This hotel was recommended to us by two different Milanese friends who ski regularly in the Dolomites. It was a first rate recommendation and at the first opportunity we drove here from Milan on a Friday night in heavy snow. Having had a few problems putting on our snow chains as we drove through the pass to Corvara, we eventually arrived at around 1am and found delightful welcoming staff and a beautiful cosy room waiting for us (the only room that the hotel had had available). The bar downstairs was buzzing, full of people still in ski clothes.
We woke up the next morning to bright sun and beautiful views of the ski slopes from our room. We had a good room service before going to rent skis in a shop recommended by the hotel. The people in the village are delightful as are the hotel staff. All the ski shops were closed for lunch by the time we got there but a nice man opened up his shop for us and then gave us a hefty discount, which was kind.
For lunch that day we sat outside. The food was delicious as was dinner that evening in the more simple of the hotel's two restaurants. There is an excellent wine selection too. After dinner we headed to the bar where there was live music and lots of guests and (I think) locals standing around. The atmosphere is informal and great fun. It felt as though everyone knew everyone, almost like a private party. For lunch the next day we ate in the more formal of the two restaurants which was, again, excellent. That afternoon we also tried the spa, which was a decent size and quality for a small hotel, before leaving to drive back to Milan.
When I got home, the owner of the hotel, Mr Costa, sent me an email asking how I'd found our stay. I assumed this was a more or less automatic question but when I replied he did send a very friendly response and since then I've enjoyed getting his group "update" emails on the hotel and surrounding area. His most recent message concerns his understandable concern and opposition to the proposed new road cutting through the valley. Let's hope this doesn't go ahead and that if it does it doesn't spoil the beautiful town of Corvara. It also seems worth mentioning that the Costas have set up a charitable foundation to support children in India and Tibet. It is refreshing to stay somewhere that is family-run and that cares about charity.
All in all, we think that La Perla is an absolute gem and hope to be there again this winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To the pleasure of the hospitality, we have tried to join also the good table offering the service of a restaurant gourmet awarded -La Stua de Michil- and the -Mahatma Wine- cellar with its 24.000 bottles and 1.400 etiquettes. Our Spa Ua proposes treatments made up of wine therapy with extracted products of high cosmetology made up of grape, than of it they make a regeneration center for body and mind. ... more less
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- La Perla Hotel