Hotel Castello di Sinio
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La persistenza dell'incanto
Sappiatelo: dormire almeno una notte al Castello di Sinio Ŕ un'esperienza che renderÓ pi¨ difficile il vostro soggiorno in qualsiasi altro posto ed inevitabile il confronto con questo luogo che non ha pari. Impossibile descrivere la professionalitÓ e la cordialitÓ di Denise e James, e addirittura impareggiabili le raffinate prelibatezze preparate da Denise. Per chi vuole ridestare l'incanto dei sensi.
A 1,000 year old castle with very 21st century hospitality!
Yes I love being able to say that we got to spend 2 nights in a 1,000 year old castle... But what we really loved--well, where do I start...
The Castello di Sinio is run by James and Denise, a wonderful American couple who have painstakingly ensured that their guests have everything a traveler could possibly want or need--including charming and comfortable accomodations, gracious hospitality (which doesn't have to translate as "delicious grappa after dinner" but it certainly doesn't hurt), fantastic recommendations and connections to everything from restaurants to winery visits--I could go on...James even made sure we got back to Milan and our next hotel, complete with directions in English!
For our first visit to Piedmont, we couldn't have picked a better location or hotel. We hope to return soon!
Our favorite place ever, an incredible value & experience!
Our favorite place ever - an INCREDIBLE value - better than renting or farmhouses!
What an enchanting place, a real find, and most memorable vacation. A group of us friends recently stayed at Hotel Castello di Sinio for our annual holiday reunion and I can't tell you how happy we were that we chose to stay here!
We usually stay in a rented villa or farmhouse because we want a "living in the culture" kind of experience that we hope renting a place will give us. In fact, staying at Hotel Castello di Sinio was much better and much closer to what we always hope for because the owners, Denise & James, know so many local places and people that we were immediately immersed in the culture, had doors opened for us, introductions made and got a real behind the scenes experience. We visited people and places that we have never been able to find in a dozen rental vacations and we were welcomed much more openly and warmly than arrangements we've made on our own in the past. Another real plus is that, not only is the hotel beautiful and super comfortable (awesome big beds, great bathrooms & showers, super clean - and no smoky stale odors) the hotel was full of Italian guests, not just foreigners!! So, between being in a CASTLE, hooked up by James and Denise for all kinds of activities and hanging out with the Italian guests, we really truly for once felt like we were a part of the culture. Overall, it was an overwhelmingly good experience and we are all so enthusiastic about the place.
By the way, we were blown away by the restaurant and the food at the Castello di Sinio. Denise is the chef and rivals any local chef in the area that we tried - and back here at home for that matter - and at more reasonable prices. James (all the Italians called him Giacomo) is super wine-knowledgeable and made us very comfortable in the dining room that is beautifully appointed and atmospheric. We can't wait to come back, eat their delicious food outside, (breakfasts are great too!) and hang out at the great little pool which we got a taste of one day when it was sunny: We found ourselves sitting around in our coats with snow on the ground, soaking up the sun and atmosphere and having a wonderful conversation with a charming couple from Genova, that we ended up exchanging addresses with. They were as enthusiastic about the hotel and the owners as we were. James and Denise seem to have really built a fan club with the Italians themselves - now that is impressive! We thought we would miss renting and having a kitchen, but we went to the market with Denise, took a couple of cooking lessons from her, so got our dose of that and didn't have to do any dishes!! After this, a farmhouse will seem positively isolated and lonely!! Come here if you want to feel like you are part of a happy Italian (noble) family but also want to be assured of excellent, clean accommodations, sleep in a big bed and have a great bathroom, which is not all that common in Italy. We can't say enough good things about Hotel Castello di Sinio and the warmth of James & Denise! Check out our pics which say it all and like the other reviewer we have to say "loved the bedroom" too. We loved it all!
Loved the bedroom!
We have stayed at this fantastic place twice in the last few months whilst on business trips in Alba during December 2005 and January 2006. The owners, Denise and James, really looked after us during our stay, making us feel very welcome and offering their expertise on Italy and the local area.
The hotel is situated in the centre of the small village of Sinio, which is around 15 minutes drive from Alba, 10 minutes from Barolo and within easy reach of 100s of wineries. The village consists of a Church, a few restaurants and the hotel itself.
