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“One of the best ski hotels ever”
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Hotel Aaritz
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“One of the best ski hotels ever”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

My wife and I have long wanted to ski in the Dolomites but year after after, the snow wasn't that good. This year there were feet and feet of snow and we decided it was time to fulfill our Dolomite dream. When choosing a hotel, we looked at at a lot of reviews on Trip Advisor and finally decided that the Aartiz was the place to stay. We totally concur with all of the excellent reviews given by previous guests. We have stayed in many ski hotels in the US and Europe and the Aartiz was far and away the best. From the warm welcome by Susy, the owner, to the friendliness of the staff, to the comfortable, updated rooms, to the incredible food, to the wonderful bar, the hotel is outstanding. There are so many other reasons to like this hotel. The spa area is wonderful, and unlike the hotels we've stayed in in Austria, you're not subject to a lot of unattractive middle aged people parading around in their birthday suits. Sure there is an area where people take off their suits for the sauna and steambath, but it's not something you have to look at or join in. The spa also has a hot tub that is truly hot, something we have rarely found in Europe, where most whirlpools would be better called lukewarm tubs. Susy was also flexible on arrival. Many (if not most) European ski hotels insist on one-week stays with a Saturday or Sunday arrival and departure. In our case, Susy readily accommodated us with a Thursday to Saturday (9 day) stay.

The hotel's location is outstanding: it's directly across from the principal gondola leading to the counter-clockwise tour of the Sella Ronda. A chairlift leading to the Sella Ronda in the other direction is a five minute walk. It's not exactly ski-in, ski-out but it's pretty close. You can ski within 50 feet of the hotel from whichever direction you arrive. I could go on-and-on but just will add just a few more comments. One: Italy is truly a non-smoking country. People do not smoke in restaurants and bars. Except for a little lingering smoke from staff who smoke in the back reaches of the hotel, the hotel is smoke-free. When we stayed in Austria a year ago, the hotel was smoke free but smoking was permitted in common areas and permeated the whole hotel and the mountain restaurants were often smoky, too. Two: the hotel provides wireless internet at no extra charge, which is great, but it kept dropping off and we would have to constantly log in again. That was a bit frustrating. Three: this last item is totally out of the hotel's control, but one of the disadvantages of the hotel's central location is that all the drunks getting out of the town's bars at 2 am walk right by the hotel and are not quiet about it. The hotel's windows are thick, so if you keep your window shut it drowns out most of the noise. We like to sleep with the window open, but just couldn't do it there. The upside to all the drunks is that while they are sleeping it off, if you're on the lift when it opens, the first hour or two on the slopes tends to be fairly quiet.

Finally, the skiing: the Dolomiti Superski region is huge. It extends for miles and miles and miles. Someone told us the ski pass is valid for over 450 lifts. Besides the Sella Ronda, which is a famous (and very crowded) ski-on tour that takes several hours and goes around a mountain range, there are all sorts of lift-linked valleys to explore. The lifts are generally very modern high speed chairs, gondolas and tramways. The whole time we were there, we only waited 5 minutes for a lift one time. The only slight downside to all those good lifts is that European ski mountains are laid out very differently from those in North America. Most lifts have only one or two runs down from the top, which means that the popular runs tend to be more crowded and that by midday, they are often totally chopped up, especially if the snow is soft, as it was during our late-March visit. Still, the beauty and variety of the area make up for these slight downsides and the Aartiz will do its best to make you as comfortable as possible.

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Having stayed at the Aaritz twice, it just gets better. The new spa and health area is outstanding as is the food and the friendliness of Suzy and her staff. It's not cheap but it certainly is value for money. Nothing is too much trouble: even with the extensive choices in the menu, if you don't fancy something, they will offer an alternative. Its location, almost opposite the Ciampinoi gondola is perfect, too.

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Leeds
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Spent a weeks skiing in Selva (16th - 23rd March 2013), I read the reviews before leaving and just hoped the Aaritz lived up to high expectations - it did and to be honest until you visit this perfect hotel you won't believe the comments. So where to start? The location is exceptional opposite the main cable car out of the village (so if 30 metres hobbling in ski boots is enough its a perefct location). Shops, Bars and Restaurants are equally short distance either side of the hotel. Not that you'll need a restaurant as the food provided as part of half board is fantastic. Buffet breakie and 3 course evening meal plus buffet salad and desert bars with massive choice and of a high standard. The staff must be mentioned as they are like one big family run by the perfect host (Suzy). The facilities are exceptional from the comfortable rooms, lounge, bar and TV snug areas, dinning room with views of the ski slopes back into the village and the newly refurbished (to a stunning standard) swimming pool and spa. Rooms to both front and back of the hotel have balconies and mountain views. As previously said 5 out of 5 in not enough, 10 out of 10 sounds better. We will return, and I will not bother looking else where in the Dolomites this hotel has everything you need. (PS - also note the Dolomite Superski 6 day area pass covering 1200km costs only £171 - 194 euros at rate of only1.13 euros to £1) which is also unbelievable value, we've skiied in French Alps x8, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy x3 and Canada x2 and never found better value and the Dolomites are by far more attractive as well!!). Thank you hotel Aaritz and all your staff you where exceptional.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

This is our 2nd time at the Aaritz and its only getting better! Not that the 1st time wasn't EXCELLENT now even more.... The hotel,the staff, the rooms,the food,the spa.... And of course the one and only Suzy who runs this place to PERFECTION.... Outstanding hospitality, 3 star Michelin food - even better as everyone is smiling! In a way I didn't want to write a review so this place can be available for me whenever I wanted ;-)....and keep this precious gem quietly yet when u've experience another great ski trip at such an excellent place u can keep it quiet! Thank you Suzy again for your Wonderful hospitality... We will defiantly come again..se u next yr! Btw, the hotel is right in front of the ski lift which makes it convenient, the ski room is spacious, the whole spa/ pool area was just renovated and is absolutely perfect, suit couples, family....

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Just returned from staying at the Aaritz . Booked the hotel after reading the reviews . Easily the best skiing hotel we have stayed at. The staff were warm and friendly, they remembered your names, you never had to ask for your room key,nothing was too much trouble.
The menu and food, both at breakfast and dinner was excellent, plenty of choice.
It`s the little touches that stand out, Great cake at apre ski, canapés before dinner. Clean towels morning and night, bath robes and slippers provided in your room, all done very unobtrusively.
The spa area was excellent.
The Hotel was a credit to Suzy and her staff . Will definately return.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We've just spent a week at the hotel. During our transfer, we spoke to two other couples who were returning to the hotel, and we really experienced why they've done this. We've stayed at 5 star central London hotels and they don't come anywhere close to the high standard of accommodation, service, attention to detail and quality of food that this place offers. From the owner, Suzy, downwards, all staff take customer service to the highest level that we've ever experienced anywhere in the world. We will find it hard to have an experience as good as this at any other hotel, so we are already discussing our return trip. Many thanks to all the staff.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

A group of us recently stayed at the Aaritz for the second time and were again delighted with the service, facilities and food. The staff make this a great place to stay, they are all very friendly and can't do too much to help with any queries or problems that might arise. The rooms are comfortable, the food excellent and the spa is a great place to relax at the end of the day. The hotel is also ideally situated for the lifts, the tourist office and the shops and bars. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Selva.

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Property: Hotel Aaritz
Address: Strada Meisules 229, 39048, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy
Region: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Val Gardena > Selva di Val Gardena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#13 Spa Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#23 Family Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#25 Romantic Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Aaritz 4*
Number of rooms: 39
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