- Half Board
The Grand is Sestriere’s leading centrally-located hotel. Now completely renovated, it offers superior 4 star accommodation and service, a short walk from the lifts.
Bedrooms: 104. All the attractive rooms have bath, hairdryer, flat-screen satellite TV, telephone, safe, minibar and mountain views. Larger superior twins have a balcony and panoramic views of the pistes.
Meals: Buffet breakfast with hot options. 4 course dinner with starter, salad and dessert buffets.
Facilities: Restaurant, à la carte restaurant and wine cellar; lounge and bar; billiard table; health and beauty centre with whirlpool, Turkish bath, sauna (incl.); massage and treatments (pay locally); lift.
Special Attractions: • Live piano bar each evening until midnight • Christmas gala dinner with live music incl. • New Year’s Eve dinner dance.
Official Rating: 4 stars
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.