ADLER SPA RESORT, ORTISEI, ITALY
Let me start out by saying that I loved this hotel, and I hope to return here often. The hotel is in the town of Ortisei which is located in a valley with rushing river and views of the Dolomites. There is a cable car nearby that takes one to a spot where there is one of natures most magnificent views and many hiking trails.
The room (Superior double) was large and well furnished with both a desk and a vanity table. There was a balcony with table and chairs and a view of the Dolomites. There was also a sitting area with two comfortable chairs a table and 36" panel TV. The king bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a large soaking tub as well as a stall shower, and separate toilet/bidet room. The lighting throughout was very good. There was also a good sized closet and lots of drawer and shelf space. Although they do have those annoying non-removable hangers, the staff brought us regular hangers within minutes of our request. The staff is wonderful. Requests are handled quickly and with a smile. The combination of Italian warmth and German efficiency works well.
Our off season (Late May) rate included breakfast and dinner, plus all the spa facilities (spa treatments are extra). We stayed for one week. The food is 90% Italian and 10% German. The food is excellent and abundant, and compares favorably with our experience on the Regent cruise line. At each evening meal there is an expansive buffet plus a full 5 course menu, and everything is delicious. The extensive wine list is quite reasonanbly priced. Breakfast is a grand buffet plus omelet station, crepes station, and everything else that I might want except for herrings which were absent. If one chooses the optional 17 Euro lunch there is another buffet plus a 4 course menu and dessert buffet. At all meals there is a full selection of about a dozen different breads which one slices to order. Sorry, no bagels at breakfast to have with their fabulous smoked salmon and cream cheese, I have to rough it with a baguette.
There is entertainment at dinner. One evening there is a guy in lederhosen singing German songs and occasionally yodeling. Some diners sing along.
The extensive spa has the usual spa menu plus many treatments unknown to us, and also has a doctor on staff for who knows what. There are many large pools with differing characteristics. Some are indoor and some are outdoor and others are indoor/outdoor. Most are heated to 88 degrees, one is at 92 degrees, and another is unheated. They all contain imaginative and relaxing moving water features. There are deluges of falling water, there are areas with Jaccusi style water massages (some are 10 times stronger than our hot tub in FL). One has the choice of sitting, standing or lying down and being massaged by warm water. Two of the pools are salt water, the rest are fresh water. Everyone is wearing robes, some even wear them to breakfast and/or lunch. We enjoyed the pools daily. No, that is too weak a statement we LOVED the pools.
We were the only Americans in the hotel during our stay. The staff speak German and Italian, and they attempt English with fair to expert ability. We had no trouble communicating and any translation difficulties were handled with good humor by all. There is no doubt, however, that we are in a part of Italy that was Austrian until about 90 years ago. The locals speak German to each other with a smattering of Italian thrown in so we hear things like, "Mama mia das ist gut."
This hotel also has a full no cost daily program from 9:30AM to 9:00PM for children.
My only complaints are: only one phone in the unit, no nightly turn down (however, we requested fresh towels nightly and they were delivered nightly), a charge for internet use of .70 Euro for the first minute and .10 Euro for each additional minute, no doorman, no concierge (though the front desk staff was extremely helpful), only six (children's) movies in English and three English news channels. Other than these minor faults this hotel is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 star hotel in Val Gardena, UNESCO Dolomites, with spa and wellness centre, biggest Water World of the Dolomites and all year daily guided outdoor programme (skiing, snowshoeing, trekking, mountainbiking, a.s.o.) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Hotel Ortisei
- Adler Dolomiti Spa And Sport Resort
- Adler Dolomiti Hotel
- Adler Dolomiti Ortisei
- Hotel Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort Ortisei, Italy - Val Gardena