I’ll start concluding, that we were very happy with our choice of Meublé Piccolo Pocol for our recent overnight stop in the Dolomites. All of our needs and expectations were fully met and fulfilled. A perfect location in a breathtaking mountain setting yet a few minutes’ drive from the city center of Cortina d’Amepezzo only; tranquility; a genuine alpine ambiance; beautiful views - and not the least a warm, homely and welcoming atmosphere. Hence, we are only happy to give this establishment our best recommendations.
We are very fond of alpine landscapes with rolling green meadows, towering snow-clad peaks and picturesque chalets and hence a photo of Meublé Piccolo Pocol caught our attention when searching for suitable accommodation for an overnight in the mountains before heading to Venice and further down in Italy. Arriving a late afternoon, warmly greeted by the owner and shown to our room, we were truly delighted to find ourselves in the middle of this postcard idyll as we entered our very own flower-clad balcony and encountered the breathtaking scenery right before our eyes We couldn’t have been happier!
Meublé Piccolo Pocol is a smaller family-run country Bed & Breakfast/Hotel situated on a green meadow in the middle of the lovely landscape surrounding the famous ski-resort Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is easily reached by car in a few minutes or during day time on an easy 1 hr. hike (6 km). The three-story building is fairly new but kept in the traditional chalet-architecture hence nicely fitting into the landscape. It offers some 15 rustic rooms, all well-appointed with typical wooden furniture, nice bathrooms and all modern amenities. Most rooms do likewise have a balcony – or you can enjoy the magnificent view from the garden. Our room was clean with fresh linen and featured further to the bed a tiny table with two chairs, a closet and a small desk. The bathroom was large and had a nice shower cabin. The ambiance is homely and personal as it seems like the owner lives on the ground floor and is available for assistance and good pieces of advice most of the day/evening. On the ground floor you do likewise find the breakfast room, where a nice European style breakfast buffet is served offering assorted cerials, juices, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, jams, boiled eggs, various breads and for the sweet tooth freshly baked croissants. Finally, it should be noted, that the hotel offers ample free parking right outside the door.
Meublé Piccolo Pocol has no restaurant, but there are a few hotel restaurants within walking distance and countless eateries in nearby Cortina d’Ampezzo. You will need a car for the drive into the town in the evenings though. We had looked forward to enjoying a nice evening out in fashionable Cortina d’Ampezzo, but much to our surprise, we found the town more or less “dead” coming dinner time and with more restaurants/hotels closed for the summer (primo September). Only a few places offered alfresco dining, and the hotel restaurants were either occupied by large tourist groups taking in their demi-pension dinner or more or less empty and therefore not particularly inviting. Hence, we decided to drive back to Pocol and to feast on the remainders of our own lunch-box on the balcony.
Situated in the outskirts of Cortina d’Ampezzo Meublé Piccolo Pocol makes a fine base for exploring the beautiful area. We toured the entire old route “Grand Road of the Dolomites” from Bozen to Cortina d’Ampezzo in just one day having ample time to climb the numerous mountain passes and stop to take in the many vista points. It’s a mere distance of approx. 125 km only – but you will need the full day for the drive and more days it you would likewise like to enjoy a couple of hikes or make use of the many gondolas taking you further up. The downhill run to Venice will take you less than 3 hrs. and hence very easy accessible too.
OBS: Next to Meublé Piccolo Pocol, you find the old Sporthotel Pocol. Although it may appear as being the same establishment, this is NOT the case. Sporthotel Pocol was once under the same management – but no longer – so make sure you don’t get them mixed up. The Sporthotel Pocol looks somewhat “tired” and hence the comments you may find for same on TripAdvisor does not refer to Meublé Piccolo Pocol.
We found the comfort, location and service of Meublé Piccolo Pocol matching the price and hence a very fine bargain and good value for money compared to the extreme overpriced accommodation to be found in down town Cortina d’Ampezzo. We shall be looking forward to a returned visit to Meublé Piccolo in a hopefully not too distant future.
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