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Residence Campo Smith
Ranked #18 of 23 Hotels in Bardonecchia
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We travelled here for a weeks stay along with another family with 2 children like us. Kids were aged 2 x 12yrs, 10yrs & 6yrs.

The location of the hotel is ideal with every ski need on your doorstop - slopes; ski hire; ski school etc
Missing are : a small shop for basics, cash machine and wi-fi ! But supermarket only a 10 min walk and a bus regularly travels down the rd so options available.

Some have commented on lack of equipment in apartment like kettle, toaster, microwave - it's not the end of the world to boil a pan of water for a hot drink, or to use two electric rings to make simple meals ! Most ski holidays last a week so surely people can manage with limited kitchen facilities for this length of time !

The slopes were good especially being on our doorstep although a little icy, which provided challenge at times but being a group of varied abilities all had fun

Definitely recommended the resort to others and would consider a re-visit

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We stayed in the Campo Smith apartments the last week in January, 6 people, all different ski levels (2 advanced, 2 intermediate, and 2 beginners) travelling with Crystal all in our mid to late twenties.

The Apartments: They are clean and spacious. The staff at reception are very nice and helpful. The location is ideal as it looks out over the slopes. Ask for an apartment with a Balcony. As mentioned by others, there is no kettle, toaster, oven or microwave). You also have to store your ski’s/boots on your balcony. And the sofa beds aren’t the comfiest. But overall the apartment was perfect for us. Also, we did not have to wait for our room as it was ready on arrival at 12.30. We paid 12.50 to use the spa one evening; it was nice but I don't think you should have to pay.

Bardonecchia: The town is fine, but if you are looking for a picture perfect ski resort this is not it. It is a working town that happens to be close to the slopes, rather than a town built around the slopes. It is about a 30 minute walk or a free bus ride from Campo Smith. Everything in the town closes for a siesta between 1 and 3-ish. Restaurants don’t open for dinner until 7.30/8pm. Check out the biscuit/chocolate shop in the middle of via medial… it’s amazing!

The slopes: Our first two days were great. However the slopes then turned icy which was very dangerous. I really feel that the blue slopes are not blue. There are many parts which are red. If you are looking for a nice long wide blue to set you up for the day you won’t find one. The advanced people in our group also agreed. Also the runs are limited. By the end of the week we were sick of the same runs (especially the beginners who were limited to certain blues and reds). The ski instructors are fantastic though and they are pushing the council to try and level out some of the steep parts of the blues (in particular one part from melezet back to Campo Smith so that beginners can have a nice run home at the end of the day). During the week the slopes are incredibly quiet, with no queues and you can find yourself on a slope alone which is great. But on weekends it’s the complete opposite as the locals from Turin come up for the weekend and there are a lot of childrens weekend ski schools.

Eating/Drinking/Apres Ski: La Grangia at the top of Campo Smith chair lift did a fabulous meal for us one night and we then ski’d back down (this is not one of the Crystal events but I would recommend it as it’s cheaper than the event at Rachel’s and it’s an Italian dish rather than a British dish). The staff there are fantastic. We also ate in the restaurant across the road adjacent to the swimming pool. It was cheap and cheerful. Overall, everywhere is fairly cheap. Apres ski is limited. Cippos on a Friday night is about the liveliest. But you need to change before the après ski, so it is nothing like the real après Ski like that of Austria. You really just have to tag along with the Ski instructors and reps to see what’s going on. The instructors are better than the reps as they want the resort to expand and people to come back each year.

Overall the resort is good in comparison to the amount you pay. Personally I would prefer to pay the extra for a nicer resort with more going on and better slopes. So I won’t be returning. However if I was, I would again choose the Campo Smith apartments. For a budget ski holiday the resort is perfect.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony facing the slopes.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Biddly
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Arrived at Turin airport with my boyfriend and was told it was an hour and 15 minute transfer to the Campo Smith, it was more like 2 hours after dropping everyone at there accommodation.

We arrived at the hotel around 12 noon and was told our room wouldn't be ready till about 2 so we went and sat in the bar/resturant opposite which was fine but was so busy as it was a change over so everyone was either arriving or leaving so we couldn't get a seat for at least an hour.

We returned to reception at 2 to be told out room wouldn't be ready untill 3.30! We once again waited around.

Once getting our key we went to our room. Nice and spacious with a sofa bed and nice views of the baby slopes. The Down Side is no kettle, no micowave and limited cutlery. Which is strange for self catering. Chairs do make a lot Noise when moved around on the tiles which can be heard from other rooms aswell.

The slopes are good for beginners and intermediary skiers. They do get a little icy at the end of the day but that may be the time of year we have come.

On the 4th day I asked at reception if our sheets and towels were going to get changed and that we had run out of toilet roll. I was told that they supply the 1st toilet roll the rest you have to buy yourself! And that the beds and towels don't get changed untill we leave!

We went into town to the supermarket which is about a 20 min walk or a free bus ride but the supermarket doesnt open untill 3.30pm and buses don't run after 5.30pm.

The restaurants around are a little expensive €2.50 for a can of coke and €9.00 for a full English.

Overall a lovely place but could be made Better with a few finishing touches e.g - kettle, more than 1 toilet roll.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Just returned from a week skiing in Bardonecchia and it was great (although sadly a bit lacking in snow).

