After reading some of the poorer reviews I wasn't sure what to expect, however I was very pleasantly surprised by this hotel.
Staying at the Biancaneve in Jan 2013 for skiing was an excellent budget choice.
I was staying on the Apartments side, rooms that also have a kitchenette which was locked as I was half board. The room was clean but showing its age, weirdly laid out with the space being lost to ikea style bunk/wardrobes that went over the main bed making it a little claustrophobic until I got used to it.
The rooms on that side were all angled to the balcony where my room was facing the stunning slopes with sunrise and a perfect view of the mountains. Unforgettably it also came at a price - being on the main road which was a little busy most the night at the weekend and early mornings, the main culprit being the snowplough (sounds like a bottle bank being emptied or jet crashing depending if the door was closed or open!!!). I understand ear plugs solved not only this but the apri-skiers noise in the early hours.
There wasn't anywhere to really sit in the room to watch the non tuned TV (which I didn't want to watch so didn't get fixed) but the TV room would have done nicely if I needed. The bed was really really soft, like a hammock, but once mentioned to the staff it was soon replaced to my liking.
I apparently was lucky that I could turn off the radiators (had the -10deg air coming in the first night to try and cool it) others in the main part didn't have that luxury, they really do need to address that with some cheap thermostats on the radiators!
The food was top notch. Plenty of fresh salad to start (help yourself) and 2 further courses which you select the day before from a list of 4, being italy it was generally a couple of tasty pasta dishes and a veal/meat/fish dish with some veggie too. Then help yourself to 3 far too nice puddings (I did) and even an ice-cream trolley on top.
After a hard day skiing eating so I couldn't move was just right.
The breakfast was also very good for energy, cereals, fruit, juices, croissants, cheese and meat with rolls, all self stuff! I only needed lunch twice and that was only though greed. For Neilson clients we even got tea and bickies at 4pm! I had expected to eat out once or twice but just couldn't find a menu I didn't like in the hotel so ate in every night.
The staff were all very efficient, polite, smiling and I only found one could be slightly offish at times (mainly when I wanted to refill a water bottle with tap water that she was adamant shouldn't be drunk) and found any problems previously mentioned by reviews last year totally unfounded, maybe staff moved on?
Overall I can recommend the hotel for budget conscious skiers who enjoy a good meal!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Biancaneve, placed in front of the splendid panorama of the Alps of Dauphiné, presents its visitors with the austerity of Lucerne stone and the strength of wood that form the outer covering, like a treasure chest that contains within it the simplicity and warmth of a classic alpine style. Only at 200 m. from the modern cable-Sestriere Fraiteve and to 400 m. from Sestriere center and the main ski lifts of Vialattea, Hotel Biancaneve is a historic landmark for lovers of skiing and sports in general. ... more less
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