Where To Stay In The Dolomites: Ultimate Guide to Towns, Hotels, and Unique Stays

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The Dolomites are one of Italy’s many beautiful natural landscapes and are a bucket list adventure for many travelers. Whether you are someone seeking a luxurious chalet or in need of a wellness retreat – or you’re a budget backpacker, a solo traveler, a hiker, a couple, a family – the Dolomites truly have something to offer for everyone. But with all the options, comes the difficulty in determining what place to stay is right for you and your priorities. That’s why I’ve put together the most in-depth guide on where to stay in the Dolomites so you can determine which town or accommodation fits your personal Dolomites travel goals.

You may be planning a scenic honeymoon, a winter ski retreat, a camping adventure, or a photography tour of the Dolomites’ most beautiful places. To understand where to stay in the Dolomites, you have to get clear about what you want to do there.

Luckily, it’s not hard to come up with a list of things to do in the Dolomites. It is hard narrowing down where to stay in the Dolomites – but not for much longer.

Jump to the section that relates to your travel needs most or explore all of your options and let the stunning areas of the Dolomites convince you where you should stay.

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Getting Around The Dolomites

For an in-depth look at how to get around the Dolomites, I highly recommend looking at my 3-Day Dolomites road trip itinerary where I go into detail about ways to travel around the Dolomites.

However, I want to touch on it briefly in this guide to staying in the Dolomites because it can be really relevant to deciding what is the best place for you to choose accommodation.

Over any other suggestion, I recommend renting a car when visiting the Dolomites. Some places are just too hard to reach without a car, so if you want ultimate flexibility in choosing where to stay and what to see, renting a car is your best option.

Read up on driving in Italy before traveling to the Dolomites.

However, you can travel to cities and towns in the Dolomites by train. In this case, I recommend staying in larger towns than rural areas.

Trains can’t pass through mountain ranges as easily as flat countryside, so that’s why train stations are fewer and far between.

Even driving from place to place through a mountain range has its challenges. For example, Bolzano and Cortina D’Ampezzo don’t look far from each other on a map. It’s a straight line east to west to reach each city – that is, if there wasn’t a giant UNESCO World Heritage Site mountain range in the middle of them.

So, you’re 45 minute drive just turned into 2 hours.

This is why it’s important to know beforehand how you are going to get around the Dolomites and choose your accommodation to best suit your access to transportation.

Nearest International Airports to the Dolomites

Main Train Stations in the Dolomites

  • Bolzano – 3 Stations: Bolzano Bozen, Bolzano Noverese, Bolzano Sud
  • Trento
  • Calalzo di Cadore – Last station to reach Cortina D’Ampezzo and Veneto side of the Dolomites

Travel to the Dolomites by Bus Information


When To Visit The Dolomites

Like transportation, the season you are traveling in may also affect where you want to stay in the Dolomites.

Winter is very cold in the Dolomites, but it has its benefits too. You may want to stay in towns like Bressanone with Christmas Markets and nearby Mount Plose for skiing. Cortina D’Ampezzo is also a well-known destination for its ski slopes.

It can be cold and snowy in the Dolomites all through the spring, but this also might be where you get your best deals as a budget traveler.

The Dolomites high tourist season is, like most of Italy, in the summer – specifically July and August. Your best bet for visiting the Dolomites with nice weather, cheaper accommodation, and open activities is the months of May, June, and September.

Hotels can highly fluctuate in price based on the tourist season. For example, Forestis Dolomites is a luxury hotel that is expensive no matter what time of year, but the level of expensive varies drastically! In June, a room is 400 euros per night while in August, the same room is 800 euros per night!

Now that the main factors to take into account when choosing where to stay in the Dolomites are covered, let’s dive into the guide.


Types of Accommodation in the Dolomites

Despite the remoteness of some areas in the Dolomites, there is no shortage of amazing places to stay. From cabins on top of mountain peaks for hikers to five-star luxury spa hotels with brilliant views, the types of accommodations in the Dolomites often capitalize on what it is your itinerary will consist mostly of.

There are special things to note about types of accommodation in the Dolomites. For those who plan to hike, there are special cabins and hotels called Rifugio. These are in remote areas up in the peeks, perfect for outdoorsy and adventure travelers and also for those on a budget.

Another note on budget accommodation is the plethora of apartment stay options on Booking.com or Airbnb. These are perfect for those who want to spend most of their time exploring and just need a bed to sleep in. You can spend as little as $60 per night on an apartment stay.

