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Hotel Galli
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Saroch 569, 23030 Livigno, Italy   |  
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Ranked #34 of 80 Hotels in Livigno
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“Don't be put off by previous reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

We stayed at Hotel Galli from 20th - 27th Feb in room 202 on a ski trip with Neilson on half board basis. We flew in to Brescia Airport. Unfortunately this involved a five hour transfer but did have stop at a services half way. We had lunch there on the way in and a very early breakfast on the way out and found the food to be very nice both times.

I was a little concerned by previous reviews of noise from Marco's Bar next door to the hotel but I'll get to that in a bit.

The hotel is a very good three star, everything was spotlessly clean and we always found all of the staff to be welcoming and friendly and always happy to help.

I thought our room was very good although from looking at the floor plans on the wall near the lift I would say our room was one of the smaller ones. Having said that it still had a king size bed, an arm chair, a large wardrobe (with free safe) and a desk. We also had a large balcony (shared with room 201). The bathroom was also very good with a large shower and a hairdryer.

I have some more to tell you about the hotel and the location but I probably ought to get the noise issue dealt with. From our experience, rooms, 201, 202 and possibly 208 faced Marco's Bar which is next door to the Hotel Galli, have a look in the photos section, it's not a great pic but I took one on my phone of the bar from our balcony and this will give you an idea of how close they are. I would think that this would also correspond to the floors below.
We found that we were only woken by people leaving the bar (around 2 am and around 4 am) if we had the windows open, which we did on the first night. This was because the central heating in the hotel seemed to be permenantly on high. Once we realised that we could turn our radiator off we didn't need to have the windows open and didn't get woken up. Despite all the moaning about this place, the bottom disco bit isn't much to write home about, we though that the more 'pub like' upper level was quite nice and we had a few drinks in there and a good lunch on one of the days.

We were really impressed with hotel restaurant, which is huge and also had bookings from people not staying at the hotel. There was a choice of couple of different starters, mains and desserts but you could also pay a little extra and choose from an a la carte menu. Drinks are not included in your half board though. Breakfast is good, a fair amount of choice but not much for those that like a cooked breakfast, mostly continental style.

The hotel has it's own locker room for boots, skis and snowboards which are also heated so we had lovely warm, dry boots to put on every morning. The door to this is at the lower side (rear) of the hotel (it's on a slope) though and as you are not allowed to go through the hotel with your equipment you do have a steep little side road to totter up and down (snowboarders will probably be ok but I struggled a bit in ski boots) to get in and out but it's literally two minutes. The front of the hotel is on the road that the free ski buses use and faces a short slope (about 20 metres) up to the bottom of the nursery slope. This has a magic carpet which takes you up to the bottom of slope 18 and it's drag lift. The buses are all pretty good and the hotel has a leaflet with the route map and times. Outside the front of Hotel Gali they are on a one way system so it is quite easy to navigate.

The 'Wellness Area' isn't bad, it has a sauna, steam room, and two individual jacuzzi bath things....which we didn't use as they wanted 10 euros each for them. The sauna was good, the steam room was a bit rubbish, wasn't really hot enough and they didn't use any essential oils with it so it had a bit of a stale water smell. You could also pay extra for massages but I'm not sure what they charged.

I found as a novice, not very confident skier, (my second trip) that Lavigno's slopes weren't all that great for me. The nursery slopes are very good but then I found that there was a big jump in the steepness of the higher blue slopes. I booked in to ski school and struggled on the day we left the nursery slopes. Most of the lessons start on the Carosello side of the valley and then go over to the long blue (7km) on the top of the opposite side (Mottolino). Probably for most people, it will be fine but as I'm not very confident I struggled a bit. Although the slope is wide, there are some steep bits. On the last day I found a very short blue next to the gondola going up to Carosello 3000 which was great to build up confidence. Anyone of intermediate standard will love it and you can't dispute that it is a very pretty valley. Having said all that, I thought the standard of lessons was still really good. They seemed to go to great lengths to give you tips to help you grasp the basic techniques with a lot of examples and explanations which when you are learning helped massively.

We also took part in a few excursions whilst we were there....the most memorable being skidoo driving on the frozen lake and a rather boozy but fun eveing at a piste side cafe called Tea Bork where you are towed up on the back of a skidoo and walk back down by torch light.

