We stayed at the Astoria for Christmas week through Thompson/Crystal ski package. As previously mentioned one of main advantages is location next to the ski lift taking you to one of the main hubs 'Plan Maison'. Rooms are not to every taste as ours was basic and very mustard in colour but bathroom is fine with good shower and loads of clean fluffy towels. Staff and cleaners are excellent always happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible and food is plentiful and very hearty. Wifi is free you just have to keep getting password from reception and we had already downloaded lots of tv so very handy as no English channels but you can use hdmi cable with your device to project your downloads. Staff really helpful and experienced - one of main assets of hotel and creates typically Italian atmosphere. Easy to nip into town for more bars shops etc and there is tasty little pizza outlet with deli next door just down steps towards town - great value for snacks and cheeses to take home as they're always open and happy to vacuum pack for journey home. Cervinia is very compact with stunning views and we hired skis direct from Nol Ski in town by the slopes as they were cheaper than Crystal and the service and gear is top class. You can take loads of easy runs from plan maison down to the main meeting point in town and then get main chair back up followed by Red 3 bis direct to the ski lift by the Astoria so no need to walk back up from the bottom in town - some guests only discovered this towards end of the week so good tip! First time for us skiing in Italy and there are masses of runs for the majority of abilities including over to Zermatt if weather and wind allows. We had couple of days when wind and poor vis stopped play (this made an interesting experience rocking around on the telecabine and then scary descent in gale force practically blind before they closed everything) but otherwise views and access is amazing with much less queues than France. Snacks and drinks were much cheaper too almost half of French prices so would recommend as great alternative. Snowfall and conditions generally were brilliant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located 20 meters from the Plan Maison Gondola and 50 meters from the resort centre.The hotel completely renovated in summer 2012 in a simple but functional way.Welcomes guest in a warm and familiar ambience, offering spacious public areas: rstaurant, bar , reading room, pool room, ski room private parking and a large terrace from where you can admire a 180° view of the impressive Grandes Murailles chain and whereyou can enjoy a glass of local wine accompanied by salami from Valtournenche.We offer Typical Aostan dishes and also internation food.Free Wi Fi in all areas.The 26 standard rooms completely renovated and elegantly furnished (many of wich are adjoining), all have bathroom with shower, bathtub, telephone and tv-sat.if you are looking for comfort and total relaxation or a holiday with the family we have 4 suites available on the 3rd floor with beautiful balconies and a spectacular view on the valley or ski slopes.Each one has a large double bedroom and a living room with 2 more beds, a spacious bathroom, tv.sat., telephone and mini bar. ... more less