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“One marvellous week at Hotel Tyrol.”
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Hotel Tyrol
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Florence, Italy
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“One marvellous week at Hotel Tyrol.”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

My family and I spent a full week at the Hotel Tyrol. And what a week that was!
From the very moment of check-in procedures, all the way to check-out, the hotel staff (receptionists, waiters, cleaning staff, etc…) has treated us like family and made the experience at staying at the hotel quite memorable.
The food was excellent and provided many options for all tastes.
The rooms were clean and well fitted.
The spa offers all kinds of relaxation and there again the staff made sure to pamper us from massages to beauty treatments.
The surroundings (Val Gardena) is one of the most beautiful mountain spots I have ever experienced (and that is a Swiss citizen writing here, enough said) and offers walking opportunities for all ages.
Our stay at the Hotel Tyrol will not soon be forgotten, and we are hopeful that we can return soon.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

This was our first visit to the Dolomites. And I was very impressed. The scenery is much more dramatic than the Austrian Tyrol where we usually go. However, it was also much busier. Selva Val Gardena is a through road to two passes, so there is constant traffic. And not just cars - on the narrower walking paths, you are continually having to step aside for oncoming walker traffic.

Arriving via Verona airport was a pain. What should have been a 2.5 hour trip took four hours on a jammed motorway. But at the end you ascend the Grodner valley and go up and up and up until Selva.

The Tyrol looked impressive and the receptionist had good English and was immediately helpful, offering drinks and porter.

Surprisingly, there was no folder of hotel information in the room, so it took us until half way through the week to discover that a fee of 8 euros bought hotel wide wifi access for your entire stay. The bad news is there is a large building being constructed immediately behind the Tyrol. There was very little noise, but it ruined the view from the back balcony and you would not want a room at the back of the hotel. Fortunately, we were on a corner and had two balconies. Though this second balcony was on a fire escape route, so it had an open staircase at one end which seemed to be the main access for the hotel staff. No problem - we just said hello to all the waiters several times a day.

The Tyrol had four stories. We were on the second, which put us a bit above ground level, mainly looking at other hotels perhaps forty meters away. But there were mountains peeping over their shoulders and enough sky for a pleasant vista. Beware that below us ( Rooms beginning with 4.. ) they were built into the ground and basically the sitting out area seemed to be in a concrete trench with very limited outlook. All the evening sun seemed to be at the front of the hotel.

The room was large ( 30 sq mtrs ) and kept very clean by an enthusiastic housekeeping staff. We were surprised the first night to find that there was a turndown service leaving a chocolate heart on the pillows. More than ample cupboard space and the invaluable safe. There was a small fridge in a cabinet but I could never coax it into sufficient chilling to offer a drink that was actually cold.
The bathroom was very good. Spacious and modern. Two shower heads ( overhead and more powerful wall-mounted.) There was a short bath, which was deep and allowed just enough room to immerse the legs straight out when in an sitting position.
All windows were electronically shuttered and the evening turn-down lowered the shutters for you. This tended to make the room stuffy and overly warm. As did the too-thick for summer downies. But it certainly kept the morning light from waking you too early.

We were in a annex block, and access was down a stair, walk by the underground swimming pool and spa, then up two stairs. Lifts were available. We later figured out that we could unlock the door of our accomation unit by pressing a wall button on the inside, or offering our chipped room card externally.

I noted that tripadvisor reports for this hotel claimed exceptional food. Yes! The food was wonderful. Do note that half course can be requested or whole courses skipped. Otherwise take your time - a five course meal is quite a lot to fit in.

A fine feature of this hotel is the Gala dinner. Twice in the week, tables in the hall groaned with delicacies and free Prosecco was dispensed with a generous hand. An hour spent at this counted as one course of the five course dinner. The wait staff were very friendly and apologised for our initial table by the door and offered us a move to a better one as soon as any were free. No need to ask.

We were slightly irritated by a charge of 2 euros per night for a large jug of tap water on the table. Wine was very expensive. House wine 24 euros. No carafes. By the glass 3.5 euros. When exhausted after the first days walking, I made the tactical error of letting the wife go shopping alone for a wine to sip on the balcony, I discovered to my surprise that even 2.98 euros in the local Spar purchased a Sicilian wine that seemed as good anything else we were drinking.

