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Hotel Gran Ander
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Badia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 August 2014

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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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We stayed here after finishing a 5 day trek....this was one of the best places we stayed in Europe during our 5 weeks of travel. The room was very comfortable for our family of 4 and the spa downstairs was amazing with a hot tub view of the surrounding area. The food served was excellent with very nice service. The chef came out to greet us as we were leaving the hotel and it just felt like family here.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We are a young couple, we spent 3 nights here in summer time. The hotel is near the ski center, ski chairlift and easy access to Dolomites area. The view of the hotel room, relax room really amazing, they have panoramas view of Dolomites mountain! Even if you don't go any where, it's also good to stay in hotel for whole day!
The hotel rate includes breakfast and dinner, we enjoyed the fine dinning every evening with different meals! It's really good! And the owner Andrea and his mum pay attention to all details, like welcome notes, weather tips and event list for every single days, they will provide this on your table every morning, the table decoration are different every night as well.

The hotel also provide free sauna, steam room, fitness centre to guests! We hope to back this hotel again in the nearest future. If anyone of you wanna visit Dolomites, it's a good choice! It's worth!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank CarrieHK
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We spent two nights at Hotel Gran Ander, on either side of our Dolomite hiking trip, and loved it! This lovely family run hotel is truly a gem. The rooms are beautiful, spotless and very comfortable. The dinners are magnificent and begin with thin pizzas baked in the pizza oven on the deck with views of the valley and mountains. Dinner was superb both nights. Breakfast included all the European meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruit and muesli, along with house made yogurt. There is a wellness area, but we were too busy exploring the town and hiking to use it. It looked beautiful and is included in the room cost. A bonus for us was that the hotel is in easy walking distance to the bus stop in Pedraces. The owners truly take pride in their establishment and welcomed us warmly. Loved!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Hotel Gran Ander before a Holomites trekking trip. The hotel is lovely and the food is incredible. The family is very friendly and helpful. They had a wonderful cocktail hour with fresh made pizza outside one night which was a real treat. They stored our bags during our trek and they are really thoughtful. We want to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

There were so many good things about this place I don't know where to begin. The family that own it are wonderful. The son is the chef and he is good, really, really good. We had a superior room and half board, which seemed like the way to go. The room was big, clean, had a lovely view of the mountains, and a small balcony with two chairs and a table. The lower floor had saunas and other wellness features. There was a hot tub outside with a great view. There is a chair lift across the street that goes to one of the prettiest spots -- a lovely church overlooking the mountains. There is a place to get food next to the church. From there we did a very long walk that Andre recommended -- it was wonderful. But by far the best part of staying here is the food. Every night Andre plans a huge multi-course dinner every night (you see the menu in the morning so can spend all day knowing what you are looking forward to). The food was Italian, Ladin, and something in between (Ladin food is meat six ways). Everything we had over three nights was excellent and memorable. The wine list is another impressive thing. We loved the Manicort and ending up buying a bottle to take home. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

As promised in our Sept 12 review we did return!

The great thing about this beautiful area is that it doesn’t need to change. It remains a stunning and majestic place with awesome mountains.

This time we:
• walked to La Villa along the river
• visited the San Cassiano street market
• attended a very enjoyable traditional folk night with local band, singers and dancers in La Villa
• shopped in Cortina
• walked from La Val to the Ju de Rit Gap visiting the churches on the pilgrims trail.

The weather was superb, around 25 C, except on the last day when we had snow, so over the Passo Falzarego in 6 inches of snow and minus 2.5c, very scary!

By the time we reached Venice it was back to 25C.

And so to the hotel, really little changed from last year but:

Ambience

We stayed in room 17, a junior suite. Spacious and overlooking the car park so very quiet. Lovely evening sun from the balcony.

The hotel is still run by 3 generations of the same family. Meals served wearing national costume.

Facilities

Lovely outdoor terrace – we had breakfast on a couple of days
Nice bar with draught lager beer
Toiletries replaced when needed

We used the spa a lot - outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna’s were very good. Very nice afterwards to relax in the quiet room, sipping a herbal tea whilst enjoying the mountain view.

Food: well what can we say except superb!!

Excellent continental style breakfast with good choice: cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cold meats & cheeses, pastries. DIY boiled eggs replaced by being cooked in the kitchen so you can have them any way you like.

The small size means not a lot of choice for the evening meal. You choose at breakfast with usually a choice of 2 main courses.

But what a change!

I would still describe the food as good, local, home cooking but with complete revamp of meals/choices and especially presentation – easily to 4* standard.

We ate turbot, fresh trout, and fresh perch, all beautifully cooked. Vegetarian choices on some nights. The first thing Andrea chef/owner said when we arrived was ‘tripe is off!!’ (See my Sept 12 review)

The themed evenings are still there: fabulous gala dinners, a pizza & cocktail party on the terrace, a tour of the kitchen with drinks, selection of local cheeses.

How good was the food?

Well on one gala evening an amuse bouche pudding was served before the main pudding. We were so impressed that we thought that was it, left and missed the main event, despite a telephone call to remind us!!

Another great holiday: return again? probably!!

Via Ferrata

One of the main reasons for us to visit in the summer is these walks. Lots of guidebooks and gear hire is around 9-10 euros. We are experienced walkers from UK & only needed gear on walk 5:

1. Sass de Rocia. A beautiful location south of Arabba. Short but quite tricky up steep stemples
2. Sass de Stria: not really a via ferrata as only short protected route but interest in the trenches and tunnels
3. Monte Cavallo: Long exposed route from Rifugio San Croce on path 7 to the plateau. Two protected areas
4. Lajazuoi (start route M2): a tough route, across a narrow bridge & exposed
5. Brigata Tridentina: a really hard route, 750 m of climbing & very popular, stretched us to the limit but worth it!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alan D
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Address: Strada Runcac 29, 39036, Badia, Italy
Region: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Badia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Badia
#12 Spa Hotel in Badia
#17 Family Hotel in Badia
Price Range: £159 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gran Ander 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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