I returned to Cortina, the undisputed 'jewel in the crown' of the Dolomites, again in Sep 2012. I looked no further than the wonderful Hotel Montana yet again as the best place to stay. I have noticed over the years I have been staying here that familiar faces, from all over the world, keep reappearing year after year in this fantastic hotel. There is a reason for this. The Hotel Montana has an unbeatable location within Cortina. Everything you could need for winter or summer adventure is within 200 metres of the front door!. The rooms are fantastic, unrealistically cheap, and the breakfast is great but again I must say that the best thing about the Montana is the wonderful staff. They are 'locals' so there is not much about the area that they dont know about, and if they dont...they will know someone who does!. During the summer the hotel is frequented by many professional climbers, hikers and via ferraterists who return here year after year. This makes for a fantastic 'networking' opportunity to learn more about the region, its climbs and hikes, as these people are always genuinely helpful if you ask. I have gained invaluable information this way. The reception/lounge area and cozy breakfast room are therefore a wonderful alpine information resource! I have no hesitation in recommending the Montana to anyone wishing to visit one of the most unique alpine regions in the world. I will definately be returning..