My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Hotel Vigilius and absolutely loved it. In fact, we were supposed to only stay three nights but were so sad to leave that we extended for an extra day.
The location of the hotel, on the Vigiljoch, is absolutely beautiful and we loved the hotel's simple and modern architecture. We stayed in a suite on the back side of the hotel (overlooking the forest rather than the Dolomites) and were very happy with our choice. Although the rooms on the front side have a more spectacular view and the Dolomites and surrounding mountain ranges are beautiful, we thought that looking out at the forest was very peaceful and a bit more private.
We ate at both restaurants (the South Tyrolian Stube Ida as well as the more formal Restaurant 1500) and had fabulous meals all times at what we thought were very fair prices for the quality and location (and the meal in 1500 was divine even though we had been hesitant about it based on the menu descriptions). We also went out one night in Lana by taking the gondola down and then returning with the last ride back at 11 pm, which left us more than enough time to have a nice meal and drink afterwards.
As far as the hotel facilities are concerned, the hotel does not have a gym, but given the availability of hiking/biking trails around, we didn't miss it. We used the sauna (which was great (very hot) and had space for ca. 12 people) pretty much every day and never had a problem with crowding, although the weather was not great and it was pretty cold for July.
We were also very impressed with the staff and service, especially with Angelo (waiter in 1500 and in charge of the fabulous breakfast) and Benjamin, an intern working there.
By the end of our stay, we still didn't want to leave, but found that we had been able to really relax while we were there. The beds were very comfortable, it was incredibly quiet and peaceful, and was an ideal getaway. Although the rooms are supposed to have an internet connection, we had some trouble getting that to work and ended up using the communal computer to do the necessary. In the end, we were actually happy not to have it, but if that is important to you, then that could be a minor downside. But that's really the only one we can think of.
In short: we highly recommend the vigilius and will definitely return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vigilius mountain resort is 1,500 meters above everyday life. This boutique luxury resort is a member of Design Hotels and can be reached exclusively by cable car, the panoramic windows in the 41 rooms furbished with natural materials like wood, clay and linen offer inspirational views of the Dolomite Mountains and the surrounding woods. Here it is possible to open up, and draw new vigour and energy from the placid wisdom of nature, while trifles are left behind in the valley.In the spa, the infinity pool, whirlpool, sauna and steambath offer relaxation and regeneration as well as carefully selected massages and treatments, using pure and natural care products.Move & explore is the name of the sports and relaxation programme, including outdoor and indoor activities: mountain biking, hiking, nordic walking as well as yoga, 5 Tibetans(R), archery and much more.Blessed with its location in South Tyrol, the cuisine is indicative of the area with two cultures: Alpine and Italian. Restaurant 1500 and Stube Ida invite to experience two different gastronomic concepts, creative international cuisine or traditional local specialties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vigilius Mountain Hotel Lana
- Hotel Vigilius Mountain
- Vigilius Mountain Resort Italy/Lana