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At a glance

  • You'll love

    First-class dining

    Easily accessible locat

    Award-winning spa

  • Kids will love

    Maty’s Kids club

    Bicycles to borrow

    Tennis courts

  • Don’t expect


    Cutting-edge design

    Daily restaurant dining


High on a vine-lined hilltop in Lombardy, L’Albereta is an ivy-masked villa with more classic Italian glamour than a Fellini film… but also a family-friendly attitude that makes sure every child feels at home. With a superb spa, two wineries to its name and impeccable service, it’s a haven for discerning travellers. Let the welcoming and endlessly engaging kids club entertain your children, the award-winning Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot cure your ills… and the local Brut please your palate.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking L'Albereta with us:

A bottle of Vigna Leone and fresh fruit in room on arrival. If you're staying more than two nights, free access to the Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot spa (usually €25) and one free day at the kids club for one child..

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at L'Albereta

'Golf Vitalité' three-night package One-night gourmet package Chef's table offer 'Two days away'


‘This luxury family hotel in Brescia is the sort of place where you can easily forget you’re hotel guests and instead imagine you’re visiting a reclusive Italian movie star or visconte… one with kids, who knows exactly how to keep little ones entertained. ’

Smith & Family


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L'Albereta – Brescia – Italy

Need To Know


57, including 19 suites.


12 noon, but flexible depending on availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible.


Double rooms from £209.20 (€234), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€34 for adults; €25 for under-12s). Access to the spa costs €25 a day. Children Under-3s stay in parents’ rooms in baby cots for free; extra beds for children aged 3–12 are €30 a night, €66 a night for over-12s.

At the hotel

Spa with 14 treatment rooms, swimming pool, game room, restaurants, bar, kids club, tennis courts, fitness classes, DVD library, free WiFi.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, minibar (with soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, local sparkling wine, water and snacks), black-out curtains, Etro toiletries. Child-sized robes and slippers are available on request.

Our favourite rooms

Book a suite with a separate living area so you can close the door on your sleeping children and stay up as late as you like; some suites are even split across two floors. Some ensuites (such as the pink-marble bathroom in the pastel-coloured Lake Tower Suite) have Jacuzzi tubs. You needn’t avoid balcony rooms: the walls are high enough to prevent mishaps.


The vast, heated indoor pool in the Espace Chenot spa has counter-current swimming and five hydromassage jets. Children are welcome, but there's no lifeguard, so parents need to keep guard.


L’Albereta’s award-winning spa, Espace Chenot, offers more than the standard scrubs and serene soaks: get your diet assessed and your energy tested as you sip the detox tea of the day, or delve deeper into the dizzyingly long menu of medical and aesthetic treatments.


Curl up for story time or board games in the tiny Sala Scacchi, a hideaway tucked just off the lobby: it has a grand fireplace stacked with heraldic finery, high ceilings, original frescoes and an intimate, cosy atmosphere.

Book ahead

The exceptional spa is extremely popular, so book your treatments at least two weeks ahead.


Dogs are welcome for €30 a night; water bowls and pet rugs can be provided.

Food and drink

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Leonfelice is an excellent showcase for the hotel's home-bred and grown ingredients; chickens and rabbits are bred on site and herbs, fruits and vegetables grow in the kitchen garden. Dishes are elegantly updated trad Italian: spaghetti with red-mullet sauce and seaweed, pigeon casserole with figs and hazelnuts, and saffron risotto with star anise and marrow. Laid-back Vistalago Bistro has a large terrace with views of Iseo Lake and Montisola island, and dishes up comforting pasta and meat dishes. Dishes in the spa's Wellness Restaurant may be dietician-approved, but they're as flavourful and creative as their full-fat counterparts.

Family fare

In Italy, kids tend to stay up late, so you won’t get any funny looks taking your children to dinner in Leonfelice or Vistalago Bistro. Highchairs are available, and in the bistro a special kids' menu (for under-12s) has been rustled up by the chef with sole fillet, veal escalope Milanese and ice-cream for dessert; Leonfelice's chefs will happily tailor meals to your little ones' tastes too. Breakfast is served from 7.30am, but if you need to feed hungry young ‘uns earlier than that, ask in advance.

