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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Crespi Hotel Orta San Giulio