The Albergo dell’Agenzia offers a Slow Food-inspired restaurant, a convenient location, and simple but refined rooms that preserve the building’s royal, neo-Gothic style.
Castello Di Guarene
Castello di Guarene has been the symbol of the city of Guarene since the early 18th century, thanks in part to its strategic location on the hilltop and its grand gardens. Upon being built, its primary purpose was to protect and control the surrounding territory. It has since lost its main function, but has been renovated into a wonderful hotel, museum and restaurant.
The property has maintained its original charm and character, with decorative architectural elements. You can unwind in its medieval living room, browse books in its extensive library, or follow an ancient escape tunnel leading to the spa and swimming pool.
The 15 rooms reflect the elegant style of the castle. Most have golden headboards, refined furnishings from the period, marble bathrooms and old paintings. Breakfast is served in a hall covered with frescos and has outdoor seating on a terrace for the summer months. The restaurant at Castello di Guarene serves traditional Piedmontese dishes with locally grown ingredients and wine from the Roero hills.
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Most of the 15 rooms are on the ground floor, close to the impressive gardens which surround the property. All the rooms and suites have original floor tiling and frescos throughout. With headboards on the beds, period furniture, marble bathrooms, traditional silk rugs and tapestries, the castle's feeling of grandeur hasn't faded. Alongside this sense of history you still have all modern comforts and conveniences, such as air conditioning and internet connection.
The hotel is located in the greater Langhe region of the Piedmontese countryside, in the town of Guarene, where highly-quality wine is produced. Guarene is just 45 km (28 miles) from Turin and 50 km (31 miles) from the larger village of Cuneo. The Castello di Guarene is located within a 15 minute drive of the nearby town of Alba. Barolo, La Morra, Monforte D’Alba, Barbaresco and Neive are also all just a short drive away and are worth a visit.
Food and drink
The hotel's restaurant focuses on using only locally grown products to produce traditional Piedmontese dishes. Semi-formal clothing is required to match the fine-dining atmosphere. The medieval-style dining hall is adorned with original landscape paintings and fresh flowers. Complete your meal with a glass of wine produced from the surrounding territory.
Facilities and activities
During your stay at Castello di Guarene, you can make use of the indoor swimming pool, set within cave-like rocks with views of the surrounding hills. There's also a wellness area offering a variety of spa treatments and massages. Here you'll also find a Finnish sauna, hammam, steam bath and Jacuzzi.
Access to the wellness area at the Castello di Guarene can be paid locally.
We love this hotel for delivering an exclusive, luxurious experience, as well as its location in a historical castle in the midst of the Piedmontese countryside. Its intricate designs and period furnishings add to its sense of history and grandeur.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The family owned Grand Hotel Sitea is elegantly furnished from the entrance lobby to the guest rooms. All rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in a traditional fashion. The hotel is centrally located in the city of Turin, making it a convenient base for exploring the city.
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The Relais San Maurizio is a lovely hotel which is located on the hillside of the Langhe region with acres of vineyards surrounding it. The style of the hotel is classic yet elegant and with a touch of traditional characteristics from its 1600s origins.
The Townhouse 70 Hotel in Turin is centrally located in the heart of the city and is a great base for which to explore northern Italy. There are 48 rooms all elegantly finished with modern furnishings.
In the heart of the wine-producing Langhe region of Piedmont, Villa Beccaris is a hilltop retreat set in large gardens with an outdoor pool. Inside, the property is styled in period fashion with frescoed ceilings, subtle lighting and antique furniture.
With just ten rooms, Villa Tiboldi feels more like a home than a hotel. The property is surrounded by vineyards, guests can visit the owners’ winery, and utterly relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Piedmontese countryside.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this guided tour, you’ll discover the medieval village of Barolo, renowned for the high quality of its wines. There’s time to stroll its cobbled streets, explore the 11th-century castle and museum, and visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Turin’s wealth of history is unfurled on this half-day walking tour with a private guide, who’ll help you discover its grandest architecture, explain the story of the Shroud of Turin, and offer a deeper insight into the city and its people.