Updated 11 January 2017
That’s the view facing south from just out front of the Il Dollaro Hotel in Falcade, Italy, a sleepy town of about 2,500 at the heart of the Dolomites, the Alpine range that serves up some of the most beautiful mountainscapes the planet has to offer. All things considered, not a bad view with which to start the day.
There’s plenty more to like about the Il Dollaro, a small, modest and traditionally stylish family-run hotel and tavern at the edge of Falcade (1100m above sea level) that will easily fit the budgets of most winter or summer travelers.
As ski season rates go in this popular area, stays at Il Dollaro are a solid value, from €37-40 per person per night (with breakfast), to €48-54 with dinner. Winter 2016-17 rates are here.
I opted for the latter and was delighted with my dinner selection: a creamy risotto for the first course, veal scallopini for the entree, and an extraordinary tiramisu cake for dessert. (We were celebrating a birthday and the guest of honor said it was the best cake he’d ever had.) The dinner menu options vary enough from day to day that you’ll have a decent selection over the course of a longer stay.
Most importantly for skiers I
For the price, it could hardly be more convenient. It’s located less than a 300 meter walk from the Falcade-Le Buse cabin lift which began operation in December (2015), meaning that access to the Alpe Lusia/San Pellegrino ski area, part of the Dolomiti Superski network, is just a short walk away.
Most Importantly for skiers II
The tavern on the ground level, with its funky and inviting Native American theme, is spacious and welcoming and serves a nice variety of local and regional beers at working class beer-lovers prices.
The rooms? Comfortable, clean but basic –single and double beds, wardrobes, private baths and some with balconies. (See the photo above.)
The staff? Jack runs the tavern / restaurant on the ground level and Claudia runs the inn. They exude small town charm, are extremely helpful and accommodating, and patient, nearly to a fault.
I’ll most definitely be back.
Hotel Il Dollaro
Birreria, Ristorante, Hotel
v. Focobon 64, 32020 Falcade, Italy
hotelildollaro.com (Italian only)
To help with your bearings, a map is below.