Hotel Ambra

  • Italy, Lake Iseo

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We love Hotel Ambra for its authenticity. This is a family-run place on one of Italy’s lesser known lakes, which means you’ll be away from the usual tourist trail and everything just 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 its 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 hotel’s décor is traditional and the food is very enjoyable. A big breakfast will set you up for the day with hot and cold options at the buffet. In the evenings, the menu is focused on local food so you’ll get to try out some Italian dishes. The best feature 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.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins by coach from Verona airport.

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 per person per night is payable locally.

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

Rooms

Standard Rooms are classically furnished and are located towards the back of the hotel. These rooms sleep two people with a double or twin beds and a third pull down bed is available on request for children up to the age of 16. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, hairdryer and a shower.

Standard Lake View Rooms have a balcony with two chairs and a table providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the harbour views. 

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

Single Rooms are smaller than the doubles. They're located towards the rear of the hotel and are a great choice for solo travellers.  

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 1
  • 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.

Lake Iseo

Forget Prosecco, it’s all about Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine on Lake Iseo! The Franciacorta region's full of family run vineyards, so there are loads of places to find your favourite wine. If you fancy a bit more activity, there are loads of great cycle routes around, our favourites are the ‘wine routes’ – hire an e-bike and set off through the vineyards. You can even schedule in tastings as you go. 

What to see on a Lake Iseo holiday

The main town of Iseo's on the south of the lake. Soak up the history from the medieval streets and relax around the arcaded shopping areas and the main square, Piazza Garibaldi. There's a brilliant market on Friday's, a great place to get to know the locals and try out the local produce.

One of the best places for a day trip is Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe. It's pedestrianised apart from the local bus, so the perfect place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We love exploring and finding local trattoria’s to stop at for lunch, with their red checked table cloths and typical Italian food. There are always ferries running from Iseo and Sulzano, so it’s easy to hop from town to town and island to island.  

Why book a Lake Iseo holiday with Inghams

Our years of experience and great relationships with hoteliers means that we can tailor your holiday just to your liking. When you book with Inghams, your holiday's in safe hands.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

Check out the Medieval Iseo Town, explore the back streets and open-air squares and a lakefront lined with stylish cafes and bars. Iseo's main attraction is the Monte Isola, the largest land island in Europe. Monte Isola's completely pedestrianised and easily reached by boat from Iseo and Sulzano. It's a fantastic spot for a walk. Cruise the lake on the ferries or catch the train to see the other main towns: Sarnico, Pisogne and Lovere. Bergamo's also close-by. Take a day trip and get to know this historic city which dates back to the 6th Century BC.

If you love getting outdoors and being active, Iseo's a great place for walking, whether you're hiking or taking gentle lakeside strolls. The Lake Iseo railway from Brescia's a great way to explore the lake and its surrounding areas. If you're looking for gentle walks you can check out the nearby Torbiere del Sebino. It's a wetland nature reserve, and is always a highlight for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Food & Drink

In Iseo it's all about the wine! Visit one of the many mountain-side vineyards and try the famous Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine.

If you love sardines, then Iseo's your dream place- one of their most traditional foods is dried sardines, usually eaten with Polenta. If sardines aren't your favourite then try the Casoncelli, stuffed pasta (like ravioli) or salami from Monte Isola. Cheese is always important in the Italian lake district and Lake Iseo's no exception. Silter DOP is a hard cheese from the lower Camonica Valley made from the milk of the brown cows of Monte Guglielmo. Perfect with your Franciacorta wine and salami.

Activities

For art lovers the Tadini Gallery in Lovere's full of 19th Century art and sculpture as well as an archaeological collection, put together at the end of the 18th Century in Naples. If you have a car, drive over to the Church of Santa Maria delle Neve in Pisogne, where you'll find frescoes of the Passion of the Christ by Romanino. For more art don't miss the Valcamonica rock engravings in Capo di Ponte, which have been engraved over thousands of years, from the pre-historic to medieval and iron ages. This is fantastic if you want a more personal look at the area throughout the ages.

There are plenty of castles for you to enjoy, like the 12th Century Breno Castle and the Castello Quistini. The Castello Quistini has stunning gardens which you can also visit. Find a secluded spot and think about all the amazing things you've seen so far.

Facilities
  • Ground floor terrace 
  • Free Wi-Fi
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. 

Dinner can be enjoyed indoors in the restaurant or outside on the terrace. Half board includes three courses, where you'll have a choice of first and second courses and a desert. It also includes a glass of wine and coffee each evening. If you would like to try anything from the a la carte menu it is possible to do so for a supplement (payable locally). 

The hotel's restaurant and pizzeria is located on the ground floor. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving tasty pizzas, pasta dishes, seafood and fresh fish from the lake. 

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

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 10.048038
  • Latitude: 45.660285
  • Location Description:
    • Central location in Iseo
    • 150 metres to Iseo ferry port 
    • 450 metres to Iseo train station

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Hotel Ambra
Lake Iseo, Half Board
21/09/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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