Where to stay in Moena? Most of the accommodation is in small or mid-sized family hotels – which are refreshingly underpriced when compared with A-list resorts in France or Austria. Room sizes tend to be larger than average – but expect cutting-edge design or state-of-the-art facilities.
The town itself is pretty, and now – thanks to a new bypass – quiet and almost villagey in flavour. Gone are all the buses and lorries which used to rumble through Moena’s main street on the way to the resorts at the far end of the Val di Fassa. When Welove2ski was there last the authorities were even closing the town centre to local traffic at key moments of the day, so that it became completely pedestrianised. Clearly, the intention is to turn it into a gilded mountain resort – but the job isn’t done yet, thank goodness. It still feels like a proper town, with a life beyond chair-lifts and ski hire.
At the three-star level, the pick of the properties is the recently-refurbished Hotel Cavalletto in the centre of town – blessed with a painstaking owner and boasting a rather chic wellness area. Slightly out of the town centre the three-star Romantica is another good option: pretty, family-run and recently refurbished. It also has lots of parking space. However, if you like wandering around the shops and bars in the evening, the Cavalletto is a better option.
At four stars, we like the Hotel Dolomiti, which has big rooms and a good chef: although dinner is a tad formal for British tastes. A particularly welcome feature is the array of cakes they lay on at tea-time for their guests, at no extra charge. It’s close to the centre of town, so great for an evening stroll, and there’s enough parking at the back for guests.