If you are coming to Piedmont there are three main areas that we direct our clients to.
The first is Turin. This is the most important city of the region and it has so much to offer the gourmand and also those who like their history. With the Alps framing the picture Turin deserves at least a night or two and is recommended at the start or end of tour with us. Turin is in many ways the food capital of the North west and outstanding restaurants abound. October and November are incredibly busy so book ahead if you are coming in for the truffles.
Second, where the real action takes place close to the wineries for us, which is the sub region we can call the Langhe. The majority of these lodges are in a semi rural context.
Robertson Wine Tours think the best accommodation is centered around the Montforte d'Alba, this is a delightful little village with 5 outstanding restaurants in walking distance at night, which can represent a huge cost saving on taxis or us providing transport at night. Montforte d' Alba is rightfully very popular. The only downside is this Borgo has extremely steep gradients so those clients of ours with knee or mobility issues will not find walking around easy.
Finally, we think if you have come all this way then it would be a great shame to miss the Lake District, which is just under 2 hours and half north of Alba and the Langhe. The lakes have been welcoming the Jet set, and generally wealthy for centuries. Some of the hotels can be a little over the top with their New Liberty style but we have some gems and none more so than the Villa Crespi, 2 Michelin Stars with just 14 rooms. We think Villa Crepsi makes the perfect start or end to your tour in Piedmont. Naturally there are so many hotels and agrotourisms we can choose from, we do not even claim to know them all but these select few we have chosen are ones we know the staff, management and our clients have been most impressed with over the years.
Table of contents
- Hotel: Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin
- Hotel: Principi di Piemonte, Turin
- Hotel: Dock Milano, Turin
- WINE REGIONS
- Hotel: Castello di Guarene, Guarene
- Hotel: Villa d’Amelia, Benevello
- Hotel: Villa Beccaris, Monforte d’Alba
- Hotel: Da Felicin, Monforte d’Alba
- Hotel: Palas Cerequio, La Morra
- Hotel: Hotel Langhe, Alba Piedmont
- Hotel: La Villa, Mombaruzzo
- Hotel: L’Anfiteatro Apartments, Monforte d’Alba
- Hotel: I Castelli, Alba
- Hotel: Il Boscareto Resort & Spa, Langhe
- Hotel: Villa Crespi, Lago d’Orta
- Hotel: La Palma: Piedmont, Lake Maggiore
- Hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic: Verbena Piedmont
- Hotel: Giardinetto. Piedmonte Lakes
- Hotel: Splendid : Baveno Piedmont
- Hotel: L’Approdo. Piedmonte Lakes
Hotel: Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin
Grand Hotel Sitea is located right in the middle of cobbled pavements with no car access in front of the hotel, which makes it perfect for walking straight out into the heart of Turin. It is literally in the centre of it all. It is the perfect base for visiting the historical centre and the shopping area. It is also within a short distance of Porta Nuova Train Station from where you can take a shuttle bus to the airport or a train. The atmosphere is quiet and serene after the breakfast and check out, but generally there is a great little buzz. The rooms are well-protected noise wise, the staff polite and efficient. The service in the hotel is excellent: concierge and front desk mainly. Although small, it is obvious that all staff has been carefully trained: everyone in every capacity we have come across is gracious and efficient. The other aspect of this hotel that we like is the fact that there are both contemporary and classic style floors meaning we can provide for most of our clients. Breakfast is very well done and we think it is the perfectly formed hotel.
Hotel: Principi di Piemonte, Turin
PRINCIPI DI PIEMONTE
The location of this hotel is perfectly in the city centre of Turin, just a few steps away from Via Roma, Piazza San Carlo and the Egyptian Museum. This building has been through several incarnations, but the Art Deco Style is impossible not to love. The rooms are big, beautiful, and the bathrooms are gorgeous with cavernous showers and marble baths and spacious double sinks. The rooms on the upper floors have outstanding views on the snow-capped Alps and the city of Turin.
The hotel has an excellent wine bar in the reception area for a late afternoon drink, ‘Aperitivo’ with a small outside terrace. Principi di Piemonte offers a spa, which access is included in the tariff and contains a steam bath, whirlpool, a sauna, and sensorial showers. If you are looking for some luxury during your stay in Turin, then this is the hotel to book, the prices are higher than the Sitea, it does not have the amount of guests/occupation that Sitea does, but it is a wonderful place to be and is as 5 star as it gets in Turin.
