The hotel is about 2km from the center of town. All that is visible from the street is the parking lot (on top of the hotel.) Hotel Piana is rated a 3-star, and the decor and the rooms are basic, not beautiful. But the real attraction is the lake view from the balcony rooms. Pay the $10-$20 extra to have this unabstructed view, only 50'' from the shore. With Lago di Garda in the background and the Castello di Malcesine to keep you company, who needs to spend the extra lira on a fancy place to sleep?
For more information, go to: http://www.hotelpaina.com/
San Francisco, California
November 14, 2001
From journal The Pearl of Garda