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“Good for the money, could be great with minor improvements”
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Hotel Miravalle
Ranked #3 of 31 Hotels in Sauze d'Oulx
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Stayed in 4 rooms with a group of 8 friends and family. Firstly, to put this in context, the whole holiday was £830 fully inclusive, with flights and area lift passes. Cheap as chips!

The hotel is warm, reasonably clean, plenty of hot water. The breakfast is excellent, packed lunch acceptable, (TBH, you can eat on the mountain very cheaply in Sauze, with a hot meal with a drink for under 10 Euros), the evening meal sort of splits into 2 parts. You order your meal for the following evening the night before. There are 3 courses, and from our experience, the starter and sweet were great, the main course was ok, though not as good as the rest. The weird part was a sort of pre starter buffet, which was probably better than the rest of the meal, albeit a bit of a bun fight. They could save a considerable amount of money by cutting one of the courses, there would still be more than enough!

The rooms were small but comfy, though our tv was virtually over the bed and you had to be laid down flat to watch it. The cleanliness in the room could have been better, though the maid said they were only allowed 10 minutes per room. The wooden floor wasn't swept all week, which meant there was quite a lot of dust and debris by the week end. You could dry your kit in the bathroom, as the heated towel rail was always on, and it made a great drying room.

Staff were helpful & friendly. The guys from the local ski school were there in the evening too, and were very helpful as well.

You could walk to the Sportinia lift in the morning, but it's a bit of a drag to be fair. The free shuttle provided by the town is supposed to run every 15 minutes. In reality its more like every minutes, which eats in to your skiing time. A massive bonus to this hotel would be the provision of a free minibus shuttle for an hour and a half in the morning and evening. They could pay for it with the money they saved on the food if they cut out a course!

Overall, a great holiday, I would go back to this hotel, but to be fair, only if I couldn't get anything better, which I think I probably could.

Room Tip: Ask for a larger room as there are some quite large differences. We had 4 rooms all different sizes.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We booked as full board in ski season, hotel was very friendly, any queries or questions, the staff did their utmost to help or find out. Rooms clean & perfectly good enough for a base, some rooms bigger than others but all bathrooms have plenty of room for drying ski gear etc. great views all around. Food was good for the cost of the holiday, Reading previous reviews about food 'issues'. I put on half a stone in this week & ski'd every day!!! listen folks, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! It's all inclusive plenty of choice for breakfast, a budget pack up consisting of 2 filled small rolls, 1 satsuma & small chocolate bar -if required-, 4 course evening meal. & if your fussy about food fill up on the 'pre starter' buffet you can't go wrong. Free bar in the late afternoon-early evening. Service was very very efficient for Italy?.
Sauna was excellent, though we didn't try the jaquzzi.
Hotel located in a quieter area 5 mins walk from center of Sauze, 10 minute uphill walk to the lowest & nearest chairlift to Clotes or 15-20 minute walk to the Sportina lift , where at the top of the 1st chair aminities like bars, restaurants, ski school, nursery slopes, lockers, deck chairs etc. are located (excellent base area). Also there's a ski bus at the end of a 100 metre lane from the hotel which can become crowded at peak times & are fairly irregular. or more frequent & less crowded (3 lines) from the centre of Sauze. We would definitely go back again soon I hope.

Room Tip: Only 1 lift but shallow stairs, 1st floor can be a bit noisy from below bar area & our room on 4...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had 2 rooms with balconies, they were plenty big enough. Staff very friendly. Food was what we expected for the price, we never went hungry in fact the opposite. Hot tub not hot but the sauna was. Rooms spotless. Great position. Internet hit and miss. We will be returning next year..

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Ian R
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed in the Miravalle as a group of 9 in January 2014.

Location - the hotel is fairly well located - it's in a quiet area, reached by cobbled streets (though these can be quite slippery) and despite reviews suggesting that Sauze is rather unattractive I actually found it quite pleasant. Certainly better than the neighbouring and hideous Sestriere! It is, however, a 10 - 15 minute slog uphill to get to the nearest lift (Clotes) which isn't all that much fun with full gear. Fortunately I have a very obedient boyfriend to carry my snowboard, as even the fittest of our group were most certainly sufficiently warmed up after the walk!

