Our ski club from the USA recently spent a week at Grand Hotel Besson (3-10 March), and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay. Each member of the staff was fantastic, and they all really went above and beyond to make sure that our every need was met. Gino, the barman, was absolutely great! His friendly personality, total energy behind the bar and ability to make everyone feel special was so appreciated. His skills as a mixologist are superb, and he even made a fine ski companion for some of our group! The front desk personnel, and particularly Nello, were so accomodating and willing to help wherever needed. Salvatore and his shuttle bus made the trips to and from the lifts so pleasant and efficient, and Orlando made sure that our every wish was fulfilled in the dining room! The food was abundant and good. Although most menu choices would not satisfy the most discerning foodie, the offerings were varied, tasty and fine for a group of hungry skiers. Chef Paolo takes pride in his work, and we appreciated that! The birthday cakes provided for our birthday celebration evening were great, and we loved the cannoli for breakfast on our last day. We were given a very abundant and delicious Gala Dinner on our last evening, and that was such a special touch!
While some of the rooms were on the small side, they were all very clean and comfortable with lovely bathrooms. The lobby was large yet cozy, and it provided more than enough room for our crowd of 38 to socialize, enjoy drinks, read on the cushy sofas or use the tables for various activities. We enjoyed the music in the evenings, too. Most of us were quite content to spend our evenings right there!
The location of Grand Hotel Besson is superior as well. It is in a quiet position away from the noisy center of Sauze yet close enough for an easy walk to the action. The view from the front terrace and the front facing rooms is exquisite! There is ample parking in front or in the underground garage, and for those arriving by bus, the walk up the driveway is not really a problem at all.
I would give this hotel a 5 star rating if it were not for the questionable WiFi service in the rooms and public spaces. While it fulfilled my needs just fine, it did seem somewhat device driven and not up to the standard one would expect from a four star hotel. A few in our group were quite dissatisfied with it. In addition, the ski room is not adequate for a large group. Its size is fine, but there is only one small bench for putting on and taking off boots, and that was a problem with so many heading to the slopes at the same time each day. Heated boot racks are not provided, and the room is not easily accessed from inside the hotel.
Our ski club would enthusiastically return to this hotel again if given the opportunity, and a huge Grazie Mille!! to everyone who made our stay such a great success.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sauze d Oulx
- Grand Hotel Besson Italy/Province Of Turin