Had never skied Madonna before and we fancied a change from the usual packaged chalet trip so when we saw this was in the Mr & Mrs Smith stable we jumped at it, taking the bed and breakfast option for seven nights.
Loved it from the moment we arrived - friendly staff, lovely Classic room at the back of the hotel with a side-room to hide your baggage, very comfortable beds (we didn't need to make any special selections from the pillow menu !) and gorgeous rain shower. The hotel will shuttle you to and from the Spinale ski-lift from their basement garage (next to the ski locker room) though the main ski buses run right past the hotel too (and its only a ten minute walk anyway). Lovely choice at breakfast (especially the cheese, and the cake) though Pasquale seemed disappointed that it took till day 5 before I took up his offer of cooked eggs !
First two nights we ate in the hotel 'bistrot' (we had no idea what we were going to pay, as it is generally for those on the half-board option so the menus don't have prices, and we decided not to ask !) and then on the third night we upgraded to chef Enrico's Michelin-starred Dolomieu in an adjoining room (reviewed separately). Confess that on our first night we assumed the quaint 'stube' room was the bistro, and that the more modern looking starched-cloth rig-out of the larger room was for the Michelin diners ! The food in the bistrot is not far short of the quality of the Dolomieu (unsurprisingly there is an element of crossover, especially on some of the ingredients) and we were extremely happy to accept smaller portions than others might expect, for the sheer quality. The pureed bacalao, duck with dried figs, poached egg with potato sauce and truffle oil were all worthy of the highest accolade. We had another couple of bistrot dinners before the week was out, and when we did eventually get to see that we were only paying €40 a head each for the four courses each night (the different between their B&B and half-board rates) we were more than pleasantly surprised.
The restaurant prides itself on local sourcing and I was particularly pleased to find some local beers in the bar (bottles from Ducato and Val Rendena breweries), and even temporarily took up smoking again when I found they had a smoking room adjoining the bar - seemingly more comfy seats and definitely superior piped music !
All in all, a wonderful week and we are quite surprised that both the hotel and the Dolemieu don't score higher on Tripadvisor - if there are that many better hotels and restaurants in Madonna then they must be very magical indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Dolce Vita is a Boutique design hotel characterized by high level of standard in wellness and luxury. Dolomieu is the flagship restaurant of the hotel. The 20 rooms are all different from each other. The Spa has a swimming pool, salt cave, sauna, Turkish bath, icefall and tisaneria. At the Beauty farm, we use only the highest quality products. The Dolce Vita is located 300 meters from the Spinale cable car and 400 from the center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Dolce Vita Boutique Hotel Madonna Di Campiglio
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