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“Great hotel, great location and definitely value for money.”
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Hotel Dolomiti
Ranked #22 of 27 Hotels in Passo del Tonale
Keswick, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel, great location and definitely value for money.”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The decor is in need of some TLC but so what it is a budget hotel and the rooms are warm and clean whilst there is lashings of hot water in the en-suite. The food is very acceptable and the restaurant staff are efficient and both extremely friendly and approachable. The location of the hotel could hardly be better immediately across the road from the ski-lifts. Things to bear in mind when booking the hotel.
1 - The lack of a lift can be somewhat of a problem particularly if you are on the 3rd (top) floor and have heavy ski-gear. Even without skiing equipment just climbing the stairs with the rarified oxygen levels can be a toil.
2 - Use the lights on the stairs. The step on the mid-way landing can catch you out.
3 - The incline to the ski room can be slippy
4 - There is a lack of cups or glasses in the room.
5 - We were offered a family room which we willingly accepted as we thought it would provide extra room. There was additional room but we found that it did not have a balcony. maybe health & safety issues. If you want a balcony check before you book.
These few issues apart I would fully recommend the hotel and would have no problem in going back in the future.
On the skiing side Passo Tonale is an ideal resort for all levels but particularly beginners. The week we were there it was wall-to-wall sunshine with perfect snow conditions. Looking forward to going back.

Room Tip: If you want a balcony check before you book.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

For skiing, Passo del Tonale is great for the beginner to good intermediate, with slopes on your doorstep and great snow conditions. My partner new to skiing, so we went for the New Year 2012/13 with a tour company and their reviews didn't truly deliver reality on the hotel. More hostel than hotel. Twin beds AND bunk beds in room too small for 4 people. Basically ok for us two, and lucky to get balcony overlooking the slopes. But basic ensuite, with just enough room in the shower, variable hot water depending on demand/time of day and NO lift. Poor storage and difficult safe to use first off. With the altitude, 3 flights of stairs, plus one more up from ski room, was tiring. Ski room basic, just old metal racks, with access to kitchen and boiler room, albeit with a buzzer for security. Reception not manned 24 hours and you were expected to leave your key on a hook, so security was bad. We kept ours on us. No comfortable seating area, only old shoddy chairs and tables in reception. The bar was in the dining room area and no feeling of separation. No sofas or soft seating area for mingling and relaxing over a beer with others. It's used for school groups, so more set up for that, as just a functional place. The place was mostly clean, except under the beds and all old facilities. The food was basic and service overall very poor. The owner would wander around doing nothing and it totally lacked in atmosphere. We chose it for location and price, being New Year and late booking we took our chance. Ski instructors Italian, variable level of English spoken and my partner had a rubbish instructor for his improver level, but I had excellent instructor and became more capable and confident upper intermediate skier. Little good nightlife and town geared up for the Italians, not tourists, so little English spoken and generally not that friendly for a holiday location. For more experienced skiers, I'd go to next village or Madonna and certainly a better quality hotel in the town. Slopes got boring after two days as just 'up and down', trees only on few red runs. Glacier has one easy red run and a couple of difficult reds and the nasty black down...yet good to go up in cable car even just for the view and the coffee. The transfer time of 3 hours from Verona is a pain, and you have to ask for a toilet stop. We paid extra to go to Madonna for away-day and worth the money. Disappointing location, won't go back, but not put off the Dolomites. I have found other more friendly Italian locations to ski.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony facing the slopes...you miss the sun directly, but the slopes get the sun...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Medium sized budget hotel. Limited facilities but Accomodation whilst basic is clean, functional and serviced very well. It is a ski in ski out hotel thus no walks required to get onto a ski lift. The staff in the Hotel provide excellent service and the food is very good also. For those on a budget or families wanting value for money this would be a very good choice. can recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Arrived about 2pm and our room was not ready to check into yet, so we went and got our skis and had a little drink in the hotel bar whilst we waited. The waitress was so warm and welcoming instantly we knew we had chosen the right hotel.

Our room was on the 3rd floor and of course there is no lift so we had some fun puffing and panting up the stairs, to be fair it was really only a problem carrying the luggage up and down but we managed. Our room was BASIC but on the corner and it overlooked the slopes and had a balcony overlooking the glacier, even the bathroom had a balcony too! Once we got past how dated our room was we noticed it was sooooo clean and the towels were of a decent quality. There was an old portable tv which was great for watching mtv before dinner! Don't leave your shower too late though because by 6.30 the water is luke warm and not hot!

