We decided to stay at Hotel Maria because of the recommendations made by other travelers, and we weren't disappointed. We'd driven from the Piemonte region to hike in the Dolomites for 6 days. At the time of arrival, we found it difficult to drive into the hotel area because of nearby road construction, but the hotel attendant was very helpful in guiding us in. She spoke little English, but we could understand her enough to get us there finally.
With us, we had alot of luggage, including two large bike boxes. We were able to store them in their ski room at no extra cost. And after a quick desk transaction by the wonderful lady there, we were into our "double" room. We were so pleased that our room was on the second floor and overlooked the little town square which had a wonderful view of the Alpe de Suisse gondola.
The room was very clean and comfortable; not horribly large, but reasonable enough for us and all our hiking gear. Same can be said for the nicely done, but small bathroom. The location of this hotel is fantastic. It is steps away from the local (and other) bus stops. Buses can take you just about anywhere you want to go at a very reasonable price. We used it to take us into nearby St. Cristina and Selva Gardena, two spots that led to the trailheads for hikes we wanted to go on. Ortisei itself is within easy walking distance to two gondolas (Alpe de Suisse and Secada) which you can take to the tops of mountains and then you are free to hike in the meadows and beyond. Nothing is more beautiful than this setting!
Very comfortable beds with simple down comforters. Very quiet at night. Hotel is frequented by tourist groups. We were the only Americans there, and couldn't communicate with anyone! Mostly German tourists in the area.
The price for the accomodation was very reasonable, given everything it offered. We opted for the half-board since we found few places nearby to have breakfast or dinner. We did opt once for a dinner out at Tubladel, which got great reviews. The breakfast at Hotel Maria is good -- lots of choice, but the same choices are offered every day. The Tyrolean dinner was OK, nothing special. But all that was important to us was getting food in our stomachs after long days of hiking.
The only thing I found difficult was trying to make the reservation with a credit card. First, it was hard to get anyone to answer the phone (I'd called in October, the off-season); second, it was difficult to make the credit card transaction because none is offered on-line. I had to call it in.
Could we have stayed at a nicer place? Yes, but Hotel Maria was just about everything we hoped it would be. Could we have stayed in a more convenient spot? Maybe Selva Gardena may have been a better choice because it's a bigger town and there are more shops to meander through; however, Ortesei is quaint and beautiful. And the service at Hotel Maria was top notch for a 3* hotel. I'd recommend it to my friends without hesitation.
Ask for a room overlooking the square. It's lively until about 8 p.m., and then it's quiet.
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