The good bits;
1) Hotel Campo Smith was very good, rooms very clean and modern, great food and lovely staff
2) Ski in/out
3) Great choice of red/blue ski runs (not many black runs if that your thing!)
4) No waiting for chair lifts except weekends
5) Only an hour transfer time from Turin Airport
6) Lovely historic town

The not so good bits;
1) The walk from the ski locker to ski area is deadly as many if the small paving slabs are loose and collapsing (why dont they sort this!!)
2) Two hour delay on Thompson flight home due to an ill co-pilot not turning up for work, so over 100 people delayed while a replacement was found (who resides over an hour`s drive from the airport). Why don`t they have any replacement crew at the airport to cover this sort of situation, this is very poor customer care
3) Stewardesses on return flight very curt and officious

All in all a great holiday and I would go back again but I will be checking the snow reports before I book my next ski holiday

Room Tip: This resort is great for all the family
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank colin w
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Bardonecchia is an intermediates paradise where the blue and red runs are all blue but it's let down a bit by underinvestment in the lift system. Two man chairs where it should be four and long, long, long drag lfts that should be chairs at least. Campo Smith is very conveniently located for the slopes and the apartment was certainly big but no oven or microwave seemed strange for self-catering. The real let down is noise and not just the 5am piste basher but also the louts and drunks around 2 am to 4am with reception staff unable or unwilling to make a stand against this sort of thing. Eviction should be the norm for these morons and it would soon solve the problem. If you want to sleep at night then forget this place. On the bright side the best restaurant is adjacent to the swimming pool (5mins walk) and book on the weekend. It's stuffed with Italians who know quality cuisine and what a bargain as it's difficult to spend £20 per person for 2 courses with wine and water. Nothing to do in town apart from visiting the supermarket so not for non-skiers.

Room Tip: Rooms without a view, except the carpark, would be quieter as the piste basher is on the other side.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Got back today from a one week sale bargain with Thomson.Chosen for intermediate level snow boarders and skiers and one complete novice.Mixture of ages.Total success in all respects,great tuition (Andrea) Bardonnechia Ski School.
Transfers only 1 hour 15 on paper,not so in reality as you have to wait to pick up passengers from other flights and this time increases badly.
Booking in at the reception at hotel was swift and efficient.I requested a room with a view and adjoining for boys/friends,this was effected before arrival at no extra charge.
Whole building appears a little dated,rooms were spacious,and self catering.The kitchenette was stocked with utensils to cook for royalty,however there is no where to buy food on site!
Storage fantastic.
The beds are a disaster,they are not beds they are sofa beds and sofa beds are not designed to be permanently slept on.The rooms are spacious enough to use real beds and as the fitted items are impossible to fold away they are hopeless.The mattress was firm but the springs went west a long time ago and sagged horribly resulting in a difficult/passionate nights sleep depending on how you look at it.
Piste facing room means an early start as the piste bashers are up at 5.00 am,and despite high build quality wall thickness,clog dancing Italians like to work out 24/7.Heating goes off during the day so if you non ski you have to turn on the electric hob to keep warm,no oven curiously.
Balcony meant that you did not have to use the ski lockers!
Reception was a bit hit and miss,nice people but either badly trained or a bit too laid back.If you want proper information go to the Tourist Information in town,well informed and keen.
Buses run only during the day (free) limited (good) food on site Mezza Luna,Cipo (brill) and Igloo are good for what they do.Be adventurous restaurant wise and you have a fifteen minute walk into to town and after a good days skiing,that's tough.According to the the reception there are no taxis....and none big enough to fit 5 plus a driver,wrong! Tourist info. found Andrea with a big taxi,result,but 15 euro trip to get back to Campo from the town is I think pricey,.
It was a quiet week as regards people about,but the world stops here in January.Want a trip to Turin,not possible.Any real character restaurants around? Not possible,of course it's possible; you just have to look.
We had the slopes to ourselves but at the weekend,hell in the form of a million people hit the slopes and book your place at the hospital,not everyone takes care.
I love Bardonecchia.I love the people and they are kind and want you to have a good time,the Campo Smith has the location but no heart sadly and it shows.The site is a health and safety nightmare,the granite paths are not roughened in many areas and has lethal 45 degree slopes,very very limited gritting especially at the edge of the hotel site/lower slopes and flag stones which had been poorly installed and wobble dangerously.It is not a joke.
I really would love it to be better,price is important and had I not got it for a steal price I would have been very disappointed,competition is tough.Would I go back,yes because it could be better and the locals deserve it.

Room Tip: Top floor block 4000 facing the slopes.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank claxxx1
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

A very disappointing stay at the Campo Smith for a non skier although assured by Crystal Ski that this was a fantastic place to go.
All town shops closed between 11.30am and 3.30pm every day. Large Sports Centre opposite does not open until 3pm daily in winter. Buses only operate until 5.30pm and never saw taxi.
Staying in apartments on HB eat in a different restaurant and the food different from HB in hotel - so basically rubbish.
Hotel swimming pool and wellness centre closed daily until 3pm.
Absolutely nothing to do unless you are skier which is great.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank GMJ001
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Address: Regione Molino 4, 10052, Bardonecchia, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Turin > Bardonecchia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Bardonecchia
#5 Spa Hotel in Bardonecchia
Price Range: $62 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Campo Smith 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Campo Smith Residence is located in Bardonecchia, a mountain town in the heart of the Val di Susa, a few kilometres outside the city of Turin. In the Campo Smith Residence, you, have the freedom of fully funtioning holiday apartment combined with the comfort and amenities of a hotel, thanks to the "Apart-Hotel" formula, you can also request half-board style treatment. The apartment complex has a lobby, reception, bag storage, baby club, ski storage, a restaurant on the slops with 200 seats and a terraced bar/pizzeria. With a dynamic club-like atmosphere and a central position in the Campo Smith Village, only a few steps away from the ski-lifts and the Bardonecchia Bike Park, you are guarantee'd a vacation with lots of sports and fun! ... more   less 
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