Our friendly waitress worked every shift and looked after us brilliantly, I only wish we had gotten her name. The food was excellent, salad buffet starter and then 2 courses and pudding. There was some weird choices (to an english person) on the menu but I ordered a good few of them and they were tasty! THe salad buffet doesnt get taken away so if you want veggies with your main you can help yourself, we loved the food. Breakfast was a little basic and would have benefited with a little more choice but it was filling if a little repetative. They even organised a cake for my Hubbies birthday all sorted out by email beforehand. I should also mention the litre of house wine for 12 euros which was good. The rooms were very hear through and you could hear furniture being dragged, doors banging and talking but that is mainly typical with all concrete buildings. We could hear the skidoos racing around next door and the load music from the slopes but it all added to the atmosphere and didn't go on late.

The location was great. The only pain was walking accross the bottom of the pistes with our skis but we soon learnt to get the nearest lift and ski accross to where we needed to be. The conditions were pretty bad with a total lack of snow but this meant long lunches and some delicious pizza. We also spent some afternoons exploring on foot and had great fun going to the top of the glacier and ponte.

All in all a brilliant holiday the only thing I would change is how old fashioned the room was but then I guess we wouldnn't have got such a bargin if it was more modern so you can't have everything!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dorset
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We have recently returned from a week's stay at the Hotel Dolomiti in Passo Tonale. The hotel is located just on the opposite side of the road from the main resort slopes and close to the ski school meeting point. It is just a short stroll into the resort for the main bars and restaurants. We arrived at about 10pm and were checked in quickly, although climbing three flights of stairs with our suitcases was not much fun. The hotel would be greatly improved if they had a lift! There is a heated ski room in the basement which was very handy, this can be accessed by yet more stairs from inside the hotel but there is also a separate entrance round the back of the hotel.

The food we thought was delicious, especially the local dishes. There was a choice of starter and main couse each evening and we never went hungry! The staff are very helpful and will find alternatives for you if necessary. The local wines were really nice, there was quite a good choice and they were not too expensive.

The main drawback for us was our room which was absolutely tiny. The wardrobe was so close to the bed we couldn't open the doors more than a few inches and there was nowhere to put the suitcases except on the floor where we then had to step over them to get past. We did see quite a few other rooms which were decidedly bigger than ours so I think we drew the sort straw with our room. The beds were also very, very hard, which is not to our taste, especially with a few bruises from tumbles on the slopes! The bathroom was a good size though, with a powerful shower and plently of hot water.

We chose the resort as there were plently of blue runs and we were not disappointed. We really enjoyed the skiing for the frist few days. Unfortunately the temperatures rose dramatically towards the end of the week and as all the blues are south facing they quickly became slushy and patchy. For better skiers there are reds and black up on the glacier and in Ponte di Legno which are north facing and held up much better. If you want to see the glacier but don't fancy the ski back down to the cable car you can take the chairlift on foot in both directions, if you are lucky they will slow it down for you. It's well worth the trip as the views are incredible.

Overall we would recommend both the resort and the hotel and would be tempted to return once we have progressed to red runs.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dudley, UK
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

This was our second visit to the Dolomiti, the first being in 2004.
The Hotel is in an ideal position, opposite the nursery slopes and ski school meeting point, so a minimum of walking to get out and about.
The check in was fine and then the one and only real drawback of this hotel - no lift. So a real slog with heavy bags up three flights of stairs. The rooms are a good size, ours had a balcony overlooking the rear of the hotel. The bathroom was clean and bright, hot water was generally in good supply. There was a basic wardrobe, a table and bedside cabinets.
The real bonus was a safe which is free to use and just big enough for a netbook pc. Take note, the "red button" is inside the hinged part of the safe door, this is the priming button for the personalised combination, as per the instructions.
I've given up complaining about thin hotel walls, they all seem to be the same and the Dolomiti is no exception.
I often wonder what people expect of 3 star Italian hotel food. Breakfast is a cold buffet, with cereal, ham and cheese, rolls and croissants, jam, juice, tea and coffee. I would have thought that was sufficient....? The owner has toned down his dinner menus since 2004, with a bit more for the British palate. The first course is a cold vegetable and pickle mix, stuff like shredded carrot, sweetcorn, boiled egg, gherkin, mini pizza etc. There was plenty of tasty stuff, a variety of soups, the green dumplings were both bizarre and delicious ! Roast chicken, pork steaks, battered fish (v.good), trout, plenty of pasta and even a few chips. Plenty of choice for dessert, being a choice of cakes, ice cream and tiramisu. The staff are very helpful and will always find you an alternative if you don't like the evening's options. Wine is 12 - 20 euro a bottle, the local rose is 14 euro. A half carafe of local white is a good option at 6 euro.
There is a large terrace at the back of the hotel, a real sun trap in the mid afternoon.
Passo runs are mostly for beginners and improvers, but of course you can ski down to the gondola and go up to the glacier, on skis or on foot. The long black run down is fun.
It is well worth taking the trip down the road to Ponte di Legno, free on the local lift pass, where you will find some great tree-lined reds and blacks. If you are a beginner or improver and not confident on steep red runs, you can also go on foot on the main lift from the bottom of Ponte to the lakeside restaurant, which has particularly pretty views.
If you are fearless, there is a long drag to the top of "Angelo", a good red down which runs into a choice of blacks and reds back to the bottom. Towards Temu, there are some lovely reds and black #1 down to the village is entertaining.
The village does not have a throbbing nightlife, but La Barracca is good fun for apres ski, happy hour 4-5pm. Magic Bar is also cool, happy hour 'til 5.30pm. There are are a few more bars, including El Bait. And finally, the Antares disco/club/lap dancing for the medallion men.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gloucestershire
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

