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Grand Hotel Besson
Ranked #18 of 31 Hotels in Sauze d'Oulx
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Stayed here for one week. We got a very good deal as did most people we spoke to at the hotel. The location for us was great. You could get the transportation which the hotel laid on in the morning up to the Sportina Lift or get them to drop you off at the lift in the Centre. We we're told about the option of leaving our ski's for 20 euro's at the bottom of the lift in the Centre which we were going to do but never did as the transportation was much better because it was door to door so to speak without any carrying of ski's and walking in boots! A couple of days we did however ski into the centre for some Apre's and after a few beers we heading back to the hotel with boots and ski's tow.... it was all down hill and took 5 mins to walk and had we had to do this everyday this wouldn't have bothered either of us...

The rooms are ok but more wardrobe space would have been better as our room for the whole holiday did look like a hurricane had hit it... The bathroom was clean and a good size. We did have to request more pillow's because the pillows are very hard and after first night I woke up with neck ache but the hotel was great and we got them straight away.

Food was good... you had a choice each evening and when the food came the plates were just enough to satisfy but if you like massive plates of food you will had better stock up on the salad and desserts....

Drinks... Gino the bar tender was great... really friendly and a pleasure to be around. Drinks are really well price for a 4* hotel.. five and half euro's for a pint was great... we have been going to France for years now and we were amazed at how cheap the drinks were in Sauze!! Cocktails in the bar were 6 euro's bargain!! In the town you would pay 4 euro's for a pint and during happy hour you we're paying 2 1/2 euro's!! Plus most of the place we drank we're bring out free pizza's and nibbles to keep you going....

The pool and spa were really nice after a long day on the slopes. The sauna was fantastic and one of the hottest ones I've been in. The steam room is different and could do with some type of scent plugged into it as it did smell every time I went into it and the jets that shoot in the pool from all angles were great.

We had a great holiday in Sauze and being a Meribel and St Anton lover I have to say that the range of skiing was great with over 400 km of skiing. For intermediate and begineers this is a dream location but if you are an expert and wanting to challenge yourself this is not the place to go. I did find the wanting to get a difficult challenging run but these were hard to find and what they call a black run is pretty much a steep red. We covered the whole range whilst we we're there going from Italy to France and this in itself kept my need for difficult runs at bay as we went out on a ski safari each day and because of the vastness of the range I can only recommend this as a great location to go skiing.

So in summary, Good hotel with good amenities, fantastic range of skiing and Sauze is great value for money location and so much so that we go skiing twice a year and we are seriously consider going back in March because of the value for money.

Room Tip: Request a room at the front as the views are fantastic to wake up to in the morning.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Grand Besson is a very nice and clean hotel. Private minibus to and from the slopes is a great bonus. Free spa. Cosy bar with mountain view. Good size bedrooms, not so comfortable beds with rock hard pillows. The only negative for us was the food. Breakfast mid ok, each day same choice. The worst scrambled eggs I ever had- eggs mixed with flour ( cheap trick to use less eggs!!). Poor choice of bread ( not everyone is happy with toasts). Dinner was a bit of a joke. Salad buffet was the worst part of it. If you are happy with boiled, cold potatoes, carrots, greens, etc , then you will be pleased there. There was no effort from the kitchen staff to prepare any salads, everything was cold , separately on the plates. Desserts were also not to our taste. Our 4 course meal was in fact only 2 (eatable) course meal! If you expect fine , italian cousin you will be disappointed! Ahh! and be prepared to pay €2,50 for water at dinner time (they will kindly offer this without saying the price!).

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Nice clean rooms, great view to the mountains.
The reception was very helpfull and serviceminded.
The restaurant served good classic italian food and had an OK wine list with italian wines from all regions. Cozy bar area with great view to the mountains and with a fireplace.
Free parking in the garage.
Great Spa facilities and gym - free access!

Only thing that was anoying was the internet which didn't work very well. Not even in the reception area. We was told it was going to be replaced soon...

