It had been a number of years since I last visited Bormio and the Hotel La Genzianella, so in late Aug./early Sept. 2017 I stayed for 11 nights as a solo traveller/cyclist.
All the public areas of the hotel are all very nicely appointed, stylish and spotlessly clean. My third floor dual-single room faced the mountains rather than the beautiful town of Bormio. It was lovely, being well laid out with high quality furnishings, including two very comfortable beds. WiFi was reliable. All the rooms are serviced daily by the cleaners.
Breakfast is really good. Good breakfasts are a must for cyclists and the hotel clearly appreciates this. The environment is very nice. Just about everything you could wish for is available in the buffet breakfast which the staff maintain. All of it is high quality produce. Some nice touches include local butter (superb) and organic local honey still in the honeycomb.
Dining is a delightful experience in the Hotel La Genzianella. The food is truly brilliant. Every evening after a tough day on the bike, it was very nice to know you will eat a superb meal, delivered by friendly staff in a relaxing comfortable environment with a very international mix of visitors.
For cyclists, the bike storage facilities are great and the hotel is within close proximity of many famous mountain passes, so it’s an absolutely superb location.
Now all this is great, but in my view it’s the service where this hotel really excels. First and foremost is the friendliness of the staff, who were all consistently excellent throughout. The service is always great, but it’s the little impromptu conversations and/or helpful actions from each and every one of the staff that shows you they really care. Collectively this made me feel really welcome and special as a single visitor. I admire them for doing an exceptional job, whilst being happy and approachable throughout.
In summary, Bormio is a brilliant base for a mountainous road cycling holiday. Regardless of the purpose of your visit to Bormio, this hotel ticks all the boxes and does absolutely everything to help you get the most out of your trip. In my view, this hotel is probably as close to perfect as it’s possible to be. I will be returning more often in future years, and if my legs will still carry me up and over the mountains, I intend to return time and time again to this hotel.
Grazie, Hotel La Genzianella!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set just few steps from the centre of Bormio and the Bormio 2000 cable-car, this elegant hotel welcomes you in a warm atmosphere blending art of living and Alpine tradition. La Genzianella offers a tastefully decorated guest rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities and facilities. Great care and attention are taken in the preparation of the hotel menu to make your dining at the Genzianella a wonderful culinary experience. La Genzianella is an official Bike Hotel Alta Rezia and offers special bike facilities for bikers, such as safe storage room and laundry service for sportswear. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Genzianella Hotel
- La Genzianella Bormio