Having read Matiaspj's review, I was somewhat apprehensive before our stay at the Bellevue in February 2013. But while I would agree that the Bellevue is certainly not among the best hotels, it is not as bad as that – and it has some good points.
We found the location very good. Originally we had hoped to stay right next to the Belvedere/Pecol lift (the main lift and the only one in the town of Canazei) but I was glad that we didn't. The area around the lift is not so cosy and very much the typical "circus" of ski tourists, noise and ski rental places. The Bellevue is not far away but a couple of streets further up next to the church and in a much more charming location. The quaint "ski shuttle train" stops literally outside the door of the Bellevue and stops every 10 minutes max., and then it's just a 5 minute run down the hill to the lift. It was quicker and much more convenient than walking. It was the same guy who drove it every single day and he was really cheerful and helpful every time. When we came back at the end of the day, the forest piste (Piste de Bosco) was a very long and wonderful run down to Canazei and then it was only a short walk downhill to the Bellevue. Even a very short walk in ski boots is best avoided, but it really wasn't a problem. For the location alone, I would probably choose the Bellevue again.
The rooms in the hotel are fairly basic. No doubt about it. We were a group of 10 and had 3 rooms on the top (4th) floor – one double room and two family rooms with a wide double bed and bunk beds. All three rooms had balconies.
Our family rooms was a bit more spacious than the other family room and thus had a bit more floor space to move around. However, our bathroom was rather terrible compared to the other family room. They had a new multiple-function closed-in shower unit – ours just had a curtain that would not close over properly. Somehow the water managed to stay reasonably well inside the shower area but it wasn't a great shower. I love a nice long shower after a long day of skiing, and I wished for a better shower. The water, though, was always nice and hot. The décor of the bathroom was old and worn and very basic. At least there was a hairdryer and thus electricity for our own appliances.
Our rooms were all 'standard', not the 'prestige' type, so I can only describe the standard rooms. They were basic, but spacious enough and clean enough. I have certainly seen nicer rooms in 3-star places but I've seen worse too. The décor in the double room was newer and nicer than in our family room. The double beds were wide and the mattress comfortable enough. However, it is always hard for us Scandinavians to do without proper duvets… Here we had to make do with the sheet and blanket variety. But the rooms were always very warm in the evening and at night, so we stayed warm enough.
We all had balconies. Ours was in the gable/end wall of the building, not particularly nice but quite big. There were no chairs to sit on or anything else that would make you want to use the balcony, which is something we usually like doing (having a drink there when we get back from skiing if the weather is nice). The balconies in the other two rooms were in the actual roof and quite small, again with no chairs or anything. the balconies being in the roof, the doors/windows to the balconies were very low and so you couldn't actually look out the window while you were standing up in the room. (We didn't have this problem in our room).
We had 4 electrical sockets in our room – one in the bathroom, two that were used for the bedside lamps and one in the wall. One more in the wall would have been nice. But we had brought a multiple plug from home, which is always a good idea when four people are travelling, each with rechargers for mobile phone, cameras, laptops etc.
By the way, we knew beforehand that there was no internet in the room, only in the common area and for payment, but most of us didn't need it on a skiing holiday. One in our group had to do some work on her laptop and she did say that the connection (in the common area) was very slow.
We found the level of cleaning OK. The rooms were cleaned every day and we got lots of clean towels (OK quality) every day. There were no glasses or cups that we could use for example for our tooth brushes in the bathroom and when we asked for some, they gave us very thin plastic cups that were useless for that purpose… But this was a small issue. We found the staff generally nice and willing to assist. The guy in reception seemed a rather odd person, but not unfriendly. Ordering coffees and drinks in the reception bar could be a challenge as the staff spoke/understood little English, but we tend to take things like that with a smile and as something to laugh about and we always got what we wanted in the end.
Then the restaurant… Generally we found the food and the staff acceptable. Breakfast was OK but certainly nothing special. Loads of sweet things (very sweet croissants and doughnut-type cakes) and bread that was a bit on the dry side, except for the baguette (if you were lucky to get it!) Dinner was variable. Some things were nice – we found their pasta dishes generally quite good – and other things less so (cooked meet and potato-type dishes). There was always a salad bar which was quite nice. One in our group is a coeliac, and the staff did their best to cater for her. They asked her the first day to buy gluten-free pasta in the supermarket nearby, which we thought was rather strange, but she did this – and they cooked dishes specially for her with the gluten-free pasta. And when we noted "coeliac" on her orders from day to day, they always changed the standard dish so that she could eat it. Again, we had some trouble communicating in English with the restaurant staff but they tried their best and were friendly and smiling. Such things only adds to the charm of being abroad, and it didn't bother us in the least.
The ski room was a disaster… Very small and nearly impossible to sit in comfortably putting on your ski boots. There was a separate room for the skis that was just big enough and a corridor with a wall with some very rickety plastic shelves where you put your boots. There was only one small drying rack where you could hang your boots upside down – with only room for about 6 pairs of boots. The room was warm so our boots were actually dry every morning, but a very poor quality ski room it was. Probably the worst I've ever seen. But once out the door, the ski shuttle train stopped right outside, so we managed.
The day we checked out of the hotel (Saturday) we weren't leaving Canazei until evening time so we spent the day skiing. We were given the "fitness room" to leave all our baggage in, change our clothes etc., and we more or less had this to ourselves. We had hoped that we would be able to shower in the evening before we left but had not counted on it. So we were pleasantly surprised that we could simply use the spa room which was right next to the fitness room. There was no one else there and two very nice multiple-function shower units, and we all had a nice long shower before we were due to leave.
Of other guests staying there we met Danes, Swedes, Dutch and Russians. We encountered no rowdiness or any other unpleasantries from anyone.
To sum up, although the Bellevue is not a very memorable hotel, it is reasonably OK. Canazei is a fantastic skiing area and we hope to go there again next year, and it is very likely that we'll stay at the Bellevue again because it suited most of our needs and the location suited us very well. There are definitely things that could be better, but nothing that seriously annoyed us.
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