We decided to spend a few days hiking the Dolomites in late October/early November on our way home to Calgary from Croatia, and we're delighted we did. San Vigilio was surprisingly the highlight of our trip. English is not widely spoken in the village, even among tourists, which only adds to its unique charm. By all accounts, the Excelsior is the premier resort/hotel in San Vigilio. When we arrived, the reception manager Patrizia greeted us like old friends and immediately offered us cake and libations before accompanying us to our room. Our room was large, well-appointed and comfortable with a stunning view of the valley and the bathroom was so clean it sparkled. The dining room staff were pleasant, efficient and professional (though somewhat taciturn), the bartender Remy was exuberant and always attentive and the food was DIVINE. All our meals, plus afternoon tea were included in our 3/4 board package and dinner time in particular was a riveting adventure. The food was exquisitely and elegantly prepared and guests were offered a dizzying assortment of delicious appetizers, salads and main courses. Even the salad bar offerings were entirely different every evening. The desserts were to die for. The resort owner Werner Call stopped at each table to chat with the guests every evening and directed us to some wonderful (and challenging) hiking trails at the nearby nature reserve. A lovely vacation from start to finish. I would surely stay here again on my next visit to northern Italy. Useful Tip: Rent your vehicle in Germany (say, Munich) rather than Italy. Cost savings for us were significant, about 1/4 the price quoted in Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In summer: Situated on the quiet outskirts of St. Vigil in Fanes-Sennes-Prags in the Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage, we provide a supervised program of activities with hiking and biking within a breathtaking panorama. In winter: Best Winter Resort - It doesn't get any better than this! - Ski directly from the Resort. Directly from the ski room you ski to the gondola onto the top ski area of Kronplatz. South Tyrol's top skiing mountain and Alta Badia with the famous Sellaronda. A few years ago, we were also chosen as top ski resort! The perfekt ski slopes from Kronplatz, directly at the resort are connected to the Sellaronda ski paradise. Nothing stands in the way of a perfect skiing holiday! Both together make us - mountain resort Lovingly designed to present the Excelsior with elegant, comfortable and modern facilities and 47 beautiful themed rooms and suites throughout the resort. This good taste makes us a - style resort In the Castello di Dolasilla - the Wellness Castle on 5 floors - our guests are treated wonderfully with different treatments, alone or in pairs. A spacious spa with 17 bathing, sweat and relax attractions, the 1300 m² SPA Hotel Dolomiti included in the price our 3/4 board - spa resort We compete with the leading hotels in South Tyrol and offer the best quality at fair prices. Indulgant living in elegant surroundings, excellent, light Mediterranean / Alpine cuisine, a selection of 300 fine wines, the extensive leisure facilities in and around the resort and a total of 44 friendly and competent satt. This distinguishes us markedly from the others and makes us unique the - Excelsior Resort Because you are worth it! We look forward to greeting you Family Tamara and Werner Call with the Excelsior team ... more less
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