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Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa Review – San Cassiano, Italian Dolomites

For our first summer in the mountains there was only ever one hotel on the list. Located not far from the Austrian border in a small mountain village of San Cassiano in the Dolomites of Northern Italy is The Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa.  A huge fan of the Sound of Music, I couldn’t wait to create my own version of the Von Pixies!

Family Friendly Hotel In The Dolomites

view down in the valley of people walking on the greenery
view from the valley and small village looking up to green grass and pine trees

How To Get To The Dolomites?

We flew into Innsbruck 90 miles south of San Cassiano driving through thunderstorms and lightning. With my heart slightly in my mouth we crossed the border and wound through innumerable twists and turns up the mountain pass. Eventually ending at the  quaint village which sits at the foot of Mount Lavarela. It was definitely an exhilarating drive and gave us a newfound respect for the mighty mountains we were soon to explore.

view of the outside of the Rosa Alpina  from the car park

On arrival we were immediately greeted with a big smile, umbrella and escorted into the warmth and comfort of the hotel. A Relais & Chateaux property Rosa Alpina has been owned and run by the Pizzini family since the late thirties. The hands-on and intimate feel the owners create along with their faultless attention to detail sets it apart from any other. The wonderful candy bar in reception enjoyed by the kids – and big kids – would have scored it a ten alone!

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The rooms

The 51 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in traditional Ladino style: a white, cream and pale wood colour scheme with hints of colour through textiles and accessories.

view from the balcony/mezzanine  looking down to the living area with pink sofa, wooden furnishing and three apples on a table inside the Rosa Alpina suite

We opted for a suite, the two bedrooms were on the mezzanine level with the living space and bathroom downstairs. The girls were over the moon with their own mini room complete with a Rosa Alpina bear and t-shirt each as a welcome gift. Whilst Mr S and I were treated to a lovely bottle of South Tyrol red wine.

view of a single bedroom with wooden walls and teddy bear on the bed

The balcony looked onto the beautiful alpine mountains. Many a rooibos tea was consumed on the terrace whilst resting the tootsies after a day in the mountains.

view of greenery covered mountains in the background with Sima's feet up and blue painted nails resting on a wooden balcony alongside a cup on tea

Relax in Italy!

After an active day there are plenty of spaces to relax within the hotel.  The lobby is perfect for lounging, the log fireplace is surrounded by cosy chairs and snuggly blankets. If you fancy a tipple or two it can be enjoyed in the stylish piano bar. And I can’t deny the pianist provided a fair few giggles with his eighties repertoire!

view inside the half circle piano bar surrounded by bar stools, lights and liquor/alcohol

I also indulged in a few cheeky, creamy hot chocolates in their elegant looking sitting room furnished with traditional Tyrolean chairs.

sitting room in the Rosa Alpina

Things To Do At The Rosa Alpina

The characterful chalet style hotel also houses a a cinema room, where children or adults can choose from a wide range of DVDs and relax in front of the wide screen. Plus a kids room with an indoor climbing, a big hit with the girls. Once they conquer the mini one they can set their sights on the larger one (with ropes and harnesses) in the gardens.

kids room with climbing wall surrounded by soft furnishing on the floor & two girls climbing the wall

Oh and lets not forget the spa. It is home to a gym, an indoor heated pool, Finnish Sauna, jacuzzi and luxurious treatment rooms. For a small unassuming hotel from the outside this place has it all. And I can testify their hot stone massage is a real treat.

Indoor heated pool sounded by white chairs at the Rosa Alpina

Dining At The Rosa Alpina

Now to the road to my heart – the glorious food. There are four restaurants at the Rosa Alpina. A rich and healthy breakfast is served at Limonaia with views of the forest. Bread and croissants are freshly baked, the jams are home-made and you can have your eggs anyway you like it. The perfect start to your day.

For informal and casual dining the Wine Bar and Grill, is where you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, rich salads, grilled meats and vegetables.

two children in white chef hats making pizza along side the chef with the pizza oven in the background

Kids are invited into the kitchen to make their pizzas too in various shapes and sizes. The girls opted for hearts.

two girls in blue aprons and white hats putting their heart shaped pizza in the oven with help from the chef also in a white hat and kitchen wear
view inside the pizza oven of the two pizzas

The intimate fondue restaurant is a must too. It offers meat or cheese fondues with a chocolate finale if you can manage it.

