Continuing on my journey from Paris, I am headed to Turin. One of the few places that I have not visited in Italy. I have always wanted to check out this capital city of Piemonte. Food, Cars and once, the home of Cristiano Ronaldo. What is there not to be loved! There is only one Hilton properties hotel in Turin, the DoubleTree by Hilton Turin Lingotto. It is a rather new hotel and located in the up and coming area of Lingotto. This is also the historical beating heart of the auto industry in the past. The hotel is once a FIAT factory. The 1920s building was converted by architect Renzo Piano. Today you can still visit the rooftop test track that was featured in The Italian Job. I will share more about it later on. This is truly one of the more interesting hotels that I have stayed at. Do read my review and then rewatch The Italian Job to see if you can realise any similarities. This will also be Seeing The World In Steps first ever Presidential Suite experience. Check it out!
Booking Process & Pre Arrival
Seeing The World In Steps stayed as a guest of DoubleTree by Hilton Turin Lingotto. My media stay booked me into their Scrigno Suite which is also their Presidential Suite. I am very thankful that I got to try out their one and only suite! This will also be my very first Presidential Suite. I will also be sharing about their Deluxe Rooms later on. Hopefully, this will give you all a holistic view of the entire property. With the current sales, rates start from 71 Euros for a room. Do note that the Honors Sale rate are non-refundable. The location of the hotel is ideal and with plenty of F&B options nearby. You even have two malls and the awesome Eataly nearby. You definitely have to check it out.
The hotel provides complimentary parking for guests. The hotel is also easily accessible via Metro and it takes you to most places in the city centre. DoubleTree by Hilton Turin Lingotto features 141 guest rooms and suites. I will rate the hotel as a conference hotel but the historical part and design do make it a little like a Tapestry. Their rooms are spread across 5 categories. The 141 rooms and suites spread across 5 categories. Only the presidential suite comes with a bathtub. You can find the breakdown below.
|Rooms||Bathtub||Room Size||No.of Rooms|
|Queen Guest with Sofa Bed||No||25 Sqm||10|
|Scrigno Suite||Yes||96 Sqm||1|
I arrived close to 5pm after getting in from a long train ride from Paris. I took the metro to Lingotto where the hotel is located and it is super easy. With only 1 line, the metro is straightforward enough. A one-way ticket cost 1.70 Euros. The hotel is situated in between the two metro stations, Spezia and Lingotto. Both are about a 10 mins walk away. Personally, I prefer using the Lingotto Station since you can walk thru the mall and shelter from the colds. The mall flooring is also easier for dragging your suitcase. Then you can easily use the escalator and walk to the metro station. Turin metro is lighting fast and a trip to the city centre takes less than 10 mins.
The hotel is in a very chic industrial building retrofitted from the previous FIAT factory that closed in 1982. With so much history and their unique building, it felt like this should be a Curio or Tapestry instead with some polishing. The hotel is gorgeous and really pretty! Check this out! I love this hotel and the high ceilings together with the glass windows. So pretty!
Check-in was smooth and fast and I was given the keys for the suite together with the signature Doubletree welcome cookie. Along with, I was also provided with the ticket for the Pinacoteca Agnelli Gallery. The hotel has a collaboration with the gallery and in-house guests can get in for free. There is also a welcome drink coupon that I can use at the bar. I will share more on these later on.
Scrigno Presidential Suite
I was locked into the best and the only suite in the entire hotel. The Scrigno Suite. This is also the Presidential Suite. The suite measures 96 sqm and is located on the 4th floor. It comes with a living/dining area and a kitchen. It is a treat with awesome floor to ceiling views. I was in 4006 and you know that you are in for a treat when you have a named suite and double doors entrance.
Immediately open entering, you have a very spacious walkway and right in front of you is the amazing view from the full-length windows that welcome you.
The high ceilings and the window panes make it feel so spacious and airy! The view is amazing. I love the decor and vibes of the place. Loft and high ceilings are kinda my things. I will come back to the view later on.
You can find a half bath to the left immediately after the entrance and it’s a spacious one. This makes it super useful especially when you are hosting people over in the suite and this is a suite for parties and hosting people.
The pantry or kitchen area is next to the half bath. It was small but comes with all the necessary amenities that you might need. There are some induction stovetop for cooking if you desire and an actual coffee machine alongside some packaged tea. I always appreciate having a proper coffee machine in my room or suite especially when there isn’t an executive lounge. Bad coffee in Italy is a no no! You can find a bottle of San Pellegrino sparkling water and Aqua Panna Natural Water too. A kettle is included. You have a small fridge in the cabinet below and similarly, chilled water can be found inside too.
On the right of the entrance, there is an entryway that takes you past the walk-in wardrobe area as well as the main bathroom. It is a walk-in wardrobe concept here and it is a spacious one. It is complemented by a vanity area located in the middle of the wardrobe. I am sure this is something the ladies will very much appreciate. Plenty of hangers can be found here and inside the wardrobe, you can also find a luggage rack, ironing kit as well as a safe. Some extra pillows are left here too!
The living room is certainly the highlight and the main space of this entire Presidential Suite! I love the airy feelings from the super high ceilings as well as tons of natural light from the full-length window panels makes it so welcoming. Check out the views! I was lucky to be here when it snowed and it was rather dreamy.
