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Dependance Sporting
Ranked #4 of 47 Livigno B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 27, 2012

When rating the hotel, I was deciding between good and very good and finally rated as very good due to fine food (especially the dinners were outstanding), excellent location (right at the Carosello 3000) and, above all, the best staff I have ever experienced. On the other hand, I need to mention that the rooms can be very noisy, one can hear showers, not only from the neighboring rooms, and every single toilet flush which can be very annoying especially in the early morning hours. The rooms are simply furnished but exceptionally clean. We stayed at quadruple room which was completely ok, however, our friends had a dbl with rather smelly bathroom.
Taking all the vices and virtues into consideration, I would recommend this hotel to my friends only after mentioning its negatives but myself, I will definitely be coming back next year, as the above mentioned discomfort was totally overruled by the the staff politeness and nice atmosphere.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed in Sporting Hotel from 25 Feb. - 2.March 2012 with our 2 years old baby-girl.
The hotel staff was great by taking care about everything!
Food was .... awsome!
Double room was small, but just for sleeping - enough.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Liu1980
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Reviewed February 2, 2009

We stayed at the Hotel Sporting 17 to 24 January 2009 and had a very enjoyable stay. On arrival we had a choice of 3 rooms between the six of us and on reflection should have checked out each room before we took our keys. We had rooms 9/10/11 all of which varied in size and odour! Room 10 is tiny but no smell, room 11 is bigger but had an odour and room 9 is in between with a tiny bathroom. All the rooms were very clean if a bit tired looking. Everything worked but the toilets are noisy and we found the rooms too hot, we had to turn the heating off on day 2 for the whole duration.

The hotel staff are very friendly and we could not fault the service or food quality, we stayed half board which worked well for us. The breakfast is basic but dinner consisted of 3 courses and buffet. The restaurant always seemed busy with external diners in the evenings and the place has a very good reputation within the resort. Apparently, the locals say the Sporting do the best pizza in town.

The ski room downstairs can be a bit of a bun fight at busy periods as the lighting is rubbish and the room is small but we didn't have any problems leaving our stuff in there.

There is an apres ski bar near the hotel but it is only noisy until about 8-9. Overall we had a good experiance at this hotel and would return again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

Livigno is a beautiful resort nestled between the Dolomites and the Alps and is considered a high altitude resort at 1816m (5958ft). The top elevation is at almost 3000m and can be reached using the gondola that reveals some breathtaking scenery.

Whether you want to charge down the 66miles of piste or take your time traversing the top of the mountain on a 3 hour trek there's something for everyone on the slopes.

Due to the area being duty-free the shopping is not to be missed and eating out is also very cheap.

The Sporting Hotel can be found near the end of the resort, walking distance from the bottom of the lifts, bars and restaurants. There are also regular buses circulating (bus stops directly outside hotel) around the resort that were most appreciated after a hard day on the slopes.

It is very much a budget hotel and there are no frills here, there is also no lift and after travelling for 6 hours on a coach from Innsbruck it was hard work dragging the cases up the stairs. This aside the rooms were very comfortable, acceptably clean and tidy and as long as you appreciate that you're not staying at the Ritz there is nothing to complain about.

There is no manned reception here and the staff in the restaurant/bar will be your main point of contact if anything is needed and they are very friendly and pleased to help.

There are no facilities at the hotel other than an equipment store for securing your ski/snowboard equipment so this is not the place to go if you are looking for a hotel with additional activities.

The Half Board food was very acceptable, if a bit limited, but this is only a small hotel so a varied menu should not be expected; be prepared for pizza, pasta, chips etc and not too much in the way of fresh fruit and veg.!

All in all, we had a very enjoyable stay in Livigno and would recommend the Sporting to anyone looking for a budget ski trip. The only thing to be wary of is the journey to the resort, depending on which airport you arrive at, you will almost be guaranteed a lengthy transfer.

  • Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

We stayed at the Sport hotel livigno as a group of 6 in March. The Hotel staff were great and I have nothing but compliments for them.
the rooms were a touch on the small side, with no room for luggage to be put anywhere - but they were very cozy and warm. Alas no english tv chanels but we were there to snowboard not sit n watch TV.
Our room (room 10 i think) was right above the side entrance to the hotel and found that you culd hear everyone stomping up and down the stairs at night.
I have nothing but praise for the food, Oh my the food.. I needed to go on a diet after staying there. Their pizzas are amazing :o) Their portion sizes are huge and the menu is varied.

