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“Incredible place to stay and the food delicious”
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Ciao Pais
Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in Sauze d'Oulx
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Mirko, Juzie, Erika, Renato and Johnny were amazing hosts.

An incredibly friendly family who will do everything they can to make you feel at home.

Mirko collected us from outside Chalet Valeret (?) at 5.05pm (top of "Via Clotes". If travelling via Oulx - Get a cab as the €1.50 bus drops you miles away) - this is the earliest the Skidoo can come down the mountain, and with our ski bags in tow we headed to Ciao Pais whilst appreciating the amazing sunset en route. (If you arrive early - I suggest you stay in town before heading up late in the afternoon, as there's no restaurant or bar near the meeting point)

We were shown to our room which was a suite as requested. (Room 12 - No view but still brilliant)
The whole hotel has showers only. So no rooms with baths. The suite had a steam and power shower with massage jets and a seat. Great shower.
The room was massive with Sky Satellite TV with 100's of channels incl English channels and a 32" Samsung tellie and two single sofas.
Wifi in the hotel is excellent and free!
MUST have Vin Brulee (Their mulled wine) - €4 and amazing!

The food - INCREDIBLE!
With the half board package we we usually given the Chef's starter. Which could have been cold meats, or grilled cheese or whatever. It was FANTASTIC.
Then Primi course was from the menu. Carbonara, Truffle Pasta, Game pasta just a few of the choices. FANTASTIC.
Then secondi - Wild Boar steak - HUGE and so tasty, Pork shank, and plenty of other fantastically prepared dishes. Each perfectly tasty. One evening we were offered a 1kg rib eye steak to share between 2. Incl in the half board price.
Pudding was creme brulee, various cakes but we were usually completely stuffed by then.

Basically we were told by every seasonnaire we met - Ciao Pais food is the best in Sauze d' Oulx and I have to say... We didn't want to try anywhere else. Couldn't fault it. And the service throughout was amazing. Chris the chef was brilliant.

The wine list - superb choice and brilliantly priced. Barberesca - we were recommended a €20 bottle by Mirko - And it was cracking!!!!!! We are not wine snobs but they have wines going upwards of €200.

Breakfast choice was cooked or continental with fruit, cereal, etc. Have the freshly squeezed orange juice and their Italian coffee, amazing!!! Watch out for Micha the cat. :) who is only allowed to visit in the mornings and loves yoghurt, preferably licked off your finger.

Ciao Pais is hidden away on the red run 2000. You literally pop your skis on and you're on the piste and in Sauze d'Oulx in 3 minutes if you're a confident skier, 10 if not.

OK so what would I change? The bar is small. 4 bar stools and one table. It would be brilliant if this could be made bigger. NOTHING ELSE!!!

If we ever wanted to go into town, Mirko kindly took us on the skidoo and picked us up.
These guys really were very hospitable and nothing was too much trouble.
I cannot praise Ciao Pais enough and we will DEFINITELY be returning.

Julie and Grant

Room Tip: Room 12... Suite. Amazing!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Having been to this place for many years for coffee and lunch as a stop point en route down the mountain we decided to book for Christmas Eve dinner

The skidoo's picked us up at 7.30 and took us up the mountain for dinner. It was a really special evening. The food was great and the atmosphere was really good too.

Santa Claus came to visit at the end of the evening bringing all the guests gifts.

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Who doesn't dream of ski-in and ski-out in a secluded setting halfway up the mountain? Everything I read on TA and other places was true. On this particular weekend, conditions were amazing and crowds non-existent. Sick friend didn't keep me from traveling solo. I will definitely return. Staff friendliness was off the charts for anyplace I've experienced in Europe. They took fantastic care of me, and of their regular clientele. I can't say enough great things.

Room Tip: Higher floor would be quieter... further away from dining room.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Arrived at night after an exciting drive up the mountain, enjoyed a wonderful meal, with great service, we were invited to join many friendly fun loving young great looking Italians celebrating the end of summer and the comming winter ski season, had a great nights sleep in a beautiful room. Woke to beautiful Italian Alps views and a great breakfast. We will return and recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We visit Ciao Pais every winter and we always look forward to this annual event. Food and service are excellent and the atmoshere as well.
The position is such that you can ski out and back and evenings are a dream , peacuful and tranquile.
Milky Way is an excellent skiing area and if you do not wish to stay down in the village but somewhere very special this is the place to book. Rooms are very comfortable and you have all there what is needed . Book it early !!!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Just arrived back after a break in Sauze. Stayed at Ciao Pais for the first time in the summer. We have stayed at the hotel for the past 9 years skiing. The weather was amazing as was the food and the ice cold beer !! Very friendly as normal and the staff could not do enough to help. totally awesome place for a summer break. Will be back in Jan for skiing....bring on the white stuff!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The perfect hideaway (it is a Rifugio after all) from everyday’s hustle and bustle in the Italian Alps with all the warmth and character you could ever want and cooking to match.
And for those who cannot do without, WiFi, even outside in the deck chairs while enjoying the sun, the splendid scenery and/or the “whynotties”.
As an unplanned "desert" to our stay in the French Var, we spent some time in Ciao Pais, a true "cherry on the pie" as we found out. Unfortunately, we could only stay for two nights but even so, the people running Ciao Pais managed to make us feel very comfortable, so much so that we will certainly go back for more. Next time during winter maybe?

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ciao Pais

Address: Via Case Sparse 17, 10050 Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Turin > Sauze d'Oulx
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
#2 Family Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
Price Range: $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chalet known as "Rifugio Ciao Pais", built in 1930, maintains all its mountain refuge characteristics even though it has been rebuilt and renovated on several occasions, and is an ideal winter or summer base for mountain lovers. It is run by current owners, Mirko and Giusy, who have retained the chalet's style with the greatest respect for the area's traditions. ... more   less 
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Ciao Pais Italy/Province Of Turin

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