The Grand Hotel Presolana, funnily enough, in Presolana, Italy, is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, the world over. I’ve been to three different continents, probably hundreds of different cities, and yet this four star mountainside hotel in Italy’s beautiful Lombardia region really stood out. As an integral part of my surprise holiday for my 25th birthday, I can honestly say that this place really doesn’t disappoint. It has everything you need – great staff, great scenery, a great spa and even a great setting – it doesn’t get much better than that. I’d go back in a heartbeat, and I reckon everyone else should try it out, too!
Let me start out by saying that the Grand Hotel Presolana really do go the extra mile when it comes to their customers. There’s none of this corporate, impersonal stuff about it, they want to share your journey with you every step of the way! My boyfriend Dougie gets all the credit for the planning – our trip was a surprise for me, after all – but after he booked on Secret Escapes, both he and the hotel carried on trying to create the ultimate trip!
Despite Dougie not speaking a word of Italian (no, seriously, not even the basics!), he managed to arrange a million different extras as part of our trip. Everything from dinner at the hotel on the first night, to a lovely spa treatment was covered.
The Restaurant & Bar
The food in the restaurant at the hotel is incredible. You’ll want to sample a little of everything, which is pretty perfect, since there’s an option of a four course dinner. Very authentic, and very tasty! We had Italian meats, then a delicious pasta course, followed by some very tender pork, and finally a wickedly indulgent crème brûlée.
I was very full up at the end, but in a completely content way! The staff were so attentive throughout our meal and even followed my boyfriend’s email requests to make it extra special by scattering rose petals around our table.
The bar is also great, with really friendly and chatty staff. Although January was a quiet month, they were still as lively as if there were loads of customers present, when in reality it was just us and two others.
When it comes to the spa, you’ll want for nothing. With two pools, three different types of saunas, a salt room, special scented showers and of course treatment rooms (and more!), it’s the perfect place to getaway and relax.
You’re given very cute robes and slippers when you arrive – just make sure you remember to hand them back!
Dougie also treated us to a couple’s massage. This was absolutely brilliant – they set the mood perfectly, adorning the room with candles and a multitude of heavenly aromas. I could have fallen asleep I was so relaxed, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to miss a thing!
Our room was absolutely lovely. We had so much space, a massive bed, a balcony overlooking the snowy mountains in the distance, and even a bathroom with lovely complimentary trinkets and a shower with a seat!
I especially loved the fact you could control the shutters to the balcony from bed, and the delicious (included!) breakfast they wheeled in to us on both mornings to enjoy whilst looking out at the sun streaming through the balcony windows.
The location of the Grand Presolana Hotel speaks for itself. You want great food locally? Sure, you can get it just a short walk away. Like skiing, sledging, snowboarding or other wintery fun sports? No problem, give it a go in the mountains, just a ten minute drive away – and these are also perfect for the best ever views!
You’re also in close proximity to other real, Italian towns and villages with their own personality and history, and a short drive from Bergamo, Milano and other bigger locations. The staff will be more than happy to give you advice and recommendations, which they went out of their way to do for us. What’s not to love?!
Pure, unadulterated bliss!