Winter is one of those seasons that calls out for a weekend escape in a warm, cosy, wooden structured room with a fireplace, blankets and a view over the snow-covered mountains. We have selected seven of the best hotels in Northern Italy to book for your winter getaway.
L’auberge de la Maison, Courmayeur, valle d’aosta
The cozy sofas placed in front of the fireplace, the scent of aged wood, the vintage prints on the walls, the family’s art collections: these are all elements that recall the authenticity of a winter home. In fact, the Maison pays particular importance to the uniquely decorated rooms, 33 of them, that are tailored to different aesthetic preferences from their influences to their fabrics, furniture (traditional of Valle d’Aosta), antiques and paintings. What ties them together however is the homily atmosphere combined with a breathtaking view of the mountains in front. Of course there’s The Aubergine Restaurant, the Grignotage Bar, a Spa and an outdoor swimming pool. For more information on this place, click here. WEBSITE
This is for you if: you’re looking for a simple, modest home away from home.
Hotel de Len,
Carved in the wood of the local craftsmanship, Hotel de LEN reflects and celebrates both the art of the technique and nature itself. In fact, the philosophy behind the hotel is created with the intention of reinforcing the relationship between man and nature, highlighting the importance of sustainability and wellbeing. 22 are the rooms and suites present in Hotel de LEN, from family to premium suites with 11 m² terrace: all maintaining a simplistic, minimalistic and contemporary decor. It goes without saying that the restaurant reflects the same minimalistic wood-work decor as the rooms, and the menu is a balance between taste and health, strong and delicate, traditional and innovative. For a little self-care, there’s the rooftop SPA facing the mountains. WEBSITE
This is for you if: you are looking to restore your energies and connect with nature.
Claudia Mumelter convinced her sister Nadja and her mother Hedwig to make a change in their lives and build a hotel. They accepted on one condition: that it was dedicated to a worthy cause. This is why they created this extraordinary concept that set new standards in hospitality for the sake of nature: the first entirely eco hotel in Alto Adige. The building, nestled among the trees, is made in wood and stone with wide glass windows to embrace surrounding. In fact, large glass panels are everywhere; in the bedrooms, the living rooms and in the spa (which features a hot pool suspended above the woods). As for the design, the spaces are simple, minimalist and timeless: making space for thought and reflection. Here, nature and sustainability are *literally the foundation of the hotel – present in every single aspect from the cuisine to the tooth paste. In fact the restaurant, Tschögglbergerhof, presents South Tyrolean dishes with ingredients that have been carefully selected from local farmers and producers. WEBSITE
This is for you if: you’re looking for a regenerative stay to connect entirely with nature through design, location and cuisine.
Sunny Valley KELO MOUNTAIN Lodge, sondrio, lombardia
Located at 2700 metres above the ground in the Stelvio National Park is Sunny Valley Kelo Mountain Lodge, a hidden paradise from where the stars in the night sky are as clear as ever with the absence of light. The lodge has been sustainably built from Kelo; name used in Lapland for the fir trees that grow in the forests north of the Arctic Circle; in fact, nature could not feel closer, it’s literally you, the Frigidolfo River and the surrounding mountains (perhaps your neighbours, as there are 3 suites in the lodge). A very important aspect of this hotel is its strategic location on the ski slopes, all you have to do is roll out of bed, put on your ski boots and voilà. Next to the hotel is an après-ski, located inside an igloo, a perfect pre-spa pit-stop. As for food, you are spoilt for choice: you can either head to the Steakhouse, the Bistrot or the Gourmet Restaurant. WEBSITE
This is for you if: you’re looking to distance yourself from humanity and totally escape into the mountains.
Hotel Fiori Dolomites Experience hotel dates back to the early 20th century where Tommaso Fiori and his son Matteo opened up the first bakery in San Vito di Cadore in 1910. The family run business thrived for many years, with the creation of many special recipes that have been preserved until today: the strudel, the Sacher torte, the cheesecake and the krapfens are all pastries that set what today is the Fiori Dolomites Experience Hotel, as one of the best hotel-breakfasts in Italy. If breakfast wasn’t enough, at 4PM every day the hotel serves snacks, made up of hot teas, chocolate or coffee with a slice of freshly baked patisserie. This family run hotel and patisserie is a true gem where warmth, simplicity and luxury combine together. The rooms (standard, comfort, superior and deluxe) range in size and amenities; in fact, the superior has a stunning terrace facing the Dolomites. The SPA is fully equipped with 3 saunas, 2 emotional showers and a relaxation room. One thing to note however is that there isn’t a restaurant (but many options nearby). WEBSITE
This is for you if: you love those simple pleasures and feel good moments.
alta badia, alto adige
From the wood panelling in the rooms to the attention to every single detail in the room (engravings, scents and materials), the Kolfuschgerhof reflects genuine Ladin culture. This luxury hotel is the kind you will want to spend a few days in due to the simple fact that there is so much to enjoy; besides the wonderful surroundings to explore, the Kolfuschgerhof has an array of blissful wellness proposals to restore your energies after a long day skiing and most of these proposals incorporate the very best of what our mother earth in the mountains can offer. For example a hay bath, a heated pool, 5 different saunas dedicated to specific beneficial properties, a scenic chill-out room with a chimney and balcony with a view of the Sella massif, a scenic hut with an Alpine sauna, a wellbeing area (perfect for yoga) surrounded by meadows and forests, a gym and two wonderful rooftop terrace. The culinary offering is also of exceptional standard where the cuisine is traditional, as is the decor of the Stuben: think candle lit, intimate, romantic and taste. WEBSITE
This is for you if: you are looking to indulge in luxury
Grand Hotel Cervino,
cervinia, valle d’aosta
This is the new kid on the block, the five-star Grand Hotel Cervino opened its doors in October 2021 and is therefore welcoming guests for its first season. Located on the feet of the Matterhorn, or Monte Cervino, this property not only offers extraordinary views of the Matterhorn but is the ultimate location for those on a ski trip, as the slopes are moments away (as is Zermatt in Switzerland). There are 70 rooms and suites on this site, all decorated with a neutral, beige-tone colour palette. There is a gym and a Spa that houses a panoramic swimming pool, sauna, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, ice waterfall, Himalayan Pink Salt Room and a relaxation room, as well as an extensive treatment list. You won’t have to travel far for food, as there is an in-house restaurant, bar and hey, it’s also pet friendly. WEBSITE