This hotel is very well located indeed. Getting to the lifts and rental places, as well as restaurants,is hassle free, which counts for a lot when you have all that equipment to drag around.
The staff is polite and there was always someone at the reception desk.
Breakfast was very limited. Eggs are for you to boil , and otherwise everything is carbs, (not a problem if you like your croissant and bread, but an issue if you dream of cold cuts and some long lasting protein energy...)but that may just be France.
The room in which you leave skis and boots is handy and the boot racks are heated, which is lovely.
The big problem, and you should be warned to avoid the disappointment we felt upon arriving, were the rooms. They are tiny, and I mean tiny ( for 150 euros per night for double occupancy you get 16 sqm including bathroom).. The decor is acceptable though far from what you would call cozy/ alpine style: think more pebbledash white walls and a reddish printed carpet. Lighting is fluorescent and cold.The wardrobe is tiny so you will be living mostly out of your suitcase if you are there for more than two nights.
The bathroom is the primary issue: it is separated from the room by what looks like painted chipboard. The bathtub is small and the shower, curtain free, is hanging at the level of your waist. It is the telephone type, meaning you can move it around, but as there is no curtain you have to be very agile indeed not to flood the bathroom floor through the course of your ablutions. The woodwork is dodgy and all seems to be coming unglued. One guest i spoke with told me her toilet seat was unsteady...but she seemed to be taking it in her stride!
The bathroom is not ventilated and not sound proof, so if you want privacy it will be tricky.
Management say they are refurbishing the bathrooms, but the home page statement that the hotel was refurbished is inaccurate to say the least.
Also on the minus side, the stairs leading to the bedrooms are dark and have a most unfortunate smell. This smell may extend into the corridor leading to your room, but mostly you leave it behind when you close your door. I suppose you can always bring some incense sticks if it bothers you.
Having said this, everything is very clean. The communal area where you also have breakfast is pleasant, quiet and warm.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and if all you want is a couple of days of skiing without having to cook or do the cleaning, it is ok.
Had we paid 100 rather than 150 per night for the hostel- style stairway/ bathrooms, we would have felt it was good value for money....and having read other hotel reviews in Isola, it appears you could do worse( although you would also be paying less).
Costs: Bear one thing in mind when you budget your stay: the restaurants are expensive, and unless you live on pizza, a main and a drink will set you back about 25 to 35 euros per person per night. So if you are a couple and you do not eat lunch, starters and desserts , you are looking at 50 to 70 more euros a day to have dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Hotel 2**, located in the heart of Isola 2000, facing slopes and near shops. Owners are changed. All rooms are renovated. With slopes or Mountain View, with bath or shower, rooms are equipped with a double bed and flat-screen television. Let's have a drink for an "after skiing" tea time or an aperitif in our bar in front of the fire and on his shinning terrace. ... more less
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