My partner and I have just returned from a fantastic week at the Bellavista Residence, Livigno.
We booked through Inghams, half board.
to start with, a couple of the negatives..... (just to get them out of the way):
It's a bit of a trek from Innsbruck Airport - took about 3 hours, but the drive is very nice with some great scenery. We flew in from Birmingham and landed just before lunch time, so got to Livigno late afternoon - enough time to sort out ski passes, ski hire etc. The journey back to Bham is another story though - the flight leaves Innsbruck at 0815hrs, so you get picked up from the Bellavista at 0130hrs - ouch.... although it wasn't too bad, as we managed to sleep a little on the coach.
As Rich said, breakfast is a bit limited, but pleasant enough.
now for the positives......
rooms - very clean, with good facilities... TV, kitchen area (fridge, hob, micro, kettle, etc), good sized bathroom, lounge (with 2x pull out single beds), and a separate double bedroom - with a large, comfy double bed. Our room didn't have a blacony, but others did - maybe the 2x bedroom apartments?
food - we went half board, for 11Euro per person per day - which is very good value. The food is excellent, with a wide choice.
Rocco & Ivana in the bar / restaurant are great - very helpful, very friendly & always pleased to see you, even on busy nights.
The hotel is on the main road (not busy), with a few decent bars nearby, and about 15-20 min walk into the town centre - which is very nice. The ski bus stops about 30m away - which takes you to ski lifts on both sides of the valley. Alternatively, you can walk up to the San Rocco lift, about 75m away, and ski the blue down to the Carosello 3000 gondola.
The snowfall hasn't been the best this year, but they did a great job of grooming the pistes - which were great in the morning, but tended to get a bit slushy in the afternoon - normal for the end of March.
The amount of skiing in the area is a bit limited, but for beginners & intermediates, it's ideal. The lifts are generally very good, but a couple of the older ones could do with upgrading.
As for costs, i would say in general it's a good value resort, 3-5 Euro for a pint, 7-9 Euro for a pizza in town, 7 Euro for spag-bol; 3 Euro for a coffee at the top of the Motollino gondola. Some decent shops, and tax free gives some extra savings... although the clothes seemed expensive by UK standards, aftershaves / perfumes were good value.
on the whole, a great holiday, great resort, great hotel.
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