Oh, the hotel also has WIFI but it's charged for. With an iphone and a WIFI supported Blackberry we struggled to pick it up but there are internet points a few hundred metres up the road at Foto G.

I would certainly recommend it and would say that the transfer is worth it.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Potters Bar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

Stayed there for a week in half term, the staff were extremely helpful and kind very good with the children. The food was superb especially the evening meal which you choose from 3 starters mains and deserts (different every night). Great location 1 minute walk to ski school and slopes with bus stop right outside the hotel. Good fitness room although you have to pay for the jacuzzi which it dosen't tell you in the brochure. We had the attic room which was very nice although being 6ft i did wack my head a couple of times! Over all a supurb holiday fantastic Hotel and great sunny resort.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cumbria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

Initially we were put off by the transfer time from the airport, however the beautiful scenery and the half way stop meant that it really wasn't that bad. The hotel itself is lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful. The place was spotless and the food was great. as we had a child in our party we didn.t see much night life. daphnes was a good pub and so to was Marco's especially after a hard day on the slopes!! The hotel was close to Marco's but it did not keep us awake. Already booking for next year!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

Stayed here New Years, apartments are big and clean with all you need, its a great handy location. We were out late most nights so the noise wasn't a problem but if we weren't out partying I would have cried. Its so noisy only stay here if you plan on being out until 2/3am every night. New years Eve we went to bed at 3am music still pumping and blaring at 6am.
Food is nice here too, only for young party goers.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2008

Stayed in this hotel on B&B basis for a 1 week ski trip
The hotel rooms were lovely, some were a little small but all had everything you'd need for a ski holiday.
Breakfast was fine, nothing to complain or rave about, plenty of food available.
The hotel has a sauna and steam room free of charge available to guests and at a small charge available to guest in the Galli apartments. After a day's skiing these were perfect.
Hotel located opposite ski school and ski bus stop, very near a very good restaurant for lunch or evening meals. a small walk to some good pubs for the apres ski, but there are taxis available all over so it is not an issue if apres ski is your prioirty.
Overall great location for ski ing and a friendly family-run hotel in a great ski resort.

  • Liked — location, location, location and the sauna after skiing
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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dublin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2008

stayed there with a couple of friends and boyfriend, great location, less than one miute walk to ski school at life 18, shops and other bars. our room was directly above marcos bar, because the smokin area is not sound proof, i found it very difficlut to sleep before 1.30 am ( i am a very light sleeper), ended up with tissues in ear under my ear muffs!!
apart from noise i could not fault this accomadation, the sef catering apartment had everything one could need, would defintly stay again, just would requst a different room location.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Manchester, England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

We have just returned from a week in the Galli Apartments in Livigno Italy. These apartments are horrible, they are dirty and far too small. There was one wardrobe in the entire apartment for 4 people. There was one double bedroom and two matresses on the floor in the living area. The bathroom smelled like stagnant water and the electrics were dangerous.

The brochure states that 'due to their location above Marco's bar these apartments may be subject to some noise'. I have never before read SUCH an understatement!! We were kept awake every night until 4 am by the loudest music you have ever heard, and as if that wasn't enough we had drunken people trying to get into our room and banging the door down. There were people being sick on the entrance stairs (which are indoors) and the smell of smoke was repulsive.

We are a group of 4 snowboarders who like to spend all day on the slopes, enjoy some lively apres ski and then return for a good nights sleep in preparation for the day ahead - this was too lively for us.

There was a family with children in the apartment next to us who were also very unhappy with the accomodation. I can not believe that the brochure does not state that these apartments are unsuitable for children!

We have been to Livigno twice before and have always stayed in the La Gualt apartments which are lovely, just goes to show that you should stick with what you know!!

On a positive note, Livigno is a fantastic resort it always has plenty of snow, has a lovely atmosphere and plenty of nice hotels and restaraunts. Avoid the Galli Apartments, there are plenty of nice hotels in Livigno.

  • Liked — The closeness to the slopes
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Saroch 569, 23030 Livigno, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Sondrio > Livigno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Livigno
#23 Family Hotel in Livigno
#27 Romantic Hotel in Livigno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Galli 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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