We stayed in the Olympic Village hotel in the middle of January. We arrived early in the morning, and were check straight in and thankfully our rooms were ready. We did have to pay an additional city tax of 7euros per person, which we were advised of at the time of booking. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
The room was spacious and well equipped, with a twin bedroom to the left with a separating sliding door. There was plenty of storage in the bedroom, enough space for all 4 of us to store clothes. The bathroom area included a separate sink, leading to a toilet and shower room (also with a bidet). There was an open plan living and kitchen area, which was really spacious. This included a twin sofa bed, dining table and kitchenette, which was very clean. There was a fridge, with a small freezer also. Unfortunately there was no oven or even grilling capability in the microwave, which was a shame. The twin bedroom had a window onto the corridor, the curtains were not great so let quite a bit of light in during the night, we didn't have a problem with noise in the corridor, but I can imagine at busier times there might be an issue. We also found that the bedroom wasn't as segregated as first thought, there was a gap above the door of both the living area and the bedroom, so if anyone wanted to go to bed earlier, they were still disturbed by the noise from the communal area of the apartment.
The ski lockers were great, but only space for 2 pairs of boots in the boot lockers. The hotel layout was difficult to navigate on the first few days, but we soon got used to it and found the quickest route to the ski lockers and reception.
We booked a package deal through crystal, which, to our surprise included 2 vouchers (one for pizza, one for the buffet) to the restaurant in the complex. The food was good, not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if we had opted for a full board deal, there didn’t seem to be a massive variety in the 2 days we spent there.
The gym was well equipped, although I personally didn’t use it. The pool was small with lots of children and families using at peak times. It was almost impossible to swim lengths without being disturbed. It was also compulsory to wear a swimming hat, which I wasn’t aware of before we arrived. They have a shop selling on site which sells them for 6-8euros, however, the shop was out of stock on the day we required them.
The slopes were a 1 minute walk away, which was great! Ski lessons were slightly further up the mountain, near to the centre of Sestriere so it was either a 10 minute walk up the road, or a ski lift and run down which was no problem. There was ski hire available in the complex, however the one included in our package deal was located in the centre, a 10 minute walk away. There was also a mini supermarket on site which didn’t seem to be too expensive and stocked everything we needed to cook for 4 nights of our stay. All in all, a great stay in the Olympic village, and would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sestriere Olympic Village is a unique space built in order to remember that Sestriere has had an hystorical role as Olympic venue. Perfectly ensconced in the natural landscape that surrounds it, the Olympic Village overlooks the breathtaking scenery of Argentera Valley and Monti della Luna Mountains. The resort has been conceived in full respect of the surrounding territory and includes 7 different buildings named from A to F plus a last block named G, easy to identify because of its big window tunnel roof. Here, it is set the global polyfunctional area which overlooks the newly open sky slopes for beginners. THE SERVICES: The Sestriere Olympic Village guarantees fabulous vacations, whether you wish to practice sports or simply to relax in the summer as well as in the winter. A fully equipped health spa fitted out with saunas, steam bath, jacuzzi, massage area; a swimming pool (12 m x 6 m) and a gym is at disposal of the guests. Our little guests have a special children recreation area which includes a mini club and entertainment activities (3-12 years old) Security is guaranteed 24 hours a day thanks to the reception and surveillance service. Each apartment is provided with a reserved indoor parking place; Ski school, ski storage, rental and maintenance are available within the premises of the Village. The other services at disposal of our guests are located in a global multifunctional area: 2 bars, self service, restaurant, pizzeria, bar Risto Grill on the roof top, wine-shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villaggio Olimpico Hotel Sestriere