Hotel: Dock Milano, Turin
Dock Milano is one of the most centrally located hotels in Turin and as they say: it’s location location. With the Turin’s excellent metro system just meters away from your front door and housed in an Art Nouveau building that dates from 1899, this is an excellent stay. The staff and management are strong and English is spoken: the communication should not present too much of a challenge in the hotel. We also very much like the breakfast buffet, where you can expect a good choice of breads, pastries, cakes, cereals, scrambled eggs, sausages, yoghurts, teas and coffees. This is the only meal service the restaurant has, but you are in one of the gastronomic capitals of Italy, so please refer to our restaurants list for recommendations. Do not miss out on the restaurant scene. Rooms are all set in a modern contemporary style with bright colours, wooden floors, private bathroom, internet connection, air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar.
Hotel: Castello di Guarene, Guarene
Castello di Guarene is a most imposing castle, located in the small village with the same name (Guarene), which overlooks the Valley of the Tanaro River. It is the newest and very welcome addition to the Langhe’s top accommodations, which, due to popularity of the zone, is certainly needed. We like its location very much as it is strategically placed for all our wine touring needs. It has been completely refurbished and this has taken many years to complete. The structure had its soft opening in September 2014. The style inside is like the castle itself, old world with Baroque & New Liberty. The SPA is outstanding with incredible views. This is a real splurge, but one we think merits the cost. The views from the manicured gardens are magnificent and are an attraction in their own right. Food & Beverage is at the top of gastronomic offerings, with the restaurant itself well on its way to Michelin Stars and a destination itself.
Hotel: Villa d’Amelia, Benevello
Villa d’Amelia is situated just outside the small town of Benevello, overlooking the vineyards for miles with the Alps in the distance. This is a lovingly restored farm and winery. The view from the terrace is delightful, vineyards as far as the eye can see. The restaurant has a Michelin Star and with clement weather this terrace is a joy to be on with its stunning surroundings. The outside swimming pool and spa area also overlooks the countryside. Rooms are tastefully done and although not enormous in size it’s the service of this hotel which sets it apart.
We like the size and feel of this hotel, good food, good people and well-trained staff. Entry rooms are small, we recommend moving up 3 levels for a decent sized room. The restaurant is of course a destination in itself and it would be a shame while staying at Villa D’Amelia not to dine here.
Hotel: Villa Beccaris, Monforte d’Alba
Villa Beccaris is an 18th century villa restored to original splendour and perched above the village of Monforte d’Alba with fantastic views over the town and the countryside. It has a gorgeous swimming pool overlooking the surroundings. The personnel is outstanding. Funny fact to know is that they change their outfits every year according to the prevalent chosen atmosphere. The best area in the hotel is the breakfast room, which in itself is beautiful, but also overlooks the valley below, the Alps & Mont Blanc, and has a great buffet selection with many cakes, local breads and cheeses. Recently, they have opened a wine bar/restaurant that is just a few minutes away from the hotel and is as amazing as the hotel itself. At Villa Beccaris, you feel at home with every possible bit of comfort. It is a place of total quietness to enjoy and relax. At the top of the borgo of Monforte d’Alba, which is quiet a steep hill, this is our favourite hotel. Everything from the staff to the rooms to the breakfast is a delight.
Hotel: Da Felicin, Monforte d’Alba
This property is owned and managed by the outstanding and historical restaurant of the same name. Nino, the owner, and his father before him are proud custodians of Da Felicin. The garden and the restaurant are located in the lower part of Monforte and just 200 meters away are the superb apartments with a wonderful pool and great vineyard views. The breakfast that Nino’s kitchen prepares is delicious and there are plenty of delightful communal areas. This is a great stay in roomy apartments with incredible views over Barolo. As well as liking these apartments very much, we hope you will also have the chance to eat in the restaurant while you are here. Reservations through us highly recommended.
Hotel: Palas Cerequio, La Morra
Blending tradition and modern technology, Michele Chiarlo and family have restored an ancient small village in the heart of Barolo, creating a Palas with different suites equipped with every comfort. The setting is just stunning with the town of La Morra on top of you and the views over the most important crus’s of Barolo this is heady stuff. Accessibility is a slight issue and going out for dinner at night means transport is needed to travel at night, unless you eat in, all day there is a good simple menu. We really do love the rooms, all with their own character, there is hardly a room without a magnificent view and we feel the suites are fully worth the money. There are two sections to the hotel, New and Old, and the old is really ancient and restored in great keeping with the structure and history. The new style room has technology everywhere and some interesting spa and relaxation techniques you can enjoy all by yourselves in the room which is a lovely touch.
