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“Even better than last year”
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Hotel Gran Ander
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Badia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 2, 2013

As promised in our Sept 12 review we did return!

The great thing about this beautiful area is that it doesn’t need to change. It remains a stunning and majestic place with awesome mountains.

This time we:
• walked to La Villa along the river
• visited the San Cassiano street market
• attended a very enjoyable traditional folk night with local band, singers and dancers in La Villa
• shopped in Cortina
• walked from La Val to the Ju de Rit Gap visiting the churches on the pilgrims trail.

The weather was superb, around 25 C, except on the last day when we had snow, so over the Passo Falzarego in 6 inches of snow and minus 2.5c, very scary!

By the time we reached Venice it was back to 25C.

And so to the hotel, really little changed from last year but:

Ambience

We stayed in room 17, a junior suite. Spacious and overlooking the car park so very quiet. Lovely evening sun from the balcony.

The hotel is still run by 3 generations of the same family. Meals served wearing national costume.

Facilities

Lovely outdoor terrace – we had breakfast on a couple of days
Nice bar with draught lager beer
Toiletries replaced when needed

We used the spa a lot - outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna’s were very good. Very nice afterwards to relax in the quiet room, sipping a herbal tea whilst enjoying the mountain view.

Food: well what can we say except superb!!

Excellent continental style breakfast with good choice: cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cold meats & cheeses, pastries. DIY boiled eggs replaced by being cooked in the kitchen so you can have them any way you like.

The small size means not a lot of choice for the evening meal. You choose at breakfast with usually a choice of 2 main courses.

But what a change!

I would still describe the food as good, local, home cooking but with complete revamp of meals/choices and especially presentation – easily to 4* standard.

We ate turbot, fresh trout, and fresh perch, all beautifully cooked. Vegetarian choices on some nights. The first thing Andrea chef/owner said when we arrived was ‘tripe is off!!’ (See my Sept 12 review)

The themed evenings are still there: fabulous gala dinners, a pizza & cocktail party on the terrace, a tour of the kitchen with drinks, selection of local cheeses.

How good was the food?

Well on one gala evening an amuse bouche pudding was served before the main pudding. We were so impressed that we thought that was it, left and missed the main event, despite a telephone call to remind us!!

Another great holiday: return again? probably!!

Via Ferrata

One of the main reasons for us to visit in the summer is these walks. Lots of guidebooks and gear hire is around 9-10 euros. We are experienced walkers from UK & only needed gear on walk 5:

1. Sass de Rocia. A beautiful location south of Arabba. Short but quite tricky up steep stemples
2. Sass de Stria: not really a via ferrata as only short protected route but interest in the trenches and tunnels
3. Monte Cavallo: Long exposed route from Rifugio San Croce on path 7 to the plateau. Two protected areas
4. Lajazuoi (start route M2): a tough route, across a narrow bridge & exposed
5. Brigata Tridentina: a really hard route, 750 m of climbing & very popular, stretched us to the limit but worth it!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alan D
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We have stayed 1 week in March 2013 for skiing Vacation.
Due to end of winter season the owner upgraded us for Junior suite room for free - that was just great - big room with rest area and big bathroom.
Hotel is located in the center of Badia but on the hill with great views on the hills and slopes.
It is family hotel so you can really feel like home and owners are so great, friendyl and helpfull- we have never experienced such a care in any hotel. This makes this place just wonderfull.
Food was homemade and prepared with love and sooo delicious.
We also have to ponit out the spa with great views on the hills and big variety of saunas.
All hotel is very clean, ncie and you really feels like home.
We ould like to come for sure.
We can strongly recommedn this hotel to everybody.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Katka Martin K
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Super location, warm, friendly and helpful staff combined with clean and comfortable rooms and DELICIOUS food made for everything we look for when traveling-clean, quiet, safe and comfortable. The Irsara family truly made one feel "at home."

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Excellent base for activities in the Alta Badia or broader Dolomiti. Very warmly welcomed and treated by family and all staff in the hotel. Food was excellent and service most gracious. Room was spacious and clean with excellent views of surrounding mountains. Did not visit the spa, but facilities looked nice. Wifi available in common areas with periodic password required. In sum a family tradition of warm service combined with excellent facilities and food.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jim S
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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Very nice hotel. The food was delicious and each day of a different kind. We really enjoyed the stay there. The very familiar service made it a really comfortable vacation.
The Spa is very nice arranged with large Windows with a goergeous view on the Mountains.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank DiscoAdvisor
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Our first time in the Dolomites and Alta Badia region. What a stunning and majestic place it is with awesome mountains.

We landed at Venice airport and an easy drive at first, mostly along the Autostrada until Cortina. And then the fun begins with lots of hairpin bends over the high passes. Takes about 3 hours.

Pedraces is a delight. A small ‘alpine’ feel village with a few shops, banks, bars etc. If you are looking for nightlife there isn’t any, at least not in the summer! Better to stay in the larger Corvara. Lots of walks from easy to hard from the village.

Must do:

Santo Croce cable car to the church and Rif San Croce
Visit Brunico, a pretty town
Bolzano to see the famous ‘iceman’. Longish drive & the Brenner autostrada is packed with HGV’s but well worth it.

And so to the hotel

Ambience

A relaxed, informally run hotel with about 21 bedrooms. All are different; we stayed overlooking the main road (quiet at night) with great views of the mountain from our balcony.

The hotel is run by 3 generations of the same family. Very friendly with kids running around before going off to school, helping to the clear the tables.

Facilities

Lovely outdoor terrace – we had breakfast on a couple of days.
Nice bar with draught lager beer.
Bedrooms nicely decorated and equipped but toiletries only supplied on arrival & not replenished. Room had safe, TV with mostly local channels.
The outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna were very good but not often used.
Small car park with overflow about 50m away.

Food

Excellent continental style breakfast with good choice: cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cold meats & cheeses, pastries. Only hot choice was DIY boiled eggs.

The small size means not a lot of choice for the evening meal. You choose at breakfast with usually a choice of 2 main courses. I would describe the food as good, local, home cooking but might not suit everyone as on a couple of nights the main choices were veal or tripe. There is a lovely salad buffet on most nights.

Each week there are themed evenings: a fabulous gala dinner, a pizza & cocktail party on the terrace, a tour of the kitchen with drinks, selection of local cheeses.

A great holiday – it’s not often we say we must return and mean it!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Alan D
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is quite simplyy favourite ever hotel. It is home from home! We felt so cared for and looked after without being overwhelmed. Nothing is too much trouble. Everything is done with kindness and love.
The rooms are exceptionally clean and spacious with good sunny balconies and satellite tv. The food is out of this world! Lots of great fresh produce, amazing quality and variety. Breakfast was healthy (or not if you prefer pastries there are lots to chose from too ) with fresh fruit, muddling, yogurts And teas. For dinner, lots of lively courses and great family vibe as you generally sit Down at the same time ( bit at your own table ) for dinner. Wine was terrific. Location is great! Go you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to go back !

  • Stayed: July 2012
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3  Thank Zenobia79
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Address: Strada Runcac 29, 39036, Badia, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Badia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Badia
#11 Spa Hotel in Badia
#17 Family Hotel in Badia
Price Range: $223 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gran Ander 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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