Exceptional location makes this a firm favourite for those who want to be the first on the slopes
- Half Board
- Access to wellness facilities
- A la carte restaurants
- Lounge and separate TV room
- Free afternoon tea served 4 - 6 pm
The Cristallo is perfect for keen skiers and boarders thanks to its location opposite the main pistes and in the centre of town. It's a modern and comfortable hotel that occupies the first two floors of the building that just so happens to sit right across from the ski school meeting place and the lifts.
- Ski lift - 50m
- Ski school meeting point - 50m
- Resort centre - 50m
The 42 rooms are just as modern and comfortable as the rest of the hotel. All are on the first and second floors of the building and each has the essentials: flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, minibar, mini-safe and a bathroom that comes complete with bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer.The standard rooms are perfect for couples or groups of up to four, while you'll find a bit more space in the superior rooms. The superior rooms also sport some stunning slope views, so keep that in mind!
- Restaurant and bar
- Lounge and separate TV room with satellite TV
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- Wellness centre with free use of gym, whirlpool, sauna and hammam
- Massage treatments are available on request
The Hotel Cristallo is on half board so expect a hot and cold buffet breakfast to start the day. There's free afternoon tea and cakes when you come in off the slopes and to keep you going before your four-course evening meal.
You'll have a choice of first and main course alongside a salad buffet and your choice of dessert. Christmas and New Year meals are also included.
Most probably the best resort in the Milky Way, Sestriere was the first purpose-built village in the Alps. It hosted the 1997 World Championships and ran many of the races at the 2006 Turin Olympic Games. Because it's at high altitude, there is top-class snow, supported by widespread snowmaking. All levels of skier should find something to sink their teeth into. There is steep terrain and off-piste for advanced skiers, great scope for intermediates and good facilities for beginners. This is all supported by a continually improving lift system, which only gets overloaded at weekends and on major holidays.
The resort itself is not overly attractive, as opposed to the stunning scenery around, but it does have everything you need off-snow: plenty for non-skiers to do, a good range of restaurants, mainly hotel-based accommodation and up-tempo nightlife at the weekends, which caters to the Italian brigades up from Turin and Milan.
Overall, Sestriere is a surprisingly good value resort, considering its renown. It's also an excellent base for exploring the Milky Way, with its own all-ability pistes to satisfy everyone. Ignoring the less-than-heavenly architecture, this is one of the best Italian resorts.