Let's start off by saying that this hotel is literally ski-in, ski-out, unless you are getting to the hotel before 8am or after 5pm. At that time a snowmobile can pick you up. But, there is no driving, or parking. Once you understand this, the rest is a breeze!
My wife and I stayed at the Chalet for 4 nights, and each was wonderful. After being picked up in town by Mauricio (who is awesome), we put our bags on the snowmobile and skied up to the chalet. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a courteous staff, ready to take care of each and every detail. We were guided to our room, "El Toro" Room, where we found a nice, relaxing room, much like a relaxed lodge, with a cozy bedroom, easy-to-manuver bathroom, and a patio with a large deck (though, it was cold).
After washing up, we were treated to cocktails and snacks. After this was an amazing meal, which is made and prepared in the kitchen.
The breakfast each day was amazing. Good eggs, bacon, oj, coffee, you name it. It was wonderful. The staff brought us into town (5 minute ride from the Chalet), and we were able to rent cheap skis and buy reasonable ski-lift passes.
The meals were wonderful. We had breakfast and dinners at the Chalet. The staff is courteous. Each member has his/her place, and the routine is set. Two stick to serving, one sticks to ordering and directing, one sticks to the front desk, and so forth. It's like a little family. After a day-or-so, it really makes you feel at home.
At the end of the day, you can ski in and have some drinks and snacks while watching the lifts close, and the people ski away. The staff takes your equipment, and stores it for the night. The mountain view is beautiful. The Chalet is so cozy.
If you want to go into town, the staff will snowmobile you down. My wife and I loved it because of how awesome Mauricio was. "you good?!" But, the town offers some wonderful restaurants, with A+ service. Plus, the staff/owners of the restaurants/bars love English speaking people, especially Americans (which sounds a little funny). Many of the owners of the restaurants are English, and cater to English and Irish visitors.
If you are patient with the experience at the Chalet, it completely pays back ten-fold. The staff really takes care of you. As long as you enjoy the experience, they are happy.
I'm telling you, my wife and I would do this trip 50x, if we could. We loved it.
When we left on the final day, we got a little irritated because our plans weren't going exactly the way that we planned. But, all the while, the Chalet tried its hardest to make sure we were comfortable. They made us breakfast an hour early, called for a taxi to meet us at the bottom of the hill, and had certain members of the staff wake-up to help us out.
My advice with leaving, make sure you have a later am train ride, not first thing in the morning. The Chalet moves slow in the morning, which is nice when you don't have anywhere to be.
Take our advice, stay here! Stay here, often! It's so worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A portrait of a bygone age framed by mountains, woods, fields and ponds, nestled between the ski slopes of the Cottian Alps, in the upper Val di Susa. In the midst of this, you'll find IL CAPRICORNO, a charming mountain hotel which was opened in 1966 by the Sacchi family. Since then it has been the jewel in the crown of Piedmontese hospitality, whose longstanding reputation is now in the hands of the Carezzana family of Turin, longterm devotees of the area. It's the perfect place for those who love old-style hospitality, where every detail and aspect has been carefully planned without ostentation. Here you'll experience that special Alpine ambiance, so unique and so inimitable, and a tangible sense of calm and tranquillity. Located 1,800 metres above sea level, it is the perfect destination for lovers of sport and winter activities, as well as those who love walking in the fragrant silence of forests in summer and enjoying the seasons as they come and go, transforming the colours of nature, nature that seems to reveal new secrets with every step. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Il Capricorno Hotel Italy/Province Of Turin