We have just returned from another wonderful holiday. This was our fourth time staying here and intend to re book for next year. Our first trip four years ago was with Crystal but since then we have booked direct with the Hotel and sorted our own flights and car hire. This worked best for us but also spoke to some very happy crystal customers whilst there.
We booked a two bedroomed apartment for 6 although there were only four of us but then saves using the sofa bed. The apartments are massive and very clean. We dont usually cook as we llike to try different resturants and there are some lovely ones in the town which is a ten minute walk up hill but it is bearable even when its snowing! however we do usually like to go down to breakfast, there is a very large selection in self service style but be warned if there are eggs and bacon available at the same time then you have timed it right! The bar area is great for a quick beer or two after skiing or before heading out they sell some very strong lager or carlesberg for 4euros for a large one (just under a pint.) they do have entertainment on and someone commented on butlin style... maybe it is a little but it is good fun if theres a group of you there were 12 of us made up of 3 families so we had a good laugh and were quite happy when we beat Team Italy in the mad quiz!!!! Go team London! They also lay on free wine and hot chocolate as you arrive back from the slopes. The ski lockers are worth using as make life easier but not for my lot who board as there is nowhere to keep boards. They are trying to enforce the no ski boots in the corridors but I did see a few people just ignoring this. I think the blocks that the Crystal customers go in are based on long corridors which is why you hear people walking past at night or in their ski boots, but if you book direct then the rooms are on the other side of reception and seem to go off in smaller corridors so you dont hear any noise hardly. Oh and the views are amazing! They have slightly changed the layout of the slopes opposite and have done away with the button lift so you now have a chairlift to do some lovely small blue runs to get you started! or go straight to the top for a good few reds!
The ski school that is based in the hotel is really good all of our children over that last four years have learned to ski with them and on the Friday morning they hold a race on the slope and then there is a presentation in the evening at 6 pm. all the children got a medal and a ski school back pack and a trophy was given out to the fasted three skiers in each group... how ever our older children have switched to snowboarding and wwe wanted to book some lessons, we couldnt bok with the ski school as they were waiting to see how many crystal people were going to book when they all arrived the following day and by the time we got back to them they had filled the lesson, however on hindsight we booked with the YES Snowboard school which is just on the left at the end of the town...they were amazing and I would highly recommend them for any snowboardin including in the park!
The resort suits us as it has everything for a children the skiing is good the hotel is good the people are lovely. When we first went ( we have been three feb half terms and one new year) we were also a little worried about the reviews we read, and possibly the first year it was a little hard work with some of the staff, however there has been a real marked improvement over the years, our trip this year was possible the best ever, the staff were so helpful and greeted you with a smile, their English was very good...much better than my Italian and if they couldnt understand you they found a collegue who could! I can only think the people that complained before were maybe not making an effort...your in their country try learning a few phrases of good morning and thank you....its not hard!
I think if you look at the cost of this hotel / apartments and yes it is massive, you shouldnt be expecting the Ritz, there are staff continually cleaning the communal areas and they are smiling and happy and always ready to greet you. the skiing is doorstep and there is a new nice little bar next to the Gondola oposite the hotel for a lunchtime snack at the end of ski school.
Go ... and I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sestriere Olympic Village is a unique space built in order to remember that Sestriere has had an hystorical role as Olympic venue. Perfectly ensconced in the natural landscape that surrounds it, the Olympic Village overlooks the breathtaking scenery of Argentera Valley and Monti della Luna Mountains. The resort has been conceived in full respect of the surrounding territory and includes 7 different buildings named from A to F plus a last block named G, easy to identify because of its big window tunnel roof. Here, it is set the global polyfunctional area which overlooks the newly open sky slopes for beginners. THE SERVICES: The Sestriere Olympic Village guarantees fabulous vacations, whether you wish to practice sports or simply to relax in the summer as well as in the winter. A fully equipped health spa fitted out with saunas, steam bath, jacuzzi, massage area; a swimming pool (12 m x 6 m) and a gym is at disposal of the guests. Our little guests have a special children recreation area which includes a mini club and entertainment activities (3-12 years old) Security is guaranteed 24 hours a day thanks to the reception and surveillance service. Each apartment is provided with a reserved indoor parking place; Ski school, ski storage, rental and maintenance are available within the premises of the Village. The other services at disposal of our guests are located in a global multifunctional area: 2 bars, self service, restaurant, pizzeria, bar Risto Grill on the roof top, wine-shop. ... more less
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