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Review 2343: Residence Ciastel, Apartment
Apartments and suites in Ortisei, Trentino Alto-Adige
Sept. 2006, six nights
Residence Ciastel is located just at the last bridge as you leave Ortisei. One only has to cross the street and walk a few blocks to the town center. It is very quiet with only the sound of the river at night even though there are other residences around it. This is ideal for families as there is a small playground with swings and a trampoline adjacent. There is a secured garage.
We walked into town for caffe every morning, about a two or three block walk. The grocery store is just across the road. There are many restaurants in Ortisei, all within walking distance. One of our favorites, Cascade, is located on the same side of the river just two blocks away.
There are 11 apartments in the building. It is absolutely pristine. The lobby areas are marble floors with a beautiful oriental carpet runner on all the stairs. There is an elevator.
Our apartment, #11, a 2bed/2bath unit, was on the top (our third, their second) floor. One enters the lobby (you need a key as the front door is always locked) and goes upstairs, then across an outdoor walk and into the apartment. There is a small entryway with a bedroom and bathroom on either side and a small kitchen and living area straight ahead. There is a small balcony off of the living area. Everything is beautifully appointed, e.g. Gianni Versace bathroom fixtures. All of the doors and cabinets are of lovely blond wood with heavy brass handles. The windows are all of the kind that can open either vertically or horizontally, depending on which way you turn the handle.
The eating area can seat four comfortably, six in a squeeze. It is a bit awkward because of the built-in benches, but it works.
There is outdoor lawn space and most apartments have a small balcony. There is no pool, but you are given cards that allow free access to the municipal sport complex which has several pools.
There is only a two person sofa (I believe it is a sofa bed) and two chairs in the small living space, which made it a bit uncomfortable for four people. Nice patterned carpet in the living area and bedrooms with marble floors in foyer and bathrooms. The entire building - including the garage - is absolutely spotless. We couldn't even find the place to put the trash and had to ask.
The beds are very comfortable. They had down comforters, which I find too warm, so I got the blankets out of the closet. The blankets are very soft which was good as there was no top sheet. There is a decent light on each side of the bed. One bathroom had a larger shower and more counter around the sink, as well as a sky light. The other was smaller with one of the "telephone booth" showers, but it worked fine. Both had towel warmer units and bidets. Small soaps and shampoos were provided.
There is a dishwasher. We were told there was a microwave, but there wasn't. We later found out that we could have had one if we asked for it. There is a small but adequate refrigerator under the stove-top. It is a model of efficiency. Adequate pots and pans of good quality, adequate dishes, glasses, and utensils. No toaster. I find it difficult to cook without an oven so we mainly had salads and top-of-the-stove dishes on those nights when we ate in.
Problems or Bonuses
The couple who run the residence are lovely and helpful. There is a washer and dryer for use by guests, and every apartment has a drying rack which can be set up on the balcony.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We paid about €650 for the six nights.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it.
Ortisei is a very nice town. It is sophisticated and not terribly "touristy." We had considered Castelrotto but, after driving through it, were glad we'd chosen Ortisei instead. We walked to the next village, St. Christina, on a nice 5 kilometer walking path just near our apartment. There are lovely bakeries and restaurants, some nice shops and what seems to be a pretty young family-oriented population. It is easy to get to many of the scenic places even without a car, as there is excellent bus service.
Things to do in this area
We took the gondola to Passo Selva and hiked for awhile, then had lunch at Jimmy's Hutte. We drove to Passo Pordoi, highly recommeded by Jim, took the cable car up and did a short hike to a rifugio for lunch.
Hiking is the main activity most of the year until skiing takes over.
We walked to St. Christina for a Ladin cultural festival. There was a costume parade, including old cars (a '57 Chevy among them), a brass band concert, and wonderful free pastries courtesy of the hotel association.
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