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Alba: Villa La Favorita

Localita Altavilla No.12, Phone: 349.7126449

Reviewed by: Rich and Janice from CT, review #3043

When: March 2011

Well-located, attractive, and superb hospitality.

Taking the advice of previous reviews in Slow Travel, we stayed three days at La Favorita in late March.

It is located on a hill overlooking the city of Alba. From our balcony we could see the city below,the foothills beyond, and the snowy Alps beyond them. The house and grounds are quite beautiful; even the books and art work on the walls add to the attraction.

Roberta is a most generous and thoughtful host, going well beyond the norm in caring for her guests. It was very nice to be welcomed as a friend might be.

The breakfasts were among the best we have had in five trips to Italy, each day a bit different. Everything about La Favorita is intelligent and tasteful. And Piemonte is a region of great charm.

Reviewed by: Michael_in_Chicago from IL, review #2208

When: March 2008

An enjoyable, tranquil B & B in an old villa-with-vineyard.

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We stayed here based on recommendations on SlowTrav and on other forums.

Roberta, the proprietress, was wonderful - friendly and helpful with information. The building is from the early 1900's, and decorated as such, but updated with showers, AC, etc.

Our room was the Camera Rossa, facing away from the road, and was very quiet (although the road is not all that busy). The grounds include many places for eating outside or just enjoying the scenery.

Breakfasts were especially nice, and Giovanna's pastries were the best we had while in Alba. We would stay here again. A 5 minute walk takes you into town, though our cell phones as flashlights helped the short stretch of stairs that were a bit dark at night, though we loved it.

Small issues: the bathroom were darkly lit and had a small shower. The first made putting in contacts a little hard, the second a slight challenge as I'm tall. No matter, this is a great place.

Reviewed by: K Thompson from USA, review #2167

When: 2007

A wonderful place to stay in the middle of a great region of Italy.

We have stayed at Villa La Favorita a half-dozen times in the last six years. Alba and the Piedmont -- and their white truffles and red wines -- pull us back every year.

La Favorita is at the center of this marvelous country of fabulous food and wine. The villa is in a great location, on a hill overlooking the ancient city of Alba. From this location, the best the Piedmont has to offer is just down the hill, or in the next town (often no more than 30 minutes away, and often a lot less).

The rooms are comfortable and decorated in a fun, idiosyncratic style. The breakfast is generous and filled with the flavors of the region, all handmade there at the Villa. You will not find a better breakfast in Italy.

In all, La Favorita is a cozy, charming and well-located base for exploring the region. We have stayed in other places in the Piedmonte, from overpriced and uncomfortable hotels to inns attached to good restaurants. But after finding La Favorita, we cannot imagine that we would stay anywhere else.

It is Roberta, the owner of Villa La Favorita, who makes our trips to the Piedmont memorable. Her main objective seems to be that her guests come to know the best of the Piedmont. She has taken us truffle hunting with the professionals and their dogs, and translated as the old men tell stories of the war. She has guided us to small wonderful restaurants (and away from famous but temperamental and erratic chefs). She has introduced us to her friends, and taken us to their wine cellars where we have discovered small wine makers who bottle magic.

Roberta is really the guide who has introduced us to a deeper and richer Piedmont, and we are lucky to have found her.

Reviewed by: Mucca212 from CT, review #1897

When: May 2007

Another rave review for Villa La Favorita! Perfect hospitality in a gorgeous setting.

We just spent three days at Villa La Favorita and we would have stayed another month if we could. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked another stay later this year. We picked the Villa based on all the excellent Slow Travel reviews and as soon as we got there, saw our room, and met Roberta, I had to exclaim, "Thank you, Slow Travel!"

First, the villa is as exquisite as previous reviewers have noted. Every piece of furniture in our room was gorgeous. We kept noticing more details each day, like the fabulous chandalier. The bed was very comfy.

Upon arrival, we got a tour of the living room, sitting rooms, and the kitchen. The kitchen is well-stocked with beverages. You can serve yourself and just mark down on a little pad for payment when you check out. There's also a large guest fridge so you can store anything that you like. The common areas are welcoming and spacious. There are so many places to sit and relax, including the whirlpool spa (in season, of course). Another plus -- there is free wifi internet access downstairs.

Roberta, the fabulous hostess, directed us to the best restaurants in Alba and we ate very well! She will also make reservations for you at wineries and help you decide what to see in the area if you like.

I can't say enough good things about Villa La Favorita. It's just a perfect place.

Reviewed by: Lynn M from CA, review #1737

When: October 2006

The gracious hospitality of the owner-hostess of Villa La Favorita made our visit very special.

Villa La Favorita is a delightful B&B. For people who love wine and want to visit wineries and vineyards, this B&B is very centrally located in the Piemonte area, close to both the Barolo and Barbaresco wine regions. It also is situated on the edge of the charming town of Alba, which has many excellent restaurants, several with menus reflecting the Slow Food movement.

