Arrived in Cervinia, and had to walk to hotel, thankfully not a long way, but fairly steep!
Check in was efficient despite the coach load of people who arrived at the same time, and we were given our all inclusive wrist band. Welcome meeting gave all the information we could want, although some of it did seem a bit conflicting, best to clarify with reps if you are unsure. We had some problems with Crystal regarding the package booked (apparently ski + lift pass package does not include boots – and therefore we had to pay extra). We didn’t join in with any of the extra activities offered. It is a bit out of the centre, but there isn’t much to Cervinia anyway! The proximity to the lift was excellent for avoiding the worst of the queues.
As other people have said, the all-inclusive is what really makes this hotel. The bar is free from half 4 until half 10, perfect for the afternoon tea and cakes and then a beer to relax (tip, get there early if the hotel is busy to get a comfy leather sofa with a great view of the Matterhorn). Lots of spirits are included, although we were surprised cider was not! Three choices per starter, main and dessert, although veggie options were a bit bland on one or two nights. I did notice people eating chips though, so it seems the staff will do their best to help! Hot breakfast can be served, but you order it from the staff, it changes daily, rather than being a buffet. The packed lunch got a bit boring, but it filled you up and there was a good choice of sandwich fillings. Chef night off once a week and 4 course meal on the last night. On the night off we ate at a pizza place recommended by the staff. Called Linos it is next to the ice rink and does genuinely fantastic pizzas for very reasonable prices. There were a few security concerns for the skis and boots as they were not locked up (there was a code to get in the bootroom, but we found the door open several times, so anyone could just walk in). Also, it was a bit of a tight squeeze to fit all the skis, boots and boards in when the hotel was full!
They do have a sauna and jacuzzi at the hotel, but I didn’t use it due to forgetting swimwear, take it and give it a try! Would have been lovely after a long day on the slopes, as unfortunately, our room did not have a bath, only a shower (not good after skiing)! We did, however, make great use of the pool table (free) and table football (50 cents). The rooms were a bit bland and bare, but we only used them to sleep in! There was a hole in the bathroom door and it did not lock properly.
I would probably choose to stay in Zermatt if I went back to the area (pay for the extension, it is stunning, and only 30€ per person extra for a day or 60€ for the week). However, this was a great base from which to improve skiing and boarding and the staff were friendly and helpful and made so much difference!
- Also Known As:
- Petit Palais Cervinia Hotel Breuil-Cervinia
- Petit Palais Cervinia Breuil