This hotel provided us with a very comfortable and pleasant base for a week's skiing.
The hotel is on a hillside, about 10 - 15 mins walk above the town; not ideal if you want to hit the fleshpots of Corvara every night, but then again, there aren't any, so it doesn't matter. It is ideal if you are old and knackered and have no wish to paint the town red. It's less than 5 mins from the hotel ski room to the slopes, to the bottom of a chair or a piste down to the main town lifts.
The hotel is split across two sides of a quiet road, with an internal subterranean connection. We stayed on the mountain side, which is newr than the main part of the hotel. Our view was of a snow covered slope, not exciting but not unpleasant, and anyway there is little opportunity for taking in the view from one's hotel room on a ski hol. The room was a very decent size, comfortable and well furnished (big wardrobe, plenty of coathooks, big balcony) without being anything special. The bathroom was huge, almost as big as the room, with underfloor heating, two washbasins and a jacuzzi bath/shower. I understand that the rooms in the main part of the hotel are gnerally older and smaller, but at least some will have very decent views, as the hotel is on a hillside.
The hotel has a pool and various spa facilities, which we did not sample. Judging by the rest of the hotel, I expect them to be of a good standard. The ski room was large, with ski racks and boot warmers, It is accessible directly from the new part of the hotel and opens onto the road, very handy for the slopes. It is secure.
There is a large bar/cafe area on the ground floor, where I believe that some food is served. Not especially atmospheric, although there is cosy bit in front of the fire. Free cakes, very good, at teatime. A very cosy looking smoking room is provided, almost worth taking up smoking for. There is another subterranean bar of the 'stube' type.
There are two restaurants (plus any food that is served in the bars). One, subterranean, is pretty smart with a delicious, if rather fussy, sounding menu. I can't report on it as I didn't try it. We were on half board and ate in the larger ground floor restaurant; we were lucky enough to be in a little sub dining room, with three other tables, which was pleasanter than the main dining room, not that there was anything wrong with that.
The food was very good, which was why we didn't bother to pay the supplement for the posher restaurant. Breakfast was pretty comprehensive; cereal, plenty of fruit, yogs, cold meat and cheeses, lots of preserves and breads, eggs and so on cooked to order (the scrambled eggs were a bit weird, but never mind), decent coffee. Dinner was usually excellent. My heart sinks when I see a table d'hote menu with 5 courses (plus cheese and coffee), but I need not have worried. There was a choice (made at brekkie, which is not ideal) of two or three dishes for the principal courses. The first course was usually (always?) a cold buffet, usually delish grilled veg, salads, that sort of thing, once a very good seafood buffet (difficult for me not to stuff myself with that leaving insufficient room for the rest of the meal). Thankfully, the buffet element stopped there; OK for a cold starter, but not my idea of a civilised way to eat dinner). Pasta or soup, a small, elaborate dish, a main course, pud and cheese and coffee. Not every single course throughout the week entirely hit the spot, but almost all did, and most were excellent. A huge wine list, starting at around €20 and going up to the sky. We stuck to local reds at around €20 - €30, and they were uniformly excellent, some outstanding. Tap water was provided perfectly cheerfully. The sevice was good and friendly, even of the head waiter looked liked a young Max Bygraves (if Max Bygraves was ever young).
During the ski season, the hotel offers guided skiing on several days each week (useful in the very large Dolomiti region) and other activities. We were with a ski company (Colletts, highly recommended for the over 40s) that offered similar services, so I don't know how good the hotel's services were. There was a Tyrolean evening in the stube before dinner one day, with loads of delish snacks and drinks, and of course hideous accordion music. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it wasn't compulsory (and it wasn't a substitute for an excellent dinner, although it could have been).
The staff were all very pleasant and helpful, and one was made to feel very welcome. Although it's a biggish hotel, it seems to be family run, with the family taking an active part. I would recommed it wholeheartedly if you wish to stay in Corvara, which is as good a ski base as anywhere in the Sella Ronda region of the Dolomites (which are the most beatiful ski area I've skied in, if not the most demanding).
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- At our hotel in Corvara, you couldn't possible not feel completely comfortable and right at home. You'll get a first impression of just how elegant it is when you step into our lobby. Whether you come and stay with us in the summer or the winter – your active holiday can begin right at our hotel doorstep, in the midst of the unique Alpine wonderland of the Dolomites. After a fun-filled day of vacation activities in the Dolomites, you can retreat to our superlative wellness oasis, so you'll be sure to be ready for the next day of vacationing. ... more less
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