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“Skiing Holiday”
Review of Al Pigher

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Al Pigher
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in La Villa
Certificate of Excellence
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“Skiing Holiday”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

My boyfriend and I (both 24) stayed in this chalet during April 201.

On the fist day we were greeted by the hotel Manager, Dario (an italian) and the assistant mnager, Sean (british). All of the other staff are british. The hotel is fairly small, however big enough to feel like a hotel and not a B&B.

The room was of an exceptional standard: immaculately clean, spacious room and bathroom, the shower had decent power and a good temperature, and there was ample storaage space for even two weeks skiing. The room was well lit, the temperature was fine, the bedding was sufficiently warm throughout the night.

The staff couldn't have been more courteous. They were mostly between the ages of 18-29 (Dario somewhat older), accomodating, worked long hours, very friendly, polite, cheery and seemed to do everthing fincluding cleaning the rooms, managing at the bar, serving food and helping in the kitchen.
I along with the other guests in the hotel at the time agreed that it was great to have an italian manager to add the italian touches and recommend other local good italian restaurants (his suggestion was superb!) but it was great also having staff that speak your language.

The food was good. Unfortunately we hoped, for a fully catered chalet, to be treated to a delightful italian menu but unfortunately this is not the case as it it Inghams standards to serve english food to english guests which I thought was a real shame. The quality wasn't outstanding, but certainly well worth every penny we paid - there are delicious (italian style!) canapes every night followed by a traditionally british 3-course menu. We had a varied menu - I recall having duck, chicken, beef and lamb. Nothing was repeated. The desserts ranged from ok to amazing (the apple crumble was fantastic). The wine was all inclusive, drink as much as you want, but in the restaurant only, this opened at 19:30 every night for dinner.

Afternoon tea - not worth coming off the slopes for! Cakes were of a very poor standard.

The sking was also good. Theres a good long blue run immediately outside the hotel or a short ski + 50m walk to the gondola leads to the enormous La Villa and Stella Ronda skiing area for which theres are literally thousands of km of runs. We went in April - low season and took a gamble. Unfortunately it was more like a beach holiday, we skiied in sallopettes and a t-shirt only, and about 6 runs per day (out of 30) were closed due to melting snow. For those runs that were open we had a great time and I wouldn't hestitate to return here again during low season. I'd just dress more appropriately and wear more sunscreen!

Other bits and pieces:
Long journey (2 hours+) to the slopes from Insbruck airport but very scenic and pleasant. Plenty of time to buy ski passes and ski hire on the bus - they accept card and don't add on a commission (as far as I'm aware).
Snow boarding lessons were good fun, english speaking instructor and about £20/hr.

This is currently an Inghams only chalet. I booked fairly last minute with Snowfinders.com for the best deal and Nick was exceptionally patient despite calling him many times; his commission was well deserved. Please message if you have questions

Room Tip: Both sides of hotel have great views. We were on second floor, end room which had a king size bed an...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed at the Al Pigher in March in a group of 8, The ski area is fantastic though the link from La Villa to the Sella Ronda can be a bit tiresome, however there are good buslinks to and from Corvara only a couple of euros from early morning to late 6.30 pm great if the sella ronda took a bit longerthan expected, also time for an apres drink.The Alta Badia ski area is excellent quiter than the sella ronda during holidays. There is a bit of a trek to the first lifts but we lived with it. La Villa is a quiet village so not much apres going on there is one pub open to around 3 am and thats about it.
the Hotel was well placed modern and clean with Sauna, Bar, reading room, heated boot and ski room. the rooms were spacious and beds comfortable though did hear that the rooms on the 3rd floor were small but were cheaper. The Manager was helpfull and pleasant as were the staff on the whole the food was poor often late being served and not that hot on one night we gave up waiting for coffee at 10pm there were a few culinary highlights those these were few and far between the other staff, all English were not very good on one morning the rep ended up serving us breakfast as no onefrom the hotel had turned up, the hotel staff were drunk on several occaisions whilst working and on one morning there was a hell of a row going on in the kitchen.

The only reason I will travel with Inghams again is because of the Rep, Glyn. We have bettween us skied pretty much round the world some of us with 25+ years experiance so we have pretty much seen it, done it and wearing the T shirt but he is the best rep we have ever met, he really made this years holiday one of the best despite everything else. If Glyn is at Al Pigher next year it will be worth going if not, dont bother.

