Hotel Ambra

  • Italy, Lake Iseo

  • 3

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Hotel Ambra's a really authentic, family-run hotel on one of Italy’s lesser known lakes, which means you’ll be away from the usual tourist trails and everything feels more relaxed. There’s plenty to see and do in the area and the hotel’s location makes it easy to get out and explore. The town’s main piazza is close by so you can head here for some food or a drink. The lakefront location is great for watching the boats coming in and out of the harbour, and it's right by the port where you can grab a boat to Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe with a charming pedestrianised town. We love having lunch here in one of the little lakefront trattorias.

The best part of the hotel is its staff – they’re incredibly friendly and welcoming. If you’re a keen walker, speak to them and get some ideas of what routes to do around the lake. We love the ones that take you past the famous Franciacorta wineries. It’s the perfect excuse to stop for a rest and drink some bubbles.

Added value

Inghams Guided Walks included from 17 May - 27 Sep (subject to availability, excludes 6th Jul- 24 Aug)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

Lake Iseo

With Lake Garda to the east and Lake Como to the west, Lake Iseo is a case of out of sight, out of mind for many visitors to the Italian Lakes. Italians, meanwhile, have been spending their summer holidays here for decades, drawn in by the laid-back fishing towns strung around the waterfront – and the walking, cycling and ferry routes that link them. Iseo town, on the south bank, comes alive in the summer. From here, ferries cross between fishing villages and sanctuary-topped islands. Up in the hills, wine-makers are busy creating Lake Iseo’s beloved Franciacorta fizz, as they have done for generations.

Introducing Iseo: food, wine, history and nature

The lake’s namesake town, Iseo, makes a great base for a walking and foodie holiday. Arcaded cafés and shops surround the main square, Piazza Garibaldi, where an historic market filled with everything from creamy farmhouse cheeses to silver jewellery, pops up every Friday. From the piazza, medieval streets curve past trattorias, with their red-checked tablecloths and seafood menus, to the palm-lined promenade – the starting point for a leisurely lakeside 'passeggiata'.

Walking trails: pull up a (really, really) Big Bench

Walks in Lake Iseo range from sedate strolls along the promenade to mountain climbs – but they all encourage wanderers to pause and take in the views. The Big Benches art project has placed BFG-sized seats at strategic viewpoints to rest weary legs upon… if you can clamber onto them.

For a different type of scramble, ascend the rocky path to San Defendente, a church with an uninterrupted view of Corna Trentapassi peak. Easy routes through the Piramidi di Zone Nature Reserve showcase more in the way of geological wonders, with well-marked paths snaking past stalagmite-like rock formations. Or, you can head to the southern edge of Iseo, where wooden walkways criss-cross the swaying reed-beds of the Torbiere del Sebino Nature Reserve.

Summer in Franciacorta: Italy’s champagne region

Over 100 family-run vineyards stripe the hills of Lake Iseo, all on a mission to produce the finest glass of Franciacorta sparkling wine. This wine is as close to champagne as an Italian sparkling gets – but (we’ll go there) it’s even tastier. A bit like Lake Iseo, Franciacorta is popular in Italy but isn’t sipped as much abroad. Tours of labyrinth cellars and lake-view vineyards reveal each winery’s secrets, whether that’s their passion for organic vines or the story behind Italy’s first sparkling rosé. We musn’t forget that, of course, all tours end in a wine tasting! We'd recommend booking one of these tours in advance with the vineyard as they book up quickly. The vineyards are not on the doorstep of our destinations, but they're accessible by taxi (payable locally) if you're looking to do a day trip - we'd suggest being very organised in order to get the true Franciacorta wine experience and planning the day well in advance.

Sightseeing fun: ferry routes to Sarnico, Monte Isola & more

Passenger ferries putter between towns like Iseo, Sarnico, Castro and Pisogne, taking just over two hours to cross the whole lake from north to south. If you have time for only one trip, go for the crossing to car-free Monte Isola island. Fishing traditions are still going strong here. Silvery fish dry on lines along the shore and net-making is a living tradition – including making nets for football goals used in the FIFA World Cup. For the best views in the summer, follow the stone mule tracks up to Madonna della Ceriola – a frescoed church perched on the highest point of the island.

Why book a summer holiday in Lake Iseo with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Lake Iseo's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Lake Iseo. Join a professional mountain guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lake Iseo include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 29
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 3
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 3

Annexes

The annexe building, where the La Quadra Junior Suites are located, can be accessed via the main square. 

  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €1.50 per person per night is payable locally.

Rooms

Standard Rooms are about 17m² and sleep two people. They're located towards the back of the hotel.

Standard Balcony Rooms are about 20m² and sleep two people. They have a balcony with two chairs and a table as well as a safe. These rooms also have partial views of the lake or harbour. Please be aware that lake views may be obstructed by large trees.

La Quadra Junior Suites are about 30m² and sleep two people. They're in the annex about 50 metres from the main hotel building, accessed via Iseo's main square. They sleep up to two people with a double bed and have a kitchenette with hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and coffee maker.

Single Rooms are about 12m². The rooms are a great choice for solo travellers.  

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Shower stall
  • Hairdryer

Cots are available on request for approx. €10 per day.

Accessibility

Please let us know about any accessibility requirements at the time of booking.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 5
  • Access ramp: No

There are five steps up to the hotel lift, so this hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties. The hotel is on flat ground in the centre of Iseo town.

  • Airport transfer time: approx. 1 hour taxi transfer from Verona airport.
  • Central location in Iseo on lakeside promenade
  • 30 metres to ferry departure point 
  • 450 metres to Iseo train station
  • 600 metres to La Spiagetta, Lake Iseo's public lakeside beach
  • 1.5km to the Sassabanek lido
Facilities
  • Special rate on admission to the nearby Sassabanek lido for summer 24 (open from approx. mid May-mid Sept)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ground floor terrace 
Meals

Enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning with a choice of cereals, pastries, cakes, cheeses and cold cuts as well as hot options like scrambled eggs and bacon. All accompanied by teas, coffee and fruit juices. 

If you want to add half board to your booking, you'll have three-courses, where you'll get a choice of first and second courses and a dessert, or if you prefer you can swap your half board main course for a pizza. Half board includes a glass of wine and coffee each evening. It's great value for money! If you would like to try anything from the à la carte menu you can do so for a supplement (payable locally). 

In the Summer the outdoor terrace is a lovely place to enjoy the harbour views over coffee or a drink.

Early meals for children are available from 6pm onwards

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

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£1438
per person from £719
Includes £300pp discount
14/08/2024 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Edinburgh
Bed & Breakfast
Hotel Ambra
Lake Iseo
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