This is a superb hotel for families, couples and groups of friends alike. We stayed there for a week from 25th Feb to 3rd March and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
I’ll start with the skiing aspect, as I imagine that’s what most people go to Sauze for. The hotel itself is actually a 15 minute walk from the centre of town and the bottom of the slopes, HOWEVER do NOT let this put you off! The hotel runs its own private minibus service for guests. I’m not just talking about a shuttle bus either that transports to and from the bottom of the slopes at the end of the day. The driver is an Italian guy called Gigi who is on call from 8am to 11pm every day – all you have to do is ring him and he will pick you up or take you wherever you want to go (as long as it’s in Sauze!). Effectively, this is better than being in a hotel a short way from the bottom of the slopes. Gigi will also take you down into town if you’re going out in the evening. Essentially, it is a free taxi service! Gigi’s idiosyncracies and the Abba tape on loop in the minibus are highly entertaining and add to the service.
Rooms: very comfortable, warm, and a decent balcony (standing only). Only criticism would be the shower is a bit small.
Food: Decent Contintental breakfast, but we loved the help-yourself toastie machine. Evenings – 4 courses will not leave you hungry by the end! Soup and antipasti buffet, followed by a starter (eg. Gnocchi) then a meat-based main course and finally a dessert.
Restaurant, room, bar and reception staff are multilingual (I heard English, Italian, French and German) and very friendly. The owner is a really nice guy with plenty of advice on skiing etc.
One hour’s free wifi, thereafter it’s 5 euros for a week. Hotel bar is decent with Sky TV (all the English sport channels you could wish for).
That’s it for the hotel, Sauze and the MilkyWay is a thoroughly enjoyable region to ski, if a little easy for advanced skiers. Places for après-ski and going out in town: Go to La Grotta in the main square! 2,50 euros for a pint at happy hour (4.00-6.30pm), outside seating is brilliant to catch the afternoon sun and decent inside too with free bar snacks and decent music (they take requests). But most importantly, they serve the best beer in town: Löwenbräu, the stuff they serve at Oktoberfest. Paddy McGinty’s Irish pub is good for watching sport but the beer is not a patch on La Grotta. Across the road from Paddy’s is called Miravallee or something and has a decent club downstairs.
Transport to Sauze is only an hour from Turin airport by coach, or alternatively the nearest train station is Oulx, a 5 minute drive from Sauze.
Anyway, stay at Gran Bosco! The shuttle service and Gigi alone are worth it! And that's before the food and accommodation.
- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Gran Bosco Italy/Province Of Turin
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel of new construction in the area of Grand Villard, is located about 900 meters from the center of the village. Completely surrounded by greenery in panoramic position, overlooking the entire valley. It offers 40 rooms furnished in alpine style, all with private bathrooms, some are equipped for wheelchair users. A small wellness area with sauna and jacuzzi awaits the customer who wants to relax in a serene atmosphere. During the winter season offers its own shuttle service to/from the slopes. Free outdoor parking. ... more less
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