Expert guide to Cervinia
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While Cervinia is a cheaper bet in which to stay than its neighbouring, linked resort of Zermatt, prices are higher than elsewhere in the Aosta Valley because of access to this extended ski area – and because of Cervinia’s own snow-sure reputation.
There is a good choice of reasonably-priced, family run hotels in the town centre, as well as some fabulous options with spas and quality restaurants. There are also some good options on the slopes above the town for easy ski-in/ski-out access to the groomed runs first thing.
Hotel Da Compagnoni
A homely establishment and a good choice for families on a tight budget, Hotel Da Compagnoni was originally built in the 1950s, but the bedrooms are contemporary with some traditional furnishings. It’s located in the resort centre.
A less expensive and less opulent alternative in a convenient position for both the lifts and the shops. It has a sauna, hot tub, and steam room. The Sertorelli is known for the quality of its half-board cuisine.
An extremely comfortable four-star in the middle of the town, the Hotel Bucaneve has a heavily beamed, warm and welcoming lobby with a collection of Alpine ice axes, ropes and ancient skis on the walls. Staff wear traditional Valdostana dress and service is impeccable with a fine attention to detail. Rooms are individually decorated in classic Alpine style and furnished with antiques.
Principe delle Nevi
Cervinia’s coolest contemporary hotel and in sharp contrast to the traditional Hermitage, the Principe delle Nevi has indoor and outdoor heated pools with spectacular views across the mountains and a Balinese-themed spa. It is situated up a steep hill in a ski-in/ski-out position above the town, and there’s also a hotel shuttle service.
Book it: From £1,050, with Alpine Answers. Excludes travel.
A lovely rustic ski-in/ski-out hotel on the slopes just above the resort, the Mon Reve has a shuttle service to and from town. Built in 2009 from local materials including lots of wood, it has just 25 rustic and spacious rooms, a breakfast room and a cosy bar.
Book it: From £689, B&B, with Crystal.
One of the great ski hotels of the Alps, the Hotel Hermitage sits in private splendour in the woods to one side of the resort, a short walk or a courtesy minibus ride from the lifts. A roaring log fire in the lobby sets the scene. Decoration is elegantly traditional – you feel you might be in the private home of some wealthy Italian aristocrat. Rooms are remarkably spacious, many with their own sitting rooms, and there’s a giant wellness area.
An attractive, eco-friendly little b&b with just six rooms with oak floors and natural linen fabrics, Hosquet Lodge is situated 100m from the slopes. The original building has been in the Hosquet family since 1942, and has been entirely rebuilt with geo-thermal heating and solar panels that reduce winter running costs by 80 per cent.
At the foot of the slopes with stunning views of the Matterhorn/Monte Cervino, the Excelsior Planet has a prime position just a few metres from the lifts and the main car-free road lined with shops and restaurants. The rooms and suites are superbly modern and well furnished and there’s a gourmet restaurant, plus a small indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and treatments.
A luxurious suites-only ‘Art and Design’ hotel in the woods, St Hubertus is a short walk from the resort and has a free bus shuttle service. There’s a top-notch restaurant with stone walls, wooded ceiling and central fireplace and cosy bar with stunning Matterhorn/Monte Cervino views and two fireplaces. The indoor pool has panoramic views and spa treatments available.
A central three-star hotel right by the slopes, the Breuil has adequately furnished modern rooms, most with balconies, a recently refurbished restaurant overlooking the nursery slopes and a large lounge and bar area to relax in. The wellness centre has a sauna, steam room, hot tub and solarium.
Book it: From £237, booked directly.
Booking.com rates above are guide prices per person per night, please note that packages can differ across accommodation. Owing to the current coronavirus pandemic, these rates may change. Please check the properties’ websites for further information on what’s included.
Unless stated otherwise, package prices are per person, based on two sharing a double or twin room, half-board, for seven nights, including flights and transfers.