If you are looking for a place to stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo, look no further.
I was on an assignment for Collater.al in the Dolomites and this was my second time in the area. The ski resort it’s just a 4-hour driving from Milan and high season starts in December, with the first snow, until spring.
I remember my mom’s stories about Cortina: it was so much popular when she was young, it was one of the last places in Italy where you could ski even in Summer – or maybe it’s just a story I like to remember.
These memories brought back to my mind scenes from a past I never lived but I only saw on old movies: dance floors from the 1970s, après-ski parties, thermariums and of course good food.
For all these reasons my first choice in Cortina was the Hotel Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, probably the most iconic hotel in Cortina. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement that characterises its architecture it’s also famous for the Monkey, one of the first dance floors opened in the area in the 1960s, and its beautiful SPA, where to relax and warm up at the end of a downhill ride.
Gianluca welcomed us at as soon as we arrived. He is from Valtellina but he moved here few years ago.
As a huge fan of The Shining the first impression I got from this place was quite close to the Overlook Hotel, but in a good way!
Chef Mirko Pistorello, originally from Venice, delights us with creamy cod and seasonal ingredients. After a couple of Lagrein red wine glasses I was ready to get a good night sleep before exploring Cortina and the area nearby in the next days.
Cortina d’Ampezzo | What to see
Lago di Misurina
Lago di Braies
Cortina d’Ampezzo | Where to eat
Locanda del Cantoniere, Cortina
Enoteca Braita Fraina, Cortina
Ristorante Pizzeria 5 Torri, Cortina
Ristorante Ra Stua, Cortina
Stauderhof, San Candido
Lanz, Area di Servizio, Sud Tirolo
Cortina d’Ampezzo | Where to sleep
Cristallo, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
This blogpost is in partnership with Cristallo, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, all opinions are my own.