DOLOMITES ACCOMMODATION | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
After spending almost a month travelling through the Dolomites and South Tyrol, staying in over 15 different hotels, rifugios and Airbnbs, we’ve learnt a few useful tips that will help you find your ultimate Dolomites accommodation.
BASE YOURSELF IN 2-3 DESTINATIONS
While distances between major Dolomites attractions don’t look so far on a map, add in a few winding single-lane roads, a couple of narrow passes and many pull-over-I-need-to-take-a-photo moments and you’ve easily added an hour or two to your journey in no time.
To avoid spending more of your time driving between your intended destinations than exploring them, choose 2-3 base towns close to what you want to see and book multiple nights there to make the most of your stay.
Trust us, when you only have to drive 20 minutes back to your accommodation instead of 1.5 hours after a full day of watching sunrise, sunset, and lots of hiking, you’ll be glad you made the decision!
Our picks of Dolomites bases are: Val Gardena (Ortisei), Alta Badia (Colfosco), and Dobbiaco or Cortina in the north.
MOST DESTINATIONS HAVE TWO NAMES
Nova Levante vs Welschnofen. Bolzano vs Bozen. Lago di Braies vs Pragser Wildsee. If you’re confused by this don’t worry, we were too.
See not only are the Dolomites nestled in the uppermost corner of Italy, on the border with Austria, but after being home to the local Ladin people for thousands of years, they were also caught up in a geopolitical tug of war between Austria and Italy after WWI that saw the territory annexed from the former by the latter.
The end result is that most places in the Dolomites have not just one, or two, but occasionally three (German, Italian, or Ladin) names for destinations — something to keep in mind whilst planning out your itinerary and plugging the name of your hotel into your car’s GPS system!
THE STANDARD OF HOTELS IN THE DOLOMITES IS A+
The range of Dolomites hotels is huge, from mountain chalets and traditional alpine guesthouses (Albergo/Gasthof) right through to extravagant 5* luxury stays like Hotel Miramonti (below!).
While the range of options is large, the quality of hotels and guesthouses in the Dolomites is some of the best anywhere in the world.
Hospitality and comfort is highly valued here – so don’t expect a run down, uncomfortable room, even at 3*.
ACCOMMODATION CAN BOOK UP VERY QUICKLY DURING PEAK TIMES
Peak seasons (both winter and summer) can see visitor numbers to the region swell dramatically, and accommodation can often be booked up weeks in advance. This is particularly true for the mountain rifugios, which can only be booked direct and in advance.
Save yourself the disappointment of not getting your intended stay by booking well in advance of your trip.
DOLOMITES ACCOMMODATION CAN BE PRICEY
We’re not going to lie, that quality we mentioned above? Yeah, it can come with a decent price tag too.
Hotels in the Dolomites can be quite expensive, so if you’re planning to stay predominantly in hotels for the majority of your stay we recommend budgeting for a minimum of €100 per night.
Of course, airbnbs can often be booked at a much cheaper rate, and we’ve listed options for you in each destination below.