This was our first visit to the Dolomites and unfortunately it corresponded with the worst snow season for thirty years - particularly annoying when the rest of Europe was groaning under the weight of the white stuff. However, the pistes were brilliantly maintained, the sun shone for six glorious days, the scenery was to die for, the mountain restaurants were good value and served delicous food, the skiing was brilliant in the circumstances and our hotel was the real deal.
The Elvado is a family-run three-star establishment which punches way above it's weight. We greatly appreciated the warm welcome after a long travelling day and this attention to detail and relaxed friendly ambience never flagged during our stay. The management and staff were courteous and helpful - nothing was too much trouble and every query was met with a benign smile. The food was consistently excellent - we all enjoyed the buffet starter at dinner (one of our party counted 32 delicious separate dishes). Breakfast was a healthy/hearty mix that set you up for the slopes. The wine was reasonably priced and of good quality.
The superior rooms were spacious and well appointed, with plenty of hanging and drawer space. The bathrooms were surprisingly luxurious for a three-star hotel. Beds were fine, though the pillows were a bit mean.
The excellent wellness centre was a real bonus at the end of a hard-skiing day. The pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room were well frequented and much appreciated. Several of our party had massages - the verdict, wonderful.
The hotel is situated a little way downhill of the lifts - the distance is walkable but the amazingly prompt free minibus service to and from the village centre was a godsend.
We will return to Arabba, hopefully in better snow conditions, to enjoy the undoubted delights of this fabulous ski area. We will also return to the Elvado - a three-star hotel with four-star comfort and five-star service.
- Also Known As:
- Evaldo Hotel Arabba
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