Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and filled with impressive architecture, Turin is a beautiful city with plenty to visit and even more to see. Capital of the Piedmont region, the city is a must-see on any visit to Northern Italy and has plenty of attractions on offer if you love food, history, and lots of culture. And, in the very heart of it all, The Grand Hotel Sitea is a stunning accommodation in the centre of Turin, and a luxurious escape from day-to-day life.
Grand Hotel Sitea: Luxury in the heart of Turin
Turin is a Northern Italian city that’s best known for its chocolate and Fiat production, as well as its ease of access to the nearby Alps. The Grand Hotel itself has been in operation for over 90 years and is the oldest traditional luxury hotel in Turin still in operation to this day. Built in the Neoclassical style, it’s a beautiful blend of traditional architecture mixed with all of the modern comforts you could ask for from a four-star hotel.
Many of the 1920s features still remain; a vintage chandelier in the breakfast room, mouldings on the ceilings, and 16th and 17th-century paintings adorn the walls. Impeccable yet unobtrusive service is available 24/7 and a wide range of facilities come together to form a stay to remember and make for one of the best hotels in Turin, if not the entire Piedmontese region.
Junior Suite at the Grand Hotel Sitea
The Grand Hotel Sitea is situated less than a ten-minute walk from the city’s central train station, and so after hopping off our train from Pavia, it wasn’t long before we arrived at the grand doors of an even grander hotel.
Check in was fast, friendly, and upon arrival, we were informed that we’d been upgraded to a Junior Suite; a pleasant and entirely unexpected surprise! Upon entry to our room, we were greeted with a welcome note, a free minibar and a large comfortable bed. As well as an ensuite bathroom, there was an expansive walk-in-wardrobe and desk to work at.
Monogrammed fluffy robes, goodies in the bathroom (mini sewing kit, shower cap, various lotions) and a large window offering views onto a courtyard were also all included in the room. The decor of the room was elegant, sophisticated and comes equipped with free WiFi, a flatscreen TV, and hot drink making facilities. All ensuite bathrooms in the hotel come are marble and equipped with a bath/ shower.
Breakfast, Bar and Fitness Suite at the Grand Hotel Sitea
Apart from its attractive location in the very middle of Turin, down a quiet little-pedestrianised street, the Grand Hotel Sitea has other offerings to draw one in as well. For starters, mornings at the hotel begin with an impressive spread at breakfast. Dozens of cereals, dried fruits, local cheese, cold meat cuts, fresh juices, warm beverages, various breads, ripe fruits, cooked breakfast favourites, made me wish that I could have stayed sampling various foodstuffs all day!
In the summer months, it’s possible to take your breakfast outside in the hotel’s very own private garden. And, if you’re looking for somewhere a little special to enjoy your evening meal, then The Grand Hotel Sitea has a Michelin starred restaurant on site, that of the Ristorante Carignano.
Elsewhere in the building, a 24-hour gym in the basement offers fitness equipment to guests at all times of the day and night. Walk up one floor (or take one of the hotel’s two elevators), and you’ll find an elegant 1920s style bar, aptly named ‘The American Bar’. Offering various food options and cocktails, as well as other drinks in the evening, it’s the perfect place to wind down and relax after a day of exploring Torino.
Attractions and Things to do in Turin
Turin is a beautiful city and is the capital of the Piedmont region of Italy. Located to the Northwest of the boot-shaped country, it is best known for its vineyards, easy access to the alps, and for having its own language, that of Piedmontese.
Mole Antonelliana: The structure was once one of the highest buildings in Europe when it was constructed in the 19th century. Today it houses an extensive cinema museum, offers impressive views over Turin, and has become so synonymous with the city that it now features on two centime coins.
Museo Egizio: One of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artefacts in the world outside of Egypt is not housed in Rome, Paris, or Madrid. Instead, it is housed in the large museum located in the centre of Turin. The Museo Egizio is just a short five-minute walk from the Grand Hotel Sitea.
Palazzo Madama: In a former palace, not far from the city’s grand cathedral, there’s a museum that’s filled with medieval art, Roman ruins and a tower that provides a bird’s eye view over the city. Head to the Palazzo Madama for a lesson in the history of Torino, as well as a feast for the eyes in the form of middle ages artwork and pottery dating back millennia.
View from the Palazzo Madama
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Sitea on a complimentary basis. However, all photos, opinions and words remain my own!