We stayed in one of the Francescato one bedroom apartments. First I must point out that we booked very late and the package was cheap so I can't complain too much but if I had paid the going rate I would have been disappointed. I can only assume the B & B experienced is different.
We arrived after a painfully slow transfer mainly due to the lack of organisation on the tour operators part but that is another story. There was more or less a whole coach worth to check in either B & B or self catering with just the Manager taking us one by one to our accommodation. Charming he may be but there has got to be a more efficient way to book people in after a 4 1/2 hr transfer.
When we finally got into our apartment my heart sank. The living space was small, extremely basisc and dismal with one poorly placed window staring straight across onto another hotel balcony. It had one table and one small sofa bed. We were only a party of 3 if there had been 4 it really would have been very cramp. We took it in turns to sit on the hard chairs with only room for 2 on the sofa bed. We took the mattress off the spare bed in the bedroom and put it on top of the sofa bed at night - again if there had been 4 and someone had actually had to sleep on the sofa bed if would have been extremely uncomfortable. We asked for an extra pillow but despite being charming the Manager never came back to us although we did manage to get an extra coffee mug as there were only two.
The Manager told us he sells all his accommodation for the whole season to a British tour company yet despite installing nice flat screen TV's there was not one English channel - just seemed a strange investment for British guests with no English channels.
The owner has a dog which he keeps outside and it barked when people went past. Unfortunately the dog was right outside our window so our sleep was often disturbed. The rooms were over hot for us with no way of controlling the heat so opening windows made the noise even worse. There was also just a boarded up door between our apartment and another and the noise often felt like our neigbours were in our apartment with us!
I appreciate we were there to ski but it is still nice to have nice surroudings and a good nights sleep when you get back tired plus one of our party was ill and the apartment was a grim place to sit around in. All in all I found the apartment quite depressing and I was glad to leave it.
Good points to be fair.
- The bathroom was spacious with a good shower although the temperature fluctuated wildly so care was needed.
-The apartment was also very clean.
-The safety deposit box was very useful.
- The two bed apartments seemed much nicer.
- Livingo itself was lovely and it was very close to the wonderful Bellavista where we ate most night.
- The owner despite not being very effective seemed very charming.
- Also Known As:
- Garni Francescato Hotel Livigno