Just returned from Passo Tonale staying at the Cielo Blu travelling as two couples. The plus points of the hotel are as follows: The staff are great, especially Angelo, Rosa ,Gregorio (the sommelier) in the dining room served us with attention and a fabulous sense of humour, Elisa in the bar was also very pleasant and offered service with a smile as did Antonio on reception. There is plenty of hot water, the bathroom was spacious with toilet, bidet, sink and the shower was big enough for me to reach my feet (not that I'm that large, rather some shower cubicles abroad are very small). The food is good if not great with a good choice every evening of buffet salad first course, a choice of starters then mains which always had a meat, fish and vegetarian choice then dessert (no choice), overall we thought the food was good generally. The wine was excellent value ranging from €11 to €13 for the local Trentino wines, we did not try the house wine but other guests said it was acceptable. Bar prices were reasonable and in line with the bars we visited. Our bedroom was spacious with three single beds of which two were close together and easily pushed next to each other if required, note the cleaners always separated them the next day to make them up I suspect. The third bed was great for dumping the ski clothes on. The room had a large wardrobe and enough space for our needs. We had room 202 which is at the back of the hotel and we had no noise at all and a mountain view, our friends were at the front of the hotel (room 203) and suffered some road noise. The ski locker room has individual lockers which are lockable and boot warmers are provided. Distance form lifts is good 200m one direction and 300m in the other direction, so no ski bus required. Après Ski for us was mainly visiting the El Bait bar just 70m away where they had a good range of beers and served snack from 4.30 to 7pm, saying this most bars offered snacks with drinks, the attraction of El Bait for us was it comfortably busy and had atmosphere but was not crazy with loud thumping music, for that you needed to visit the umbrella bar at the far end of the slopes. Another bar we visited once or twice which we found pleasant was the El Botte which was about 150m towards the main slopes. Beer and food prices around Passo and the mountain huts was very reasonable with beer working out at around €1 per 10cl, a pasta or pizza dish averaging €8.
The bad points, the way to the ski room is treacherous (sloping with parts without a rail) and as the hotel frowns on people walking through the hotel in ski boots then the path had to be negotiated. Although breakfast offered a good selection of food there was no hot options except for toast and the toaster took forever.
Be aware that Passo Tonale is basically one road with a loop and there are no pavements to speak of, therefore walking to the lift and bars meant walking on the road and traffic was passing us regularly and making us move in to let them pass.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cielo Blu is a family owned hotel that has recently been built. The hotel is located in a sunny and quiet area, just a few steps away from the centre of Tonale and it is located centrally between 2 lifts: the Valena and the Valbiolo, which are only 70 meters away.Our restaurant offers both Trentino and Val di Sole meals as well as international dishes. Breakfast is served as a sweet and hearty buffet. ... more less
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