We were at the Sun Valley as a family of 4 with kids aged 9 and 12 and a colleague with her 10 year old son. Location is equal walking distance to the Ciampinoi gondolas and the chair lift which links to the Dantercepies gondolas. It is in the centre of Selva just opposite the offices of the ski school. The street itself is quiet however there is a club/bar in the building which closes at 3 a.m. On 2 occasions we were woken up at 3 a.m. by shouting Germans who leave the club and then stand outside smoking and behaving very noisily. This was the main complaint over the week.
The hotel is brand new and this shows. Very nice rooms, bathrooms, spacious, tidy in a cosy Tyrolean/alpine style with lots of pine and assorted memorabilia of the original owner who was an alpine skiing champ in the 1930’s – 1950’s. The hotel is in 2 buildings on opposite sides of the road. Both have rooms. The main building houses the restaurant and bar while the other has the spa, wellness centre, saunas, pool, ski equipment room and a tight 2 level underground parking. The buildings are connected by an underground tunnel called “Strada del Vino” resembling a wine cellar with tasting area lined with more skiing and local memorabilia, wine bottles and tasting equipment and a … Wurlitzer juke box. There are elevators in both buildings and the set up is quite convenient. We had no issues going in bath robes from one building to the other to go from our room to the spa area.
The spa area is extremely impressive mainly because of the newness/cleansiness and the pleasant design. After skiing we would be relaxing in the pool and Jacuzzi enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains and the piste grooming machines working on the Ciampinoi run. This facility is one of the high points of the hotel although it would get crowded around 4 p.m. w hen everyone converges there. It would empty out by 6.30 p.m. The sauna part has a dry and steam sauna, ice, polar air room and a foresty smell room. Also very pleasant. In theory the sauna was off limits for kids under 12 but no one cared if they were quiet. We didn’t try the massages or solarium.
The family room where we stayed consisted of 2 rooms with new, clean décor. The beds in the main room were very comfortable. The 2nd room had a fold out sofa which was less comfy. Don’t really see why they wouldn’t put a normal bed in there? Housekeeping was very thorough and unobtrusive. Both rooms had LCD tv’s with SKY digital which has a huge selection of channels including even 2 Polish ones which was a nice surprise for us.
The evening meals were 4 to 5 course nouvelle cuisine’ish affairs with a different very varied and tasty menu every night with 1 or 2 theme nights. There was usually a choice which one had to make at breakfast of what you want for dinner. For each evening meal there was always a well stocked cold buffet of salads, cold meat cuts, prosciutto, cheese plus the waiters were always happy to order something special for our kids if they couldn’t find something they liked on the menu. Water was an extra – a bizzare arrangement – to extract an extra 3.5 EUR per 1 litre bottle when everything else was included in the price. Didn’t seem fitting for a hotel of this caliber. The food was always fresh, very well presented and extremely tasty. Breakfasts were a buffet with a very large selection of warm and cold breakfast things from fresh fruit to croissants, scrambled eggs, etc. The waiters were some of the nicest and most personal we have encountered in Europe. They chatted, joked with our kids, helped with the selections, were always ready to assist and really looked like they were enjoying what they were doing in a non forced way. The hotel owner, who would sometimes be found at the reception, on the other hand had a bit of a strict village school mistress attitude that contrasted with the friendliness and openness of the other staff.
Skiing wise Selva was one of the best places we’ve been with really varied opportunities for different abilities. We liked the runs from Dantercepies over to Colfosco best for the intermediate snowboarders in our group. The experienced skiers enjoyed the runs in Arraba best. Doing the Sellaronda was also great and the views are truly breathtaking.
The Sun Valley really stretched our budget – for our family of 4 we were paying 500 EUR per night in the highest season. Most other 4 star hotels in Selva were similar price but I think the facilities, food and service would be really quite hard to beat. If you go in summer or low season when the rates are better, the value would be really excellent.
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