Travel Better.

Check Rates

Guests per room:

Need to book a group?

I love this hotel

Click the heart to save to your list

Tablet Plus

Villa Crespi

Via G. Fava 18, Orta San Giulio, Lake Orta Novara, Piedmont, Italy


What is this?

Fancy yourself a trendsetter? Be the first Tablet member to stay and review this property — the score that will appear here is the average of its Tablet member ratings. If a hotel can't back up its concept and design with solid comfort and service, it's gone. Your reviews make all the difference.

From €216 (approx. $237)
Check availability as rates may vary for dates. Best rate guaranteed.

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

This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
  • 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
You can purchase Tablet Plus during your booking for 195 US$. Learn More
  • 14 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Quiet
  • Villa Crespi
  • Via G. Fava 18, Orta San Giulio
  • Lake Orta Novara, Piedmont, Italy

Hotel amenities and services

  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Smoking rooms (on request)
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby

Other Province of Novara hotels