A family hotel with lovely owners and staff. The dogs were lovely and not intrusive. Only a few minutes walk from ski hire shop and a selection of lifts. The room was quite small but had a good view. Borgata has some bars which do food, a restaurant (recommended) and one small shop. Rather infrequent buses into Sestriere however, if you are not skiing. Taxis seat 8 and are 20 Euros each way to Sestriere.
My husband and I booked with Inghams at the last minute for a ski week. The room was small but spotlessly clean - we were warned that it might be small as we got the last room available. The food was good and got better as the week progressed. The highlight was the cosy family feel and excellent service. The village is quiet but that suited us and the slope access was really easy. Wifi, although free, was not a great connection which made keeping up with work commitments challenging. We would definitely book the hotel again.
My selection of this hotel through Inghams was a spot of good luck, I'm sure the location is more convenient for skiers, than any of the hotels in Sestriere, You can ski almost right back, and leave your ski gear overnight at the rental place just a few feet from the edge of the snow. Then the hotel is a short walk down the road. As others have pointed out, the service is efficient, friendly and family based. The food was much better than I expected, including a choice of main courses for dinner. Everything I tasted was delicious, Please see the photo I intend to load for the breakfast table, where there's a comprehensive buffet. My single room (two more photos) was a good size, had a nice view and was very quiet, even when the hotel reached full-occupancy later in the week. Another reviewer didn't like the owner's two dogs but I can't understand why. I don't think of myself as a dog lover but these two dogs were incredibly well-behaved and a pleasure to have around, Wi-fi is free via the area's facility, rather than direct from the hotel. It worked well and you don't even have to register. There's a strong mobile phone signal, too.
My husband and I booked this hotel through Inghams as a last minute ski holiday, choosing this area due to the snow conditions which had been poor across the Alps.
On arrival there is a steep set of steps up to the reception of the hotel - something to be aware of as you will need to carry up your luggage. We had a warm welcome and were given our room keys & details regarding meal times. There is no lift so you need to carry luggage up further stairs to the rooms. Our room was at the back of the hotel and was a very small twin, with 2 beds pushed together & a small table either side of the bed. The bed linen was sheets and blankets rather than duvets however we were kindly offered the beds to be made up as a double rather than twins which was nice. I was also struggling due to a cold and was given extra pillows to help at night. There was a folding rack to put suitcases on although this then gave less room. There was a large wardrobe in the hallway with plenty of hangers and coat hooks for hanging up jackets. Otherwise space was limited. The bathroom was also small with a sink, toilet, bidet, small shower & hairdryer. The room was quite dark as there was a metal grill over the window which meant we ended up needing a light on even during daylight. There was a wall mounted TV but only Italian channels. However the beds were comfortable and the room clean and functional. There was also a ski / boot room near the front door of the hotel to leave your equipment should you wish.
The lounge/bar area was lovely and homely with sheepskins on the chairs and a wood chip burning fire. The 2 dogs were very friendly and not a problem at all, being very well behaved. They added to the homely feel of the hotel, and I wouldn't be concerned about them even if you aren't a dog person!
The dining room was lovely and very inkeeping with the ambience of the place. Breakfast consisted of breads, croissants, cakes, cereals, meats, cheese, boiled eggs, jams, yoghurt, fruit juices, tea & coffee. Dinner was 4 courses with a choice of 2 starters and 2 mains, and a selection of puddings. The food served was typical Italian fare and although some meals were better than others we found most dishes were good. The staff were more than happy to try and help if there wasn't something on the menu to suit. The wine list was good containing mainly local wines, although the house wines, served in carafes, were good - my husband does like his wine and was more than happy with this!
The position of the hotel is ideal for skiing, being a short 5 to 10 minute walk up the road to the small ski hire shop and chair lifts, one which links to Sestriere itself and one up to the main runs in Borgata. Skis and boots can be left at the hire shop making the walk even easier. The actual slopes in Borgata are better than those in Sestriere itself, especially for intermediate skiers, and 2 blue runs come back into Borgata from the top of the mountain link over to Sauze d'Oulx. There is also a ski school and sports bar next to the ski hire shop and a small supermarket. A short walk in the other direction from the hotel is a pizza restaurant which some other guests tried and said was very good. Other than this there isn't anything in Borgata itself. You'll need to get the local bus to Sestriere for more shops & nightlife, which operated on a timetable, or pay for a taxi which is 20 Euros each way!
As there were 11 of us staying c/o Inghams we found most evenings were spent socialising in the bar - we aren't ones for apres ski anyway. After a good days skiing all we want to do is have a nice meal and flop! There were also a lot of Italians staying in the hotel which was good to see and everyone was very friendly, including Christine & her staff.
Whilst the bedroom was a little disappointing the rest of the hotel was very good and we had a lovely holiday. Considering what we paid, being a last minute booking, it was excellent value for money. Definitely worth considering if you are a keen skier looking to visit this area.
This 3rd generation family hotel is in the Borgata valley just a few kms from the main resort Sestriere. There are chair lifts within 5mins walk from the hotel to take you up to the resort or to Mt Banchevta and there are fine end-of-day run back down into the valley from Mts. Banchetta and Faiteve and the resort of Sestriere itself
The rooms are modest but clean and quiet, there is a large reception/bar, breakfast is a welcome continental and the hotel offers dinner. The staff are very friendly. There's a large car park just opposite the hotel. I appreciated not being caught up in the 18-30 crowd in the main resort.