The Best Hotels to Book in Lake Iseo, Italy

Enjoy a luxe stay in a 19th-century mansion by the water’s edge at the Araba Fenice
Enjoy a luxe stay in a 19th-century mansion by the water’s edge at the Araba Fenice | Courtesy of Hotel Araba Fenice / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

It may not be as instantly recognisable as Lake Garda or Como, but Lake Iseo is one of Italy’s most spectacular lakes. The glossy stretch of water is surrounded by mountains, with one in the middle of the lake itself, while this fairytale-pretty region offers hiking, picture-book hilltop villages, wineries, a small beach and even a medieval castle. Explore its many wonders at your own pace by checking into one of our favourite hotels close to Lake Iseo, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Lovere Resort and Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A hotel suite with spa bathroom and sunken hot tub at Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa
Courtesy of Hotel Lovere Resort and Spa / Expedia

Location is everything at this tranquil hotel in Iseo on the waterfront, a 10-minute stroll from the picturesque old town of Lovere. Explore even further afield by borrowing one of the hotel’s free bikes and following the path round the banks of the lake – or even renting a kayak to get out on the water itself. There’s also a fitness room, wellness centre, free parking and a restaurant within the hotel.

2. Romantik Hotel Relais Mirabella Iseo

Hotel

An aerial view of the Romantik Hotel Relais Mirabella Iseos pool area and surrounding countryside.
Courtesy of Romantik Hotel Relais Mirabella Iseo / Expedia

Foodies will be in heaven at this four-star hotel near Lake Iseo, in the heart of Franciacorta, 2km (1.2mi) from the town of Iseo itself. The property is surrounded by 190 acres (70ha) of greenery and has just 29 rooms, but locals know it’s the place to go for truly memorable meals. The restaurant has a delicate fine-dining menu and a panoramic terrace with sweeping views over the lake and serves award-winning olive oil made from its very own mill.

3. Colletto AgriBioRelais

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

This Italian manor house allows you the chance to really get back to nature by staying amongst 25 acres (10ha) of woods, olive groves and vineyards. The intimate hotel near Iseo offers airy rooms with views over the countryside and a swimming pool, but guests will be particularly entranced by the restaurant, which serves delicious farm-to-table meals overlooking the mountains and a glass (or two) of Colletto’s own wine.

4. Albergo Ristorante Moderno

Hotel

A hotel room with double door views over Lake Iseo at Albergo Ristorante Moderno
Courtesy of Albergo Ristorante Moderno / Expedia

Family-run since 1900, this hotel in Lovere is perfectly located for anyone who wants to be within walking distance of the town’s restaurants and landmarks, including the Museo Civico delle Scienze Naturali and the Oratorio di San Martino. The property has 24 rooms, including some that can sleep four people and come with stunning lake views, as well as single rooms for anyone travelling alone. There’s also a restaurant serving a tasting menu and freshly caught lake fish.

5. Agriturismo Le Fontane

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Really get away from it all in this small apartment building on a farm in Sale Marasino. Clustered around a swimming pool, the double rooms all have lake views and come with a communal garden, terrace and patio. Breakfast is served each day in the farmhouse, and the exceptional restaurant is a must-visit for at least one lavish Italian dinner during your stay.

6. Hotel Arianna

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

This fantastically situated hotel in Iseo is right in the centre of town itself and just 300m (1,000ft) from the shores of the lake. Five minutes’ walk from the train station, it has 16 contemporary rooms that all have work desks and tiled floors, while many also come with a private balcony. Some can sleep up to four, making it a great choice for a group stay, and a generous buffet breakfast is served each morning.

7. Iseolago Hotel

Hotel

The dining patio and second-floor terrace outside the Iseolago Hotel
Courtesy of Iseolago Hotel / Expedia

Looking for somewhere with a little more space? This four-star hotel in Franciacorta, Iseo, also includes a separate complex of apartments, each sleeping between four and six people and equipped with a kitchen, outdoor dining area and separate bunk bed room, ideal for anyone with children. The hotel itself has 66 guest rooms, three seasonal swimming pools, bike rental and beautiful gardens for an after-dinner stroll.

8. Hotel RivaLago

Hotel

Rustic seating at the base of the stairs in the lobby of the Hotel RivaLago
Courtesy of Hotel RivaLago / Expedia

A chic hotel in Iseo right on the lakefront, this property takes its cue from French Provence to create a stylish but homely feel in its 33 rooms, with heavy white linens, neutral colours and carved furniture. There are also separate apartments on the hotel’s grounds if you prefer to spread out; all come with their own kitchen areas, although there’s an excellent lakeside restaurant if you’d rather avoid cooking.

9. Hotel Araba Fenice

Hotel

A chic guest room with fresh flowers in a minimal glass vase with views over Lake Iseo and mountains at Hotel Araba Fenice
Courtesy of Hotel Araba Fenice / Expedia

This 19th-century mansion by the water’s edge has plenty of wow factor, but if you’re really out to impress, choose the Floating Suite Spa. This striking space has 180-degree lake views and a private spa and is the world’s only room dedicated to the work The Floating Piers by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Elsewhere, there’s a pool at lake level, a waterfront terrace for sunset drinks and even the hotel’s very own beach.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Luca Pinelli.

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