Many other reviewers have already been utterly positive about this comfy, family-run B&B - and I can only concur. Maison Bondaz is a true gem.
Aosta was the first stop on our two-and-a-half week Italian and Swiss mountain holiday in June and July 2013, and we were so happy that we had booked our first nine nights here. The owner family (Bondaz) has a very high ambition with their business, and pays attention to every detail to make their guests feel welcome and comfortable.
The B&B is conveniently situated on the main street in Aosta's historic center. We arrived by train and bus from Geneva / Martigny, which was perfectly fine, Maison Bondaz is just a 10 minute stroll from the railway and bus station in Aosta. We were told that it is likely that the grounds of the building is of Roman origin!
Travelling without a car the central location was perfect for us, and every day we would use the extensive network of buses to explore the surrounding valleys and mountains (which too are extremely beautiful). Or we would walk to the cable car station in Aosta (15-20 minutes) and take the gondola to Pila where numerous hiking trails are available. In Pila there are also several restaurants, hotels, an outdoor playground and adventure park etc to cater for all needs.
Our room was nicely and elegantly renovated, still with respect for the historic ambience. Needless to say the room was spotlessly clean, and every evening there was a bottle of cold, fresh water delivered to our room. It had a small, but very nice, balcony with a lovley rooftop / mountain view, where it was wonderful to relax after a day out in the mountains.
Thinking of the central location one might be afraid that there would be a lot of "noice pollution" from the city, but when we closed the windows we couldn't hear a sound from the world outside. However - and I want to be perfectly clear that this is the only drawback that I'm able to come up with for the entire stay - the isolation between the rooms seem to be a bit on the weak side. There were times when we could hear what the guests in the room next to ours were saying to eachother even when they were speaking in a normal conversational tone. I'm usually not a nonsense complainer, and I don't want to give the impression that this is a big deal, the only reason for mentioning this is if somebody reading this review prefers total silence.
The breakfast is a story of its own and I guess I could go on forever talking about the delicious plates that would just keep on comming from Jeanette's kitchen. Every morning we were served natrual yoghurt from a nearby farm, freshly made fruit salad (I didn't even need to say that I'm allergic to apples; the fact that I had left the small pieces of apples in the bowl after breakfast was imediately but discretely recognized, and the next morning I had my fruit salad without apples (thanks!!)), local cold meets (ham, salami), local cheeses, fried eggs, beans (Jenaette's zuppa di fagioli - to die for!) and then .. the cakes. Freshly prepared by Jeanette a new delicious cake was served every morning. It is really amazing how well she takes care of her guests.
The Bondaz family is of Valdôtain origin and they will be happy to provide insight into local traditions and culture. This is really captivating for anyone interested in getting a deeper understanding of places visited. Between the family members they use the regional language, which is a dialect of Franco-Provençal called Valdôtain (locally, patois). Try to understand that if you can!
To sum up, my impression is that Maison Bondaz is an elegant and professionally run B&B with high attention to detail. There is no reason to look for another place to stay in Aosta. Anyone chosing Maison Bondaz will leave happily pampered - and perhaps with a few extra kilos to carry along the way....
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