Being one of the cities that attracts most of the tourists to the Piedmont region, Asti is clearly prepare to provide accommodations to all that come visiting. And whether your budget says “shared bathroom” or “presidential suite”, you can definitely find a place that will make your holidays that extra bit special.
I did a bit of research and found some nice places that you can book online, if you don’t speak Italian, or simply suffers from social anxiety. Have fun!
Here’s a complete different experience tailored for you hipsters out there – and the non-hipsters will also find this pretty cool: the Albergo Etico, in the heart of Asti, is run by and staffed by Down people. Started as a joined initiative of many of the town’s business people, Albergo Etico provides learning and working opportunity for young people who are usually shunned in the work world. The hotel is in a newly renovated building and it features free Wi-Fi throughout the building, a workspace with PCs and printers, babysitting services, laundry, bar, restaurant, parking spaces, transfers from and to the airport, breakfast, and – cherry on top – it’s pet friendly.
Castello di Villa
This one is for those who not only love the lux life, but can also afford it. Set in a magnificent vineyard, Castelli di Villa provides its guests with every bit of luxury money can buy: set in a 17th century building, you can choose your room according to the view – the village or the vineyards. And, keeping up with the whole wine theme, they have their own cellar, from which you can choose the drinks to accompany your meals. Included in the prices are not only the lavish breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi, but also the drinks from the minibar. And all rooms have a bath, have I mentioned that? They offer their guests services such as drivers to and from golf courses and beaches, and guided tours of local vineyards.
La Casa in Collina
Maybe one of the most high-class representatives of agritourism (i.e., staying in traditional Italian country houses), La Casa in Collina offers its guest the opportunity to enjoy the dolce far niente in comfort and style. Surrounded by the vineyards that are a typical landscape in the Piedmont, here you can enjoy yourself and the many activities that attract visitors all year long: take long walks amongst the vines, exploring nearby villages, or even the coast, in a rental bike, or simply lounging by the pool – which offers a spectacular view. The number of guest is limited, so there’s no risk of an overcrowded hotel, and each and everyone is greeted by the staff as old friends coming for a visit.
Casa del Ventiniere
This is a friendly Bed and Breakfast that will not break the bank. This B&B’s greatest feature is being located near the city centre; the hotel has a cosy, home-away-from-home feel to it, with most bedrooms featuring a double bed and private bathroom. The kitchen is opened for anyone willing to use it, which makes it perfect for the weekend chefs out there who might want to experiment with local flavours. There’s a private car park and they have bicycles available for guests, who are welcome to use them to explore around.
How would you like to stay in one of the city’s famous medieval towers? Well, you can – Rotarius is a one suite B&B located in the tower of Roero di Monteu Palace. It features a double bedroom, sitting room, full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and – if it’s not good enough – all drinks from the minibar are free. All rooms are lavishly furnished, and if you don’t feel like this will ruin you for all other hotels out there, well, then there’s something seriously wrong with you.
Well, there are many more hotels, hostels, and B&Bs in Asti, this is just my pick. If you know of a place to stay that’s worth sharing, please do!