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view of the jar holding fondue over flame on a table

For a gourmet treat you have the two Michelin star Restaurant St. Hubertus where chef Norbert Niederkofler’s serves food only sourced from the Dolomites region for his award winning cuisine.

READ MORE: Restaurant St Hubertus Review

view of the outside of the st Hubertus  with red flowers on the window sills

And if all that wasn’t enough the hotel has two remote private mountain cabins at 2000 metres which guests may rent. One is a day base and the other is set up for overnight stays.

With limited electricity and cold water it gives you glimpse at being at one with nature. They do however deliver food for you to cook or send a chef to do it for you. And as if by magic in the morning, breakfast will appear along with mountain bikes to make your way back down.

view of a wooden hut in the grassed mountains of the dolomites

One of the best things about travelling to the Dolomites in the summer are the bargains on offer as technically it’s considered their off-peak season. I’ll have to be honest the real gems are not well publicised.

READ MORE: Summer in the Dolomites with Kids

You’ll need to trawl through the hotel websites and hunt them down. Rosa Alpina had an amazing offer on at the time we travelled where we received a five nights stay for the price of four. Included were two credit vouchers for €50 for two dinners the Wine Bar & Grill restaurant, a five course tasting menu for two people at the 2 Michelin star St Hubertus restaurant and a €60 Euro credit voucher per adult for a luxury beauty treatment of your choice. It didn’t take long for me to confirm my reservation once reading the special offer!

view of the street running through alongside Rosa Alpina

We had a wonderful stay at the Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina. It was the perfect choice for our family holiday in the magical Dolomites. Special thanks has to go to Alexandra on concierge, who provided us with daily child friendly walking routes. Also Susie the babysitter, who taught the girls some Italian words with the games they played together. I can’t recommend this place enough. I know that I’ll be back again. And that’s coming from a person who usually thinks life’s too short to visit the same place twice!


Where’s the best place you’ve stayed on holiday? Let me know in the comments box below.


Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina| Strada Micurá de Rü, 20 | 39036 San Cassiano in Badia | Italy | Website

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Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa review - San Cassiano, Italian Dolomites


  • Julie Bonaparte 29th August 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Your photos are amazing

    • Sima Sthanakiya 29th August 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Julie. Took a while to sort the 1000s that we had! X

  • vicky hall-newman 31st August 2016 at 6:07 pm

    What a lovely holiday that you had, this year we interrailed over Europe. We had an amazing time

    • Sima Sthanakiya 1st September 2016 at 9:47 pm

      We’re so lucky to be so close to these amazing places Vicky.

  • Big Stevie Cool 31st August 2016 at 6:17 pm

    the views here look incredible. also i love the idea of a climbing wall in the kids room.

  • Angela 31st August 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Wow. this looks and sounds like an amazing adventure. I love the sound of the hotel and the spa looks great. It is fab that they have a children’s fun section and I’d love to go to the private mountain cabin too!

  • Yaya 1st September 2016 at 4:51 pm

    What incredible views! The hotel looks absolutely beautiful as well, and it was such a nice touch that the girls were able to make their own pizzas.

  • Olivia Thristan 1st September 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Wow this pictures are amazing, the place where you were staying looks so good. Plus I love the colour of your nail polish ;D x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 1st September 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Olivia. The nail varnish is Sally Hansen miracle gel – rhythm & blue.

  • Jess 1st September 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Wow what a view, it looks incredible! Your suite looks super cosy, and I love the look of the climbing wall – I’d definitely want a go on that 😉

  • Charlotte Braithwaite 2nd September 2016 at 7:53 am

    Oh my goodness <3
    I want to go so bad – Your photos of the place look amazing!
    Looks expensive to completely worth it.
    Charlotte x

  • Rebecca Smith 2nd September 2016 at 3:29 pm

    What incredible views! This sounds like such an amazing place to stay

  • Cassandra Mayers 4th September 2016 at 12:56 pm

    oh wow what a fantastic place with fantastic views 😀 and such cosy rooms 😀

  • Georgina Goodman 19th December 2016 at 10:38 am

    These photos are great! Looks like a lovely place to stay!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th December 2016 at 12:37 pm

      If you ever visit the Dolomites, this is definitely the place to stay! Thank you x

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