Sestriere is a fantastic resort which offers everything a skiier needs to have a great experience. There is a good variety of runs in 6 locations all situated around Sestriere. Ski lifts are quick and there are few queues, there are also some button lifts but these are not lengthy and are well prepared.Hire costs of equipment are reasonable, as is a ski pass for 6 days. Cost of food and drink on the slopes is cheaper than going out in England, for example a hot lunch for a family of three on average is about 26 to27 Euros and this includes a soft drink or a coffee. (Coffees about 2 to2.5 Euros - and they make a good coffee!!)
We stayed in the Olympic Appartments and Booked our holiday through Crystal. We stayed in Block F like all Crystal paying guests and I would say that Crystal need to get their ACT TOGETHER! These appartments are adequate for what they provide but they are run down and shabby. The biggest problem with the appartments is that the main double bedroom backs on to a long, long corridor in Block F linked to an openstaircase. The corridor and staircase are like a funnel for all noise and what noise we experienced!! Unfortunately Crystal don't mind that their family groups are housed next to and among young party making, heavy drinking and night screaming Danish teenagers! We had to ask many a time for the yougsters to quieten down at 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 am in the morning with out much response . Only when I blew my top at 3.30am on the Wednesday and swore using four letter words did I get a reaction! Ofcourse I asked at reception for help - they send out a security guard but he is old and ineffective and as soon as he leaves an area the Danes are out again. Also in Block F you do get the music and noise from the Theatre where all discos and shows are held - an extra problem to cope with until about 12.30am.
My solution for anyone experiencing what we did is to mention that you have seen the reports about noise on Trip Advisoir when talking to the girls on reception and ask politely if they can get you another room in Block A, B or C. This is what we did on the Thursday because lack of sleep was ruining our holiday.
We were moved into a very nice room in Block C - and what a room.The room was exactly the same in shape and size as the room in Block F but the room had no holes in the wall, no cracked sink or leeking shower cabinet. The mattrasses were soft not hard and difficult to sleep on and the pillows were not stuffed with lumpy cotton wool they were soft. There was a flat screen TV, all the crockery and untensils were in place, there weren't broken coat hangers with nails sticking out. All in all, the room was an upgrade on what we had and maybe Crystal should demand that families who have paid a lot of money be located at this end of the building away from the noisey Scandinavians and where the rooms are comfortable. (Nobody knew who was in charge of the Danes - the teachers must have been drunk as well, or staying in a different hotel or maybe they we on there own.)
Are Crystal customers being placed this end of the complex in Block F because we are British and will put up will anything? Are we being placed in rooms that have already been wrecked by Scandinavians hence the high level of damage in rooms in Block F. We asked, before we left for Italy, via Crystal in the Uk for a quiet room - instead we experienced the noisiest nights ever on a skiing holiday.
Lets hope Crystal do something about the situation. Good luck if you have booked a room on this hotel and unfortunately read this afterwards. My advice demand to be moved - it's your only way to have a good holiday.
Demand to be placed in Block A, B or C.
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