Hotel: Hotel Langhe, Alba Piedmont
The hotel Langhe is such a welcome relief as we have had poor pickings in this zone until four or five years ago. Apart from the structure and the management you are a in a blessed position. Why well Alba centre is just 25 minutes walk to all you could want gastronomically, the Hotel has bikes too if you fancy riding around. The gardens are what stands it apart as you are in an oasis place to relax with a book, a glass, pool really is a delight although not massive. Sandro our eyes and ears and for sure your guide, thinks this could work perfectly. Rooms are good, At this price level (Low) we prefer the higher category for space and outside areas. Recommended.
Hotel: La Villa, Mombaruzzo
La Villa Hotel is just one of those extraordinary places, hidden away in the hills of Monferrato that just defies to be pigeonholed. The English owners Nicola and Chris have made their dream a reality. Exceedingly well travelled they found their tastes were never fully met at even some of the best hotels in the World, so they decided to create their own. 10 years later La Villa is a reality and one we would love to share with our clients. The first point is that this really is ultra-relaxed. There is no real check in desk and the bar area is the hub of the hotel ,this is where it all happens. Rooms are all varied and have been wonderfully done by Nicola who only chooses the best whatever the cost. The little details show everywhere and there is certainly a family atmosphere throughout.
The gardens are idyllic as is the pool area. Special mention to the Chef (Charlie) and the Restaurant La Vie which has been designed as a place to relax in the evening, chat with other guests in an informal manner, eat outstanding local foods and typical dishes. The main point of La Villa is not uptight luxury, but calm quiet and relaxation, with quiet underplayed service and quality. Finally and most importantly for RWT is the fact that Nicola is a wine fanatic. Since she arrived in Piedmont she has made it her job to go and source and understand the wines on her doorstep. There are over 200 wines stocked and all at a very reasonable price, something we love. Location is ideal for Barbaresco, Monferrato and Asti. It makes a perfect stop for a few nights from Turin or Alba.
Hotel: L’Anfiteatro Apartments, Monforte d’Alba
L’ANFITEATRO APARTMENTS BY BECCARIS
These apartments are run by our favourite hotel. They have a little kitchenette so you can make yourself a little breakfast and or head out to the one of the coffee bars in the centre of Monforte. You can have breakfast at the main hotel, and its great but it is also approx. 20 Euros per person. The apartments are a maximum 10 minute walk from the centre of Monforte. Unspoiled views and tranquillity. Please note: If you want the apartment cleaned/new sheets then you need to pay 50 Euros for this, but for 3 or 4 nights it’s probably ok. Think 150 Euros per night.. FYI this is where I stay and I love the peace and quiet and the fact it is just a touch out of the town.
Hotel: I Castelli, Alba
I Castelli (meaning The Castles) is a befitting name as this region of Piedmont is full of important castles and close to Alba there are many of interest, including the most important regional wine shops (enotecas). Alba is the most prosperous town in Italy and has held this title for many years. You will feel that wealth as soon as you enter into this modern 4-star hotel. A stone’s throw away from the centre of Alba, I Castelli is perfectly located: 400 meters from the start of the historical centre and only 12 minutes by foot from the Alba’s Roman Cathedral. The highlight of I Castelli is the panoramic terrace, the place to enjoy breakfast and a glass of wine at night. There is a very well regarded restaurant for those of you who would like to stay closer to home at night. All rooms are in a classic modern design with private bathrooms all brand new since the hotel has been completely refurbished in 2011. I Castelli enjoys free internet, Sky TV connection and room safe that can hold a laptop. All rooms are soundproofed with double glazing and enjoy air conditioning. We know that this 4-star hotel is the perfect choice for this group’s accommodation, convenient for your days in the vineyards.
