This is a superb hotel. I frankly do not believe there is a better one in Selva, and without doubt it is the best hotel we've found on our many trips to a wide range of European ski resorts.
We visited the Aaritz in Feb 2011 as part of an Inghams package flying from Newcastle - Innsbruck. We were bowled over by the hotel, so much so that (for the first time ever) we went back to the same hotel again this year, going out of our way to get there, flying from Edinburgh when Inghams sadly dropped the Newcastle flight. We had half expected to be disappointed because we had such lovely memories from the previous year, but, no need to worry, everything was just as perfect!
The key to the success of this hotel is Susie, the owner. She works so hard to make sure everything is right. She is always in the reception area to greet guests and to deal with queries, and has collected together a team of the loveliest staff who are universally thoughtful and friendly. The staff were pretty well identical this year to last - probably a sign of a happy ship. Susie can come across as doing her round of the dinner tables as a professional must do without really getting to know guests personally. Maybe a fair comment, but she definitely does have guest's interests at heart at all times and on a couple of occasions has gone out of her way to assist us. As an example on one day we couldn't get the internet to work at the internet point. No problem. We were ushered through behind the reception desk and straight onto her own PC and to the required website in seconds. On our first visit we had a little wait for our coach for the return airport transfer and without even asking, as we sat in the reception seating area, Susie fixed up drinks and nibbles "on the house". No big thing maybe, but no drama and very thoughtful.
The food is stunning. The quantity is as much as you want - this much is true of most of the skiing hotels - but the quality is in a different class to what we have had at other similarly rated hotels, with meal after meal of superb quality. The sort of food you'd be delighted to be served in a high quality restaurant. Attention to detail is staggering given the number of meals that are served, and all delivered by highly personable waiters, that enhance the experience.
2012 saw the opening of the new spa area which is absolutely lovely and a great place to chill after a day on the slopes. We visited it each evening, then a gin and tonic in the bar - which comes with lovely canapes - by which time we were more than ready for the evening's culinary excellence in the restaurant.
On top of all this, the best placed hotel in Selva for the main Ciampinoi ski lift (directly across the road) and minutes from a small chair linking you in to the Dantercepies lift too.
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- Hotel Aaritz Val Gardena, Italy