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“Actual Tears of Awww!”
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La Villa Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mombaruzzo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 9, 2011

The best part of not planning a 2-week honeymoon is that you run into places like this!!

Having just spent time in Parma, Italy to eat we wanted to relax in the countryside with our full bellies. A quick web search later and by reviews and pictures we decided this was the place. We called and luckily we're able to get a 2-night stay for the following nights. Not having a car; we trained from Parma to Alessandria and taxi'd from there to the Villa (nov. 1 is a holiday and so we couldn't get a rental car). We talked the taxi guy to 36Euro for the trip. (the villa said most charge 60euro, great start!)

Upon driving to the villa my heart was racing. The drive alone is spectacular and Im thinking, our honeymoon in the Italian countryside is here! Pulling into the Villa you can only smile. Upon walking into the reception room, you smile more. Upon meeting Chris (owner) at the bar and having him offer you champagne upon arrival; you're about ready to burst.

Being brought to your room, I actually cried. Now I best most people don't have this reaction but I just finished our wedding, (Im tired) & we had been to Florence and Parma and had amazing experiences at both of them but this took the cake! I was just overwhelmed and tears started. My husband thinks I am crazy but he agrees that when you walk onto your private balcony, it is breathtaking.

Nicola and Chris have made a dream in the middle of Casalotto.

The room was just perfect. Room 15. Shabby Chic meets Italy. If I could have brought the bed home with me, I might have. Finally a real (not 2-twin beds = queen) bed! The claw footed bathtub, the skeleton key for your room, the VIEW, the quietness of the location, etc. etc. all made the villa a perfect 10 out of 10.

We didn't have a car, so we ate in for dinner/lunch/breakfast. AMAZING. The chef is fabulous and so great to chat with. We found the food for lunch and dinners to be great. The dinner is also a unique experience and very neat. Everyone who "signs" up for dinner that night, eats at the same time. Everyone comes to the lobby at 8pm, Nicola (wine guru) chats with each group and helps them select their wine for the night; then about 830pm, everyone goes upstairs and eats. Separate tables, but all at the same time. Its such a great experience and makes the villa more like home.

The grounds are worth spending as much time outdoors as possible. They let us use their bikes and we biked for 2-3 hours around the countryside through tiny town after tiny town. Honeymoon dream thing to do - checked off list!

Regarding price, this was our splurge. I thought 195euro for the room was completely acceptable price being that other places are WAY more than that and are not as beautiful. The cost that gets you (which we knew going in) is the cost of the misc. food and beverage you consume. You're unaware but basically you want to drink wine or champagne at every turn because the location is so relaxing. Sitting outside in the chill air with a glass of red wine - check. However, when you leave you realize you had a lot more wine than you thought. Oh well, it's our honeymoon, and we'll take it easy on the next hotel.

I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking to relax. We also got massages, which were average-good. Not 100% necessary.

Don't miss this place if you have some time to stop in Casalotto. We will be going back.

Room Tip: Room 15 has a beautiful view and great bathtub.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Building your own hotel is a task that has broken many a couple, its tough work, requires, bravery, vision and faith but when it comes off you end up with something to be proud of. What Nicola and Chris have done at La Villa is most definitely something to be proud of.

The design isn't sumptuous luxury, its classy chic. The attention to detail is excellent with the whole coming together as a project any leading designer would be happy to lend their name to.

But it doesn't end there, they aren't just handy with a shovel and sewing machine, they are excellent hosts. Between them they cover all the areas of good service that you would expect from a boutique hotel but impart their knowledge of the area, food and wine as if they are old friends and not hotel managers.

Indeed it seems to me that this is the experience they are selling, it feels like you are staying with wealthy friends who are determined to make you feel at home and look after your every need and ensure you get every last bit of enjoyment out of your stay. The staff take their lead and are all charming and efficient.

As a hotelier of nearly 40 years experience I take my hat off to them, this is what all 21st century hotels should be like and to get it right first time an extraordinary feat.

Well done and I hope we get to stay longer next time.

Nicholas & Sarah

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

La villa is a very lovely place in the middle of the vineyards. However, It is not as luxurious as they would pretend. It is still very good standard but let's say for the price you pay, you could get better value in the region.

The food at the restaurant was very good and we were well advised for the wine.

One minor point: we had quite an incident on our first night: as we arrived late, the owner had kindly left the key on the door --as it is a guest house, there is no reception open all night-- and when we arrived at the hotel.. somebody was in our bed! The person left and we called the owners, after a few minutes on the phone, they accepted to bring new pillows (but no new bed sheets). The day after the owners didn't really apologize and what is most they didn't make any commercial gestures... we were hoping they would give us a discount on the meal, offer a glass of wine, or anything like that but they didn't do anything about that... we didn't ask for it but still we thought that it would come to their mind!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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monferratoItaly, Owner at La Villa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2011

