Villa Crespi is a 14-room luxury hotel housed in a Moorish-style villa on the shores of Lake Orta. Its impressive façade is both quirky and refined with ornate carved stonework, arched windows, colorful tiles and a towering minaret rising from the top of the 19th century building. A definite contender for Piedmont’s most unique hotel, Villa Crespi is perhaps the best place to feel like royalty – or at least catch a very extravagant night’s sleep before flying out of Milan.
Located just under an hour from Malpensa, Milan’s busiest airport, the hotel is a 15 minute walk from the picturesque town of Orta San Guilio. The town’s maze of cobblestoned alleys lead out to small artisan shops, restaurants, wine bars and of course, the lake. A free ferry shuttles visitors to San Giulio island every 30 minutes on the hour. Alternatively, $4.50 per person will get you a ride on demand on one of the taxi boats.
We were upgraded to one of the hotel’s enormous Junior Suites, equipped with a plush king size bed in addition to a smaller child-size bed in a separate adjacent room. The suite’s inlaid wooden floors are etched with decorative shapes, period furniture is scattered throughout and bright blue silk wallpaper adorns the walls. The marble bathroom is an elegant affair, spacious and grand.
Excellent hotel staff provided exemplary service even before we arrived. When an unexpected flat tire left us stranded on the side of the Autostrada, we called to see if they might send a taxi for us; they were more than happy to save the day. Upon arrival we got a quick tour of the hotel, followed by expertly-mixed welcome drinks in the pretty garden out back behind the hotel. Since we were only staying for one night before our flight out of Malpensa, staff graciously agreed to a special request — to hold our luggage downstairs.
People come here from all around the region just to dine at Villa Crespi’s award winning two-star Michelin restaurant. In the kitchen you’ll find celebrity Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo at the helm, serving up modern Mediterranean cuisine in a refined, romantic setting. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner (closed Monday all day and Tuesday for lunch) and tasting menus start at €95,00 per person + €45,00 – € 55,00 for wine pairings.
We didn’t dare dine there with our 3 year old son, but we did enjoy the generous breakfast spread which included a variety of delicious fresh pastries, cakes, meats, cheeses and juice (included in the room rate.)
Wifi is free and worked well in the room; ask for the password at check in. The mini bar is stocked with first-class treats ranging from a mini bottle of Dom Pérignon to Italian craft beer to fine local wines. Car enthusiasts might find it fun to take the hotel’s Mercedes ML or Maserati GT for a spin — both can be rented out for the day, with or without a driver. Massage treatments can be booked; babysitting can be arranged upon request.
Rooms start at 350 euros.
We loved our stay at Villa Crespi and highly recommend it to couples and families looking for a truly unique experience.
Address: Via Fava, 18, 28016 Orta San Giulio Novara, Italy
Phone:+39 0322 911902