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank klju
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had a great time at the GB (late ski deal via Crystal) - good food, nice atmosphere and all round excellent. No complaints other than it was a little too hot in the hotel. Minibus service was first class.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Martine R
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Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

The positives are pleasant staff, meals generally very good with a reasonable choice both at breakfast and dinner although popular buffet dishes did run out on occasion and were not replenished. The spa facilities are a real nice touch but are also available for use by guess,s from other hotels. Beds are of the twin type joined together by the blankets/covers but can be separated if needed, they do give you a good nights sleep and were long enough for me at 6'3". The bathroom was ample with a spacious shower.
The staff were very attentive although sometimes a little to attentive during meal times.
The hotel minibus to the ski lift is great and a real necessity as the 15 min walk in ski boots to the nearest lift would be a real chore. The hotel location is only 5 mins from the village centre which we liked as there were no worries about late night noise.
The hotel was quiet with no sign of any late night discos. Entertainment consisted of one man and an organ in the bar which was used to provide background music only every night.
The main let down and reason it doesn't get a 4 star rating is the room sizes are on the small side with little stowage. The hotel is generally well maintained with only a few areas showing signs of wear and tear.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Ive stayed in Italy on several occasions and find that the hotels are of a less standard than similar rated hotels in the likes of Austria or Switzerland. We stayed here over New Year so it wasn't cheap.
The staff in this hotel are fantastic and I couldnt speak higher of them, but the hotel has lots of little problems and could do with a complete makeover.
But on on a positive note I would defiantly recommend this hotel as we had a fantastic holiday and I would stop here again and possibly will.
The shuttle too and from the slopes was a real boness and made life a lot easier in the mornings and for that alone I would recommend the hotel. The food was very good except the New year gala dinner which we left after 2 hours and only 3 courses of a 7 course meal, but apart from that the food was great, also some very good local wines.
If you take this hotel as a 3 star and not a 4 you will enjoy your stay, if you are expecting the standard of An Austrian 4 star you may be disappointed.
I'd like to give a big thank you to Paulo, Salvatore, Joeseph, ghino (hope the spellings arnt too bad) and all the rest of the staff who mainly come from Sorrento and Sciclly, as they make this a very good hotel and made our holiday great.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Short stay for a long ski weekend. Hotel was booked fairly last minute so there was some apprehension before arriving. However, this was unfounded. Hotel is a great place to stay, comfortable (rooms are not the largest, but adequate), views (mountain view rooms) are spectacular, and customer service superb (staff are very helpful and very polite, really top notch on this count). Only issue I noted was that soundproofing of rooms is not great, so I was disturbed a little on the first night by other guests talking / laughing in corridor, so if you are a light-sleeper then do beware (earplugs was the answer for me).

Can access ski lifts using hotel shuttle service so no issues getting to the slopes. Ski room is easy to access, and parking is free (we used shuttle service on first day and drove to ski lift the second day following the shuttle, altho it is a fairly simple drive).

All in all this hotel is good value for money, and our experience here was generally excellent. I will be booking here again when I return to Sauze d'Oulx in a few months time.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Via del Rio 15, 10050 Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
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Location: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Turin > Sauze d'Oulx
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sauze d'Oulx
Price Range: $116 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Besson 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exclusive hotel where you experience the mountains in all seasons, in the splendid setting of the western Alps, for an intense week of skiing, a romantic weekend or to unwind in relaxing the body and spirit in the exclusive Besson Spa re-generation.The Grand Hotel Besson has 44 rooms, elevator, common areas, lounges, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, panoramic terrace, solarium, ski room, private parking, garage, spa and stunning views over the valley and mountains.Un albergo esclusivo dove vivere la montagna in tutte le stagioni, nella splendida cornice delle Alpi occidentali, per una settimana di intensa attività sciistica, per un week-end romantico in assoluto relax o per ritemprarsi il corpo e lo spirito nell'esclusiva SPA Besson Re-generation.Il Grand Hotel Besson dispone di 44 camere, ascensore, ampi spazi comuni, saloni, bar, ristorante, sale meeting, terrazza panoramica, solarium, ski room, parcheggio privato, garage, centro benessere e splendida vista sulla valle e le montagne. ... more   less 
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Grand Hotel Sauze d Oulx
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