Hotel Bar

There’s no separate bar but you can sip expertly mixed cocktails in your cosy armchair in the Greeneige Lounge, or take your glass of local wine out to one of the library’s three terraces. Children are welcome everywhere.

Last orders

Start your day with an Italian breakfast of pastries and a cappuccino in the VistaLago Bistrò, which opens at 7am. Head to Greeneige Lounge for a nightcap: drinks are poured until 1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Choose between a table by the kitchen’s glass wall to watch some gastronomic theatre as you dine, or by the window for a vineyard view. The banquette seating around the edge of the restaurant’s breakfast and lunch room is ideal for squirming youngsters.

  • Room service

    Room service is available 7.30am–10.30am for breakfast, 12.30pm–2pm for lunch and 7.30pm–10pm for dinner; snack on cold cuts, cheeses and fruit, or tuck into more substantial pasta, risotto, fish or meat dishes. The sweet kids menu is named after beloved characters (Shrek and Fiona is sole fillet, Peppa Pig is veal escalope Milanese) and it has lashings of ice-cream to finish. (If you anticipate needing food at any other time, ask in advance and it can be arranged.)


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Parent approved

‘This luxury family hotel in Brescia is the sort of place where you can easily forget you’re hotel guests and instead imagine you’re visiting a reclusive Italian movie star or visconte… one with kids, who knows exactly how to keep little ones entertained. ’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

The bright, colourful Maty’s Club – named after Matilde, the owners’ daughter – is open 9am–1pm and 2pm–6pm for children aged 15 or under (slots must be booked at least 48 hours in advance). Under-3s are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. The club is crammed with puzzles, toys and craft supplies to keep children painting, drawing and sticking all day… and games in the grounds make sure they get plenty of fresh Brescian air. There are also daily creative workshops organised by staff members; the eponymous Matilde’s favourite activities include face painting, treasure hunts and jewellery-making. A full day, including a morning and afternoon snack, costs €40; a morning or afternoon session, including a snack, is €25.


English-speaking babysitters are available for €25 an hour, for a minimum of two hours; book at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Services

Child-friendly snacks are available to buy. Baby food isn’t stocked, but the hotel will be happy to source it on request.

What's there already?

For babies

• Baby cots • Baby bedlinen • Changing mat • Baby towels • Black-out curtains • Highchairs • Indoor/soft toys • Books • Crayons/paints and paper

For toddlers

• Baby cots • Baby bedlinen • Black-out curtains • Highchairs • Indoor/soft toys • Books • Crayons/paints and paper • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Children's books • DVDs • Games consoles • Arts/crafts materials • Pens/pencils/paints and paper • Board games • Puzzles • Bicycles


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L'Albereta – Brescia – Italy

Things to do

Aside from playing in the kids club and exploring the grounds, there’s a fun games room, a swimming pool, a spectacular spa and tennis courts to keep your all entertained. Adults can take a dip in the heated, indoor pool in the spa.

Sunny days

Tennis and golf lessons are available for both adults and children (while the little Smiths are improving their serve or swing, you can sneak to the spa) and there are children’s bikes are available to borrow at reception. Arty children might enjoy a walk around the sculpture park in the grounds.

Rainy days

There’s a games room with a TV, DVDs and Nintendo Wii. You can also borrow board games, DVDs and a Wii to keep you entertained in your room. 

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Take to the water at Lake Iseo and hop on a ferry over to Monte Isola, a fairytale-fabulous island almost entirely free of tourists. The ferry leaves from the town of Sulzano (parking by the waterfront is limited, so leave yourcar near the station.)

Don't miss…

Learn to ride at the Il Giglio school (, headed by a former show-jumping pro. Lessons are available for both adults and over-5s; the centre is home to both horses and ponies.

Brescia is a great destination for families: children are welcomed with open arms almost everywhere. Near L’Albereta you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including lakes Iseo (15 minutes away) and Garda (an hour away), theme parks, horse riding, and lots of cultural attractions.

