Complete get-away-from-it-all relaxation with fine wines and fine dining
La Villa is a multiple award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of the Piedmont countryside and vineyards. Most recently it was named as the best hotel in Italy in Travel and Leisure's 2010 Best Hotels of the World guide and has previously been selected as one of the Best 10 Small Hotels in Europe (TripAdvisor), one of the best 45 new hotels in the world (T+L) and has appeared 9 times on television in the past 5 years. La Villa Hotel has already established an enviable reputation as one of the most relaxing, indulgent and comfortable boutique hotels in Europe. Originally built for a wealthy local benefactor, the property has undergone careful and thoughtful renovation to restore many of the old country features typical of the area. La Villa Hotel currently accommodates up to 30 guests with suites, double and single rooms, all with antique and period furniture purchased in the local area. La Villa is set in the Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) region, home of many of Italy's (and the world's) finest wines including Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, some of the most sought after cheeses in Italy, amaretti biscuits, artisan chocolate and grappa, plus the renowned white truffle!
Landscaped gardens surround La Villa Hotel and guests can relax in the bar, sample some fine wines in the tasting room and sunbathe out on the terraces. The swimming pool has views along the valley, and this luxury hotel also has a small gym and a massage room for pampering, manicure & pedicure treatments. The area is also well known for horse riding, golf, cycling and walking. Most importantly, the owners can arrange wine and grappa visits and tastings, from Barbera to Barolo and Barbaresco. The area surrounding La Villa Hotel has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in all of Italy.
La Villa Hotel serves a generous continental breakfast in the courtyard overlooking the vineyards, and in the breakfast room in colder weather. They have also newly opened La Vie Restaurant which serves simple Italian food made from top quality ingredients - everything sourced from local suppliers. Food is flavourful, fresh and seasonal. passionately cooked and elegantly presented with a selection of high-quality local wines to match.
La Vie is open to guests every day during the main season (except Tuesdays - unless by prior arrangement). The set menu changes daily. Vegetarians and those with allergies and other dietary preferences can be catered for with a bit of advance notice. This chic hotel takes food seriously and also offers a range of cookery courses throughout the year, from one-on-one sessions to group classes.
spa treatment room
Via Torino, 7, Mombaruzzo (Fraz Casalotto), Piedmont 14046, Italy
Driving to La Villa: Although we are in the middle of the countryside, please make sure that you follow the directions below and you should arrive on our doorstep without any problems - its also advisable to print out a copy of this page and keeping it with your other travel documents. La Villa Hotel is at Via Torino 7, CASALOTTO, which is a suburb of Mombaruzzo, and is in the province of Asti. Please do not put 'Mombaruzzo' in your GPS system as you will finish up about 5 kilometres away. Our GPS co-ordinates are 44.76272 N, 8.41058 E (44°45'46.53" N, 8°24'40.66" E) and you can also apply these to Google Earth to get great driving directions. In the vast majority of cases, you will arrive via the A26 motorway (autostrada) exit at Alessandria Sud. This is the easiest way, arriving from the North (Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Bergamo airports), the Italian Lakes, Switzerland and Milan and also arriving from Genoa and other points South (Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Portofino, etc). Otherwise, please see the directions below if you are arriving from the South (not by motorway) or from the East. Via Michelin will always give very detailed directions from your point of departure to the hotel. Make sure that you put '14046 Casalotto' as the destination and Via Torino 7 as the address. For the main airports, the search criteria for each are as follows: Genova (Genoa) + Aeroporto Cristoforo Colombo; Milan Malpensa is 21019 Somma Lombardio + Aeroporto Malpensa 2000; Turin is 10072 Caselle Torinese + Via Aeroporto; Milan Linate is 20068 Peschiera Borromeo + Aeroporto di Milano-Linate; and, finally, Milan Bergamo is Orio al Serio + Aeroporto di Orio al Serio. Arriving from Alessandria Sud – about 20 – 25 minutes From the toll station at Alessandria Sud, take the right hand fork towards Acqui Terme. Continue on this road until turning right at the 2nd major exit - towards Nizza Monferrato – the S.P. 28. Continue on this road for about 15 