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.
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- Also Known As:
- Galli Hotel Livigno