If you are thinking of travelling to Selva in the winter or summer you would have to give the Pralong a very serious consideration. Family run, fantastic staff and friendly. Everyone smiles, everyone wants to assist you in having a memorable stay in the region. Nothing is too much trouble.
Being a small hotel, clients are treated like honoured guests on first name terms. The hotel is slightly elevated from the road overlooking a small river, the ski lift and the pine covered sides of the mountains. A chair lift is a 3 mins walk away. The main gondola lift 8-10 mins. The town of Selva spreads along a road for aprox. half a mile. As such there is no real centre (bakery within 5 mins walk. Ski shops, Lift Pass office and cash point all within 4 min). There is a nearby skibus that links all the Selva Valley resorts (7€ pp per week). You cannot ski to the door, but you can to a really great Stube bar just 3 mins down the road. Or simply take of your skis and walk from the chairlift to the hotel (little effort).
The hotel is very much in the Tirolean style of the Alps (ink Austria with a slight Italian twist). Immaculate in every detail. Lots of polished wood and ornaments give it a real homely feel. Meals in the restaurant are nothing short of superb (4 courses and all generous). A large buffet breakfast. Allocated tables per room or party. Service, quality and choice more in keeping with a top independent restaurant. Comfortable bar with all manor of drinks.......and best of all we are talking cheap by Alpine standards. Prosecco at 3€, coffee at 2€, beer from 3€ and a bottle of wine form 20€.
As you might expect all public areas and rooms overlook the mountains. Not other buildings.
Officially classified as a 3*+ hotel. It is much better tha that. No pretensions, no hip, nothing flash.
All rooms are mid size, austrian twin bedding (2x singles joined), carpetted, ample storage, balcony, hairdryer, TV, safe, bath or shower. The hotel has wi-fi, sauna, jet spa bath and a ski/boot room.
The only time the hotel has road noise is during the day, albeit still light when to be fair everyone is out walking, ski-ing or shopping.
We have skied in virtually every resort in Europe and the States over the last 30 years, not only does Selva and the scenery make it into the top three (not for die-hard off pisters and black run afficiado's, but those that enjoy magnificent scenery).
The Hotel owner is a past Italian Olympic ski champion, look for the trophies everywhere. The Hotel is effectively managed by the son Christian (who when he is not suggesting regional wines, greeting you at check-in could be saving someone from the mountains as one of the very talented helicopter rescue team) and every thing is overseen by mother (the matriach!) to ensure the hotel is immaculate.
We had a fantastic stay, made even more memorable when the staff went the extra mile to look after me when I had a mishap on the mouantain and learnt all about helicopters and hospitals.
Put me off?
Not at all. We like every other guest we spoke to will be back for both more of the Dolomites and the Hotel Pralong.
Chris & Irene May
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pralong Val Gardena/Selva Di Val Gardena, Italy