I would also like to confirm this review is for the Hotel Dolomiti in Passo Tonalle (www.hoteldolomiti.it). The reviews below all appear to be for this hotel but the picture above is of another hotel!

A quick and efficient check in service then up to the room. Room is basic but comfortable, thin walls but still quiet enough. two steel frame single beds, old style tv & well furnished shower room with bidet. Shower is powerful and seems to have endless hot water.

Room kept very clean and fresh towels provided regularly / daily. Certainly no complaints about these aspects.

In general the Hotel is of a good standard with good hardworking floor
staff. Tiled throughout and has a boot room in the basement at the rear of the hotel.

Location: Brilliant location as you can ski to the other side of the road within 20 metres of the hotel which is a strong plus point.

The food. . . . Hmmm. I never expected much and was not dissapointed!. Nice resteraunt / bar area. The food is basic with some strange combinations. A distinct lack of vegatables at the evening meal. Todays soup always seems to be the same ingredients as last nights dinner. Saying that though the soup is the best part of the meal. I really did not look forward to eating in the hotel but then again balancing price against value any food was a bonus really. (A great example of main course - Turkey and crisps! Really i kid you not a chunk of turkey meat in a sauce with home made crisps - Bizzar)

You get a choice of meal each night which you pick for the following evening. Food always seemed fresh.

If I could improve the hotel I would reccomend the following:

Lower bar prices (4.50 for a beer!, 3.50 for a water, 11+ for a red)
At least one hot option at breakfast. (Scrambled eggs or even boiled eggs or toast)
A proper selection of salad / veg at evening meal. (potatos, carrots, peas would be nice)
Lounge area needs updating with some comfy furniture (Not a pleasure to sit in)

Overall I would judge the hotel a comfy decent hotel in a good location with poor food.

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Resort: The resort is a bit small for capable skiiers. The 100km of piste quotation makes it seem bigger than it is. A lot of blue slopes run down the hill opposite the hotel giving ideal access to beginners. In order to find some decent runs you have to traverse these to either end where some longer reds and blues are located.

There is a gentle blue leading down to the half way point of the Ponti Gondola which will take you to the neighbouring resort which is covered by your LOCAL lift pass. (An AREA lift pass gives you ONE day at the Madonna resort area which can be reached by free bus or on an arranged excursion 20EU) If you can ski reds then I would strongly recomend the trip as the area is much larger and 3 days at Tonalle is easily enough to cover everything they have. (we had done all bar the Glacier in 2 days)

Overall the resort is OK, worth a visit but I would not return.

Room Tip: If you smoke try and get a Balcony room!.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Dolomiti
Address: Via Case Sparse 102, 25056 Passo del Tonale, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of Trento > Passo del Tonale
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #22 of 27 Hotels in Passo del Tonale
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dolomiti 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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The family-run Hotel Dolomiti has an excellent location on the slopes of Passo del Tonale. The Hotel has also a Restaurant and a Bar. All rooms have private facilities and TV. Free Wi-Fi available in the common areas ( entrance, Restaurant, Bar). Excellent food and friendly service. Cosy atmosphere. By any doubts contact the Hotel directly, they will be happy to help you on. ... more   less 
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