Rooms - The rooms are small, we had a twin room and there wasn't enough space really to push the beds together into a double. There is a decent sized cupboard with small drawers and a safe, and a table along with a TV which has a couple of English language channels. The rooms do have a tiled 'porch' space that is just about big enough to store all your wet gear. We also stored our boards here as the store room in the basement wasn't secure enough for our liking, being accessible from the outside and with the door permanently unlocked/open. The bathroom is a decent size, we did find the hot water would go halfway through a shower then return a minute or so later, so you either have to endure a few minutes of cold water or turn it up and get a bit scorched when it comes back! Previous reviews have mentioned the hairdryer, it's not great but it's only about the same as a cheap travel hairdryer so I was OK with it. The rooms are now accessed only by key, not keycard, and seemed perfectly secure. Most importantly, the beds are comfortable!

Food - I wasn't overly impressed with the food. The sausages in the morning seemed to often be pink in the middle and the bacon was mostly fat, so I stuck to cereal. There was a good selection of tea, cereal and bread for toasting as well as muffins and various sweet cakes. Some of the sweet things seemed to be leftovers from previous dinners, which was a bit of a theme - much of the 'salad' buffet food was leftovers from breakfast! The lunches were a very dreary affair, no chocolate bar provided as mentioned in previous reviews, just two sandwiches (though these could be topped up from the breakfast buffet). The 'salad' buffet is the highlight of the evening meal, many of my group ended up stuffing ourselves with that because the actual main meals were generally poor. The chicken wings were superb, get there early though or there won't be anything left! As with the breakfast bacon, the meat was often very fatty and the sides were the same for every dish - every night was just some form of potato (eg. croquettes or chips) and a few bits of veg. No thought put into the meals at all, it seemed.
In general - The serving/cleaning staff are all very friendly, though the receptionist seemed a little standoffish she was helpful if needed. The bar is free from 4.30 - 10, spirits are served very liberally (I usually had vodka and sprite, which seemed to often be 50/50!). The wines, particularly those served with the evening meal, weren't very nice but there's plenty of other drinks to be had. The bar area is really too small with not enough seating, which was very frustrating in a large group as someone would have to be there by 4.30 to ensure we could all sit down. We had one rowdy group in the hotel with us who made a lot of noise in the corridors one night but otherwise it was fairly quiet.

Mountain - We were lucky with snow in Sauze and had plenty of it, though we still found that there were stones and grit coming through the snow even in the morning on the piste and the snow cannons seemed to be on permanently. As snowboarders we were glad to able to mostly avoid drag lifts though it does stop you accessing certain runs. It's also worth noting that many of the reds aren't reds at all - Red 11 in particular is a gorgeous, cruising run that we all loved, even the nervous/new riders. In general it was very easy to get around the slopes as many runs come back to the same points, making it easy to meet up with friends. There was also (on the days it wasn't covered in a foot of snow!) a good, well maintained little board park under the top Sportinia lift with some ride-on, easy boxes/rails and an enthusiastic Scot working there, and offering guidance to anyone coming down. The chairlifts are a little slow but easy to get on and off and there wasn't much in the way of queues whilst we were there, though when they were it was a bit of a melee and very difficult to get through.

In all, a nice and convenient resort (though don't expect the locally driven coaches to do what they're supposed to!) with some great, if over classified, wide runs both above and below the treeline. The Miravalle is definitely good hotel for anyone on a budget who wants everything sorted for them in advance and a comfy bed to sleep in. Just make sure to fill up on the buffet!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here full board as part of a ski holiday. Bar is open for free drinks 16:30-22:30 Tuborg on tap. Very clean. Rooms are small but your only using them as a base. Food good and lots of it but the buffet is a bit stodgy and lacks variety at breakfast.

Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just came home from another fantastic holiday to Sauze. We have stayed at this hotel three times now so we knew what to expect. We like staying in the old town and usually catch the ski bus to the sportinia lift which run every 15 mins. The hotel itself is clean and well located in the beautiful old town, rooms are small, basic and always clean. The breakfast was good and so was the packed lunches, the drinks are now all local brands but still good, found out you could get prosecco on the all inclusive drinks. The only disappointing thing was the evening meals, sometimes cold, not very well presented and not as described on the menu. We know it is a three star and not expecting Michelin star food, but the standard had definitely dropped since the last time we had stayed. Unfortunately we will stay at a different hotel when we return next year.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a balcony room so it will be bigger.
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

I traveled to this hotel for the new year of 2014 with family of both adults and a 10 year old.

