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In February 2012 we werey luck enough to spend a week in the chic Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio, a grand old resort set up in the spectacular Brenta Dolomites. We ended up booking a week in the Design Hotel Oberosler, situated literally steps away from the Monte Spinale lifts and just a minutes walk from the shops and café's of the resort centre. The resort was fantastic, the skiing was fantastic, even the February weather was fantastic, but did the hotel match up to the rest of the holiday ? Read on, for our review...

First Impressions

The first thing that hits you when you arrive somewhere is obviously what it looks like, and so when the taxi pulled up alongside it and we peered out of the windows up to it we were not disappointed. When you go somewhere new, you naturally find yourself going past hotels thinking "that looks nice", "that looks amazing!", or "please God, don't let him pull in here!", so it was nice for once to pull into the drive of a hotel that looked better than anything else you'd passed on the journey there. Yes, the Hotel Oberosler looks fantastic - a massive chalet-style building but with a few modern twists, such as the chrome balcony fittings and covered-walkway up to the hotel, the tower builidng at the side with the Ober-1 bar connected to it, and the stylish lighting that lit up the swimming pool through it's glass front on the ground floor.

Ok, so the outside of the hotel looks smart, what about the inside of it ? Well, similarly to the outside, it has a really smart, modern feel to it on the inside. Apparently it had been renovated before Christmas and so it had some wonderful bits of design in the main lobby area and the rooms that connect to it, such as the big dining room and a couple of separate lounge areas. The dining room is particularly pleasing in the morning, with it's sweeping full-length glass frontage you get a magnificent view over to the town and the 5-Laghi ski area above it.

Location

We're a bit doubtful if the location of the hotel can be bettered to be honest - the Spinale gondola is literally 20 steps away from the back door of the hotel, whilst you are only two minutes walk from Madonna di Campglio's main resort centre. The ski areas connect together really nicely and even if you don't fancy coming down the black run to the Spinale gondola there is a blue run that comes down through the woods along the edge of the town from the Fortini/Groste lift area.

The Spinale gondola station also has ski hire and a ticket office, so both those are incredibly handy as well.

The Rooms

The room was fantastic - with a balcony overlooking the town and onto the 5-Laghi slopes in one direction, and a window at the side looking straight onto the Spinale black run and gondola station. It must have cost an incredible amount to fit this hotel out because all the fittings and lights look top of the range, all with the same focus on a modern design, but really comfortable too.

The bathroom is worth a special mention too as it had a jacuzzi bath and the most incredible shower-room that doubled as a steam room - seriously ! We've never had our own private steam-room, but after a day on the slopes I was convinced that every hotel room should have these installed !

The Food

The food in the restaurant was top notch - buffet food for starters followed by a starter, a main course, and then dessert. Really nice food, that looked as good as it tasted, and a good mix of quite modern dishes and local produce. The men and women working in there and serving the food really helpful - organising different dishes for the kids if there was nothing on the menu that they fancied eating. Someone had told us that one of the drawbacks of Madonna di Campiglio was that hardly anyone spoke English, well it certainly wasn't a problem in the Oberosler as the waiters and waitresses also spoke it well when our Italian failed !

Other Facilities

The hotel has a kids club, spa area and pool. The pool is brilliant - it's set on the bottom floor but you can see the 5 Laghi slopes coming into town from it. Even the design of this is amazing, with a cantilevered area over the pool with really fancy loungers on it, bubble pool, stylish shower area, and more incredible design-orientated seating. And when it's lit up at night it looks even better ! The pool even has it's own attendant who can order you drinks and makes sure everyone is ok. Note that you do need a cap on your head if you're going in thw ater (the hotel can provide these if you don't have one).

The Staff

When you go to hotel that looks as good as this you sometimes worry that their may be a poor atmosphere, or that they might be more worried about how the hotel looks than how your stay is - not here. All the staff we met, from the receptionists, to the waiters, to the maintenance guy, to the swimming pool attendant were ALL really helpful and friendly. They were bending over backwards to help us out and give us advice on things.

Overall

A great looking hotel in a fantastic location, with extremely helpful and friendly staff. What more could you ask for ?!?



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