Looking out over craggy Dolomite peaks or moments from the slopes, Italy’s ski hotels have some of the greatest locations, services and facilities in the mountains.
Plus they tend to be cheaper than hotels in France and Switzerland - but never at the cost of friendly staff, homely lodgings and those hearty suppers the Italians do best.
The Italian ski villages are some of the prettiest in the Alps, and their hotels are a strong contributing factor. The Dolomiti Hotel in Canazei’s built in gorgeous Habsburg style, while Arabba’s Garni Hotel Barbara showcases the local wood carving trade beautifully.
If chandeliers and champers are your thing, use the money you’ve saved on lift passes and lessons (sometimes half of what you’d pay in France or Switzerland) to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel.
The Hotel Adler is a favourite (it’s not every day your lodgings have their own subterranean grottos…) and you can expect great things of Cortina’s Miramonti Majestic where Elvis, Clark Gable and Brigit Bardot once pitched camp... Find more on our luxury ski hotels in Italy here.
We’re yet to find someone who’s skied in Italy and doesn’t rave about the local food, which tastes even better when served moments from your bedroom…
Italian ski resorts are famously easy on the pocket, so a budget B&B or Half Board hotel like the Garni Francesato could be the ticket to your cheapest ski holiday yet.
With main meals costing around €6-12 in most restaurants, eating out is cracking value for money if your package doesn’t include certain meals – or any meals at all.
Some savvy skiers go for all-inclusive hotels like Club Med Cervinia, where drinks, ski hire and all meals are included, saving you from having to buy food out and about in resort.
“Relaxed” and “crowd-free” apply just as readily to the Italian après as the slopes. So if you want to ski on a shoestring, but not at the cost of a good time après skiing, opt for a hotel with a famous bar where the atmosphere’s generally livelier. The Derby is home to Sauze d’Oulx’s beloved Derby bar, and Punta Maquignaz’s Ymeletrob is the thumping heart of Cervinia after dark.
A ‘golden button’ of goodness in grand Courmayeur: you’d think the antique and local artisan made furnishings would hog the limelight, or the super location slap bang in the town centre – but what you hear about more than anything is the hospitality, and how wonderful the staff are.
Focus all attention on the mighty Zermatt-Cervinia ski area without having to spare a second’s thought to where you’re going to eat. Hassle free all-inclusive and the endlessly energetic Club Med atmosphere are two reasons our amazing customers book Club Med Cervinia for family holidays again and again and again…
This is - hands down - one of the best ski spa hotels on the planet – two minutes from lifts that whisk you into the Dolomiti Superski, and brimming with wellness goodies to pamper you Sella-Ronda-ready.
Whether you’re here to have your chakras balanced in the Mandira spa or for the ski in, ski out location onto some of Italy’s most snow sure slopes, the Lac Salin wins the hearts of spa and snow lovers time after time.
Col Alto has been charming guests since 1938, and our lovely clients who return here can’t praise the place enough - from the wellness facilities to the Ladin-Mediterranean cuisine and the warm staff welcome.
Bag one of the new Villa Mitzi rooms in the Gran Baita Hotel and you’ll wake up to awesome views of the Dolomites. The hotel is fantastic for families, with facilities focused on helping parents relax and little ones have fun.
Experience old-school Italian glamour in the Miramonti – a Grande Dame of the skiing world where former guests include Sophia Loren, Elvis Presley and 007 (in For Your Eyes Only) and service, they say, is as slick as ever.
The Puntscher family’s fine attention to detail gets glowing reviews from guests of the Gran Baita. Settle down in the warm, homely surroundings, swim in Roman style pools and devour Italian and Tyrolean cuisine – with the ski lifts and village centre within walking distance.
A former haunt of the Italian aristocracy, the Tyrol has an old-fashioned family atmosphere. Trad Tyrolean furnishings bring a boutique feel to the place, which is right by the ski lifts with Dolomite peaks surrounding. Spend après sampling the indoor and outdoor wellness facilities, then supper on delicious Ladin dishes.
Views of the Adamello Brenta Natural Park wrap around you in the Chalet del Brenta, which is furnished in simple modern style and home to top notch spa facilities. The food gets fabulous feedback - Chef Franco Ferri is destined for Michelin stardom – as does the service.
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