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Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina, Italy.

Enter the stylish Alpine luxury hotel for the Winter Highlife in the Dolomites, from 7th December to 31st March 2024

Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo, a Radisson Collection Hotel, lies in the centre of the Dolomites, and in the heart of Cortina d’Ampezzo. For more than a century, Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo has been known as Italy’s most elegant alpine destination, and in this changing landscape it is even more so, with its futuristic vision for Cortina and its territory. The winter season opens on the 7th December, with sister property Savoia Palace Residences re-opening its doors on 1st December. The five-star hotel is the place to be in Cortina, offering guests a full festive holiday program along with a line-up of guest experiences, services and amenities for the long-awaited ski season. The alpine experience continues after summer, with the winter highlife in the Dolomites being the key to Cortina’s appeal.

Against the backdrop of the Dolomite mountains, the hotel stands as a property that is able to hold a proud position amongst the busy streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo, bringing a rich and treasured heritage for the modern traveller. Cortina came of age in the 1950s, when American presidents and British prime ministers came to sign the guest book. The rest of the world discovered the hotel in the 19th century when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. “The hotel has evolved and grown up over the many years and has never lost its essence and personality, and the all-important authenticity and respect to the local territory.” says General Manager Rosanna Conti.

Today, the hotel is a destination with a thriving culture and its vision is poised towards the future. Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo is the only hotel in the region with more than one hundred rooms and a conference centre that can host major international events such as the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards; the annual international classic car challenge, the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti; the Winter Raid and the WinteRace; TEDX talks; the literary festival, La montagna di Libri and more, all now part of the hotel’s annual social calendar each year, not to mention the preparations for the highly anticipated Winter Olympics of 2026.

The Hotel | Exclusive and Elegant

Delightful details and an effortless fusion of luxury and elegance define the spacious and newly refurbished rooms and suites at the hotel which are cool, comfortable and cosy at the same time. With their dazzlingly beautiful views of the surrounding mountain peaks, the interior décor of the rooms is inspired by the majesty of the Dolomites, not only with the choice of natural materials such as a variety of woods, but also with the earthy colour palette that has been chosen for the textiles and soft furnishings. Returning to the hotel, you can be sure to warm up in front of a lovely fireplace and relax completely in your room with its refined décor. Or else wander among the picturesque streets of Cortina and discover its secret which brings people back year in, year out. Whatever your choice, all 135 rooms of Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo offer the opportunity for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Cortina d’Ampezzo. “With their natural colour palette, their hard-wood floors, their high-end Italian furnishings, they are distilled to a sort of minimalist purity. Some smallish single rooms make for an affordable entry level, but they quickly increase in size from there, on up to a collection of suites that are positively residential in proportion. A new breed of Grand Hotel. Contemporary, classic and lively” – The Michelin Guide

The Grand Hotel Savoia restaurants

The largest resort in the Ampezzo Valley, the Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo is the place to take your winter break this season.

Guests at the Grand Hotel Savoia can enjoy the creative menu at the chic yet casual Savoy Restaurant, run by Luigi Sarsano, a passionate professional chef, who creates a gourmet experience that offers specialties of local and traditional alpine dishes interwoven with a flair from the Mediterranean. The menu includes options for wellness clients, with nutritious and innovative dishes for guests following a regime with the Spa, and all tastes are considered with also inevitably the world’s best choice of wines from the smallest local producers in the area, as well as renowned world-class wines.

The 1224 Bar & Lounge & Terrace

Another spot to sit back and enjoy your space from, you will be served from the bar and lounge of the hotel. For informal dining, this truly cinematic setting offers a one-of-a-kind position from sunrise to sunset. Elegant, welcoming chic but not too formal, the menu here designed by Chef, has a range of traditional delicious deserts, fresh coffees, Bombardini and Cappuccini, tasty snacks, toasties and sandwiches, fresh burgers, vegetarian dishes, elaborate long drinks, appetising finger food and a variety of spirits alongside full-bodied and well-studied selections of beers and wines, again both from local and world producers. Chef Luigi Sarsano, Maître Antonio Buglione and Bartender Mario Isidoro and all the staff work behind the scenes to make every day the best day: for everyone.

The cigar bar, the winter garden of the 1224 Terrazza, the Savoy, the Sports bar, all offer distinctly cosmopolitan charms.

