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“Close to Ski Lifts & Equipment Hire”
Review of Garni L'Salvan

Garni L'Salvan
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Garni L'Salvan
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“Close to Ski Lifts & Equipment Hire”
Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

We arrived late evening and were welcomed by the 2 Crystal Ski chalet hosts Dave & Lewis. They had kept us a 3 course dinner for us which was very much appreciated after a long day travelling!
The room we had was on the ground floor. We requested this as we wanted a decent shower and as much space as possible. The upstairs rooms are in the eaves and so have less space. Talking to other guests they didn't have a proper shower but just one over the bath which was also short. We made the right choice with our early request.
The beds were comfortable. Reasonably firm with no lumps! After a good day skiing we certainly had no problems sleeping! (That might also be down to wine & beer?!)
The breakfast is pretty limited. The lads do a cooked option of 3 items which varies slightly daily: scrambled egg, beans & speck; fried egg, mushroom & beans; poached egg, tomato & speck etc etc (speck is Italian thin sliced ham like Parma ham).
The ski hire shop (Ski 2000) was close by, but at the bottom of a reasonably steep hill. The quality of the equipment is very good. I was given comfortable boots and my skis had good edges.
Skiing the region is excellent! There's endless amount of runs and we didn't get to them all by any means. You could go somewhere different every day if you wish.
At the end of the day there is an easier path to walk back up to the chalet in your ski boots that is not so steep. If you are skiing down to the gates opposite Luis Keller bar, don't go all the way down! Instead, stop about 100 yards up the track where there is a crossing path. You will see a small hotel and car park on the left. Come off here and cross over the road to take the low gradient path back! We took a reccy trip from the chalet to work this out first after enquiring with the chalet boys.
There's a ski and boot room at the chalet to keep your equipment safe and to dry out your boots.
Back at the chalet late afternoon the lads lay on home baked cake for the guests which differs daily. These were very tasty (as long as the other chalet residents haven't eaten it all before you get there as happened to my friend!)
Dinner is at 7.30pm and is a 3 course set meal. The food on the whole was very good but being a small set up catering for 12 or 13 people, the choice was limited to the set meal. If you don't like it, or you have fussy eaters in your party you might find this awkward. There was only a couple of dishes I wasn't that keen on. I'm just used to hotels with more choice and so that's my only quibble and no fault of the lads cooking which is good. The wine served at dinner is just about drinkable but I'm a bit of a wine snob I'm afraid and in the end went to the supermarket to buy my own!
This is the first time I've been in a chalet and usually favour hotels. I think to be honest it's not for me and would choose a hotel next time. I can see the attraction though, and if you like this sort of thing then the personal service is great. The things I wasn't keen on were that we had to share a table with a couple of other guests who we had absolutely nothing in common with (likewise to the rest of the residents, but the other people are always a gamble to who you get, wherever you go!). The other thing was having to go out to eat one night. I fully understand that the lads need a day off and this is fine. It's just something to bear in mind when budgeting your holiday!!
Would I go back to Selva? Yes! Brilliant Ski area.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

When we go on holiday, we normally like to stay in a 4 star hotel with a pool and plenty of other facilities but the cost of doing this in Selva was just too much for us. To be honest, most of the 3 star hotels were out of our budget as well! We ended up choosing the Salvan because it was close to the village centre and looked like good value for money. It is a Crystal/Thomson hosted chalet and includes breakfast, a packed lunch, afternoon tea and cakes and a 3 course dinner with wine 6 days a week so we decided this would make up for having no pool etc. It turned out to be a great decision as we hardly spent any money on food or drink during the week. The girls who ran the chalet were really friendly and helpful and the food was frankly gorgeous (and this comes from a fussy eater). It was so nice to be able to come in from a long day of walking and relax outside with a cup of tea and a slice of cake and the tiny dining room meant there was always someone to talk to at mealtimes.

The bedrooms were fairly basic though, but fine for the price – we were in room 6 which is a twin room in the eaves with balcony. Sadly the balcony was in the shade so it was too cold to use but we could use the table outside the main door instead if we wanted to sit out. Being in the eaves made the configuration of the room a bit awkward and it took us a little while to get used to the low ceilings – this was particularly a problem in the bathroom as the bath was tiny and only has a showerhead attachment, not a proper shower. All of this was more than manageable for a week though. There is a drying room where you can leave clothes and boots to dry off if necessary. There are books and games for you to use on a wet day and an honesty bar if you’d rather have a beer with your dinner. The rooms do have TVs, but they didn’t have any English channels so we only used them for looking at the Italian weather forecasts.

The chalet’s location is very good, on the edge of town but only a minute from the nearest bus stop and 2 minutes from the Ciampinoi lift. The tourist office and village centre are less than 10 mins walk away. The main path to the chalet is very steep but you can avoid this by taking the old train line path which runs just below it. There are lots of bars and restaurants near the chalet – on our chalet hosts’ night off we went to the Costabella restaurant and had some lovely Tirolean dumplings and Wiener Schnitzel. We found food and drink prices were quite high, even in the supermarkets, and were even higher in the mountain huts (2 Apple Strudels, a hot chocolate and a bottle of water were 12 euros).

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Garni L'Salvan
Address: Strada Meisules 311, 39048, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Val Gardena > Selva di Val Gardena
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Ranked #27 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Selva di Val Gardena
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Garni L'Salvan Val Gardena/Selva Di Val Gardena, Italy

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