Bardonecchia in peak season should have been a huge crush on the slopes, instead we were treated to millionaire skiing during the half term week. The hotel is located right on the slopes adjacent to one of the main chair lifts; it can be busy when the ski schools gather and straight after lunch (10am and 1pm) but apart from this the wait is minimal. The hotel has a ski store in the basement area which is free for guests and only a one minute walk to the snow and lift. Check in process is swift with guidance on the hotel and leisure club facilities. The room is clean and functional with all the amenities a travelling family will need. Breakfast is reasonable with the usual ceral, pastry and cooked choices catering for UK and European taste; Dinner selection is made at breakfast and these can present a bigger challenge to the UK tastebuds. For the most part there will be something to suit but there are the odd days when the choice seems difficult; even if the main course left aside there is plenty of the buffet options to top up.
The leisure area is really nice and perfect for apres ski wind down; pool, sauna and steam room with plunge barrel to cool down. There is also a cold room which is a nice touch which sprays a fine mist of ice cold air, essentially the polar opposite of the steam room, it works really well though. The beds are a little firm but no bad thing to keep creaking bones straight after a hard day skiing.
The Rive looks to be one of, if not the biggest hotel in town; for a family looking for a convinient ski location saving the trek to the slopes the Rive fits the bill. Slightly out of the village centre so trips to the shops or bars will be a 15 minute walk or short bus ride.
Bardonecchia is on the main rail line to Turin and Milan so non skiers can take a sightseeing trip away from the snow; Turin is easily achievable in one day however, the trains to Milan don't always work for a daytrip in terms of timings so check up before travel.
Not the cheapest hotel but worth it in my view.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Bardonecchia
- Bardonecchia Best Western
- Best Western Rive