I chose this hotel based on the reviews for the food as there seemed little difference between all the hotels in Passo and my partner and I are quite fussy. We arrived late and were served a simple dinner which we were grateful for after a long day of travelling. We found the staff very friendly and helpful in both the restaurant and bar. You choose your meal the night before (or at breakfast if you go out for dinner), the choices were from 3 starters and 3 mains. If like me you don't eat meat then ask for the veggie menu as it has many more options. The buffet looked ok if you arrived at 7.30pm but cold vegetables don't really appeal to us, some food warmers would help. Breakfast was basic but enough to keep you going until lunch.
Our room was clean, with a good shower and comfy beds, although with the usual terrible pillows we've found everywhere. We had a good view from the balcony at the back of the hotel. We experienced some late noise from babies in the room next door and once some drunken Italians at 2am running about but we were usually tired enough to sleep through. The location is ok, our ski/snowboard school meeting place was at the other end of the main road so the shuttle bus was very useful, there's also a free bus that runs up and down the road frequently.
Ski/snowboard storage area downstairs is good and you can leave your boots to dry on the heaters if you wish. We used the spa area once, it has a free sauna & steam room, you have to pay for the jacuzzi and pre-booking was recommended.
We can recommend the Magic pub for Aprés ski, happy hour is 4.30 to 5.30. And the Alpi pizzeria was excellent with cheap local wine. There are a few late night clubs but even on the last night it was half empty with a few kids running around until 11pm so not a late party place, but plenty of fun in the pubs after finishing on the slopes.
Our classes started at 11am so there was no rushing around in the morning, however be warned if you book the improver package with Inghams, the meeting point is a good 10 mins walk from this hotel and also had so few people that the groups were restricted, i.e. snowboarding had just 2 groups beginner and advanced and all were Italian. There are lots of wide blue runs which are great for gaining confidence especially on a snowboard. A few of the red runs are similar to blues in other resorts and there's also enough for the more experienced. There's a gondola to go up and down to the Presena so you can enjoy the views even if you can't manage the black run.
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