Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur

Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur

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The Gran Baita Hotel is a four starts hotel, part of the Alpissima group of hotels in the Aosta Valley. It is located in Courmayeur, 15 minutes from the Armani funicular, 10 minutes from the Via Roma, the elegant pedestrianised shopping road in Courmayeur, and five minutes-drive with a free hotel transfer to the Dolonne gondola.

It is located in a quiet and elegant neighbourhood in Courmayeur, with amazing vistas of the Mont Blanc chain, and the characteristic Dent de Géant peak. I totally recommend it as a lovely hotel to go for your ski or summer holidays.

Restaurant of the Gran Baita. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur
Restaurant of the Gran Baita. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur

Decoration is all in the Valdostan style, with lots of wood and cosy interiors. The hotel has 54 well-appointed rooms, many of them with balconies offering magnificent views of the Alps, as Courmayeur is located just by the Mont Blanc and the views everywhere you look at, are amazing! From the regular rooms, many of which are being renovated for the next winter holiday, to the Executive Rooms, with a wooden rustic-chic feel and mini private outside pools with jacuzzi, you have a choice for your stay. Some of the rooms are connecting, to house families. I’ve recently stayed in Room 222, that does not look towards the pool, but has a lovely feeling, with two balconies, and you can see the Dent de Géant while in the balcony. Completely loved my room. Travelled with my mum and she said she wants to buy it!

The in-house restaurant is lovely decorated in wood with oozes cosiness and offers local and international dishes.  La Sapiniere, is their newest addition, a stübe, typical from the Alps, serving Valdostan cuisine in a super cozy ambiance. The American bar has a welcoming fireplace and a spacious terrace with amazing views of the Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains.

The spa of the Gran Baita is amazing, with a great in-out pool, a sauna with views of the Mont Blanc massif, a frozen shower, a jacuzzi and lots of lounging spaces. We had a chance to go last year and my kids kept on jumping on the cold shower and pulling the rope to turn around the bucket full of ice on top of them, screaming of laughter, and jumping back into the warm pool. Obviously, getting in the spa was easy, the difficulty was to get them out of it! This last time I had the chance to enjoy a morning lounging on it. Views are amazing from the garden and swimming with those views was effortless!

I am thinking in doing another family trip there, or organising a women’s only trip for January – anyone’s in for it? Just contact me to info@the-ski-guru.com for conditions.

An executive room at the Gran Baita, with wood panelled walls. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur
An executive room at the Gran Baita, with wood panelled walls. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur

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The spa at the Gran Baita. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur.
The spa at the Gran Baita. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur.

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Featured Image: Gran Baita Executive room with outside pool with jacuzzi. Photo: Gran Baita Hotel Courmayeur. Spot on: Gran Baita Hotel – Courmayeur

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