This is late summer time review - winter will be different! We came here 30 years ago for a quick visit and it has taken us this long to return. And it was worth it.
The hotel has stayed in the same family ownership and some of them of 30 years ago are still on the desk, now with grandchildren. In the meantime, the hotel has improved itself in all areas. The restaurant is now "haut cuisine" if expensive. They had 2 others ,one in town which is excellent and informal.
The quality of the cooking - the vegetable garden can be seen in the main garden and is really used - makes breakfast a wonderful experience every day. Fresh fruit salad and perfect pain au chocolat are highlights but even the bread is special as is the choice of local honey.
There is an amazing (free) spa on 2 levels with 2 pools so there is plenty to do in bad weather (we had none though) and treatments. Wifi is good and there is a PC to borrow if you forget your own.
The views to the glacier are breathtaking and we could see that from our bed in the morning. Bathrooms are a bit old fashioned perhaps but everyjhting works and lots of towels, slippers and bathrobes. We had a separate dressing room which allows you to keep your room tidier.
In summer, this hotel is about hiking and there are many great walks from the doors all well marked and supported by an excellent local map. In addition the hotel staff provide careful advice on what you might do, accurate times and even offer to take or fetch you from a place in the walk so you can save time. You can call for a ride in their unique "car" made for the hotel.
The hotel is decorated in "alpine" kitsch and works well as it is tasteful, appropriate in the village and clever.
Cogne is a large village with plenty of choice on places to stay but looks so much better than most Alpine villages which are really only aimed at winter sports and look bleak (and closed) in summer. The Alpine feel is preserved with traditional roofs - no concrete high rise here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bellevue Hotel & Spa, Relais & Chateaux, is located in front of the Gran Paradiso glacier in the beautiful meadows of Saint Orso. The intimate atmosphere of other times, the striking view of the larch forest and of the Gran Paradiso National Park, the refining gastronomy in the three renowned restaurants, the vast range of wines and the warm welcome fascinate even the most demanding guests. The rooms, some with Jacuzzi, fireplace and sauna are furnished with rare pieces of alpine antiques; the collection of old typical objects and the precious laces, pride of the local women, give to the Bellevue the cosy atmosphere of an elegant mountain house. The "Gran Paradiso Springs" is the wellness area of the Bellevue Hotel & Spa: 1.200 sqm of aquatic and wellness paths in the most beautiful Sant'Orso fields to combine the privilege of being in such a great alpine environment with the pleasure of bathing in our waters. Two swimming pools, with different jets, six types of saunas, two steam baths, a great saline cave, a wirthpool bath, a frosty space, a Technogym fitness area and several rest rooms are available free of charge the the hotel guests. Furthermore, a large range of treatments for face and body and numerous wellness paths are proposed. The Bellevue is part of the "Historical Italian buildings" and it has welcomed Royals, artists and actors who have chosen our hotel as their elegant alpine shelter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Hotel Cogne