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“Marvelous gem!”
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Villa Crespi
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
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Berne, New York
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Marvelous gem!”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Easy to find with all the amenities you would expect from an establishment in this category. We enjoyed every minute in this place. Our little 20 month old boy was never a problem. Children seats and beds available without extras. Definitively worth the splurge!
Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on mondays. But however, we felt not sure if we'ed been there with our kid, as he might have disturbed the 2* setting a bit.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

If you want to indulge yourself while visiting Lake Orta, this is the place to stay. The palace bears Ottoman architectural motifs and sports its own minaret, and the whole stay is an experience from the friendly service to the delicious breakfast. We were upgraded upon arrival and the hotel staff was extremely helpful in pointing out places to visit and eat at nearby. We didn't get a chance to eat at the hotel's restaurant as it was closed for a private event, but it has two Michelin stars, so I'll be sure to try it next time I go. And I will go again. I loved Lake Orta, and I can't imagine staying at another place.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Villa Crespi is one of my favorite hotels ever - and I love great hotels! (Sometimes I'll book a trip to a particular destination, just because I want to stay in the hotel!) My husband and I travel a LOT - and we're picky. We stayed at Villa Crespi for 5 nights last week and we could not have been happier with our experience. Some days the hardest part was making ourselves leave the hotel. The building and the rooms themselves are works of art. Layers of elegant, Moorish decoration and subtle color shifts - as well as the pop of certain rooms that are almost entirely red or blue! Antique four-poster beds. Beautifully-designed parquet floors, plus terrazzo in some areas, and intricate walls and trim. There are only 14 rooms - and I don't think they were full as we were there in the off-season, but in any case I can't imagine you feeling cramped or crowded here. The overall feel is of space and luxury and quality service - with a casual, old-world elegance. The service was really perfect - we were greeted with a large bottle of cold mineral water and some cookies as we checked in. Whenever we walked into the lobby with packages we were quickly asked if someone could take our things to the room for us, even though the elevator was close and convenient. This was appreciated! The staff was pleasant, friendly, but never in the way. Breakfast buffet was included, and everything was fresh and good. The tomatoes and mozzarella I still miss! The cappuccinos were perfect. My husband loved the cakes and pastries. We also enjoyed a tasting menu in the restaurant one evening - and everything there was delicious, too. Great location. Easy walk into town. Convenient for driving tours and day trips. We enjoyed a truly romantic getaway and we plan to come back at least once a year! We really loved it!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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cannes
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

this place must be expierienced in order to understand - it's difficult to put in words the kind of emotions you'll go through whilst staying there!
we had booked the "gourmet package" for 2 days and must say : we never had such a phantastic expierience- even having travelled for long years and stayed in many Relais&Chateaux places.the welcome by Cintzia (Gen Mgr)is warm and more than professionel,her secret to running this institution is the selection of outstanding staff in all areas! the result is : you're feeling at home and getting pampered all time long.about breakfast, tea time and dinner we could wright a book but recommend-you taste yourself!
quality of food and service are 2* plus! antonino, the chef is more than an artist with his creations of seafood or meat or poultry preparations. we tasted both menu's: "north to south" is unbeatable!!! the standard menu with the "kid-sausage" we liked less even the quality was excellent. the cellar is a story apart ! I recommend to study the wine list via internet at home, as there are so many pages to evaluate. nevertheless , the sommelier is extremely helpfull, kind and knowledgeble, so you can't go wrong with his recommendations, also he is not trying to sell you the most expensive wine,which shows his class of a professionel!
the only negative point we found was the fact the the "chef" antonino was invisible- no visit around the tables after dinner!!
the rooms are with traditional furniture,clean and nicely decorated - in line with 4* standards,also we appreciated the suite-upgrade! room service was very efficient,kind and discreet.
the village of Orta is worth the visit even in winter.
but we'll be back to villa crespi in spring-time!! warm regards to cintzia & antonino