The location of this hotel was second to none, literally climb out of bed walk 10 yards and you are at the foot of the Carosello gondola. Also the ski bus stops right outside the hotel and it was a 4 minute walk to the Ski Schools. - If you don't mind a very small room then I would reccomend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 24, 2008

My boyfriend and I staying at the Sporting Hotel for a week in March 2008 and really enjoyed our time there. We were a little apprehensive about the size of the rooms having read some of the reviews but it was fine. Yes there are small but wasn't an inconvenience and are cleaned everyday. The staff are very friendly and the meals good and plenty of it.

Livigno is a lovely resort. We were really impressed with it. We're fairly new to skiing although my boyfriend is an experienced boarder but he learnt to ski. We opted for private lesson for 3 days and our instructor Ermas was great! After a fresh snow fall took us off piste in the powder and through the forest. Was such good fun!

Although we were half board at the hotel we did eat out a couple of nights as it was so reasonable to do so. Much better value than heading to France! Apres ski beers also very reasonable - about 3 euros a pint! Great free bus service around the town. Would definitely visit again!

Only down side was our transfer times! We flew to Innsbruck and took us 6 1/2 hours to reach Livigno! There's a tunnel through the mountain connecting Switzerland to Italy and its only one way. This can cause huge delays!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2008

For those of you who have never skied Livigno before you will not be disappointed with this resort. This was our second time in Livigno and definitely not our last.

Livigno is a high altitude resort some 10000 feet up in the Italian Alps. Livigno is the perfect place for skiers of all levels, but beware it's very, very cold. On the two occasions we have visited the temperatures have fallen to around -20C, so make sure you've got a good ski suit!

The lift systems are fantastic and we found that the resort was fairly quiet which meant that you didn't have to stand around in long queues. Lots of mountain restaurants to keep you fed and watered throughout the day.

The scenery is breathtaking as the village nestles in a valley with rugged mountains rising either side giving you the opportunity to ski both sides of the mountains. The best time to ski is early morning when the pistes are fresh, by early afternoon the temperatures drop and the slopes become icy.

Moving on to the Hotel Sporting. This hotel sits at the foot of the Carosello Gondola, which means, skiing to the door which is great after a long day on the slopes. The staff are very friendly and helpful and speak good English which is always nice when you're away from home. The food is fantastic, we stayed on half board basis. There was a good buffet for breakfast and the evening meals were great with a good choice of food. The staff were more than willing to accomodate you if you fancied something that wasn't on the menu. You will not go hungry at this Hotel!

As for the rooms, well that's another story! These have got to be the smallest rooms we have ever stayed in, but saying that the large twin beds did take up a lot of space. The beds were very confortable, just what you need after a day on the slopes. However, take some earplugs with you as this has got to be the noisiest hotel on the planet! The en suite faclities left a lot to be desired. the bathrooms are very dated, tiles were cracked te shower head was old and rusty and sprayed water in all directions mainly everwhere apart from on you. The bathroom flooded every time you used the shower!

Now onto the worst bit of all, the smell!!!! Due to the high altitude and bitterly cold temperature this hotel has a problem with the drains freezing up and becoming blocked. The smell of sewage in the rooms, was at times unbearable! We had to buy plug in air fresheners to try and hide the stench. It helped a little, but in the end we had to admit defeat. It was too cold to open the balcony door. Although travel company and hotel were very apologetic ther wasn't much they could do. Apparantly the local council did attend midweek and unblock the drains, but we didnt' notice much difference.

We booked this hotel through Lastminute.com and got a fantastic deal, 7nights, half board for £259. This was less than half price. So you could argue that we got what we paid for! WE would not have been happy if we had paid the full price to stay at this hotel.

Livigno is an amazing resort. We have had a great time on both our visits here and will definitely be coming back, but not sure would use this hotel again. Unless we got another silly deal!!!

Stayed: February 2008
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Address: Via Saroch 1262, 23030, Livigno, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Sondrio > Livigno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Livigno
Price Range: $107 - $1,991 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dependance Sporting 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dépendance Sporting is 50 metres from the Carosello 3000 ski lift. It offers rooms with satellite channels and mountain views of the Livigno Range. Its restaurant serves traditional Valtellina dishes.Rooms come with light wood furniture and parquet floors. They include a private bathroom with toiletries. Most rooms also have a balcony. There is free Wi-Fi at the reception, open 24 hours a day. Guests can relax on the mountain-view terrace or in the common TV lounge with bar service. Providing free parking, the Dépendance Sporting is a 5-minute drive from Livigno city centre. The Stelvio National Park and Lake Livigno are 6 km away. ... more   less 
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