[TRENTINO, ITALY] — During the ski season, Madonna di Compiglio attracts people from all over the world. During the “off season” — which I can’t relieve believe they call it that, it is such a gorgeous time of year — it is uncrowded and the scenery is just jaw-dropping. And the view from the Hermitage BioHotel is about as great as any I’ve seen. Stunning.
As you’d expect in this heavily Germanic part of Italy, the place has the perfect alpine decor. It used to be a B&B, but several years ago the multi-generation family that owns the place undertook a top to bottom renovation. Having a drink on the terrace after dinner one night, I asked Barbara, the current head of household “Everything is so clean and new, did you just finish the renovations.” “No, it’s been since 1999.”
That’s how well-taken-care of this place is. Spotless. Clean. Totally comfortable and spacious rooms, with drop-dread gorgeous views from nearly every window. I loved the place. And the family really made it that more special. Always present, always helpful to point out the right trail, pack a picnic lunch for a hike or tell you where you should go. My type of place.
There are two great restaurants, both excellent. One is even a Michelin star. But I chose the half-board in the “daily” restaurant, but the food was so good, I had no need to try out the “fancy” restaurant. Exceptional Italian service style and a daily menu that had just about everything you wanted. I felt no need to go to town and seek other sustenance.
The hotel is situated in about as great of a position you could ever want, outside of Madonna di Compiglio and smack-on, in-your-face views right into the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. The view is so stunning, you almost don’t want to leave. You can even see where you just hiked that day, with the rifugi on the mountains glittering at night, high above the treeline across the valley.
I stayed only three nights and I’m kicking myself. There is so much to do here in the summer, you should book a full week. I can’t wait to come back and stay longer. [CLICK ON A PICTURE AND SEE LARGER PICS IN A GALLERY]
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