Skiing in one of the Alps’ most famous destinations and lodging in a luxurious 5-star Hotel goes very well together, thats why we decided to pay Hotel Sassongher a visit. Located at the foot of Mount Sassongher in the Dolomites the hotel looks back at over 80 years of family heritage and definitely has a story to tell.
The hotel borrowed its name from the 2665 metres high mountain that majestically overlooks it – providing a stunning background to anybody taking pictures of the hotel. The hotel is now run by Francesco Morini, nephew of the owners Richard and Rita Pescosta.
The public areas are lovely decorated and you shouldn’t be surprised to find a 70 year old stitching machine or an antique transistor radio reminding you of the earlier times. Due to its location Sassongher Corvara is also perfectly quiet during the night, so one can enjoy a relaxing night after a great day on the slopes.
The hotel is reached best by car or via Innsbruck airport and a subsequent two hour drive into the Dolomites. Arriving by plane is an option that many guests choose, as guests of over 50 different nationalities came to stay at Hotel Sassongher last year.
The Rooms and Suites
The hotel has 52 rooms – out of which 6 are suites – which are all appointed nicely in South Tyrolian, Alpine style. With lots of regional and wooden materials they provide a very comfortable and cozy, almost home-like feeling. Comfort, Superior and Deluxe rooms range from 24 – 50m² in size and with WiFi, Sat-TV, balcony and minibar to provide ample equipment to fulfill everybody’s needs.
The 6 suites (namely Hubertussuite, Royalsuite, Romysuite, Sissisuite, Sassonghersuite and Cir Suite) provide even more space with 60 – 70m² and separate living and sleep areas. All of the suites are also equipped with two bathrooms and feature great views of the Dolomites.
The rooms come with a king sized bed with high quality mattresses that enabled us to rest and have a great sleep after a long and exhausting day on the slopes.
The Pool and SPA
The spa area spans around 500 m² and the various saunas are great to relax and unwind after getting back from the slopes. There is a traditional Finnish sauna, a Turkish steam room, a “Wilderer-Sauna” decorated with mountain pines, a Vitarium – which is a sauna combining color, sound and aromatherapy – a Chi-Machine, Solarium and a big relaxation area with waterbeds and sunbeds on the terrace.
Truly extraordinary is the shower with aroma steam and refreshing mist which is a great experience after the sauna.
The indoor pool is nine metres long and the jacuzzi is heated up nicely to 37°C. We particularly enjoyed the infrared cabin, which is great for anybody who can’t stand the heat of a traditional sauna. Apart from that there are two treatment rooms where the family run hotel focuses on a variety of massages and wellness treatments including manicure and pedicure.
For the treatments, only organic local products are used such as honey, mountain herbs and south Tyrolian essences.
On the fifth floor a fully equipped gym with great views is available to exercise and stay fit.
Restaurants & Bar
The hotel has four different restaurants. The main restaurant offers panoramic views of the surrounding Dolomites including the mighty Mount Sassongher. Here breakfast and dinner is served as half-board is always included when staying at Hotel Sassongher.
Guests can choose from a large variety of Antipasti and starters as well as desserts and cheese from the buffet. Additionally a choice of 5 different starters and main courses will be served for dinner.
In the “Jägerstube” and “Puppenstube” guests can eat a la carte where the head-chef Fabrizio De Nardi focuses on regional game and beef dishes as well as fish that is delivered fresh from the Venice area every day, while in the “Romantikstube” lighter dishes are served.
Most of the wood in the “Jägerstube” dates back to the year 1568 while the “Puppenstube” originates from a 145 year old farm that has been demounted and reassembled to this beautiful restaurant in the hotel.
All bread, cakes and desserts are homemade in Hotel Sassongher, so when you stay here be sure to not miss out on the cheesecake. It was delicious. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 11:00 and from noon until 6 pm snacks can also be ordered at the bar.
However the bar is better visited for one (or two) of the fantastic drinks that head bartender Daniele creates with a passion. His cocktails were fantastic but you can also choose from a large choice of beers or regional wines. 80% of the wines on the menu are from the local South Tyrol area.
The Ski Resort
Alta Badia is the most famous Ski Resort in the Dolomites and well known also outside the borders of Italy and Austria for the Ski World Cup that is held here every year.
Over 500 km the 95 slopes usually provide the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding from November to April every season and they also provide a stunning scenery surrounded by the high ascending Dolomite mountains in the background. The slope that is most famous is Gran Risa, which is regarded as one of the most difficult slopes of the Ski World Cup.
Hotel Sassongher provides shuttle services to the lifts, which are merely a two minutes drive away and also has its own ski room in the basement with heated sticks for the skiboots and lots of storage for the skis and snowboards.
During summer there are many hiking trails, climbing routes and mountainbike tours around the famous Sella Ronda available to enjoy the stunning scenery and legendary mountain peaks. Various golf courses are at your disposal too!
Hotel Sassonger is a great hotel if you want to combine Skiing with luxury accommodation. The traditionally appointed rooms with lots of wood and great beds make you feel at home immediately and the bar provides for good Après Ski drinks before enjoying a great dinner. Additionally one can relax and unwind in the large SPA area with its numerous saunas and steam rooms or swim a few laps in the pool after a long and exhausting day on the slopes.