Try to stay as close as possible to the pedestrianised town centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo, where most of the restaurants, shops and bars are situated. You couldn’t be anywhere else but Italy with the evening passeggiata (strolling Italians in their fur coats, dark glasses and designer outfits) along the Corso Italia for a couple of hours between the end of skiing and before dinner each day.
Hotel Ancora, situated in the heart of the Corso Italia, is good value and convenient for the nightlife. Its Terrazza Viennese is a popular resort meeting place. Hotel de la Poste, also in the pedestrianised centre, is an old coaching inn and another resort rendezvous that has been run for generations by the Manaigo family. Some of the rooms are rather small, but the bathrooms are large.
Parc Hotel Victoria has a solid reputation and is conveniently situated at the beginning of the Corso Italia. Hotel Ambra is an ancient building close to the clock tower that has been refurbished as a 25-room boutique hotel. Domina Home Alaska has 86 comfortable rooms decorated in alpine style.
The more modest three-stars
Hotel Aquila, at the far end of the traffic-free Corso Italia, is family-run and friendly with an indoor swimming-pool. Hotel Menardi is a mid-19th-century farmhouse. Its original decoration incorporates the Menardi family’s memorabilia. It now has a separate modern annexe with further rooms. Hotel Olimpia is a reasonably-priced and centrally-situated B&B.
Staying slightly further afield
The resort’s two five-stars, Hotel Cristallo and the Miramonti Majestic Grand, are set outside the pedestrian zone. You’ll also find the bulk of the family-run B&Bs here – which are the places to stay if you want home cooking. Hotel Cristallo is situated a five-minute uphill walk from the centre. Rooms are decorated in Gustavian style with hand-painted woodwork and delicate frescoes. Miramonti Majestic Grand, located 2km out of town, is an imposing fin-de-siècle palace. It has comprehensive wellness centre and a large indoor swimming-pool.
Chalet LV|01 is one of three chalets that make up a ‘village’ at the heart of the Via Mendardi area of town. It sleeps eight people, has 900 square metres of living space over four floors. The basement is home to a spa with a sauna, 20-metre pool, sunlamps and whirlpool with a waterfall, plus a relaxation space and large fitness area. A private cinema room with plush seating, a well stocked wine cellar, an office, private lift and driver service are just a few of the other facilities. A private chef and sommelier can be arranged, as well as a butler.