The Best Hotels to Book in Bormio for Every Traveller

Enjoy a winter escape at one of the best hotels in Bormio, an underrated ski resort in Italy
Enjoy a winter escape at one of the best hotels in Bormio, an underrated ski resort in Italy | © Luca Pozzoni / Alamy Stock Photo
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Budget-friendly Bormio is arguably Italy’s most underrated ski resort – book your next winter escape here for snow-sure slopes and traditional thermal spas. The best hotels in Bormio feature snug suites, wood cabins and recently renovated rooms.

Close to the Swiss border, Bormio attracts a regular clientele with its uncrowded pistes and wooded slopes. It’s been a spa town since the days of the Roman Empire, and healing thermal springs are dotted all over the Alta Valtellina, aptly known as the Valley of Water. Off the slopes, don’t miss the 17th-century Old Town, with its narrow cobbled streets and Romanesque-style churches, as well as ample opportunities for local cheese and wine tasting.

1. La Genzianella

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Rustic-luxe lounge with plush chairs, plaid couches, recessed wood ceiling, wood floors, Persian rugs and green curtains at Genzianella
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Seasoned skiers and mountain lovers choose this top-rated hotel in Bormio for Italian Alps luxury in a fairytale setting. Snug suites and mini chalets have wood-cabin vibes (alpine touches and the warm scent of Swiss pine), plus all have balconies overlooking the slopes. An extravagant breakfast buffet is complimentary, while dinner at La Genzianella is a delicious affair worth booking. The restaurant stocks local wines and harnesses regional ingredients to whip up its Mediterranean-flavoured five-course menu.

2. Sottovento Luxury Hospitality

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Nighttime view of the exterior of chalet-style Sottovento Luxury Hospitality with lit-up interiors and thick layer of snow on front lawn
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Surrender to la dolce vita at the Sottovento’s own pâtisserie café, a sweet-toothed heaven, bejewelled with mouth-watering macarons and pretty pastries. Breakfast is a similar scene, with cakes and croissants, cold cuts and canapés, while a further temptation is the hotel spa. A Finnish pinewood sauna and aromatherapy steam room, as well as piping hot and icy cold showers, are among the highlights. Meanwhile, mountainside suites come with rustic wood touches, kitchenettes and balconies, along with natural alpine-herb bath products.

3. Hotel San Vitale

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King room at San Vitale with leather headboard, wood floors and glass doors to small balcony
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This recently restored hotel in Bormio’s historic Old Town, next to the 12th-century church of San Vitale, has a sleek and contemporary exterior, a theme that continues inside – think curved ecclesiastical ceilings and wooden walls. Opt for the top-floor Mountain View Suite, where wooden stairs, in a modern living area, lead to a cosy loft bedroom with a skylight. As a Hotel San Vitale guest, you’ll skip the queue at their popular bakery next door, calling first dibs on cake, fluffy pancakes, eggs and – if you so please – cheese boards for breakfast.

4. Hotel San Lorenzo

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Bright bedroom with white leather couch, faux-fur cushions, raw wood accents and black-and-white photo of Alps at Hotel San Lorenzo
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There isn’t a dud room at Hotel San Lorenzo, a 17th-century manor house, but the Tower Suite is a plum choice. Spread across two floors, it features a sizeable lounge, a king-size bed and a freestanding bathtub under wooden beams, while an arched doorway leads out to a private balcony that overlooks the mountains. Elsewhere, the spa has a selection of saunas, steam baths and sensory showers. Start your day with a complimentary à la carte and buffet breakfast, before hopping on the free shuttle to the slopes.

5. Hotel Larice Bianco

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Exterior of chalet-style Hotel Larice Bianco, with magenta-hued flowers lining the balconies, and mountains in the background
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At the foot of the slopes, a stroll away from Bormio’s Old Town and just 100m (330ft) from the ski lifts, this family-run hotel has location on its side. Enjoy the view from your private balcony, along with complimentary breakfast, bike hire and in-room comforts such as a minibar for late-night snacking. The restaurant cuisine takes inspiration from the local area – favourites include the pizzoccheri della Valtellina, a buckwheat tagliatelle cooked with cheesy potatoes and cabbage, and the salted beef bresaola.

6. Albergo Stelvio

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Traditional lobby area with antique leather chairs, terracotta floors and knotted wood panelling at Albergo Stelvio
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On a quiet corner in the heart of Bormio, this budget-friendly B&B has been newly renovated with larger parties and longer stays in mind. Rooms and apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities so you can make yourself at home. Meanwhile, expect complimentary breakfast, local restaurant discounts and a free shuttle bus to the lifts every 15 minutes so you don’t have to lug your ski gear to the slopes.

7. Hotel Rezia

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Art-nouveau-style cafe in off-white, with long marble counter, stained-glass windows, tile floors and cafe-style tables at Hotel Rezia
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At Hotel Rezia, the first hotel in Bormio’s central village, built by the current owner’s parents in 1954, food is prepared with love and local ingredients, and expertly paired with fine Italian wines. Chef Samuele’s saffron risotto is a must-try, while the art-nouveau Rezia Café is the go-to place for breakfast and pre-dinner drinks. Cosiness is a theme across the thoughtfully appointed rooms, with shaggy blankets and velvet bed cushions among the furnishings. Elsewhere, the intimate spa can be reserved for private use.

8. Hotel Funivia

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Stylish room with two beds in white linen, raw wood wall panelling and ceiling with matching furniture and metallic wall at Hotel Funivia
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Hotel Funivia is another hotel designed by bike lovers, for bike lovers. Any cycle routes the staff don’t know aren’t worth knowing; rent a bicycle and join on guided tours of the surrounding area. Back at the hotel, rooms are decked out in wood and feature plenty of natural light from the large windows and balcony. Stay for Sunday dinner and explore the region from your plate – think local cured meats and cheeses, the local favourite, sciatt – crispy buckwheat fritters with a creamy cheese centre – and pizzoccheri della Valtellina pasta.

9. Hotel Terme

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Exterior of chalet-style Hotel Terme on a hillside, with brown shutters and flower-strewn balconies
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Hotel Terme feels more guesthouse than hotel: rooms are snug and simple, complete with views of snowy scenes, and breakfast is complimentary. Save your energy for the slopes by hopping on a free bus ride with your equipment from the hotel – the shuttle service runs every 15 minutes. Back at Hotel Terme, head across the road to soothe your muscles at the thermal spa (taking full advantage of discounted entry), before tucking into a five-course menu featuring Valtellinese specialties.

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