The hotel is set in a completely refurbished castle right in the centre of Sinio. Denise & James have paid significant attention to detail and the result is fantastic. It's been thoughtfully remodelled with complimentary furnishings and art. The place is spotlessly clean and the maids ensure your room is restored to its immaculate best ready for when you return from your day's adventures!
The common areas of the hotel consist of the lobby & lounge, restaurant, breakfast room, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. We visited in winter so didn't sample the pool!! The sauna, like everything else in the hotel, looks brand new.
The tastefully decorated rooms are all unique with antique furniture, exposed beams, tiled floors, and really comfy beds, en-suite with shower, bidet, WC, sink and wall-mounted hairdryer. We stayed in a deluxe room the first time and executive the second. Both rooms were gorgeous, though we like the executive room best as it was bigger and had really thick walls so you could use the TV late at night without disturbing guests in adjacent rooms!
As well sampling excellent cappuccinos and wine, we had a fabulous meal in the restaurant, which was in another league compared to those we'd sampled elsewhere in piedmont - you must check it out! The inclusive breakfast was good too, with an array of cereals, breads, meats, cheeses, juices and various croissants.
Here's a few tips you may find useful when planning a stay at the hotel! Firstly, the fab restaurant is not open every day so do check before you arrive, especially on your first night. If you smoke then remember to bring a warm coat in winter since you'll need to go outside to get your fix! The hotel's website is -------- which has directions, photographs and other useful information about the hotel. You can also email the hotel if you have any questions and, unlike some places, they will actually get back to you.
So, if you're planning a trip to Piedmont and are looking for somewhere special to stay, this is it. We've looked at other places in and around Alba and nothing else comes close - highly recommended!
Molto buono Hotel Castello di Sinio!
If you're after a fantastic 4-star boutique hotel in Piemonte this is it! The hotel itself is located about 20km outside of Alba in the small hilltop village of Sinio, and is a beautifully renovated ancient castle. Our room had a mezzanine 'princess' bedroom for our 5yo daughter Emily, & she loved it!
We didn't have a car (came by train/taxi) & thought we might be a bit stranded. However Jay & Denise (& Shira) came to our rescue. Denise dropped us off at the Alba market on her way to gather some tasty treats for the evening's menu, & we marvelled at the truffle fair. On another day, Jay drove us to Barolo & booked us in to the best local osteria, then picked us up & gave us an impromptu tour of the area. And finally, Shira dropped us back at the train station on our day of departure. Now that's service!
On the Saturday night, Denise & Shira cooked a fabulous feast in the hotel restaurant & Jay kept serving up the fantastic local wines & white truffle shavings. We ate so much, we were still full the next day! But oh, what a meal!
Needless to say, we'll be back. We loved Tuscany, now we love Piemonte too.
Hotel Castello di Sinio...Make it Home!
If you love the beautiful Northern Italian countryside, the best barolos, barbarescos, nebbiolos, barberas, dolcettos, wondrous foods, suberb hospitality, sleeping on the finest linens at a very reasonable fee, then Hotel Castello di Sinio is the place to spend 14 very memorable days. In October of 2005 we had reservations for four nights at this newly restored 12th century castle. After the first night there we changed it to eight nights. The castle is wondrous and the owners and staff are the best! The proprietors, Denise and Giacomo, are experts in arranging for visits to the finest wineries (cantine) and osterias and trattorias in the area. Every day we were there they sent us off on a wonderful day trip and greeted us when we came home with a glass of barolo or prosecco. The breakfasts consist of the finest local meats and cheeses, homemade granola, fruits, breads and something special for the day. You are always offered your favorite morning beverage...cappucino, espresso, cafe Americano, tea, grappa...(ok, we usually had late nights). The rooms are delightful and spacious. If you have a chance, have dinner prepared by Denise and Shira...a culinary experience only found at the world's fanciest hotels and restaurants. The Hotel Castello di Sinio is surrounded by famous hilltop towns like La Morra, Barolo, Cherasco, Monforte, Barbaresco, Treiso and is a short drive into Alba for the annual truffle festival. Staying there is like staying at the finest Inn anywhere owned by your best friends, Giacomo and Denise. We have designated The Hotel Castello di Sinio as our annual meeting place for our business. Make your reservation today...it truly is an authentic taste of Italian country.
When in Italy...STAY HERE!
