Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes free shuttle service to and from the Verona city center and fair exhibition center, American buffet breakfast, access to Espace Byblos and use of the sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi pool
- Every room is a jaw-dropper of modern design
- Best collection of contemporary art outside of a museum
- Gorgeous gardens with 300 types of flowers
- A very dramatic, glamorous spa
- Just outside Verona but with a pool and grounds for relaxing and hotel shuttle to take you into town
What To Know
- Be prepared for the occasionally controversial modern art and for the bright, clashing colors
- The restaurant menu combines food from lots of Italian regions, though it might be better off sticking to one
- WiFi costs extra
- Hotel-organized transfers are cheaper than getting a taxi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Located in San Pietro in Cariano (Valpolicella), Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is convenient to Azienda Agricola Villa Giona and Tommasi Viticoltori. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Montecariano di Gini and Serego Alighieri Winery.
Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature bidets and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms.
How to Get There
We had a pleasant stay at the gorgeous hotel and enjoyed their friendly and attentive service from the first moment on.
The entire estate is just a pleasure to explore with lush gardens, great pool and jacuzzi area.
Lots of thoughts have been put into all the details of their art collection and restoration of the ancient villa.
Also took advantage of their free shuttle to Verona which is about 20 minutes to downtown.
The breakfast buffet is also worth mentioning... English Jam, and individual Yoghurt glasses, salmon and lots of great breads and pastries.
The friendliest hotel staff ever ! Helpful, the best they could! Very original decoration, every single piece is a piece of art. Big rooms, very clean, breakfast at highest level. You should also have dinner at the restaurant, it’s exceptional! Very well kept Italian garden. Wish I could give more stars :-)
We had a stay of 4 Nights , it was a Dream. The Hotel is so cool, never visited a spot like this.
Breakfast was amazing and the stuff is so nice and kind- zu feel so welcome. We will come soon again. Absolutely recommended
This hotel is really only 3.5 stars, but I think it unfair to give it only 3 stars. It is a nice facility, but there are some things lacking. It is definitely was not 5 stars or worth the 5 star price during my visit.
I was initially hesitant to book at Byblos. I was not sure about the decor or it’s location. The decor turned out to be fine! The art work is interesting, and the colors are fanciful but not that intrusive. The rooms are a really nice size, particularly for European standards. But we stayed at the start of the late fall season, and it was ridiculously hot in our room! I think this might be the norm in Italy, having had a similar experience in Sirmione. But there was no mention of that when we reported our hot room to the front desk, who sent staff twice to check the room temperature. The common areas were not quite as hot as our room, which was very uncomfortable! If you like a colder temperature for sleeping, this place is not for you. And do note that the temperatures outside were still in the high 70s Fahrenheit during our visit.
The gardens by the pool and the Oasi Relax area were overgrown. I would not at all feel inclined to relax in the Oasi area due to all the vines and bushes. The main pool area was nicer but really nothing special. The front grounds and hotel interior appear far nicer than these “amenities. “ I did not get the opportunity to visit the spa.
We had dinner one night at an on site restaurant. That was actually quite good. The service was good, as was the food. We also had room service one night, which was delivered timely and was equally good.
There is a shuttle bus service to town that leaves pretty much every hour, as it takes the van almost a half hour each way to and from the city. It is supposed to be every half hour, but the van does not circulate unless they have to pick someone up, nor does it leave on demand. So you really have to schedule when you want to leave in the morning, and when you want to come back. That’s ok, but not great if you like to just stroll and get lost shopping etc in the city. Or if you are really tired after a city tour. Whenever we called the hotel to come back from the city, it was always an hour wait. The shuttle impossibly was never available sooner than that. Likely the shuttle service is better during the regular season, but is that 5* service? We ended up spending money on taxis back and forth.
Overall the hotel was nice, but far from 5 star quality. There are likely better hotels in the area, and it definitely is not worth the inconvenience if your goal is to tour Verona city. I would not completely rule out staying in the Valpollocella region while visiting Verona, because it is beautiful. But there are many other regional villas to consider, and Byblos fell short during our stay.
And to top it all off, wonderfully helpful and friendly staff! We stayed for four days and loved every minute of it. Our room’s decor was exquisite. I’m looking forward to staying here again! Highly recommend the berry pancakes at breakfast