kilometres past Carentino and passing the exits to Bergamasco, Bruno and Mombaruzzo until you reach the village of Bazzana. At the railway line in Bazzana, turn left immediately after the railway (5 metres) towards Casalotto. If you reach Bar Jolly and Malgra wine on your right hand side, you have missed the turn. Continue on this road, past the sign ‘Casalotto’, until about 100 metres before the town (and just after a road sign with the number '2'), La Villa is to your right, with a hotel sign outside and a private drive to the hotel. Arriving from Acqui Terme and the South: From Acqui Terme follow signs to Asti and the S.S. N.456. You will pass Alice bel Colle and Castel Rocchero before passing an API petrol station on your right-hand side, immediately followed (70 metres later) by a crossroads. Take the right turn towards Fontanile and Mombaruzzo and continue on this road for about 4 minutes until Casalotto is sign-posted to the left. Take this road and continue to the top where you will come to a junction with the main road. Turn left and La Villa is 200 metres further on your left, with a tree lined drive to the hotel. Arriving from Turin and the East: Exit the A21 motorway (autostrada) at Asti Est and initially follow signs to Acqui Terme. This will bring you onto a dual carriageway (the E74). You stay on this road for about 10km, until you see blue signs for Del Turchino and Acqui Terme and Nizza Monferrato (or Nizza M/to) - the SS 456. Take this exit and you will go through a tunnel. Continue onto this road until you reach the outskirts of Nizza Monferrato - about 20 km. You will come onto a roundabout and take the first exit to the right (straight on is Nizza town centre). This will take you onto an impressive new white bridge. After the bridge, there is a roundabout at which you go straight on toward Alessandria, through another tunnel. At the roundabout after the tunnel, carry straight on towards Alessandria for about a further 7 km until you come into the village of Bazzana. Immediately in front of the railway line (5 metres before) take the right hand turn to Casalotto. Continue on this road, past the sign ‘Casalotto’, until about 100 metres before the town (and just after a road sign with the number '2'), La Villa is to your right, with a hotel sign outside and a private drive to the hotel (see the photo above!). Arriving by Train: We can also arrange for a taxi collection from any nearby rail station - Nizza Monferrato is the nearest and Asti and Alessandria (both about 30 minutes away) are both major stations on the network (Click here for train timetables), or we can also arrange collection from any of the airports. However, be warned that taxi services here are expensive.
Nearest Airport: Turin/Genoa/Milan. Distance from Airport: 1hour 10 minutes/1 hour/1 hour 15 minutes.
The 14 rooms at La Villa Hotel have been designed to suit all requirements - from single rooms to large & luxurious suites - making it ideal for a single visitor or for families and groups. The layout of the rooms has also been designed to be extremely flexible, so that larger parties or families can take over a complete area or wing of this country house hotel, with friends accommodated in neighbouring rooms, and with private access to the group of rooms. There is also a mix of styles throughout the hotel, from the exotic Moroccan room to the refined French Quarter and the rustic Italian style rooms with their lustrous woods and wrought iron furnishings. Many of the rooms have private balconies or terraces where guests can just relax and take in the peace & quiet. All of the rooms have individual air-conditioning, iPod docking stations, satellite flat screen TVs, DVD & CD players (on request), telephones, complimentary WiFi, luxury toiletries, pool towels, slippers & bathrobes.
Cancellation up to 30 days before the scheduled arrival - 20% of the value of the booking Cancellation from 7 - 30 days before the scheduled arrival - 50% of the value of the booking Cancellation 1 - 7 days before the scheduled arrival and 'no show' - 100% of the value of the booking In the event of cancellation, we can issue an invoice for you to claim on your travel insurance.
Check in can be any time after 9.00, although your room may not be ready until 2.00 pm. For late check-ins, please advise us in advance if you expect to arrive after 6 pm. Check-ins after 8 pm are ONLY by previous arrangement.
We do allow small dogs (below knee high), but only in ground floor rooms and only one dog at a time. There is a €25 per dog, per stay, charge for additional cleaning.
There is an additional charge of €20 per head, per night, for 3rd and 4th guests in a suite.
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If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.
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