We spent five nights at the Sporting Hotel Villa Blu in February 2014. We booked late in the season so our options were limited.
The hotel is located on a small winding lane, about 1200 feet off the main road. Our GPS did not know it, and we had some difficulty finding it. I wish I had printed out the map with its location before we left.
Breakfast was standard continental buffet, with cooked eggs, sausages and bacon, cold ham, cheese, bread and yoghurt. A welcome plus was the fresh squeezed orange juice.
During our stay, the hotel restaurant was closed for dinner; the hotel notified us of this closure before our arrival and offered to let us cancel without charge.
The week before we arrived, the area was hit by a massive snowfall. While roads were cleared mostly cleared, large sections of ice remained and the sidewalks were covered by 3+ feet of snow. This made walking treacherous, so “going to town” meant driving … and parking.
We opted for the suite, with living room and balcony and were happy we did because it was “cozy.” Anything smaller would have been tight. The balcony was small and uninviting, as the neighboring room’s window opened onto it. From the balcony, we looked at a very large tree. The bed seemed comfortable but neither my wife or I was able to complete a full night of sleep.
Service at the front desk was uneven. One manager was quite helpful and knowledgeable. Another manager did not believe that hot water kettles were available. I had to bring down my laptop and show him it advertised on their website before he called for one.
Overall, Villa Blu was adequate but I would try another hotel on our next trip to Cortina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a large spruce forest a 2-minute drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Boutique Hotel Villa Blu offers Alpine-style rooms with satellite flat-screen TV and a DVD player. It features a large park and panoramic views of the Ampezzo Dolomites from its rooftop terrace. Rooms at the Villa Blu are all en suite with carpeted floors and wooden furniture. Most rooms have a balcony, while others have a terrace with mountain views. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries. A traditional a-la-carte restaurant and a snack bar are available on site. Local food, both sweet and savoury, is served daily in the buffet breakfast. Eggs and fresh orange juice can be requested too. The property is conveniently located 800 metres from central Cortina, and there is a shuttle bus servicing Cortina and the local ski areas. Private parking is free on site, and an airport shuttle is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Villa Blu Cortina Italy