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There are some great hotels in Livigno, and the Teola is one of them. It sits in a fantastic position up on the hill near the Mottolino gondola so views from everywhere in the hotel are pretty amazing.
It's a simple yet spacious and comfortable place to stay. You'll get a lovely welcome too as the staff seemingly can't do enough for you to make sure you're having a good holiday.
There's a great feeling of space throughout giving you plenty of room to chill out in the bar, play some pool or drink in the views while having a filling evening meal.
Nearest ski lift: 400m to Mottolino gondola
Tuition meeting point: 1.2km
Resort centre: 1.2km to pedestrian centre
Ski bus stop: Outside the hotel
Livigno is a charming, traditional alpine village with a friendly and cosmopolitan vibe right on the Swiss border. It's a vibrant place that's still a bit of a secret to many. It's a resort that has something to please everyone, so you'd better plan your visit before the secret gets out!
The resort itself sits on the valley floor with the ski runs on either side of the town. Even though the 115km runs doesn't sound like much, there's tons to do here. It's more like North America in that you can pretty much ski or snowboard anywhere.
Beginners will be kept happy thanks to the excellent English speaking ski schools while intermediates will relish the large number of blue and red runs. On top of that, the pedestrian centre consists of three kilometres of bars, restaurants and duty-free shops for when you're not carving up the slopes.
The lively après-ski scene suits many tastes. You'll find traditional Italian restaurants serving inexpensive local cuisine, fantastic pizzerias and rockin' bars and pubs for something a bit more exciting. Try Marcos and Daphne's pub for a pint of Guinness, or dance the night away in the resort nightclubs. And of course there's the duty-free shopping - you'll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase on the way out!
Area size: 115km
Resort altitude: 1815m
Skiing altitude: 1815m to 2800m
Number of runs: 75
Range of runs: 26% green/blue, 57% red and 17% black
Lifts: 11 drags, 14 chairs and 6 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 80% of runs covered
It's half board at the Teola. Fuel yourself up for the day with a hearty continental breakfast with plenty of breads, pastries and cereals along with jams and fruit juices. Your evening meal will be a three course dinner with a small buffet and a choice of local specialities and traditional Italian dishes.
The 30 rooms have everything you need and come with a satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a bathroom with hairdryer, shower and wc.
Some rooms also have a balcony so you can wake up in the crisp mountain air and admire the views.
Official rating: **
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Bar with games corner including table football and a pool table
Lift servicing all floors
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck (in Austria)
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes