This was our first visit to Cortina and we used Inghams to book the holiday. It was the first season for Inghams in this resort. We picked this hotel both for its central location and the price. It had a good location right in the town with the ski bus stop outside the hotel. The tour reps were unaware if the hotel had a ski store or not - it did have a very small one - but in general info from them was scarce. This may be because every other passenger on the transfer bus were staying in their other hotel, the Hotel Parc Victoria. (Inghams had created a special deal for the hotel, generous bar tabs, free wine, all English staff etc to attract groups of British tourists and were concentrating on developing that.)
The Majoni was quite expensive but it was mid-range priced for Cortina - we thought this was perhaps because it is a fairly prestigious resort. Having stayed in some really nice Austrian ski hotels for similar prices we assumed that we would get a pretty good hotel, but it is sadly in need of refurbishment and upgrading. The room we were given on the first night,102, was on the ground floor. It was dismal, tiny and the balcony views we had paid extra for, looked over the rear car park. The noise from the kitchen fan not only irritated us as we constantly turned over trying to get comfortable on the very hard bed, but it also drew in cooking smells into the room. The manager found us another room which was considerably better, slightly larger and with a fantastic view from the balcony on the first floor. There were also 3 double wardrobes which was great. It is clean and serviced regularly. Beds are large and if a firm mattress is preferred then you will certainly like these - not for us though.
The food is decidedly average. It is essentially a hot and cold buffet every night. The first night it was dried up and overcooked and our hearts sank at the thought of this for the week. Buffet quality did improve a little but was nothing special to look forward to. Breakfast was very limited, tinned fruit, yoghurt and cereal, bread rolls or tasteless white bread for toast.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful and did try very hard to ensure that we were attended to at all times.
We had very heavy snow when we were due to leave and Inghams asked us to join the other guests at the Parc Victoria hotel to wait for the transfers. We had our best evening meal of the week there - the downside to this hotel is that because of the Inghams offers it had attracted a large group of inconsiderate men who enjoyed themselves - very loudly for 10 hours non stop while we waited - so being in a hotel with large groups like this would not have suited our holiday requirements.
Skiing is nice in Cortina with great views and fabulous snow. One of the gondolas looked like a rusty old biscuit tin and after queuing for nearly 40 minutes we were squashed in with 50 others - we avoided the Tofana gondola station after that.
It is important that you find out as much as possible right at the beginning of the holiday to get the best from skiing and eating. Due to our lack of local knowledge we didn't really get around as much as we could have done. Others who bought ski instruction had learned from the locals of hidden gems as well as where best to go for lunch. Many of the on piste restaurants were again, decidedly average so coming off the slopes about 3pm we then found all restaurants we tried were closed in Cortina until 7 pm.
We did have a good time skiing and we went ice skating which was fun, but with the price we paid for the hotel we don't feel overall it was good value. We wouldn't recommend the Majoni and won't go to Cortina again.