Panoramica is a pleasant family run three star hotel located on the hill above the bay of Salo. The hospitality is genuine, the smiles are real and you are left with a feeling that the world would be just a little bit nicer if more hotels were run this way. We took half pension which included typical Italian breakfast (great croissants) and three course home cooking in the evening; not top restaurant standard but satisfyingly authentic. The clientele when we stayed was over 80% Italian, always a big positive for me; the more locals stay and eat somewhere the less likely it is to be a tourist trap. Other towns on Garda, particularly farther North, tend to be overrun by German and Austrian tourists especially on holiday weekends, so Panoramica, like Salo itself, had a more genuinely Italian feeling to it.
On the downside, as other reviewers have pointed out, the hotel is located between two roads on the main road out of town, and can be noisy when the weather is sunny and bikers are out, having said that it didn't disturb me as much as I expected; the rooms are pretty soundproof when the windows are shut and there is A/C. The panorama from the first floor is nice, but I am sure the second floor has more of the lake visible. We walked down to Salo every day which is a pleasant fifteen minute stroll, though more exerting on the way back up. By car it is maximum five minutes to the car parks on the outskirts of town. The garden near the pool is nicely laid out , and a nice place to relax under the few olive trees despite noise from the road. All in all a great three star hotel run by a friendly helpful family.
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