Hotel: Il Boscareto Resort & Spa, Langhe
IL BOSCARETO RESORT & SPA
Il Boscareto Resort & Spa is a 10 year old project that offers beautiful views across the vineyards in Langhe. This hotel is certainly 5 star and has a commanding presence in the middle of the most important vineyards of The region. There is a fantastic wellness centre with swimming pool and gym and spa. This hotel is in fact owned by one of the most important wineries of the zone.Beni di Batasiolo
This luxurious hotel is a 5-minute drive from Serralunga d’Alba and 10 minutes to Monforte d’Alba, so it makes an ideal position for us to visit the wineries and restaurants of the zone. It is surrounded by 32 hectares of vineyards.
The spacious guest rooms are all elegant and modern in decoration, with raw silks and strong colors, in the style of the colours the houses were painted historically. There is strong and free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a wine theme throughout the hotel and a new ultra colourful and modern wine bar space called ‘La Briccolina’, in addition to this there is the famous ‘La Rei Restaurant’ which offer guests the chance to sample the food of the two Michelin starred chef of Villa Crespi, Antonino Cannavacciuolo. This hotel will suit lovers of style and high fashion who relish being in luxurious and expensive surroundings.
Hotel: Villa Crespi, Lago d’Orta
This is the real thing: a classic and unique villa with a wonderful service and fabulous restaurant all adjacent to the most beautiful unspoilt lake of Northern Italy: Lago di Orta. It is the perfect base to visit some of the countryside around this lake and just a short walk takes you to the path that allows you to walk on the water’s edge and taking a dip. The rooms are filled with period antiques, comfortable beds and have lovely views over the lake and surroundings. The breakfast is a highlight with a huge range of choices catering for all tastes. If weather allows, we recommends having breakfast outside on the terrace. For dinner? Just try what the chef recommends, including the wines. This is a glorious gourmet experience.
Hotel: La Palma: Piedmont, Lake Maggiore
Hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic: Verbena Piedmont
The Grande Dame of Verbania The Grand Hotel Majestic on Lake Maggiore just 50 miles from Milan and 25 miles from Locarno in Switzerland. Sumptuous everything, Views, Gardens, Position and Building, Within 15 minutes by transfer you are at the train station and in an hour and 15 minutes you are Central Milan with all of its museums, galleries and Sites. Built in the Bel Epoque style it is refined and was built at no expense in 1870’s. Their Restaurant La Beola is an attraction in itself. The Grand Hotel Majestic rooms and suites are all a delight, without too many busy swirling patterns everywhere. Its a great hotel and the small town of 30,000 people is sophisticated, relaxed and is a true haven.
Hotel: Giardinetto. Piedmonte Lakes
Hotel Giardinetto, a three-star Superior hotel, has family been family own and run, always a pleasure. Breathtaking lake views , the swimming pool with a small private beach, a restaurant that is a local draw and actually how this family started. Think revisited regional cuisine and over 570 wine labels. Communal spaces are all updated rooms less so. Clean and well kept and maintained it has to be said. Giardinetto is just over 2 miles from Villa Crespi so it works ok with Villa Crespi and so of us who do not want to spend the Money on Crespi this is our choice.
Hotel: Splendid : Baveno Piedmont
This property is owned and managed by the Zacchera, Family they have serval structures in the region and this is our choice from their Properties. There is also the: Dino, Simplon, and the Grand Hotel Bristol to name a few. We have met some of the family they are all involved and you can tell they care and are totally part of the reason we like this hotel, apart from a wonderful all season pool, its own beach and the gardens are as you would expect, super. Style is New Liberty 90’s. Not too all tastes by any means but we know the rooms to pick without mind blurring carpets. Rooms are good sizes, prices are very competitive so treat yourself to good room, we will advise. Location is Super, just a 5 minute walk to the train station gets you into Milan within the hour, where you can be as active as you like. Here: Hiking, Walks, the Lakes, Islands and Boating are all up for grabs.
Hotel: L’Approdo. Piedmonte Lakes
Hotel L’Approdo, is a four-star Superior Hotel and like it’s sister hotel the Giardineta it is owned and managed by the Primatesta family own and run, something we always thinks makes the difference. The Design is more modern and the whole property is up to date and rooms all are easy on the eye, modern and well fitted out. As you would expect also with breathtaking lake views a swimming pool with a small private beach. Hotel L’Approdo is just over 1 mile from Villa Crespi so it works really 5 min taxi or 10 minute walk. We like the property but in all honesty for the price difference of Villa Crespi’s Classic room It seems like a false saving.