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Vigilius Mountain Resort
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Lana
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“We loved it and will definitely go back”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

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!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

We have been at the vigilius, beautiful and original property so to speak a different 5 star hotel. Its philosophy takes you into a new dimension, a quiet one, no TV (unless you ask for it), no Wi-Fi... totaly surrounded by nature, no contact wiht the outside world unless you feel like it and then a cable and a password will be given to you to tell your family that you do not really miss them. The food is impecable and the people are very friendly and helpful. It was a really enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

Vigilius is a fantastic retreat from the real world. The hotel is subtle but luxury. There are lovely walks all around. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food at Stube Ida is great. I know they have a high number of repeat guests - and once you've stayed there you can see why....

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

This is a propert that is off the beaten path in the north easy corner of Italy. We arrived by train and connected to the bus which took us to the cable car station. All pretty seamless.
The journey to the 1500m level took a graceful 10 minute. The hotel is steps away from the station at the top and they greet you to transport your bags the 50m to the hotel.
It is an amazing property and the photes on their web site are accurate. The rooms are extremly well appointed and the design of the property is flawless in my view. We stayed in a ground floor room where you could walk out to the grass. The birds and the local cows seem both very happy to live in such surroundings.
the mountain itself is in my view more of a summertime destination. The chair lift is a single seater to the church at the summit (first time I have seen a single seat chair!) which is not to be missed. Being a snowboarder/skier this mountain would make a poor skiing destination as you would have to drive 40 mins to the Sella Ronda (Dolomites)
The food was good without being spectacular. The Alpini restaurant was our favorite. Breakfast was varied but I though they need a bit of a lesson how to cook and prsent eggs!
The journey home courtesy of Trenitalia (State Railways) is another story. Safe to say that little has changed on the secondary rail routes not to mention the passion that the workforce has to strike!

Room Tip: Ground Floor to enjoy the grass.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

Vigilius Mountain resort is my secret hideaway. this is just another world. I love the mountains and to build such a fantastic retreat up there is just awesome. puristic but still the feeling you are on top of the hill, surounded by the best Panorama. relax in Spa or enjoy the walks that surround the Hotel. enjoy a good bottle of Red Wine and just unwind and recharge. if you want service its there, if you want to be alone this is also fine, they found the right balance.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

The hotel and its team keeps on delivering the high expectations of their (repeat) guests. Located at 1500 m alt. you leave all your stress and redundant luggage /thoughts below at the cable station. The only traffic up there are the people of the cable way leaving for the village or walking to the ski tracks (by the way few sky tracks but often "private ones" since this is not a crowded area). Once in the hotel, the pure and natural styling of the hotel continues to comfort you. The staff is friendly and customer focused. The facilities are inviting and at a high level. Rooms are designed with natural materials from the area and although the eco heating system sometimes delivers a high temperature - at least for sleeping comfort (but you can have that changed quickly), they are relaxing and decorated with quality modern furniture. Just what you need. Splendid bathroom facilities by the way. The 2 restaurants cater for the more simple (the stube) as well as the more sophisticated appetite (the 1500 m restoaurant with Mauro Buffo now in charge). You can sample the hotel at its website www.vigilius.it and in this case what you see is what you get. A special recommendation goes to the chef de rang Georges who is very dedicated and experiencedin managing the restaurant teams. Did I mention the nights are very quiet ...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2010

We stayed here after a trip to Venice for 3 nights and it was amazing. A real luxury hotel to treat yourself at, the design of the hotel is spectacular and the views even more so. The area surrounding the hotel is wonderful for walking and the routes are easy to follow. You can do a two hour walk followed by a lovely lunch in a mountain inn (the walk routes almost always pass one) and return to the hotel for a swim and sauna in the pool area. The two restaurants are the only point I have a criticism about, the more relaxed Ida is better value and cosy, with really good food. However, the other restaurant which proffers to be more 'fine dining' is very overpriced for what is served, we were quite disappointed. There are apparently some good restaurants in Lana and the cable car runs on the hour until 11pm, so that might be worth a try rather than the restaurant in the hotel.

I would disagree with the reviewer who says Italian trains are unreliable. We took 4 trains in Italy, including from Verona to Bolzano to get to this hotel (the hotel booked a taxi to Lana, then cable car). All of our journeys were very pleasant and were booked beforehand on the trenitalia website which is brilliant, we had paperless tickets and you just get on with the paper print out. We travelled first class on all journeys which I would recommend because it isn't that expensive (a total of £150 for 4 journeys for 2 people in first class) and second class doesn't look that great. We drove from Milan to Sud Tyrol a couple of years ago and it was much nicer to get the train.

The reason I have given 3 stars for value is because of the food issue above and also because we have stayed in this area before. The reason we come is for the amazing scenery and some lovely outdoor activities and walks. There are some much cheaper hotels in the area and although they are more basic the one we have stayed in was wonderful. You are paying for the extra luxuries here but if you just want access to some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery it can be done comfortably for cheaper.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vigilius Mountain Resort
Address: Pawigl 43 | 39011 Lana Sudtirol, 39011 Lana, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Lana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lana
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vigilius Mountain Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 41
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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