Italian food for dinner. After you’ve eaten, head to the bar for a night cap.

Added value

Free night available for arrivals between 01 Jun - 17 Sep 24 (min 10 night stay)

Free night available for summer 24 arrivals all season (min 14 night stay)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team


Holidays in Malcesine offer a picturesque tourist town of cobbled lanes, medieval architecture and the ancient Scaligero castle. In fact, churches, castles and fortresses dot the shores of Lake Garda, taking sightseeing to new levels with the beautiful backdrop of lake and mountains. Treat yourself and taste the authentic flavours from the Italian restaurants in this family holiday setting. Malcesine is full of courtyards, gardens, trattorias, shops, gelaterie and bars that create a lively town atmosphere in the summer; great fun for children and adults alike! 

Family walking in Malcesine

Set your sights high and take the cable car running from Malcesine to Monte Baldo - a perfect excursion for a summer day, with cooler temperatures and a breeze guaranteed. At the top you’ll find walking and biking trails of all levels with wonderful views over Lake Garda, as well as several restaurants. The range of trails here make it ideal for families, it's easy to find a route that's manageable for little legs, or if you have teenagers, they'll love trying out some of the more exciting biking routes. Mid-way, the cable car stops at San Michele, where you can amble back down to Malcesine on a mule track getting maximum views with minimal effort.

The prettiest town on Lake Garda?

It’s a hard one to call, Lake Garda being so beautiful (and one of Italy’s best loved summer holiday spots), but summer holidays in Malcesine really do stand out from the crowd. Scaligero castle is built on a rock jutting over the lake, with fantastic views all around. There’s the Palazzo dei Capitani near the port - with its waterfront gardens, natural history museum and paintings - the 1200-year-old church Antica Pieve di Santo Stefano, and the huge white statue of Madonna dell’Accoglienze looking over the town (a relatively easy 8km round-trip walk from town).

Lakeside beaches and dreamy islands

Just 100m from the centre of Malcesine is pebbly Paina beach, with lifeguards, volleyball courts, a skate park, bars, restaurants and a beach club. It's a must-do on a hot summer day. Wander up the coast and the beaches multiply; most have floating swim rafts and a pizzeria close by. A few kilometres south of town is Val di Sogno beach, and when the lake water is low you can walk over to Isola del Sogno - ‘Dream Island’ - or even swim to it just 20 metres from the shore. Scuba divers might like to rent gear and visit the boat wreck just beyond Isola del Sogno.

Family days out: exploring Lake Garda from Malcesine

Malcesine is a great jumping off point for visiting the other Lake Garda towns and the perfect town for those who want to explore on holiday. Catch the boat over to the western shores of the lake to Riva or Limone for more ancient architecture and a different perspective of Garda. From Limone, stroll along the new cycle-pedestrian path, which is suspended over the water, hugging the cliffs - this is a really stunning walk an easy route for all ages.

Why book a summer holiday in Malcesine with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Malcesine's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Malcesine include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 46
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 3


Twin/Double Rooms sleep up to two people and are on the ground floor. The windows overlook an external wall. They're small but have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Mountain View Rooms sleep up to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed). These rooms are located on the higher floors and have mountain views. 

Lake View Rooms sleep up to two people and have a balcony or shared terrace with sun loungers. They have views of the lake.

Rooms for sole use are either single rooms with a french bed or a double room for sole use with wall views.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning (June to mid-September)
  • TV
  • Kettle (doesn't include tea & coffee supplies)
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-fridge
  • Safe (payable locally)

Cots are available on request.

Local fees & taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €1.50 per person per night is payable locally. 


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Accessible rooms are available on request, please call to book.

  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Verona airport
  • 700 metres to the centre of Malcesine
  • 20 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 1.1 kilometres to the ferry point
  • Swimming pool with two whirlpools and a sun terrace with loungers (open 9am to 7pm)
  • Small private wellness suite with a whirlpool, bio sauna, Himalayan salt wall, sensory shower and relaxation area (payable locally, available to book for private use for up to four people for approx. €50 for 1 hour 30 mins. This fee includes a towel, slippers and a bath robe)
  • Pool towels are available (payable locally)
  • Third floor sun terrace with panoramic lake views and whirlpool
  • Fitness room
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Parking (payable locally)

Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet including a selection of bread, pastries and fruit. Dinner is three courses with a salad buffet, traditional starter and main course. Local wines are also available to buy from the Cristallo's bar as well as delicious cocktails.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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per person from £619
Includes £400pp discount
24/07/2024 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Edinburgh
Half Board
Hotel Cristallo
Lake Garda, Malcesine
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