A lovely position at Sagna Longa. Lets got this out of the way first if you are skiing, you can get there from Claviere out of hours by skidoo (no idea how you arrange that), or up two chair lifts from Cesana. The chair lift option costs Eu12 - but be sure to keep the ticket because it is a return ticket. There is no lift pass office here, but the guy on the chairlift from Sagna Longa - Colle Bercia will sell you a one way ticket up to the top for Eu5 which will allow you to ski to Claviere and buy a lift pass. The reason you need to do this is because the Cesana ski pass office refuses to sell ski passes starting the following day even though you can do this elsewhere such as Sestriere lift pass office.
The rooms were basic but clean, small ski equipment room. Literally you walk out of the door and put your skis on - it's wonderful! The meals are quite good and the service is good. evening meal was offered for Eu22 a day for 2 courses (may be 3 courses), but you can buy the dishes seperately from the A la Carte menu and is not too expensive if you eat two courses only, as the portion size is quite good. You can get paninis for lunch for Eu5, lasagna/burgers a bit more expensive at Eu10 and Eu 12 respectively. The spa pool is entered via the main dining room, which is lovely and warm with panoramic views over the mountains. It lacks a decent changing area, with no lighting, and only two changing rooms (one without a door or curtain!), the shower in the spa was unusable when we were there as it is used to top up the hot tub. All in all a very special place to stay.
We had the occasion to pass two nights in baita della luna with a smartbox!
The location is really fantastic. In the winter you can park in Cesana, and reach the baita with a ski lift or they come and get you with a snowmobile. The baita is situated right on the piste, quiet and with a nice view.
The room was nice, warm and clean. The only thing is that the room isn't really acoustically isolated, and you hear people shower in the other room and in the morning people talking in the hall and we didn't have warm water in the shower!
The common room is nice, with a pool table and some board games. Unfortunately there were a lot of little children, with loud music and always occupying the pool without really playing. Also the spa is nice, but we didn't enter the swimming pool because of the children doing "bombs". It ruined the "relaxing" of the spa a bit.
The restaurant was essential, and a bit expensive. 7€ for a moretti 66cl is a lot. But the people serving were nice, even if they forgot our table both nights :)
The whole structure could use a bit of maintenance, but the rooms, as said, are nice and warm.
We enjoyed our stay, it's a really beautiful place with lots of potential, but just has some little things to pay attention to! :) Thanks and maybe see you next year!
This hotel is on the slopes with an unusual way of arrival bags go on ahead in ski lift you then follow,Homeward bound is hotel via skidoo to your coach.hotel has a pool sauna Jacuzzi with evening entertainment including a pool table.This is a lovely family hotel with friendly warm staff.
We visited this hotel in early March 2008 for a ski trip, but continually see First Choice advertising this place to unsuspecting guests and not giving them the full story.
The Sporthotel Sagnalonga is ideally situated for keen skiers – it’s right on the slopes and is a truly ski from and to the door; walk outside the ski store, drop your skis, clip in and go! However, the only way to get to the hotel is via chair lift (from Cesana) by the day or skidoo in the evening (from Claviere) and there is nothing else around when you get there. So those of you wanting lively nightlife will have to work hard to get it.
Beware of what First Choice say about this place – it is more of a hostel than a hotel. The rooms are large, often with additional bunk-beds but bring extra clothes because the heating struggles to work in many of them. The bathrooms, like the rest of the hotel, are ‘tired’ and mouldy. The main lounge is comfortable enough (in a youth hostel kind of way), but only when the heating works! There is a dedicated ski and boot store, but this is just a room with a once working electric bar heater. So when collecting your skis in the morning you will have to walk through a pool of water to find your cold damp boots in a rack – hint, bring your boots back to your room in the evenings to have half a chance of getting them warm/dry.
The ‘restaurant’ – should read canteen – with meals served from a buffet bar, similar to a service station! However, the food is OK and there is plenty of it. Breakfasts are a bit disappointing; cold continental buffet style. The bar is a small hatch to the side of the above mentioned service station buffet counter, but the surroundings don’t inspire you to partake from it.
The brochure advertises a sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. However, the sauna was nailed shut (and had been for over a year and despite the hotel telling First Choice, but they were still claiming its availability in their brochures). The pool was OK when not full of kids and the Jacuzzi was cold.
Also be aware that this hotel has an annex building which is used by school parties but they use the hotel facilities as well, including the lounge, games area, and pool; sometimes to the detriment of the other guests.
However, what this hotel has got going for it is its location, right in one of the best ski areas in Italy and next to the lifts. The ‘Milky Way’ has a vast interconnected area of well groomed slopes to play on. But this hotel is not well located for beginners, all the slopes to and from here are reds.