Room Tip: Avoid floor 3
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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pershore
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Our first experience of Ingham's chalet hotels. La Villa is very small and not very much was open. However, the hotel was very good , stafed by Inghams and very well run. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. It is a pity that the food was a bit too 'English' more of the local cuisine would have been better and the BBQ night would have been better as a pizza and pasta night.

Room Tip: Check when the local shops and lifts open if planning an early season trip. The local buses are exc...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Staffin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Clean hotel, spacious rooms. Staff were great. Food was't my cup of tea but perfectly adequate, choice of two per course meant you had to be really fussy to not have something you like. We ate out on the last night and highly reccomend 'grill stube' on the main street. This cellar resteraunt is wonderful. Don't be put off by the prices for the australian Wagyu at 110e, i found a 'beef' steak on the menu for 28e and it was the nicest fillet steak i've ever had.
The situation of the hotel to lifts is a little tiresome but the worst your going to be is a 15min trek from the main gondola. I've had much worse and it wouldn't put me off.
The ski area and views are a delight, the food and drink is cheaper and generally better quality than french rivals. My only frustration was trying to work out wether to try my pigeon german or italian as they speak both and alot of the staff in the mountain huts don't speak great english so confusion all round which only added to the charm for me.
La villa is not a lively resort for apres if your looking for that. Great for couples and families though.

Room Tip: Front facing rooms have the best views.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We stayed in this hotel in the middle of March.The room was good and clean , new refurbished shower . Staff very friendly . but ski room very poor not enough heating to dry the ski boots , food extremely poor .It's shame to be between Austria and Italy but nothing from nice cuisines ;-((
if they change some of staff in the kitchen and fix the ski room everything will be fine !

Room Tip: 207,205 nice rooms
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Bromborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

The hotel is located in what seems to be a quiet residential area of La Villa. A walk of about 5 minutes will take you to the first chair lift, not a great distance, but when you are in ski gear and carrying skies it feels longer. There is a ski bus stop opposite, but I must admit I only saw a bus once, and as the rep said they are very infrequent. Once on the main chair lift, you zig zag your way across the road (via slopes/chairlifts) to the main Cable car , which then takes you up to the Corvara ski area.
The room we had was nicely done out, very clean and spacious. Wooden floors, decent size balcony, large bathroom and plenty or cupboard space. There is a ski room, which is dry, and has heated boot racks. There is a sauna and reading room on th 3rd floor. Food and wine is good. Breakfast was continental with hot option, either eggs or porridge. Afternoon cake, and dinner consisted of : aperetifs, starter, main, dessert, tea and coffee, and wine. The wine was a decent brand, and there was plenty of it. Food was fine, nicely cooked and prepared. All those staying in the hotel the week I was there, seem to be happy with what was on offer. It is well run by the Italian manager, and the staff are pleasent , and attentive. Wi-fi is available in the bar area, free of charge. There are a few restaurants nearby, but if you want shopping, not the place to go , as there aren't many. Top to bottom, the main street would take you under 10 minutes to walk it (if that), so nothing is miles away. There is a large SPAR, and 2 other smaller supermarkets. Lovely mountain restaurants, and reasonably priced.
In summary: Nice hotel, not very convenient for location to chairlift, but it does tell you that in brochure. Recommend you take a trip to the hidden valley, ski blue 11 (heading for cassiano), then blue 9, jump in taxi (5 euros pp). Get the horses back (2 euros pp), this brings you back to bottom of blue 9.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We stayed here in a family group of 8 for a weeks skiing holiday as part of an Inghams package so this review is for the benefit of skiers rather than other visitors. The hotel is located on a side road about 7 minutes stiff walk away from the main lift (La Ila) that takes you out of the village to link up to Corvara and the Sella Ronda. There is another chair lift across the other side of the main road which can be used to access the main lift via a semi-complex pathway and another chair that takes you over the main road and lands you in the car park. So, not ideally located for easy access to the lifts. Skis and boots (heated racks) are conveniently stored in the basement garage.
Our room on the 3rd floor was 'in the roof' and rather cramped by the structural beams on which we banged our heads frequently. The food and wine were just OK - about what you would expect for a package holiday. The hotel is not very convenient for the main shops in La Villa but there is a nice little restaurant along the same street.
In summary: Rather basic, no frills, not very conveniently located and a bit dull because interesting places are not close by.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms in the roof
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Al Pigher
Address: Str. Boscdapan 19, 39030 La Villa, Badia, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Badia > La Villa
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Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in La Villa
Number of rooms: 12

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