The Badia valley is one of the Ladin speaking valleys in South Tyrol. This is a very unusual area in many ways. First of all, South Tyrol is an autonomous region of Italy that is largely German rather than Italian speaking. Within that area there are a few valleys that speak a Romance language which is probably a direct descendent of Latin (as is French, Spanish etc.), referred to as Ladin. (This is not the same language as Ladino = Judeo Español, a dialect of Spanish.) Like German and Italian, Ladin is one of the official languages of South Tyrol, and is the language of instruction in the schools etc. in Ladin speaking areas. People in these areas are very proud of their native language and culture, and are dedicated to its survival.
The Dolomites is one of the most beautiful areas in Italy. The mountains are topped with spiky cliffs, and are incredibly fierce and beautiful. The hotel is slightly above the Badia valley, so there is a wonderful view of the mountains from many of the rooms. The rooms themselves are well appointed. Our standard room had a large bed, a separate sitting area and a safe. There was plenty of closet space and there was a large bathroom with a window. The superior rooms are larger and have balconies. Some of the other standard rooms seemed a bit smaller, but still nice.
The hotel is family run, as are most of the small hotels in the area. The difference is that this hotel takes seriously the idea that the hotel is there to serve the guests, and not the opposite. (The latter seems to be the view in many otherwise nice hotels in the German speaking areas of South Tyrol.) The hotel is owned and managed by a young couple and the mother of the husband. They are happy to provide as much or as little help and information as you like. There is free Internet in the hotel, which is very helpful for Skype etc. The only glitch is that the service frequently logged me off the system and I needed to get someone from the hotel to reinstate me, which of course they did without complaint.
I am saving the best for last. I chose the hotel because of the comments of reviewers about the food. I was not disappointed. The owner, Andrea, is a superb chef. The meals were varied, imaginative and always delicious. The dining room really deserves a Michelin star, and perhaps they will receive it in the future. At present you are paying the same price for Michelin star quality that you would pay for half board at any hotel in the area.
In short, this is a wonderful hotel with a superb restaurant in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.
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- Hotel Gran Ander Badia, Italy