My partner and I had the pleasure of staying at the Grand Hotel Besson between 5th-12th January, we had such a fabulous experience we are hoping to return for the same week next year work commitments permitting.
Firsty if you have never stayed in a ski resort before there are a couple of things you should know that is applicable to all ski hotels wherever you go - the rooms are generally quite small and they are very warm.
We stayed in room 105 and although it was compact there was enough room to do everything we needed sleep, shower, relax, store all of our gear and get ready. You don't generally spend a great deal of time in your room so I don't know why you would want anymore room. We had two radiators - one in the bedroom and another tall towel rail style in the bathroom. These are essential for drying off your ski gear at the end of the day and if you find the room to hot then simply turn them down or off. The bedroom area is all cosy wood panelling and the bathroom tiled floor to ceiling. Everything is spotlessly clean.There is also a free safety deposit box in the room however I must say we regularly accidentally left things such as ipods, phones and tablets laying around and didn't experience a problem. Although we didn't have an individual balcony we did have full length patio door which opened out on to a roof top where you could step out and enjoy the stunning mountain views.
The thing that really makes this hotel so special is the staff, they are utterly professional and efficient......nothing is to much trouble and they appear to genuinely want you to enjoy their hospitality and are happy to serve you - something that is certainly lacking in many other hotels around the world.
As two weeks have passed I can't recall everyones names however in particular the restaurant manager Pasquale needs a mention, he was first class and his attention to detail was very much appreciated especially on the evening that our friends who were staying at another hotel joined us for dinner. We were all made to feel very special. Next for a special mention has to be Tina (her full name is something far more Italian) was our main waitress, she was a joy to see at any time of day or night, she is very enthusiastic and always happy. There were two other male waiters, service from them was equally excellent.. The reception staff and housekeeeping were all also friendly, helpful and smiling. We never had the pleasure of meeting the chef's and kitchen staff however I will move on to the excellent food they produced next.
Our package included breakfast and evening meal, we did plan to only eat in the hotel a few nights so we could go out and try some of the local restaurants however the food was of such an excellent standard we never felt the need to go anywhere else.
Breakfast is a buffet of juices, fresh and tinned fruits, yogurts, cereals, cakes, hot fresh pastries including croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, fresh bread rolls, cheeses, meats, hot bacon, scrambled and boiled eggs, muchrooms, tomatoes and toast. The staff serve tea and the most delicious coffee (including decaffinated) to the table.
Dinner is an authentic Italian experience with different options and freshly made breads served every evening.
It begins with a full basket of bread followed by buffet of salad including delicious hot and cold starters. The menu consists of a choice of four starters usually a soup and three pasta dishes and a choice of four main courses usually including a fish dish, two meat options and a vegetarian option. Dessert (if you have any room left) is again buffet style with classic homemade Italian desserts and fresh fruits.
Wine is very reasonably priced and of an excellent standard.
The bar area consits of a big comfortable lounge area with a real log fire and a number of big cosy leather Chesterfield style sofas complete with gorgeous cushions and blankets. The bar is serviced by the ever cheerful Joshua, what an absolute character - he is always interested in your day and is like a big friendly uncle. The bar is competively priced for a hotel bar and the hospitality and conveinence is worth that little bit extra.
Tonto the driver has the bus ready and running from about 830am in the morning, it's only about a ten minute round trip to the lift and back so you're never waiting for long. After a full day on the slopes we would be met at Sportina by Tonto, he literally drops you at the door of the boot room which is situated underneath the hotel. There is a large radiator next to the boot rack so make sure you put your boots as close as possible and also try to remember to shut the door after you to keep the warm in as this will help everyone's boots dry out.
The fact that the Spa was included in our package was the icing on the cake, after a full day on the slopes it was absolute luxury to be able to walk through the underground tunnel from the hotel through to the Spa. Our first day was the 12th night which is the last day of the Italian Christmas celebrations which meant the Spa was busy however even when full to capacity there was plenty of room to relax and unwind. The rest of the week was very quiet and the majority of the time we had our chosen areas to ourselves. A special thank you to the lovely Chiara who will ensure you know where everything is and how to use everything. Also thanks to Fatma and Mehdi.
All in all we had an excellent time at the Grand Hotel Besson and we will certainly be back again. Keep up the good work!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive hotel where you experience the mountains in all seasons, in the splendid setting of the western Alps, for an intense week of skiing, a romantic weekend or to unwind in relaxing the body and spirit in the exclusive Besson Spa re-generation.The Grand Hotel Besson has 44 rooms, elevator, common areas, lounges, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, panoramic terrace, solarium, ski room, private parking, garage, spa and stunning views over the valley and mountains.Un albergo esclusivo dove vivere la montagna in tutte le stagioni, nella splendida cornice delle Alpi occidentali, per una settimana di intensa attività sciistica, per un week-end romantico in assoluto relax o per ritemprarsi il corpo e lo spirito nell'esclusiva SPA Besson Re-generation.Il Grand Hotel Besson dispone di 44 camere, ascensore, ampi spazi comuni, saloni, bar, ristorante, sale meeting, terrazza panoramica, solarium, ski room, parcheggio privato, garage, centro benessere e splendida vista sulla valle e le montagne. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sauze d Oulx
- Grand Hotel Besson Italy/Province Of Turin