My wife and I made our third trip to Italy this past November, 2005 and found a hidden gem of an area = Piedmont AND a great castle/hotel, the Hotel Castello di Sinio.
From the moment we first contacted Denise and Giacomo, to the moment we arrived, received information on activities they could arrange for us like winery visits, special dinners, food producer visits, truffle hunting and much more; until well after we left, we were treated with 'first class' service.
They planned spur of the moment arrangements for us including dinners, lunches, driving routes, alsoled us through a wonderful introduction to Piedmonts' wines and cuisine and convinced us that one trip to the area isn't enough...we are planning on returning next summer.We even changed our total itinerary to stay there 7 days instead of our originally planned two nights!
If you have never been to Italy, or, have been many times and are looking for a different Italy, you must take a visit to Piedmont...and the Castello di Sinio...let your senses be your guide! Check out ---- !!! The area is unbelievably picturesque, only an hour from Turin and close to the Mediterranean and France.
Jason from the Bay Area
A delight for the senses
The Hotel is amazing in every way! The recent restoration of this 1142AD Castle is truly 5 star. Denise and Jay have put together a Hotel/touring/wine tasting package that no one can beat in the region. They are very educated about the area, the history, the people, the wines and more. The gastonomical explosion of culinary delights and their cooking school, makes it all a sensory ten!!!! We will be going back with friends!! Peg and Mark Adams, Walnut Creek, California
Hotel Castello di Sinio is the best!!
There could be no better gateway to Piedmont than the Castello di Sinio! The castle staff (who almost all spoke English--what a relief!) really made our first visit to Piedmont an experience to be savoured for years to come. Treating us to glasses of wine and tidbits of knowledge whenever we returned from outings--they have really combined the best of American spirit and Italian beauty. Enjoyed dining in the castle's restaurant and relaxing in the cozy, peaceful atmosphere in the castle (which happens to be beautifully decorated). I've included pictures to convince you to check it out. We are looking forward to returning in the future and recommend to anybody thinking about travelling in Italy (especially our fellow tripadvisor members) that you stay at the castlello di Sinio!
it is hard to explain how incredible this place is!
luxury but friendly, intimate and fascinating.
We were there for a weekend for the "fiera del tartufo" (truffle fair) in alba and we were surprised to discover this amazing place.
Jack and Denise are very friendly and make you staying like at your home...
don't esitate, go there if you wanna be in a fairy tale...
Unfortunately we couldn't eat there but the restaurant too sounds wonderful...
thanks to tripadvisor to send me there.......I will be back soon
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Travel Blogs from Sinio
... a lovely castle and church. While it is a very small town it does have international concerts there each July in the town square. Next year it's Mark Knoffler. For lunch we drove into Alba, a town 35000, which is hosting the Alba White Truffle Festival. There were lots of people in town with many stalls with truffles as well as fruit, vegetables and meats. We explored the white truffle market where white truffles were selling for 200 Euros per 100gms compared to black truffles at 30 ...
... end of the weekly market. The smaller towns we have visited still close down between about one and four, but we have seen an increasing number of places that no longer follow this tradition. In the late afternoon we headed to a Castello (castle) restaurant, Bellavista, for the third of our cooking classes where we prepared some Piemonte specialties. We made pasta from ...
... polenta with a cheese sauce, slow cooked beef with potatoes and finishing with gelato. Needless to say no one was having dinner that night. From there we made our way to our hotel in Aosta and had a quiet stroll around this ancient Roman town before bed. Thurs Oct 9 A two hour drive saw us arrived in Pollenzo to visit the XIX century estate called The Agency which once belonged to King Charles Albert of Savoy. It is now a university which attracts people interested in ...
... you that I don't like tunnels. Not the little rocky French ones, I mean the long, smelly burrows that go for miles in places under the alps and are usually full of aggressive Italian drivers.
But I'm not complaining about them today. Driving past Genoa on the autostrada one goes through maybe a hundred tunnels. Every one is a respite from the driving rain and the chance to sit up straight ...
... the area, visiting different wineries and learning about the Barolo/Baresco and Langhe wines. We spent 2 nights in the first airbnb place and another in one near Mombaruzzo where we were surrounded by hazelnut trees rather than vines. Both good value and really nice places. Lea had to move on to start work in a vineyard elsewhere in Italy and so she dropped us at the airport in Milan and we flew to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris where we took a train to ...