The Belvedere sits at the entrance to Sestrière in a peaceful spot overlooking the valley leading up to the resort. The mountain views are pretty awe-inspiring, particularly as the sun sets and turns the snowy peaks into a deep orange.
When it comes to relaxing in the hotel, you've lots of options. There's the cosy lobby lounge or you can head to the TV room with satellite TV to catch up on your shows. Head to the spa area to check out the sauna, steam room and hot tub when your muscles start aching, or make use of the fitness room if you want to keep up with your regular exercise regime.
Located less than a kilometre from the main ski lifts and 700 metres from the resort centre, the Hotel Belvedere is a traditional sort of place offering up the best in mountain accommodation with a friendly, relaxed vibe.
It has its very own shuttle bus service, plus the free ski bus stops right outside the hotel, which is very convenient. It runs half hourly between 8.30am and 11.30am, and 12.30pm to 4.30pm. And on top of all that, there's free slopeside ski storage for all guests as well.
From the hotel to…
Hotel-run shuttle bus stop: Outside the hotel
Nearest lift: 900m
Tuition meeting point: 900m
Resort centre: 700m
About the resort
As one of the highest ski resorts in Italy, Sestrière has got it all - excellent snow conditions, a laid back feel, 400km of beautifully pisted runs and a chilled out aprés-ski scene that visitors love. It's a cosmopolitan sort of place, boasting genuine Italian hospitality and some good shopping too.
The resort sits at 2035m and is just above the treeline. This is the place where you can ski until your legs can't ski anymore - then soak up the sun and have a few aperitivos. Intermediates should try skiing to Montgenèvre in France for the day, a real leg burner!
After hours there is a smattering of nightclubs to while away the hours in with a few drinks and a lively atmosphere. And then there's the boutique shopping, which proves to be very popular.
Area size: 400km
Resort altitude: 1509m
Skiing altitude: 1390m to 2825m
Number of runs: 214
Range of runs: 25% green/blue, 55% red and 20% black
Lifts: 45 drags, 36 chairs, 1 gondola and 1 cable car
Night skiing: No
Snowmaking: 32% of runs covered
Food and drink
It's half board meals at the Hotel Belvedere so your morning will start with an extensive hot and cold breakfast buffet to get you all fuelled up for carving up the slopes.
When you make it back to the hotel in the evening, you'll have a four-course dinner that includes a choice of first and main course right alongside buffets for the salad and dessert courses. The Christmas and New Year meals are also included.
All the rooms here reflect the traditional style of the rest of the hotel, so it's very quaint and cosy. The rooms are best for couples and small groups of up to four people.
There are twin and four-bedded rooms with satellite TV, a mini-safe, a minibar and a bathroom with a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers for extra comfort while you're lounging around.
Official rating: ****
Lobby lounge and restaurant
TV room with satellite TV
Sauna, steam room and hot tub
Slopeside ski storage
Hotel-run shuttle bus
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Thursday (21 December), Wednesday (27 December), Tuesday (2 January) and Sunday (rest of the season)