Strangely, coffee or tea is not offered at the end of the meal. Note there is an extensive dessert buffet if you don't fancy what is on the menu. When possible the waiters took note of choices for the evening meal at breakfast to ease the work of the kitchen.

Breakfast was a very ample buffet. For hot, they offered eggs - scambled or boiled, even fried if you asked. And a little Speck, or bacon. However, I never managed to get it cooked long enough so eventually gave up and used the cold options. Practically speaking, you eat very little at breakfast or lunch, so overwhelming is the evening banquet.
We were with Inghams and got a free packed lunch every day. This was a cheese roll, a ham roll and an apple. No drink.

The waiters were very good, but there seemed to be no place to leave a generic tip and as the waiters constantly changed through the week, it's not clear who to tip or when.

There was a nice outside sitting area on the sunny side with blankets, but we left that to the smokers. Numerous seats were dotted about the lawn as well. I felt that the hotel was very well staffed and run with excellent facilities. There was unfailing courtesy and cheerfullness.

The Val Gardena cards ( from the Tourist office) were a great buy. You need to spend 12 euros a day to clear the cost and that is easily done. It made it quite relaxing to choose routes.
We were here for the walking and that was stunning.

Every day we ascended and marveled at how easily astounding views came to hand. Just be careful you don't over-extend unless you are a keen Alpine walker. The maps have three grades of walk. A solid line means a path that a golf buggy could follow and is easy strolling. A dashed line means uneven footing and narrow requiring constant attention to the feet. A dotted line could mean a descent of steeper than 45%. These grade of paths are not distinguished on the sign posts so it is essential to have a map and know how you are going to get to somewhere, rather than just following sign posts.

As the dominant features of the landscape are immense, you do tend to be looking at the same thing over and over again, just from a different angle! But we never tired of it.

Selva

The Danterceptes gondola takes you up to the Gardena pass. Not much there except a chairlift down to the road or a daunting route through the cliffs.
The Cimiano gondola is much more useful, but do beware it is on a knoll and there is a four hundred foot climb at the end of the day if you return by this route.

The Dolomites passes bus will take you up the Sella pass to the coffin lifts. These are not to be missed. Quite extraordinary. Two person standing gondolas into which you are packed with dispatch and locked in for a very steep ascent coastin g low over the slope to a tiny notch/pass in the mountain. Then we took the walk down the other side which was like descending into a volcano. Arid and very steep. Never seen anything like it. Like something out of Lord of the Rings. Must be one of the great walks of the world, but as the first section is “dotted” on the map, not for vertigo sufferers.

As you come back around the mountain back to Selva do note that the Italians will quite happily scramble over the scree below the cliffs, but a much easier path is available if you pay attention rather than following the herd.

St Ulrich

The red gondola up from St Ulrich took you to the largest upland Alpine pasture in the Alps. Endless easy strolling with great views in the distance.

There is a two stage gondola system taking you up Seceda. First timers were gob-smacked when they walked out of the station and saw the view. Rambling round the bowl in the hills and down to the valley was a very fine days walking. Regensberger hut gained the accolade for best Apfel Strudle of the holiday.

We expected hassle from mountain bikes on the easier routes, but they were very few in number. The busses are every ten minutes at critical periods and busy. we had thought we might walk home on the railway path between the villages each day, but there is quite a change in altitude between the villages, and the busses are a much more practical.

Would I go again - Oh Yes.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

The was our first hotel of a two centre holiday, the second being The Maximillian in Malcesine on Lake Garda. The staff were extraordinarily friendly and helpful at the Tyrol. The waiting staff courteous, attentive, thoughtful and professional at all times. The Wellbeing staff were absolutely brilliant as well as being courteous and we were so pleased that we had our massages/haywrap. WE thought well worth the money. On Sunday and Thursday evenings a musician was brought in to give added atmosphere and the staff appeared to be thrilled when we decided to dance to the music. The food was amazing and cooked to perfection. Our room was well appointed and had a sitting area. Our bathroom was checked twice a day to see if we needed new towels; their decision not ours. The view from the balcony overlooked the mountains and the village and the location was close enough to the centre to easily walk there after dinner, but far enough away to not be disturbed by discos etc.

