We've recently had a week with family in the Parc Victoria Chalet Hotel in Cortina through Inghams. At a lengthy wait for our cases at Innsbruck we were greeted by our cheerful rep, Craig. Even though he'd been to the airport many times that day, his welcoming and organised personality was uplifting.
It's a traditional & good looking hotel. On arrival, we were welcomed by Louise, the impressive hotel manageress. She invited us all to the bar for an aperitif and canapes before our evening meal. I was so surprised to see that evening, Louise also visited each of our tables to personally welcome us and to confirm that she and her staff were there to ensure our stay with them was as enjoyable as possible. If ever we requested anything of any of the young staff, there was an immediate smile before the 'yes, certainly'. The attitude of the staff was like a breath of fresh air, they were on the ball and charming.
The resort itself has several ski areas, so every day we were taken to our chosen area by smiley Peter, the hotel's bus driver who was always keen to help with info about the pistes. It felt as though we were going to a different ski resort every day. It was only a quick phone call & Peter would be only a few minutes away before helping us with our skis back to the hotel before afternoon tea. This was a lovely treat at the end of the day's skiing; a complimentary selection of home made cake or soup, coffee and teas.
Every evening, we were served canapes and aperitifs before our delicious meal. It was like being a judge at 'Master Chef'. The choice on each day's menu was always hard to choose from. It catered for all tastes. Each meal was delicately presented as any great restaurant and the flavours were exquisite. Each evening tasted as though it had been the best I'd ever tasted, until the next night, wow, lush food everyday. Well done chef.
Our spacious bedroom was traditionally decorated with wood panelling. The huge double bed was so comfortable. Adding a lamp to stand on the dresser would enhance the room as the wood absorbs the lighting. the storage is plentiful including a safe which is free to use. We requested that the room be feather free as we're allergic, and this was not a problem for the staff. The bathroom had a shower over it and there was always plenty hot water. We have experienced differently in other hotels near tea time. The view from the balcony was beautiful. There are shutters on the balcony windows to darken the room and as the heating is so powerful it allowed us to keep the windows open and cool the room.
We were so lucky with the amount of snow and fantastic blue skies, sunshine and good temperatures. Even though you can't ski to the door at this resort, I would definitely go back to it. The views are spectacular and there's variation for everyone. Surprisingly, since I had heard that Cortina is full of fur coats and expensive, the mountain restaurants were no more that anywhere else and they served lovely food. Everyday was different and so much fun.One night in the week, the hotel staff take a night off, so we selected to go on the Inghams traditional Italian meal on the mountain. The extra spin to the evening was that you were taken to the restaurant by skiddoo. It's good value for money and the drive is great fun.
The hotel is on the main street of Cortina and is close to many classic shops. Definitely worth a browse and the building themselves are very pretty.
Unfortunately, we had to leave the hotel at 2.30am for our flight home. What a thought, but Louise, the manageress served us a continental breakfast with warm croissants at 2am. She told us the plan of our departure and Craig their Rep made sure we were all sorted for the journey. As the bus drove from the hotel Louise was outside waving us off. How personal is that! How on earth they keep that up for the whole day and evening whilst their new guests arrive as we did the week before. Brilliant! On reflection, I felt as though we were invited to their home and looked after so well it was so comfortable. For me, it's been the best hotel I've ever stayed in. The staff are the best.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Victoria Parc
- Victoria Parc Hotel Italy