You couldn`t call this Hotel cosmopolitan or multicultural, not by our one week experience anyway. However, I prefer to be in amongst the local culture rather than a second `Little England`, so it was mostly okay. We were the only Brits in the Hotel that week. It`s a very Italian resort and I got a slight impression that the other Italian guests thought we were perhaps encroaching on their private little enclave of a ski resort. They probably don`t want hoards of tourists spoiling it for them, and I wouldn`t blame them for that.
I say mostly okay, as some issues with communication came up with this little Hotel and other places throughout the village as virtually none of the Italians had much English language. This led to a few `mama mia` moments for them and a bit of frustration for us.
Having said all that, all the staff would do anything for you, they were all very willing to help in any way. Once they knew what you wanted !
The Hotel was clean, well appointed and served lashings of very Italian food with not a hint toward English fare. I will have to say though, because it will be a problem for some, that there was no real understanding of the vegetarian menu my wife had requested. Each and every night we were given a choice of menu for the following evening which were all meat choices. It usually ended up as a fish or cheese dish! A little unimaginetive. Bedrooms were clean and in good condition with TV, (but all Italian speaking channels), as were the bathrooms. Hot water was plentiful.
Areas for relaxation were available but in the evenings, during our week at least (10th March-17th march), the relaxation zones were home to very noisy childrens entertainment sessions.
There was no other entertainment at all bar one table football game.
There is a Sauna in the Hotel, but we were not informed of the fact until we discovered it ourselves, but too late for the holiday. That communication thing again!
The village of Folgarida is very tiny. A handful of sports shops, two bars, one supermarket and a few other sundry shops and that is it, (take lots of Euros for shopping, prices are high). Plus the lift pass office, Telecabine etc for ski area access. Be warned ....this is all at the top of a pretty steep road, murder in ski boots with ski`s to carry !! Our hotel did have a free arrangement with a ski depository up on the slopes so we eventually got over that one.
Once up in the ski area, no complaints at all, the skiing was fabulous. Snow canons everywhere were not needed but are there just in case. Pistes were well prepared, and well suited to intermediates with several blue runs for the less experienced. Serious skiers have about 6 black runs across the whole region to keep them happy, and I did hear a few say that they were a bit tame for blacks, (bar one),!!
Perhaps one small niggle was the piste maps handed out in pamphlet form were different to those printed on boards at the top of each lift. This made it a little harder to understand were you were and were you needed to go next. However, we all got by.
I enjoyed the holiday, but I`m certain i would have enjoyed it more if they knew more English or I knew some Italian.
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