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...
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.
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