Via G. Fava 18, Orta San Giulio, Novara, Piedmont, Italy
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You could be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing really all that out of the ordinary about Villa Crespi, but only if you had a good reason for thinking it was in Istanbul. As it stands, Villa Crespi is in the north of Italy, less than an hour from Milan, on the shores of Lake Orta — which makes this hyper-opulent Moorish-style palace (minaret and all) one of Italy’s strangest and most extraordinary small hotels.
It’s a full-blown architectural folly, in the old sense, which was in no way a negative one. So thorough is the stylization of the villa’s spaces that you can’t help but feel transported. Not that Lake Orta itself is anything you’d want to escape from, mind — this is one of the North’s hidden gems, and Villa Crespi benefits immensely from a gorgeous natural setting and a suitably countrified slow pace of life.
The villa’s eight suites and six rooms are no less a feast for the eyes. They’re all individually decorated, though all in a similar period style, and aside from the modern necessities, they’re soaked in 19th-century atmosphere. Add a gourmet restaurant with a pair of Michelin stars and a relaxation area with a sauna, massages and the odd spa treatment, and you’ll quickly see why Villa Crespi’s fans are so devoted.
Please note: Villa Crespi will be closed for the winter from January to late March.
How to get there:
Villa Crespi is located 28 miles (about a 45-minute drive) from Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP). For further information or assistance with transportation, please email CustomerService@TabletHotels.com.
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Complimentary soft drinks in the minibar
- Complimentary welcome drink per guest at the time of arrival in the lounge bar or in the garden
- 10% discount on massages and treatments during stay in the 'Relax' area
- 14 Rooms
- Style: Traditional Elegance
- Atmosphere: Quiet
- Villa Crespi
- Via G. Fava 18, Orta San Giulio
- Novara, Piedmont, Italy
Hotel amenities and services
- Babysitting (on request)
- Bicycle rentals nearby
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Golf nearby
- Multi-lingual staff
- Pet Friendly
- Room service
- Shopping area nearby
- Smoking rooms (on request)
- Spa treatments (on request)
- Wake-up service
- Wine Cellar
- Wine tours nearby