On the left side of the living room area, you can find a full dining table for 6 and that bonsai just adds up a little flair to the place. The suite can be connected to the room besides to make it into a two-bedded suite.
The suite does have warm lighting in the evening that makes the place even more charming in the evening. On the right, you have a super spacious sofa set that can easily seat 8 people comfortably. It surrounds a coffee table and some side tables by the side.
Perched on the wall you can find a huge high definition Smart TV that comes with a huge collection of Cable TV channels. They were even showing the Champions League which I certain partake in supporting the local team, Juventus. This is a wonderful environment for a cosy private party.
A door separates the bedroom from the living room. It is in a rectangular configuration. You can find the comfortable and plush king size bed in the middle surrounded by two nightstands. Outlets and controls for the lighting can be found on both sides of the bed which is commendable. The bed is super comfy and the mattress is to my liking which is slightly on the firm side. The pillows offer great neck support and don’t turn to mush. I had the perfect rest.
Mounted on the wall you can find another huge high quality TV and it is the same size as the one in the living room. This is one of the best television that I had in a hotel room and the perfect setup for a lazing cosy movie night in bed.
The room has the same view as the living room and similarly the floor to ceilings alluring window panels. You can find a classy seat at the side of the room and a glass working desk just in front of the window making it the best place to work from. I’m not sure how productive you will be though with the view distracting you. Plenty of outlets can be found here and the Wifi is easy to connect. The chair does provide enough back support for short periods of working.
Lastly, let me share on the bathroom which can be entered from the wardrobe area or the bedroom. It is spacious and huge. You have his and her sinks. All sorts of amenities are provided and toiletries are from Crabtree and Evelyn, the norm in Hilton properties.
It comes with a separate standing shower as well as a whirlpool tub. This is also the only Suite or room that comes with a tub. The normal rooms only have a standing shower. Water pressure and temp control are decent but not excellent! I do love the standing shower setup where they had a massaging type of showering set up where water sprays in various directions.
King Deluxe Rooms / King Family Room
I also had a look at the King Deluxe and King Family rooms. They are almost identical with the slight difference in bed size and the chair or couch by the side. They are also sufficient and you still get an awesome view of the area. Here are some pictures of them.
The gym is open 24 hours and is located just by the lobby area on the 4th floor. It is easy to find and with the design of the hotel, you have plenty of natural light in the room. You just have to check in with the reception before heading down to use it. A green pass or an acceptable proof of vaccination is required to use it.
The space is rather lovely and the tons of natural light with the view of the alps being pretty mesmerizing. You have the basic typical gym equipment. You can find weights, exercise balls, treadmills and bikes. Nice space.
I was down at the bar to enjoy the free welcome drink and despite it stating a glass of prosecco, you can in fact get anything that you like. Non-alcoholic options, red wines, white wines, beer. It was a nice place to unwind and the staff service was excellent. They even took the initiative to offer me some nuts or even a focaccia to go with my drink.
Breakfast at Tech Restaurant
Breakfast is served at Tech Restaurant, the hotel main restaurant on level 2. Breakfast service starts from 7.30am to 10am on weekdays and till 10.30am on weekends. Similar to rules all over Italy, you are only allowed to dine in the restaurant if you are fully vaccinated.
I was promptly welcomed in and drinks orders were immediately taken. I start with a cup of Cappuccino which is freshly made by the barista from a proper espresso machine. When in Italy, this is crucial. Fresh orange juice is available as well from the bar. You also have your selection of teas. The drinks here are the highlight of breakfast.
Food selection is pretty small and it goes in an assisted buffet format where you inform the staff what you want and they will plate it for you. I do love this concept as it minimises risks, especially in this era. You can find all sorts of pastries and baked goods. They are fresh and excellent. I do love their cream croissants.
You have a good selection of cold cuts and cheese.
Hot offerings consist of some sausages, bacon and scrambled eggs. Sadly, offerings remains the same everyday and this is one part of the breakfast that I would really hope that they can improve on since having the same items for multiple mornings in a row isn’t ideal!
Pinacoteca Agnelli Gallery
In-house hotel guests also get complimentary access to the Pinacoteca Agnelli Gallery just next door. You can get an invitation from the reception to exchange for an admission ticket at the gallery.
It is a rather interesting place and they have a good collections. For the non-artistic souls like me, the highlight will be at level 4. You can find the historical rooftop test track and the views from this area are superb. Awesome views of the alps nearby and a good tip would be coming here during sunset. Kudos to the hotel team for offering this. It is a nice gesture for guests.
This is an excellent offering for Hilton members in Turin and the DoubleTree by Hilton Lingotto is a great choice despite being out of the city centre. I will choose to stay here any time when I am ever back. To make it even better the hotel could provide scheduled shuttles to the city centre or even provide day tickets on the metro for guests. That will be nice. The hotel also has a direct link to the mall next door and the entrance is open 24 hours.
Direct linkage to the mall next door via an elevator 24 hours open. I love the Lingotto concept and the Eataly outlet opposite simply adds more glamour. Rooms are kinda standardised here so do not expect much differentiation and upgrades for elite members might just be a form of higher floors or views. Staying in a retrofitted hotel with history does make me squeal a little.
This was a hosted media stay, though all views expressed are my own.