I was first told about the Roseo Hotel on a flight to Monaco. I asked the couple sitting next to me for a good ski hotel close to the Riviera. They wholeheartedly recommended this hotel & Sestriere as it was close and top notch both for skiing and for accommodation. So, even before I looked it up on the web, the positive reviews started coming...
But are the copious positive reviews on Tripadvisor justified? Read on and as always, I will give you the honest truth....
This hotel isn't really 5 stars. You know that as it only has 2 types of rooms, and no suites. When you first arrive, there isn't a doorman to help you lift your ski bags. Furthermore, you notice little signs of simplicity like the basic all-weather carpeting & the basic room furniture. And when you go for your meals, you notice it's buffet style with everyone piling in at the same time (half board is the norm here).
Yet, soon enough, you will discover that all the simplicity makes sense. The furnishings are weatherproof for obvious reasons, the decor gives the hotel a "mountain-lodge" feel, and the buffet is marvelous! Everything is practical but everything works! Here is a summary:
Decor: practical mountain lodge interspersed with Italian style
Rooms: relatively basic but tastefully decorated with all the necessities (check out the jacuzzi!)
Pool: large though packed with kids but has nice communal jacuzzi next to it
Spa & Gym: new Technogym equipment and adequate; didn't try massages
Parking: 40 covered spaces for only Euro 10 a night and around 20 outdoor spots
But.. food and service deserves a special mention.. the food is superb! I am not a fan of buffets but here the buffet was plentiful and constantly replenished. I spoke to a family that stayed here for 2 weeks and the choices were different every night! There is something to suit everyone's tastes from freshly cooked pasta, to meats, to fish to fresh salads. And.. red/white wine is free flowing (a delight for us Brits!).
As for service, it's efficient and friendly. Though there isn't a doorman or valet, once you enter you meet staff that are friendly, helpful and well-trained. Benedetta, Martina and Dino at reception are very professional and the manager of the restaurant is excellent! There is also an efficient van shuttle service that picks you up within 5 minutes anywhere in town. But you don't really need to use it as this hotel is virtually ski in/out (just walk up the slope outside & you're on the slope.. and ski back too!).
So all in all, the positive reviews are spot on! There are a few niggles like the poor wifi reception (esp on the top floor & in restaurant/bar), limited free parking (they shouldn't let the public park outside but only guests), and access to ski room (steep bare steps.. not good for ski boots).... but hey, nothing is perfect in life!!
PS: as for skiing in Sestriere, it's very good - equivalent to Verbier. Just don't try to get to France as it will take you a long time on chairlifts (& not covered by ski pass, unless you only have a daily one)
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