Stayed here for 5 nights, and received a nice room at the ground floor. However, it was rather close to the reception, and the breakfast room and thus from early in the morning on, you could hear people twaddling loudly (Italian style), either directly or on the phone.
We asked to change rooms, and that was kindly - and efficiently - organized by the staff. New room on the first floor (the second floor for Americans) was more quiet, but a lot smaller, especially the bath room. Nothing to worry about, as if we would have been given this room at first, we would have been happy with it. I guess it is either a quiet, small room or a larger, more noisy one. So, avoid room 112, unless you are a good sleeper.
Wifi is free in the building. Good quality, too bad it didn't reach to the pool - well, actually this may be a good idea, why would you need wifi at the pool?
Breakfast is good (to Italian norms), swimming pool is nice. The location is wonderful (hill-top), but the view could be better (nothing the hotel can do about), unless you filter the highway and industrial area in the valley and look directly to the hills at the other side of that valley.
If you are here to relax, should work, if you are here for wine or truffle tasting, Alba, Barolo, La Morra, Barberesco are close by (you might find hotels closer, and potentially with better views, but a car is a necessity in this area anyway).
We didn't eat in either of the 2 restaurants (the common one, nor the Michelin star restaurant), so have no opinion on these. Just heard from other travelers that you can find better in the area in case of the "normal" restaurant. We found some very good restaurants in the surroundings and so didn't bother.
Parking spots are a bit small (and our rental car was slightly hit, probably by a French car, but couldn't prove), so you may want to chose for a corner spot.
In general, very good hotel - wouldn't stay there for 2 weeks, but one week is probably best, especially if there is some good weather and you can take advantage of the pool. Look out for special rates they seem to have from time to time (3+1, 6+2, ...)
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- Enjoy the luxury of the Langhe at the Hotel Castello di Santa Vittoria. A medieval castle completely restored to its grand splendor and updated with modern facilities. Take advantage of our comfortable and friendly atmosphere while exploring beautiful Piedmont. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant with panoramic outdoor seating and world-class cuisine. Other hotel services include: room service, bar, handicaped facilities, meeting room with modern technical equipment, panoramic swimming pool, hydro-massage pool, and private parking. ... more less
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