We stayed at the Art Suites (no. 4) for two nights at the beginning of the season, and had a wonderful time. Our room really was 5 *; spotless and with a nice and modern bathroom, lots of towels and suitably a small minibar fridge full of wine. In addition room no. 4 had two balconies and one terrace!! Unfortunately it was a bit cold when we visited, but I can imagine how nice it must be when it starts getting warmer.
The only negative, and this is the same for almost all hotels in Italy, was that the bed was a bit hard. Not really bad, but not very comfortable either. And also, the road leading up to La Morra was situated just beneath the hotel and room nr. 4. However, this is not a very busy road and was no problem for us.
The rooms are all located on the top floor of the in-town winery Rocche Costamagna, but are accessed through a separate door from the street. Thus, the rooms feel more like small in-town apartments than rooms at a vineyard. On the other hand this means that you have easy access to the restaurants and shops of La Morra. We had a look at the room no. 1 - 3 as well, and all were very nice. Room no. 4 have an incredible view, and is a bit bigger than the others, but all were nicely decorated and had a terrace.
The service was generally very good, but would probably have been even better if Francesca had been there (she was on holiday). We have heard she is fantastic:) The breakfast was served at a coffeeshop close by and was very simple (light bread, marmelade, coffee, squash and water), but was ok. During the summer, it would probably be nicer to have breakfast at your own terrace, but this is currently not an option. However, the rooms do have a kettle for boiling water, tea-bags etc.
La Morra itself is situated high above Langhe valley, which on one hand means that you have an incredible view, but on the other hand means that you can't be afraid of up-hills if you plan to hike or bike. However, it is not very far to other small towns like Barolo or Santa Maria (6 and 3 km). This area really is the area to visit in the Piedmont region!!
We would definately recommend the Art Suites for a relaxing holiday and will definately visit again ourselves, probably in combination with Villa Beccaris in Monforte d'Alba which also has a pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 2006 a careful renovation of the old farmhouse adjoining the Rocche Costamagna winery has created four guest rooms each of which is an "Art Suite" where the design, decorations, lighting and furnishings are inspired by a passion for art and a deep love for our regional culture. Each "Art Suite" is enhanced by beautiful paintings and other works of art, as well as antique furniture - and every room leads out to a large terrace overlooking the magnificent scenery of the Langhe hills, in which is located the area of the noble Barolo wine. The building also houses "Libri da gustare" – a theme library with a large collection of books and magazines on local gastronomy, wines and folklore – and the Enoteca, a nice starting point for visits to the winery Rocche Costamagna. We are always pleased to offer to our guests a tasting of our wines! ... more less
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