The Christmas Season

December 24th little ones will be waiting for Santa Claus, helped by a Cortina snack and many wonderful surprises and Christmas lunch is laid up on December 25th bringing guests together to enjoy a fine dining day journeying through the menu à la carte, served at the Savoy Restaurant and created for the festive occasion by chef Luigi Sarsano. To celebrate the arrival of the new year on December 31st there will be the traditional New Year’s Eve Party, a gala dinner with live music performances and a DJ-set to dance to until the early hours.

Monday 1st January will open the New Year with a restorative breakfast buffet on the 1224 Terrazza (weather permitting), perfected to satisfy every taste and palate after the long night. A stop-over at the 1224 Bar Lounge is de rigeur: a true après ski institution, to let yourself be carried away by the rhythm of the music, enjoying superlative cocktails and the freshly prepared food immersed in the winter sun and the panorama of the Dolomites.

The Savoia Spa | a capacious wellness centre

Guests from the hotel and those staying at Savoia Palace Residences, can choose to relax in the softly designed Savoia Spa which features the original Comfort Zone products and treatments, including restorative, regenerating and energising sports massages, always using the sublime skin rich products by Comfort Zone. The designated fitness area is equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and the large indoor heated pool is also available for guests to maintain their regimes, if not on the slopes.

About the Savoia Palace Residences

Opposite the hotel and the centre of fashionable Cortina sits the Radisson Residences Savoia Palace, recently restructured to offer maximum comfort and lifestyle for longer stays. The welcoming accommodation, together with the extraordinary Dolomite scenery, ensures a unique holiday or remote working experience. The Residences are a charming mountain refuge: the interiors are refined and capture a modern chalet chic style, combined with beautiful natural wood and soft fabrics in earthy shades. The rooms have balconies onto the views, they are bright, spacious and comfortable spaces, with a kitchen area, all in contemporary design and include all necessary modern facilities. An ideal solution for families and groups of friends (up to 6 people).

The Savoia Palace also houses their pizzeria concept, the Pizza Palace with a gastronomic pizza offering for the residents and the whole of Cortina, with their classic take-away and delivery service of pizzas to homes, apartments, guests staying at the Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Savoia Palace.

About Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo

Famed as one of the most celebrated destinations in the Dolomites and one of Cortina’s most iconic properties, the Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo, a Radisson Collection Hotel combines sophistication with timeless elegance. The five-star hotel’s prime location offers guests adrenaline-fuelled outdoor pursuits, picturesque skiing for all levels, and unique cultural opportunities along with romantic getaways. Throughout its inspiring history, the 135-room hotel has played host to a number of distinguished guests and celebrities. Guests are invited to dine at the property’s three unique culinary locations starting with the Ristorante Savoy, 1224 Bar Lounge & Terrace and The Sports Bar, as well as relax in the intimate Savoia Spa featuring Comfort Zone treatments and products. The resort is the largest 5-star property in the Ampezzo valley, with the hotel also offering 600 sqm of hi-tech meeting and events space for the MICE market.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is 150 km (approx 2 hours’ drive) from both Venice and Innsbruck-Austria, and 120 km from Treviso. The closest airports are Venice Treviso and Venice Marco Polo Airports

As the big dates approach, Cortina d’Ampezzo is on everyone’s mind more than ever, with the 2026 Winter Olympic Games on the horizon. In addition to that, Cortina is still the tourist destination par excellence, which year after year has been able to invent itself time and time again, being open to the influences and trends from all over the world, without losing its essence and its authenticity to the territory, and its mountain traditions.

In more recent years Cortina has been a paradise for skiers hosting the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Cup in January 2024. March sees a spectacular array of events taking place throughout the town, with the Snowboard Cross World Cup happening alongside the 11th anniversary of the WinteRace making their annual stop at the Grand Hotel Savoia, with the most exquisite car collections brought to Italy for the occasion. These iconic classic cars will put their horsepower to the test along the ribboning roads crossing the valleys of the Dolomites.

Be it fat-biking, ciaspes/snowshoeing, snowmobile safari touring, stargazing, heli-skiing, ice climbing, sledding, trekking and hiking, dog sled rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides to name but a few, Cortina has it all in the finest destination of all.

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