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“Certainly Far From the Madding Crowd!”
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Hotel Hohe Gaisl
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Braies
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fotheringay
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“Certainly Far From the Madding Crowd!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

All in all a very enjoyable place to stay. The rooms are spotless, we were given an (unsought) upgrade from standard to superior without any extra charge, the staff are very professional (if a little on the chilly side, but then this is more Austria than Italy!), the swimming pool and sauna are superb, the masseuse is highly skilled, and the scenery and setting of unparalleled beauty. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is the food. You have to take half-board and the dinner, while posing as haute cuisine, isn't bad so much as boring. They tell you in the brochure that you can ask for a vegetarian or even "ethical" meal, but we certainly weren't ever asked our opinion... Still, all in all I can thoroughly recommend this place for a truly restful couple of days "far from the madding crowd" (especially after the daytrippers have all caught the last bus home). A couple of tips: Do try the barman's special bubbly and elderflower cocktail. And remember to print your confirmation e-mail and take it with you because the whole natural parl area is closed to normal traffic and you have to show your reservation at the bottom of the mountain. Otherwise they make you walk the SIX uphill kilometres to the hotel !!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front. The view's amazing and the double glazing ensures things stay quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Our family spent 4 nights here. We stayed in the Panorama suite and enjoyed the very spacious room with a stunning view of the mountains!
An old stylish place, but with everything (and more!) we could expect!
We spent the days hiking in the surrounding mountains after being served a big breakfast buffet. In the afternoon we would return for the lunch soup, before spending some time in the pool. Later we got ready for a the good 3-coarse dinner. PS: They also have a bar/cafe serving drinks and food outside. Right by the hotel is a shelter with a little playground for the kids.
Phone connection is (very) poor. Wifi in the reception area only. I guess that is good - time should be spent otherwise in a place like this :-)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva
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Reviewed July 31, 2007

What a gem ! We were doing a 7 day trek and had been booked into the dormitory of the refuge next door which is absolutely abysmal. Fortunately, there was a room available here. It was delightful. The hotel is gorgeous, the service wonderful and the situation breathtaking.

The half-board dinner was excellent as was breakfast. The public areas, particularly the dining room, were very pleasant. The atmosphere is Austrian rather than Italian.

Although we were for only one night, we loved it.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 18, 2006

My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at Hotel Hohe Gaisl deep in the Dolomites where it feels more like Austria than Italy. The hotel is a friendly, family owned and run small hotel in the most perfect location surrounded by snow capped mountains, at an altitute of 6,500 feet. The hotel was spotlessly clean and beautifully maintained and the staff could not have been friendlier. The food was extremely good with a excellent salad bar to start the evening meal. The wine list was extensive, including many local wines, and very sensibly priced. One evening I had one of the best desserts I have ever tasted - white chocolate mousse with wild strawberries.

The rooms are very comfortable, well equipped and attractively decorated in traditional alpine style. The ones at the front have stunning views across lush meadows to the mountains beyond and many have balconies.

There is a comfortable bar as well as several smaller cosy sitting areas, and also an outside terrace where you can have a drink or lunch. There are several family suites with sitting areas and kitchen facilities and there is also a children's play area.

Walkers of all abilities will love the wonderful walks of varying lengths that start from the hotel.

Other facilities include a sauna, steam room, solarium etc and there are plans to complete a swimming pool for 2007.

The summer season starts at the end of May and runs through to October. During the winter season guests can use the hotel's cross country skiing equipment. Downhill skiing is located nearby.

We highly recommend the hotel and look forward to returning again and again.

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Property: Hotel Hohe Gaisl
Address: Plaetzwiese 60, Braies, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Braies
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Braies
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Hohe Gaisl 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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