Villa La Favorita is housed in an historic home and has been beautifully renovated. The interior decor includes lovely antiques. While our room was rather small, it was very comfortable.

The best part of our stay was meeting the owner-hostess, Roberta Giresole. She was very gracious, making dinner reservations and arranging for us to have private wine tastings and tours with winemakers. She also is very knowledgable about the Piemonte area and provided much helpful advice, the kind of local information that is not found in most guidebooks. Since Villa La Favorita has only six guestrooms, the place has an intimate, friendly atmosphere. We definitely are recommending Villa La Favorita to our traveling friends.

Reviewed by: debbie re from NY, review #1660

When: October 2006

Extraordinary hospitality. Near the historic center of Alba in the heart of Piedmont. Pretty rooms & grounds and unsurpassed breakfast.

My husband and I recommend La Favorita bed and breakfast, located on a hill overlooking the historic center of Alba.

We found the B&B to be an ideal location for exploring the Langhe and Monferrato areas of Piedmont. The beautiful vineyards and hilltop villages of Barbaresco, Barolo, La Morra, Grinzane and others are all within a one half hour drive and the histoirc center of Alba is only a three minute drive or twenty minute walk from the B&B.

The rooms and grounds are quite pretty. But what made our stay so wonderful was the extraordinary hospitality of Roberta who runs the B&B with uncommon attention and care. She knows the area well and is brimming with ideas and recommendations to make the stay memorable. She speaks English quite well. Roberta knows the great restaurants that make this area a mecca for food lovers and has a great deal of written information to look through to help decide which castles, vineyards and atmospheric towns to visit. She is friendly and gracious but unobtrusive.

Her breakfasts are unbelievable: homemade grape juice from her own vineyard, frittate, homemade baked goods, fresh yoghurt and fruit, all served by her professional and friendly staff.

The only negative is that the B&B is set fairly close to a somwhat busy and sometimes noisy roadway leading out of Alba and toward Barbaresco. Try for a room facing away from the road. We can't wait to return!

Reviewed by: retrofrau from CT, review #1510

When: June 2006

A magical little spot in the hills overlooking Alba with wonderful hostess.

The villa is truly gorgeous. It's set up on a hill overlooking the towers of the city of Alba. It has a hectare or two of vineyards and fruit trees which luckily were ripe with cherries when we arrived!

Roberta, our gracious hostess, showed us around the eclectic common areas and our wonderfully colorful room - everything was decorated with such love and attention. It is truly a unique and creative place that mixes all the modern comforts with the feeling that you are somehow transported back in time! We awoke from a nap one afternoon to the sounds of a player piano and it was wonderful.

Upon our arrival, Roberta sat down and explained to us information about the surrounding areas and a list of possible things to do. She also recommended a few of her favorite restaurants, which she helped us to book - they were all great. There's a lot to see and do in the surrounding area - we attended a caper festival which was a real treat.

There's a pretty garden and garden house which we sat and drank wine in one day. We also sat on a bench near the orchard eating cherries and drinking wine. It was so relaxing.

Breakfasts were amazing. They were all prepared using local ingredients and were WONDERFUL. Homemade preserves, fresh rolls, meats, cheeses, eggs and always fresh fruit and a dessert. We ate ours inside because we were both nursing sunburns, but in nice weather you can have your breakfast outside on the patio.

We'd definitely return if we ever travel back to the area and would certainly recommend Villa La Favorita. It's a quiet little spot where you immediately feel at home.

Reviewed by: Janet Zinn from NY, review #673

When: July 2004

Beautiful B&B just five minutes outside of Alba...great location for wine- or truffle- touring.

Villa La Favorita, photo by Janet Zinn

Villa la Favorita is a B&B located no more than five minutes from Alba, on a quiet and uncongested road. The road leads directly into a free parking area which is perfect for just about anything you want to see in the city of Alba itself. Ten minutes up the road is Barbaresco and Nieve...20 minutes along country roads to Barolo, La Mora, etc.

The house is lovely and guests essentially have the run of the house. There's a large kitchen which you can use to cook if you like, or to store things in the refrigerator. Sitting rooms abound, filled with all kinds of local information (books, maps, pamphlets.) They have all the wine references too, which is handy!

Breakfast is brought to guests (outside on the patio in nice weather) and consists of a local dish, meats, one day a huge cheese platter, one day a frittata, homemade cookies and cakes, all very yummy.

The room was cozy and comfortable with antique furnishings, dark colors, air conditioning, and cable TV. Next time I'd request a room in the front with a view of Alba; ours was in the back with a view of the vineyards, but it really wasn't much of a view due to the hillside setting. Our room was also a bit dark, being on the third floor with a small window. The front rooms looked much much more airy and brighter, but they were full during our stay.

We paid 114 for the weekend nights and 99 for the weekdays. We'd definitely stay there again if visiting Alba.

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