We didn't have enough time in Selva to see all we wanted to so will we go back - Oh yes, next year and for two weeks and most definitely to the Tyrol hotel.

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the village
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeenshire , Scotland
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

The hotel sits in a fantastic scenic location. The rooms were spacious and clean,. The service was exceptional, and the food was out of this world. The pool and spa facilities were very good. I will return to this hotel for a holiday without doubt. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms to the front give excellent views down the valley Whereas rooms to the side give excellent vie...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Logrono, Spain
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130 reviews
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

The owner family is one of the best assets of the hotel.
Hotel facilities are really good, large rooms, relaxing spa, nice cooking and friendly staff.
20 mts to the lifts (good to return back to the hotel; no so good when starting the day as you take the lift, walk, take another lift, walk and take the final chair lft).
Higly recommendable

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Milano
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

a) perfect location, right in the village, practically ski in -sky out
b) great view on the most beautiful mountains on the planet
c) beautiful rooms, not massive but with everything you need
d) "at your service attitude"
e) TOP class SPA with swimming pool, sauna(s),steam baths
f) last but not least excellent restaurant. The dinner (included in the rate) was consinstently "Michelin guide" level (and indeed, the restaurant is listed there...)

All in all, great value for our money and great time there!

Room Tip: Get the ones with mountain view! A no-brainer.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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nyc
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

I was first introduced to the beauty of Val Gardena back in the late 60's when my Army ski club made ski trips to the area.I brought my twin daughters here when they were 8 and put them in the Selva Gardena ski school.Came back the following year and again their freshman year of college.My recent trip was the first leg of a Munich,Venice and Oberammergau 10 day trip and my first trip to this little piece of heaven when it wasn't covered in a blanket of snow.We chose the Hotel Tyrol because many years ago a local ski instructor told me the Tyrol had the best food in Selva.We made The Tyrol the first stop on our trip as they close in early October until the first week in December when the ski season begins.The hotel Tyrol didn't disappoint.The rooms were large,spotless with a balcony that offered fantastic views of this beautiful town.The food and service were impeccible with multi choice 5-6 course delicious dinners and more than adequte continental breakfasts as part of the half pension..I just can't rave enough about the quality,presentation and service the Tyrol staff offers it's guests.It's ashame Americans have never discovered this area both in winter and summer...as close as I'll get to paradise...a must visit!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Tyrol
Address: Strada Puez 12, 39048, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy
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Region: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Val Gardena > Selva di Val Gardena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#4 Luxury Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#6 Spa Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#10 Family Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
#10 Romantic Hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Tyrol 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alpine Style: The Tyrol Hotel is an experience in itself The idyllic scene impresses. A life amidst the impressive surroundings of the Gardena Dolomites, the green pastures, the dazzling mountain lakes and shady forests at the foot of the Sella and Sassolungo ... all this is reflected in the nature of its inhabitants. It is this uniqueness that we would like to share with our guests. After its opening in1996 the Tyrol Hotel set new standards for the valley - in comfort, in aesthetics and in elegance. The hotel was built in the traditional Gardena style in which wood, being a natural and traditional building material and design element, plays a main role. The custom-made 50 rooms in elegant, cozy Gardena style were inspired by the fluctuations within the wonderful nature that surrounds us. Untreated wood becomes a design product. Elaborate floor plans, warm colors, luxurious fabrics are combined with modern, contemporary furnishings. The large windows and balconies bring the splendor of the landscape into the bright rooms. All this for your precious holiday. We want you to feel extremely comfortable at the Tyrol Hotel. Elegance, warmth, finesse in all rooms: elaborately decorated solid wood at the entrance, in the halls and lounges, precious stones and mosaics in the spa area, elegantly designed outdoor patios and surrounding grounds. Lots of space for body and soul. ... more   less 
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