I have a policy on the blog that I only review hotels I really like; places I want to – and do! – return to again and again. It was my third stay at Grand Hotel Sitea in Turin a couple of weeks ago and without doubt I’d choose to stay there again next time I’m in Turin. It manages to wonderfully combine luxury with friendliness, and its situation is so ideal you couldn’t find a better located hotel to stay – only minutes from the main sites; just a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Piazza San Carlo.
A 5* neoclassical hotel housed in a former palazzo, it opened in the 1920s. Its decor celebrates that history with a sense of style and tradition, but it operates in a fully modern way offering its guests all the mod cons they expect, a very efficient WiFi system and impeccable service that’s never pompous and always friendly.
I don’t normally stay in such luxury, but I first chose it because it looked so lovely, was in a great location and I got a fantastic deal booking it with my flight via British Airways back in October 2016. I got similarly good deal on my second trip in March 2017 but when booking this last one, I found booking direct with the hotel gave me a better price (click here for their website).
I wanted to go back to lovely Turin but I have to confess to being tempted also by a weekend of luxury at Grand Hotel Sitea! Living alone and often travelling alone, I like to stay in a nice hotel where someone will ‘look after me’ in the sense of making my bed, tidying my room, getting me a lovely breakfast and passing a few friendly words when I go in and out of the hotel. I like to stay where the room is nice enough for you to want to spend a couple of hours there in the afternoon relaxing after a morning of sightseeing and before going out for the evening; a room it’s a pleasure to be in. For that reason I often make a choice of three nights of luxury over a week of frugality!
Turin isn’t a hot tourist spot – which is a large part of why I like it; you shop, eat in restaurants and cafes, and have a drink with largely locals. And I think it’s also why a lovely hotel like Grand Hotel Sitea is reasonably priced for what it offers and would cost a lot more in a more popular city.