Hotel Excelsior Bay

  • Lake Garda, Italy, Malcesine

  • 4

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You won’t find a better located hotel than the Excelsior Bay. It’s right next to the lake and within easy walking distance of the centre of Malcesine and its buzzing harbour.

Fantastic lake views

We love sitting on the terrace, having a leisurely breakfast overlooking the lake and watching the world go by. If you upgrade to a Front Lake View Room you can enjoy the views from your balcony too. 

Close to central Malcesine

You can easily spend your days chilling out by the pool but the hotel’s location means it’s easy to get out and explore. Head for the castle to enjoy some panoramic views over Lake Garda, or jump on a ferry to visit the nearby towns. When you return to the hotel, you’ll find comfy rooms with plenty of space. Make sure you leave some time for a quick drink at the candlelit bar before bed.

Added value

Hotel discount available for arrivals between 21-28 Sep 24 (not applicable to Deluxe or Lake View room types)

Honeymoon & Silver Wedding Anniversary Offer: free bottle of sparkling wine (celebrated during 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: 70
  • No. of floors: 3
  • Official rating: 4


Standard Rooms sleep up to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed) and have a balcony.

Side Lake View Rooms sleep two people and have a balcony with partial views of the lake.

Lake View Rooms sleep two people and have a balcony with lovely views of the lake.

Deluxe Rooms are more spacious and sleep up to four people (extra bed is a double sofa bed). They have pool and partial lake views from the balcony. 

Single Rooms are also available and have a small terrace.

Please request twin or double beds at the time of booking.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Shower stall
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Minibar

Cots are available on request for approx. €20 per day, payable locally.

Local fees & taxes

A resort tax of approx. €2 per person per day is payable locally (not applicable to children under 14 years old).


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 15
  • Access ramp: Yes
  • The hotel is on a flat promenade and is also accessible from the main road via a lift.
  • Please note that there are no adapted rooms.
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Verona airport.
  • Lakeside position opposite the promenade
  • 200 metres to the centre of Malcesine
  • 200 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 650 metres to the ferry point
  • Large outdoor pool with sun loungers and towels (usually open between 8am and 8pm)
  • Pool towels are available (payable locally)
  • Sauna
  • Lakeside terrace
  • Fitness room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking 

Enjoy an buffet breakfast each morning with various hot and cold options. Choose to eat inside or out on the lake-view terrace. 

The bar, also on the terrace, serves delicious cocktails and typical Italian drinks such as the famous Aperol Spritz. During the day, you can head here for a light lunch or an ice-cream. The lunch menu includes pasta dishes, salads, panini and desserts and is open until 9pm (payable locally).

The hotel also has a children's menu available, as well as highchairs in the restaurant.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

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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