The location of the hotel is in the old town of Sauze D'Oulx which is only a 5 minute stroll with a small uphill gradient along the cobble stone narrow street to the centre. Here you will find a supermarket, pharmacy, bars and the ski hire shops. This walk is not hard however I would not advise doing it in either directions wearing ski boots, the cobbles are icy from the icicles dripping from the overhanging roofs and the fallen snow is packed from the one way vehicular traffic.

The ski bus is by far easiest way to get to the slopes and take that from someone who would much rather walk to the first lift. We walked once during the week and it took 15 minutes and was hard work! The bus stop is located 50 metres from the hotel drive and is also where your transfer coach will drop you off. The bus was very crowded and still more people pack onboard, it runs every 30mins and runs to the Sportinia chair lift which takes less than a 5 minute journey so the crammed carriage is just about bearable. It is worth mentioning here the facility to leave you skis and boots on the mountain, I highly recommend this. The ski deposit will cost €20 each and worth every cent. The Sportinia lift caters for pedestrians both up the mountain and down, the deposit is located at the top of the Sportinia lift. The town streets are much easier to negotiate after your days skiing when wearing a good pair of shoes with no equipment in tow!

Now back to the hotel, the rooms are the usual expected standard for this style of ski hotel, small, clean, tidy and plenty of hot water. The showers could do with some attention or replacement of the heads, however if you decide to use the hot tub and sauna the showers down there have afar better flow so take you wash kit!

The bar is comfortable but if you like to ski until the last lift there will be no room to sit in the bar on your return. All the drinks are served in plastic half pint glasses. Beer, wine and spirits, there are no short measures here but drinking wine from a half pint glass didn't quite feel right to me.

The food. All the meals were edible but not always enjoyable. If you are a strict vegetarian make sure your requirements are known, if you order the vegetarian option from you choices the evening before do not be surprised if there are meat products on your plate along side your veggie choice. The veg Pizza slice which was more like a slice of quiche had a side of sausages mixed with baked beans, not to make assumptions but much like the baked beans and sausages that were on the breakfast buffet that morning! We also ordered beef which was in fact pork when it was served. There is a self service 'salad bar' available when the restaurant opens which also has pizza, chicken wings (which are very good and popular), chicken nuggets, baby hotdogs and some salad. If you want the popular items from this get there early! Following the 'salad bar' you have the 3 course meal. The food lacked the finesse of a restaurant and was more reflective of a canteen, it was also warm at the best when it landed at the table. The food was by far the down side of the hotel which was the view of many guests during the week. Let's hope the managers take note of our feedback surveys and improve this for future guests, as previous review say how good the food here can be. Don't get me wrong you won't go hungry but the food isn't a pleasure to eat. If you are squeamish when it comes to animals don't watch them bring out the roast piglet of which I will try and post a picture. By far the tastiest meal for me but I don't mind that sort of thing. The packed lunch provided for you each morning consisted of 2 sandwich rolls, an orange, a bottle of water and a chocolate bar. A tip from me here is to add to your sandwiches items you like from the breakfast buffet to make them a little more interesting.

All the staff were polite, helpful and friendly. They work hard and put some hours in.

Overall this was a good holiday, the skiing conditions were great, the location of the hotel is what you would expect for the price you are paying, the food is in need of some improvement, with the all inclusive bar and packed lunch you will spend very little extra cash while you are there.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
Thank Mike B
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Address: Via Assietta 60, 10050 Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Turin > Sauze d'Oulx
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
#6 Family Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
Price Range: $154 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Miravalle 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Miravalle is one of the most popular in Sauze d'Oulx. Just about 350 meters (1100 feet) far from the piste of the Milky Way ski resort, the hotel is located in the old core of the village, the most charming area of Sauze d'Oulx. From the large windows of the dining room, but also from the terraces on the first and fourth floors, as well as from the summer back garden, you can enjoy a breath-taking view over the mountains of the Susa Valley. The hotel, at the ground floor, is equipped with a room with a sauna and a Jacuzzi tub; also, on the same floor, there is a ski deposit accessible either from the outside or from the inside of the hotel. Feel free to call us for any further information regarding your holiday. ... more   less 
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