L’Albereta, Relais & Chateaux
What We Love
- World class medi-spa designed by the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Italy, with treatments from French wellness master Henri Chenot
- The 19th-century villa’s hilltop setting, surrounded by vineyards and overlooking untouristed Lake Iseo
What To Know
- Access to the Henri Chenot spa costs $33 per person
- While the hotel can arrange bike rental and car service, if you really want to explore the area, you’re probably best off renting a car
- Except for the spa, the decor, while charming and frequently refreshed, does tend toward the traditional
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This ivy-covered, salmon-hued, terra-cotta-tiled villa exudes rural-chic charm. A conservatory-like entrance hall, all glass walls and botanical prints and paintings, gives way to an open-hearthed lounge and a cream-colored breakfast room filled with natural light. Beyond, the cozy Library Lounge bar and Music Room are done up in shades of deep orange and burgundy, with gently vaulted whitewashed beam ceilings and endless views all the way to Lake Iseo, six miles away.
Bed and Bath
The designer daughter of the villa’s owner has decorated all 57 rooms and suites individually, and many have recently been updated. Nearly all have balconies. Flowing curtains, antique furniture, hardwood floors, marble inlays, hand-painted wall details and prints, stripes and plaids combine to create a comfortable blend of traditional styles. In the marble-decked bathrooms, amenities from the fashion brand Etro await, as do separate soaking tubs and showers in most rooms.
The oenophile offerings at the Library Lounge, include reds, whites and bubblies from the owner’s wineries here and in southern Tuscany (some of the grapes can be seen growing in the vineyards right around the hotel). The spa, meanwhile, combines methods Western and Eastern, medical and therapeutic, dietary and aesthetic, according to the designs of Henri Chenot, a French wellness innovator who has a handful of outlets around the world.
How to Get There
Great place just 30 mins drive from Bergamo airport. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life as a city dweller then this is the place to be! The views are amazing, hotel is great and there is lots to do in the area. Highly recommend a trip to Lake Iseo and a tour of the Bella Vista vineyard which is just a 10 min walk from the hotel. Wish we had stayed longer and will definitely be back!
-hotel and premises were very nice, located right in the vineyards
-nice and spacious room with balcony overlooking the mountains and Lake Iseo
-no coffee or tea making facilities in the room (this is the first 5star hotel I encounter without this feature, I'm surprised)
-we ate at the Bistro: The waiter who should've brought us to our reserved table outside at the terrace stopped half-way to start chatting to a client, totally forgot about us and left us standing in mid-air for minutes. Another waiter luckily analyzed the akward situation and then showed us our assigned table. The other waiters besides the rude 1st one were very friendly, but hence our start into the evening didn't feel very welcoming. The food was good (not overwhelming), prices for the dishes comparable as to what we're used to in Switzerland (which is expensive for Italy!), but the beverages were outrageously overpriced. 4€ for a simple basic espresso? Since I am pregnant I asked for a non-alcoholic beverage like a lemonade but explained I didn't want the usual soft drink like coke or fanta, so the waiter recommended something "home-made" which was fresh orange juice with a little bit of lemon in soda water. This beverage was then charged as a cocktail for 12€! My home-made lemonade had the same price as the Bellavista Franciacorta by the glass my boyfriend had.
-as a "normal" client you'll have no access to the indoor pool or the gym unless you buy a day Spa ticket (minimum 25€ per Person). And everything closes at 8pm, so no gym possibility in the evening.
-breakfast with average choices for 28 with fresh prepared eggs at even additional cost
-very unstable WI-FI connection in the room
Maybe we were just overly lucky with our previous 4 star hotels in Italy and Switzerland compared to L'Albereta, but we'll leave with mixed feelings about this beautiful hotel with a little too many flaws to be perceived as a really 5 stars...
Fantastic hotel in the middle of the vineyards. Very friendly staff. Beautiful terrace overlooking the valley and Lake Iseo. Nicely located for winery visits. Great running spot amidst vineyards. Hope to be back
L’Albereta was our last stop on a nearly month long driving trip through Italy, Slovenia & Croatia and was a perfect ending to our trip. Located amongst beautiful vineyards and a short drive from Lake Iseo, this property had it all. Beautiful rooms, very hospitable and helpful staff (reception, concierge and food servers) and extremely comfortable accommodations.
From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome and appreciated. We asked for help planning a day visiting Lake Iseo and their suggestions were spot on. We asked for assistance with winery tours and they arranged everything.
It is always nice to stay at a Relais & Chateau property, but we have discovered they are not “all created equal “! This one is definitely among the best in all respects.
One thing to note - our GPS tried to route us through some strange roads on our way from the major motorways after we exited. Like unpaved vineyard access roads. You might want to ask for driving directions before you arrive!
Lovely hotel. Charming rooms. Beautiful surroundings. Attentive service. Excellent therapists.
Regrettably, the Chef who runs the diet food kitchen miraculously succeeds in making all his food taste the same...I.e. depressingly bland. Change the diet food Chef and l’Albereta will become one of the best destinations to lose weight and get back in shape!