It was our first alpine skiing trip and we really enjoyed it. I've booked Hotel Lajadira mainly because I was expecting to get a renovated room for somewhat average 120 EUR prpn price. Well we did not get a renovated room as the minimum rate for it at the moment was 200 EUR prpn, but the old room was not that bad after all. It was very warm (24-25 °C) so we had to keep balcony slightly open all the time.
In general hotel facilities vary from good to very good.
We've enjoyed decent breakfast and decent in Italy means good for some less food-picky foreign guests. I think it would be easier for both - client and waiter - if ketchup and mayo would be available straight on the table given that boiled and scrambled eggs are available. For us that would have been 1 unnecessary question less every day. Real juice instead of some sugary substitude wouldn't hurt anyone either. Coffee and pastries on the other hand were quite good.
We had dinner in the hotel once and although quite good, it did not meet our expectations. There are a few nice family run restaurants in Cortina where you could get a remarkable dinner for a comparable (38 EUR per person without drinks) price.
Now the fun part - SPA area is wonderful and we really enjoyed it every day to relax after skiing. It came free of charge for our reservation. They have spacious nice sauna (though I would go for 80°C and 50-60% humidity for best common experience) and nice swimming pool with some water massage possibilities. Then a relax room to chill out with some tea. Haven't tried any of the massages, although they have quite some to offer and the prices look reasonable.
The driver Sergei was also very nice, polite and helpful. The hotel is located a few km away from the city center, but you can have a shuttle bus going every 15-20 minutes downtown and to 2 closest skiing areas (Faloria and Socrepes). Anyway if you want the best skiing experience, you must have your own car and go to 5 Torri. Free parking included.
And my final thanks go to reception staff - they really went out of their way to help us with all the questions we had and we had quite a few. They were super friendly and I could not imagine better experience.
To conclude, I believe I've seen some old boring hotel turning into something new and much better. If they keep moving to the right direction, I'm sure they are going to be one of the best price-concious hotels in Cortina.
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