Passo Sella
Passo Sella
4.5
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Roman S
Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This hotel is a find, because it is so different from all the other hotels in the area. At 2'150 meters (7'100 ft) located just below the pass of the same name sets it apart from the many hotels in the Val Gardena that are all at much lower altitude.

The hotel has been completely new built in 2013 where once an old "Refugio" stood for many years. The inside is all wood, which you can smell as soon as you enter the upper two floor where the rooms are located.

Excellent facilities with generous underground garage, sauna and a pool, which is nicely done, but not really suitable for lap swimming.

The service, especially in the restaurant, matches the decor and is first rate too, as is the food at dinner or breakfast, that were included.

It is not a "wellness hotel" for sedate guests, but ideal for active hiking, climbing or biking, because the trails are starting right at the hotel, and of course one can perfectly relax after a day's activities. Of course there is also a bus stop for local transport to other places in the Dolomites.
Written September 22, 2020
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Ray
Staines, UK786 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Passo Sella as the name suggests, is a mountain road passing through Dolomites if you're driving from Canazei. This has become very popular stop now because there are some more hotels and restaurants that must've been built due to people constantly stopping and camping along the road. Also there is a cable car too which is either new or I just didn't see last time I was here. Parking is kind of a problem in summer months because it is a narrow two lane mountain road so most people just park in a gravel layby or whatever ditch they can find to fit their car in.

Hiking options are plenty. No matter which direction you go or trail you take, you'll find the beautiful views. But to access and see the three peaks Alpe di Siusi from other side, you have to keep driving and take a cable car from any town further from the Sella.
Written March 10, 2021
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Zion J
Blaricum, The Netherlands94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Driving up the pass from Selva we already enjoyed the magnificent views. The hotel occupies a beautiful spot on top of the pass with the skiing piste and chair lift right in front of it. The view from our room on the Langkofel was simply stunning.
Rooms were large and nicely decorated with very good beds.
Breakfast and dinner were excellent (and plentiful!). There is a four course menu with several choices in the evening but when the kids wanted something else this was never a problem.
All staf were equally helpful and friendly.
We really enjoyed being high up on the mountain and starting and finishing our ski trips right in front of our hotel.
One minor wish would have been a larger lounge to relax after a long skiing day. There is a lounge but it is very small. But this will certainly not keep us from coming back. We already made our reservations for 2019!
Written April 2, 2018
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Alan321
Altrincham, England246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This lift only runs in the summer, so if you are there when it is running, do make the effort to take it to the Toni Demetz Hut high above the Sella Pass. Unlike most modern gondolas, this one does not slow down as it passes through the bottom station. You have to chase after it and are bundled in by the attendants. The ride is amazing, close to the rock walls and high above the zigzag path. Once you have been helped out at the top the views are just tremendous. Back in the direction of the Sella Pass you can pick out Passo Pordoi, and the glaciers of the Marmolada. Looking the other way you can see the meadows of Alpe di Siusi, whilst high above you rock climbers get to grips with the near vertical cliffs.
The Demetz Hut offers food and drink before you either embark on the fairly ambitious hike around the Langkofel, or enjoy another ride in that amazing gondola.
If you buy the Gardena Card this lift is included.
Whilst in the hut, read the sad tale of the reason for its construction back in the 1950's.
Written August 6, 2015
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Steve M
Miami, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017
Be sure to visit the Passo Sella for beautiful access to the outstandingly scenic Naturonda hike and the excellent Comici Hut.

The Passo Sella is a short drive up a steep, twisting, and narrow mountain road from the village of Selva di Val Gardena in the Dolomites of Italy. From the top of the Pass, which sits at roughly 2,200 meters, inviting hikes radiate in different directions.

A perennial favorite hike is the Naturonda that begins a short walk from the pass and ends at the not-to-be-missed Comici Hut, which may be the nicest rifugio, or mountain restaurant, in the Dolomites. The Comici hut offers delicious food and friendly service. If nature calls, its bathroom will astonish you.

The Naturonda is a relatively easy loop hike that takes about two-hours to complete. A narrower and well-marked trail that begins in a maze-like rock garden takes you to the Comici Hut while a wider, path returns you to the parking lot at the Pass and your car.

Though the Naturonda may lack difficulty and length for the serious hiker, it is an extraordinarily beautiful hike with spectacular, high alpine scenery. For the more adventurous, there are ways to prolong the pleasure of being in this magical area by extending the hike.

Buon Viaggio.
Written September 23, 2017
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NorwoodScott
Norwood, MA357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
After hiking up the Sassolungo pass we took the "coffin lift" back to Passo Sella. This is a not-to-be-missed experience. The size and shape of the lift cars is only half the fun. Unlike a normal gondola, the cars do not slow down at the top or bottom of the lift. Also, the door is in the back of the car, rather than on the side. Loading and unloading from the car is an operation in and of itself! It involves one or two burly men helping you hurl yourself into the back of the fast-moving car, hopefully in time for one of them to close the manual, exterior latch on the door before the car drops over the edge of the lift station. It's definitely an experience that will get your pulse going! The views on the ride down are spectacular in every direction, and because of the size and shape of the car you are literally pressed right up against the windows to take it all in! It's quite a long gondola ride, and at the bottom the fun begins again as there are men waiting to help yank you from the back of the quick-moving car. This is such a unique experience that it would be a shame to miss it!
Written September 10, 2017
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possum1167
Elizabethtown, PA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
This has got to be the most bizarre high mountain lift in the world. The ride starts at the lift station in Passo Sella ( which you can assess by the free Val Gardena bus ) and ends at the true Passo Sella, a gap between Sasso Longo and Sasso Piatti, two famous Dolomite Peaks. At the top, you can hike down through the pass to the other side and circumnavigate the mountains or do some meadow hiking before riding another, more ordinary lift to Ortisei or Santa Cristina. What's so special about this lift is the shape. It looks like a phone booth suspended on a cable. There is room for two people to stand. The other funny thing is accessing it. You and your fellow rider stand side by side at the entry, and when the car comes close, the lift operator opens the door, tells the person in front to grab a handle and jump in, while he pushes. This is quickly repeated with the second person. The door is slammed shut, and you are quickly rising above the rocky terrain. The cable car never stops. The views are astounding. You can also ride down.
Written September 3, 2014
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Barb K
London, Canada346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Incredible hikes, with breathtaking views. Several options and levels to choose from. An amazing place for summer time fun.
Written September 5, 2019
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Geri301
Marrakech, Morocco353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Riding the passes in the Dolomites is a must for every biker.
The Sella is one of the best. Make sure to get a taste 😉
Written August 21, 2019
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geoffviking
St Helens, UK484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The most popular is the short one to the Comici Hut for refreshments. We walked the south face of the Sassolungo then north & east before swinging North again & down to St Christina. You can circumnavigate the Sassolungo Mountain or get the coffin lift up to the Demetz Hut & walk back to Selva or St Christina. There is a frequent bus service once an hour to & from the pass.
Written August 20, 2019
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