Italy's first capital, Turin, offers a number of great boutique hotels amongst the city's baroque splendour beside the pretty river Po. The capital of Savoy from the mid-16th century, Turin offers visitors a regal mixture of palaces, porticoes and great cafés.
This is no provincial outpost, the suburban sprawl maybe less than appealing but there's a large green swathe with Alpine views to the east of the river. If you're looking for a touch of panache and design fused with comfort and style then Turin's boutique hotels are for you. These unique hotels are designed for those with more of a discerning or eclectic taste, offering a different set of values that many hotels frequently ignore. Individually designed, with great service, but without questionable décor or drab carpeting, this selection of intriguing hotels offers an awful lot more than just somewhere to lay your sleepy head.
Turin's biggest playground is the surrounding mountains where the Turinese head at weekends to indulge in walking, skiing or climbing and all sorts of other leisure pursuits. But the city itself has some 40 kilometres of cycle paths and a new bike sharing scheme, [TO]Bike, so there's no need to leave the centre which is also ideal for walking with over 16 kilometres of covered porticoes designed to protect members of the Royal Family on their walkabouts!
Piazza Pietro Francesco Guala, 143
Via Dell Arcivescovado 18
Via Principe Amedeo 41 Bis