‘Art is for everybody’ is the motto at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (, which is packed with entertaining and enlightening exhibits of contemporary painting and sculpture. Check the gallery’s online calendar in advance to make sure you don’t miss one of their educational workshops for children, which change regularly.

Swim, splash or get sporty – or just sit back and enjoy the mountain views – at the Lido Belvedere (, a water park on the south shore of Lake Iseo. There are barbecue and picnic areas, a beach volleyball court, and canoes, kayaks and pedal boats to rent. The Lido can keep children entertained for hours: there are plenty of waterslides to enjoy, and swimming lessons can be arranged.

The elegant Ristorante Il Priore ( is a former farmhouse with art-bedecked walls and panoramic wine-country views (if you get a table by the window). Tuck into pasta or fish with the family during the day, or get a babysitter for a romantic dinner in the evening. 

The Michelin-starred La Dispensa Pani e Vini in Adro (, 2km from L’Albereta, is a hotbed of inventive Italian cuisine: chef Vittorio Fusari uses local produce in his dishes and the adjoining winery ensures discerning diners don’t go thirsty. It’s also great for cocktails. Another romantic option is Le Due Colombe (, in Borgonato di Corte Franca, 6km from L’Albereta Hotel. It's a Michelin-starred fine-dining haven, housed in a 14th-century watermill. Chef Stefano Cerveni (aided by his parents, Giuseppe and Clara) was taught to cook by his grandmother, Elvira, who ran a restaurant of the same name round the corner in the 1950s.


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Via Vittorio Emanuele, n° 23, Erbusco, Brescia, 25030
Hotel setting

Winery wonderland

Getting There

L’Albereta – near Erbusco, an hour from Milan – is surrounded by green as far as the eye can see. The Franciacorta region, which stretches from Lake Iseo to Mount Orfano, is a wonderland of temperate weather, vine-blanketed hills and historic castles and


The most convenient route is to touch down at budget-airline hub Caravaggio Airport Bergamo Orio al Serio – often called Milan-Bergamo – which is a 30-minute drive from L’Albereta ( Direct flights to other European destinations are plentiful.


The hotel’s nearest station is Rovato, a 15-minute drive away; trains run to Brescia, Bergamo, Verona and the much larger Milano Centrale railway station, which is an hour away from L’Albereta. Milano Centrale has daily services throughout Italy and beyond, including Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Zurich and Geneva (


Brescia’s rolling hills are ripe for exploring by car, and there’s free on-site parking at L’Albereta (you can rent a car at Milan-Bergamo airport). To get to the hotel from Milan, take the A4 towards Venice and, after about 80km, exit at Rovato. At the first roundabout, take the last exit; at the second roundabout, follow signs to Sarnico-Erbusco. At Erbusco, take the first right (Viale Vittoria) and go up the hill: L’Albereta is at the top of the hill on the left.


There’s a helipad onsite.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including L'Albereta – has been selected and approved by parents.

This luxury family hotel in Brescia is the sort of place where you can easily forget you’re hotel guests and instead imagine you’re visiting a reclusive Italian movie star or visconte… one with kids, who knows exactly how to keep little ones entertained. Once you’ve been welcomed in L’Albereta’s tucked-away lobby, you’ll find that the villa – actually the property of the wine-making Moretti family – is packed full unique art, fresh flowers and antique furniture, and rooms are decorated with authentic chintzy charm. Despite the grown-up glamour and serious spa, there’s plenty to please little Smiths, too: Maty’s Club offers an action-packed daily schedule of kid-delighting activities. The ever-welcoming staff members go out of their way to preserve L’Albereta’s mix of lively fun and serene relaxation – the hotel’s only an hour from Milan, but the hill-country setting and relaxed-but-exclusive ambiance make it feel like another, much more magical, world.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about L'Albereta in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Stunning location and delightful resort, in a historic and beautifully restored building. This is Italy at its best, with gorgeous views of the Franciacorta (wineries) district and Lake Eseo. It has an exceptional, formal restaurant, but its bistro's buffet, breakfast and casual dining are more than adequate.

Don’t expect

Anything within walking distance. This really is a remote resort, so it is preferable to have transportation. Notwithstanding, we had a relaxing and wonderful stay without it.

Rating: 8/10 stars