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Hotel Highlights

  • Picturesque countryside setting an hour from Milan
  • Award-winning medi spa
  • Wine-lovers paradise

Overview

High on a vine-lined hilltop in Lombardy, L’Albereta is an ivy-masked villa with more classic Italian glamour than a Fellini film. With a superb spa, two wineries to its name and impeccable service, it’s a haven for gastronomes and massage fans alike. Let the award-winning Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot cure your ills, the local Brut please your palate and the welcoming staff take care of everything else.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking L'Albereta with us:

A bottle of Vigna Leone and fresh fruit on arrival. For stays of more than two nights, free access to the Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot spa, (ordinarily €25 a day).

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

57.

Check–out

noon. Check-in: from 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $370.70 (€286), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Access to the spa is costs €25 a day.

Also

Curl up in the tiny Sala Scacchi, just off the lobby: it’s got a grand fireplace stacked with heraldic finery, high ceilings, the building’s original frescoes and an intimate, cosy atmosphere.

At the hotel

Spa with 14 treatment rooms, tennis courts, fitness classes, DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, minibar, blackout curtains, Etro toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Hit a switch in the Cabriolet Suite and the roof opens up to let the Brescian sun warm your king-size bed below. The suite also has a balcony facing Lake Iseo.

Poolside

Splash in the family-friendly, heated, indoor pool in the Bellavista Tower or lounge by the adults-only pool in the spa area.

Packing tips

A notepad, to keep track of your favourites from the wine list.

Also

Dogs are welcome for €30 a night; water bowls and pet rugs are available.

Children

Welcome. Baby cots for children up to three are available for free; extra beds for children aged 3–12 are €30 a night, €66 a night for over-12s.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome for €30 a night; water bowls and pet rugs can be provided.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel's main restaurant is currently closed, but you can dine on traditional Italian dishes in the Library Lounge.

Hotel Bar

Sip expertly mixed cocktails in your cosy armchair in the Library Lounge, or take your glass of local wine out to one of the library’s three terraces.

Last orders

Start your day in Italian style with croissants and a cappuccino in the Library Lounge, which opens at 7am. Head back to the library for a nightcap: drinks are poured until 1am.

Room service

Room service is available 7.30am–10.30am for breakfast, 12.30pm–2pm for lunch and 7.30pm–10pm for dinner. Snack on cold cuts, cheeses and fruit, or tuck in to more substantial pasta, risotto, fish or meat dishes.

Smith Insider

Dress code

L’Albereta’s comfortably glamorous: after a day being pampered in the spa, wear whatever you like while you eat.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

L’Albereta’s award-winning spa, Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot, offers more than the standard scrubs and serene soaks: get your diet assessed and your energy tested as you sip the detox tea of the day, or delve deeper into the dizzyingly long menu of medical and aesthetic treatments. Brescia’s a golfer’s paradise: there are nine top-class courses within a 100km. The nearest is the Pete Dye and Marco Croze–designed Franciacorta Golf Club, 6km from the hotel, which has an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole executive course (www.franciacortagolfclub.com). Franciacorta’s renowned for its sparkling wines: discover the metodo classico way of winemaking at the nearby Bellavista (www.bellavistawine.it) or Contadi Castaldi (www.contadicastaldi.it) wineries, both owned by the Moretti family behind L’Albereta. Take to the water at nearby Lake Iseo and hop on a ferry over to Monte Isola, a fairytale-fabulous island entirely without cars and almost entirely free of tourists – or stay on dry land explore the mediaeval monasteries and verdant vineyards that line the lakes shores (www.lagodiseo.org).

Local restaurants

The Coppini family serves Tuscan specialities at La Mongolfiera dei Sodi, a 17th-century farmhouse in Erbusco, a mile from L’Albereta. Despite the impeccable service and elegant dining rooms with vaulted ceilings, it’s a relaxed spot for dinner (www.mongolfiera.it; +39 030 7268303). The Michelin-starred La Dispensa Pani e Vini in Adro, 2km from L’Albereta, is a hotbed of inventive Italian cuisine: chef Vittorio Fusari uses local produce in his dishes and the adjoining winery ensures discerning diners don’t go thirsty.It’s also great for cocktails (www.dispensafranciacorta.com; +39 030 7450757). Le Due Colombe in Borgonato di Corte Franca, 6km from L’Albereta, is a Michelin-starred fine-dining haven, housed in a 14th-century watermill. Chef Stefano Cerveni (aided by his parents, Giuseppe and Clara) was taught to cook by his grandmother, Elvira, who ran a restaurant of the same name round the corner in the 1950s (www.leduecolombe.com; +39 030 7721534).

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Winery wonderland

L'Albereta

Via Vittorio Emanuele, n° 23, Erbusco, Brescia, 25030

L’Albereta – near Erbusco, an hour from Milan – is surrounded by green as far as the eye can see. The Franciacorta region, which stretches from Lake Iseo to Mount Orfano, is a wonderland of temperate weather, vine-blanketed hills and historic castles and

Planes

The most convenient route is to touch down at budget-airline hub Caravaggio Airport Bergamo Orio al Serio – often called Milan-Bergamo – which is a 30-minute drive from L’Albereta (www.sacbo.it). Direct flights to other European destinations are plentiful.

Trains

The hotel’s nearest station is Rovato, a 15-minute drive away; trains run to Brescia, Bergamo, Verona and the much larger Milano Centrale railway station, which is an hour away from L’Albereta. Milano Centrale has daily services throughout Italy and beyond, including Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Zurich and Geneva (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

Brescia’s rolling hills are ripe for exploring by car, and there’s free on-site parking at L’Albereta (you can rent a car at Milan-Bergamo airport). To get to the hotel from Milan, take the A4 towards Venice and, after about 80km, exit at Rovato. At the first roundabout, take the last exit; at the second roundabout, follow signs to Sarnico-Erbusco. At Erbusco, take the first right (Viale Vittoria) and go up the hill: L’Albereta is at the top of the hill on the left.

Other

There’s a helipad onsite.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this Brescia boutique hotel and unpacked their bottles of Franciacorta sparkling wine, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside L’Albereta ho…
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L'Albereta

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this Brescia boutique hotel and unpacked their bottles of Franciacorta sparkling wine, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside L’Albereta hotel in Brescia…

L’Albereta hotel in Franciacorta is the sort of place where you can easily forget you’re hotel guests and instead imagine you’re visiting a reclusive Italian movie star or visconte. Once you’ve been welcomed in the tucked-away lobby, you’ll find that the villa – actually the property of the wine-making Moretti family – is packed full unique objets d’art, fresh flowers and antique furniture, and rooms are decorated with authentically chintzy charm. It’s a classic environment with a spectacularly up-to-the-minute medi spa tucked away on the grounds: the menu boasts enough peels and pampering you’re almost guaranteed to look like an A-lister by the time you leave.

The smartly uniformed staff never miss a chance to make guests feel welcome, from the parmesan and olives that accompany your evening cocktail to particularly smiley housekeepers you might pass in the hall. Everyone goes out of their way to preserves L’Albereta’s air of serenity – the hotel’s only an hour from Milan, but the hill-country setting and relaxed-but-exclusive ambiance make it feel like another, much more magical, world.
 

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