La Villa is run along the lines of a large, informal-styled country house rather than a traditional hotel. Such informality requires a high level of trust between us and our guests and, in the 6 years that the hotel has been open, it has only been rarely taken advantage of.
As a small boutique hotel, we need to have a late night check in policy and this is one of the examples of that trust. After midnight, should we no longer be up and about, we allow our guests to check in to their room by leaving a key in their door and agreeing to meet up with them in the morning. This process has worked very well until these reviewers’ experience when they found another guest lying, clothed, on top of their bed. It was not clear who was the most surprised at the time – us, our arriving guests or the one who had just found out he could not have free access to a second hotel bedroom just because there was a key in the door!
Instead, having quickly assessed the situation (when woken around 1.00 am), Chris ensured that our wayward guest had returned to his wife in their room across the hall and, having checked that the bed had not been used, fetched fresh pillows for the new arrivals. The next morning, he welcomed our new arrivals properly, making a point of apologising for the late night excitement. Neither at this time, or any other when we sat down and chatted with them during their stay, did either mention their concern over that nights’ events and even apologised to Chris for having woken him. It is disappointing to read their concern in a review rather than hear it directly and to see how much it coloured their view of the hotel when it was something completely out of our control. We put a great deal of work and effort into helping our guests relax and enjoy their stay at La Villa so our ‘Goldilocks’ moment aside we will continue to run the hotel on the same informal lines.

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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We’ve just spent 3 most delightful nights in the Terrace Suite at La Villa as part of our short tour.

We wish we’d stayed much longer and perhaps avoided a Tuesday night [Chef’s night off when the restaurant is closed] – not because the surrounding restaurants are bad or inconvenient but because the Australian Chef, Martin and the ambience of the La Vie restaurant, al fresco under candlelight is so very good and quite romantic.

Pre dinner discussions with the sommelier Nicola in the wine cave were both interesting and exciting and we were never disappointed with our choices.

As others have often said on Tripadvisor, both Chris and Nicola are excellent hosts and their smashing smiling obliging staff are first class.

Chris and Nicola are so adept in appearing laid back and relaxed [almost horizontal] that its really hard to appreciate they are not fellow hotel guests. Their consummate skill is truly a very rare talent and it radiates out to the guests. They know how to "work a room", and every guest is made to feel wanted and important to them.

In our opinion [provided you arrive with realistic expectations i.e. you’ve studied their website and read all the reviews on here and appreciate the beautiful rural location and enjoy absolute silence] there really are no negatives.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

We stayed here 4 nights and booked quite last minute. We were very lucky as there was a cancellation. It is a perfect place to go. My girlfriend and I wanted to go on a relaxing holiday and not do too much. You perfectly can in this hotel in this region but as always we managed to get ourselves into a lot of activity. We did the cooking course with the Australian chef and made our own pasta. We went to the neighbouring villages and visited a wine cantina. If you are into wines, the owners can give great recommendations (for drinking and visiting tastings). The owners really do go the extra mile in anything!
The design of the place is fantastic. We stayed in two different rooms and both were very spacious and well designed with nice views over the hills, even the one on the ground floor.
The hotel has been in many, many books and won many awards. The swimming pool is in the back of the garden and perfect for some relaxing. There are lots of great restaurants nearby and we ate a few times in michelin starred restaurants for very decent prices. All restaurants nearby were great value for money. If you like relaxing, like wines, like top class design hotel and like eating good food. This is the place to be!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

My wife and I spent a week at La Villa in August to attend our sons's wedding. The hotel is situated outside Castelletto (a fraction of Mombaruzzo) and surrounded by vineyards. A beautifully restored former wine farm, run by a very friendly and hospitable couple. All rooms are decorated in different styles and the garden is just wonderful. Excellent food and a great selection of Wiedmontese wines at reasonable prices. We will definitely go there again!

George

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

My family just returned from a 2 week stay in Italy. La Villa Hotel was our first stop. This is a five star place with an incredibly humble outlook. The owners, Nicola and Chris can be found throughout the day for any questions pertaining to the region (which is quite lovely) to the type of wine that would best go with pizza. They spent extensive time explaining the ins and outs of Piedmont and made sure we were always setting off in the right direction. Further, their daughters are completely wonderful and as a photographer who brought a broken camera lens, it was certainly a surprise when their daughter Gemma came out to the pool with price quotes and places I could buy a lens! The service is so warm and detailed. The location and accommodations are splendid. Our rooms were pretty, clean and gracious. The grounds are wonderful and it was a pity that we wanted to see so much outside of La Villa. Next time we will park ourselves at La Villa. While there are quite a few newlyweds wandering around, it is also a great place to bring children.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Via Torino 7 | Casalotto, 14046 Mombaruzzo, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Asti > Mombaruzzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mombaruzzo
Price Range: $282 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Villa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Monferrato hills, surrounded by vineyards and breathtaking scenery, you will discover La Villa hotel. This 17th century palazzo has now been transformed into a luxurious and elegant country hotel, far removed from the pressures of everyday life. Superb wines, gourmet food, scenic walks and cycle rides and golf courses are all available close by - or, just relax by the pool, on the roof terrace or on your balcony- your choice. ... more   less 
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