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Villa Crespi setting is absolutely special thanks to its exotic moorish design.
The Hotel exterior is really noticeable whilst the interior moorish ceilings are reminiscent of Istambul and its mosques. Common spaces are the ones you would find in a private somptuos palace whilst the rooms decor is extremely traditional with antique furniture. The four poster bed is comfortable though you would expect a better bedding from a place of this category in order to improve the sleeping experience. The large marble bathroom has just a basin and the jacuzzi bathtub is standard sized and the mosaic on the pavement was poorly refurbished. Etro toiletries are a poor choice in our humble opinion for a place that would like to be a discerning one. The pros is the fact that the bathroom has a nice garden view and the room is filled with windows that allow a lovely natural lightening though the view is not exceptional. Breakfast is of good standing with organic yogurt, excellent cakes and cheeses and decent juices and honey selection. Service is attentive and professional without any special touch you would expect from a small scaled accommodation. In the end it lacks a proactive approach to better encounter customers' needs and allow that upside that the owners are eager to obtain. Considering the beatiful setting, the regarded gourmet restaurant and the amazing atmosphere, Villa Crespi has all the potentials to become a five-star luxury boutique hotel if the management spent more attentions to details.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

While we were in Italy on a touring holiday, my wife and I decided to renew our 20 year-old wedding vows at Lake Orta. Lake Orta is one of the most romantic places we have been to in Italy, in fact of anywhere we have been. We thought Sacro Monte at Orta was the ideal place for renewing our vows. This Unesco world heritage site was the most beautiful setting for our romantic recommitting with a small group of dear friends.
The final treat of this especially wonderful day was a dinner and overnight stay in the gorgeous VIlla Crespi, just a short walk from the Renaissance Sacro Monte overlooking the lake.
Our afternoon tea in the cool green shady garden was a lovely relaxing way to finish our wonderful day. The staff were great, attentive to our needs, but both friendly and discreet.
We do not often write in blogs or review hotels, but this one stands out in our experience.
If you are traveling to the area don't miss Lake Orta or the Villa Crespi. We hope to return next year for another special, longer stay. Our impression was at Villa Crespi nothing is too much trouble for either the owners or staff. The rooms are both comfortable and beautifully in period with the hotel setting. The romance of staying in a luxury villa that is almost 150 years old, sleeping in beds shared by princes, poets and artists, then eating in the magnificent (2 michelin star) restaurant in the beautiful setting of Lake Orta. It was a lovely way to celebrate our perfect day second time round .... it was so special we just have to go back again to recapture it all again! Thank you Villa Crespi.

Room Tip: We don't think you can go wrong. Think Arabian nights meets modern comfort.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

This review relates only to our restaurant experience as we didn't stay at the hotel.

We were very much looking forward to our dinner at Villa Crespi as reviews and local recommendations said that it was one of the best restaurants in the nearby area (we stayed at Lago Maggiore).

I found the service extremely disappointing because the servers all seemed to be only concerned with upselling in a very obvious way. We knew it wasn't going to be a inexpensive meal, but we also wanted to eat and enjoy whatever we ordered. I specifically asked and placed an emphasis on ordering the right amount for myself as I wasn't feeling well and didn't want a multi-course meal. The server insisted that the portion sizes would fit my appetite, but in fact it was significantly more food than he had described. The risotto starter was entree-sized, which left me no room to enjoy my entree, which was mind-blowing, but I was simply too full and had to let half of it go to waste. After this major disappointment, I even got a dirty look from the server when I turned down her offer of coffee or tea.

I am cognizant that upselling is a way restaurants make money, but this ain't no chinatown restaurant. It's a michelin-starred restaurant. I expected a better experience, my appetite level notwithstanding.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Crespi
Address: G. Fava road 18, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Orta San Giulio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Orta San Giulio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Crespi 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Crespi, a dream location set in the gorgeous countryside around Lake Orta, is in not far from Milan's international Malpensa airport. This fairy-tale palace and its Moorish architecture are a unique experience with the magical atmosphere of the Thousand and One Nights and a journey through the flavours of the two Michelin Star Chef-Patron Antonino Cannavacciuolo. ... more   less 
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