Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
A Luxury Collection Hotel
What it is
A 1901 grande dame in the UNESCO-Heritage Dolomites, with a Swiss spa and heavenly vitality pool, five restaurants and 74 cinematic rooms and suites.
What it isn't
Skimping. An over-the-top indulgent American breakfast is included in your rate.
What we think
Ski bunnies from across the globe flock to this slope-side respite in their downy puffers for one reason: it’s a legend, having helped popularize everything from ice hockey to, in warmer seasons, tennis. (Proof it’s a jaw-dropper: it’s been cast in myriad Hollywood movies, including 1963’s “Pink Panther.”) Even the starter 280-square-foot Classic rooms are sumptuous, with ornate wood mouldings, parquet flooring and hand-painted walls; pop-pom-fringed draperies; and Carrara-marble lined baths. For a fully movie-worthy experience, book a Panoramic Suite; they have separate living rooms within their 484-square-foot floor plans, plus private balconies overlooking the mountains. While you’re here, don’t miss an aperitif (perhaps a French 75?) in the Cristallo Lounge Bar—where you’ll have a sweeping view of the alps from your hand-carved settee.
You're here because
It’s just as storybook and song-worthy as it was when Leo Tolstoy and Frank Sinatra stayed here (separately, of course).
After a morning on the slopes, there’s no greater thrill than this: steeping in a waterfall-fed hot spring on the roof at the spa—a roof designed to look like the forest sprawled out before you.
Restaurants & Bars
The Veranda - Fresh fare and classics in bright, cozy atmosphere
The Gazebo - Italian classics and exclusive wines inside a magnificent glass house
La Stube - Traditional, authentic interior to indulge in a warm, rich local cuisine
Cristallo Lounge Bar - freshly baked pastries during afternoon tea and drinks at night
The Chef's Private Table - An intimate dining area with an authentic and warm atmosphere to indulge in a unique convivial culinary experience tasting traditional specialties such as fondue or venison polenta
Tucked at the foot of the ski hills on Mount Faloria. Be sure to hop on the Faloria Cable Car for one of the most jaw-dropping views—snow-capped craggy peaks that tumble down to lush green fields—of your life.