There are virtually no hostels in the Dolomites, besides a couple in Merano, but that area is a bit far from the Dolomites’ best sites.

Mid-range, boutique hotels are by far the most popular kind of accommodation in the Dolomites. They are moderately priced starting around $120 per night and often include breakfast and potentially even dinner, saving money on dining out (and time trying to find a restaurant!)

Luxury hotels in the Dolomites are geared towards wellness and relaxation. They often boast incredible spa amenities and are perfect for travelers who want to soak up some views, mountain air, and relaxation, but don’t care as much about exploring.


The Best Towns & Hotels to Stay in the Dolomites

The Dolomites cover a large area of the Italian Alps and are part of two different regions in Italy – Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto.

Where you stay in the Dolomites will likely be affected by what you want to do most – whether that’s visiting popular Lake Braies or the quieter Val di Funes.

Have an itinerary in mind when you start looking for accommodation, or at least a list of things you would like to do. You can take a glance at that three-day itinerary to the Dolomites I curated to start getting an idea of how much you can see in one day and the travel time between locations.

Once you have some spots in mind you can then look at these towns in relation to where you want to visit most and decide which works best for your itinerary and goals for visiting the Dolomites. From road tripping and multiple day trip visits, I discovered these are the best towns overall to stay in the Dolomites.

Valdaora, Trentino Alto-Adige

Village Center of Valdaora
  • Highlights: Close to Lake Braies, Centrally located in the Dolomites, Wide variety of accommodation at budget to luxury price ranges, Scenic rural area with views
  • Cons: No city center
  • Perfect for: Budget Travelers, Mountain/Spa Retreats, Couples
  • Reachability: Easy to Medium Difficulty, By Train, Car, or Bus

Budget Accommodation in Valdaora

Farm Apartment

At only $66 a night, this cozy apartment stay in Valdaora is a steal. If you are just in need of a bed to sleep in and are spending the rest of your time exploring outdoors, this is the perfect spot for its central location near Lake Braies.

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Holiday Apartment

At $72 per night, this apartment stay provides bright and comfortable rooms with mountain views and close to popular hikes and outdoor sports offerings.

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Boutique & Mid-Range Accommodation in Valdaora

Hotel Scherer

From my own personal stay at Hotel Scherer, I can say that this hotel is awesome accommodation for the price. With breakfast and dinner included plus a room with a balcony and mountain views, and a sauna at your disposal, it’s a complete steal and you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you want to know more about this hotel, you can read about it in my Dolomites itinerary.

Almhotel Lenz

Similar to Hotel Scherer, Almhotel Lenz is a great mid-range option that includes a lot for the price you pay. It’s around $150 per night for two guests and includes breakfast and dinner. It’s a classic alpine lodge feel with spectacular mountain views to complement.

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Luxury Accommodation in Valdaora

Hotel Hubertus

If there’s one dream hotel to stay at in the Dolomites, (at least for me) it’s Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus. The striking infinity pool suspended on the hilltop, combined with the striking views and proximity to top sites like Lago di Braies makes it the best hotel in the Dolomites.

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Kronplatz-Resort Berghotel Zirm

For those looking to ski, this resort offers direct access to the slopes and sweeping views over the Valdaora valley. You can opt to include breakfast, dinner, or both in your stay price and make the most of the wellness amenities within the resort.

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Cortina D’Ampezzo, Veneto

  • Highlights: Big town, Great for skiing and adventure enthusiasts, Close to Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Misurina
  • Cons: Further from sites like Lake Braies, Alpe dei Siusi/Seiser Alm, and Lake Carezza
  • Perfect for: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Families, Boutique Travelers
  • Reachability: Easy to Medium Difficulty, Reach by Car, or Bus, Nearest Train Station is Calalzo di Cadore and buses service daily to Cortina D’Ampezzo

Budget Accommodation in Cortina

Hotel Olimpia

Hotel Olimpia is a bit of an old-fashioned, humble accommodation, but at $100 per night, it’s a great price for the luxury ski resort area of Cortina D’Ampezzo. If you want to ski the famous slopes of Cortina on a budget, this is one of your best hotel options (it even includes breakfast!)

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Hotel Cappanina

Starting at only $88 per night, the rooms at Hotel Cappanina are ideal for budget travelers looking for a comfortable place to stay. The only thing to keep in mind is that the hotel is 2 km from the Cortina center.

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Boutique & Mid-Range Accommodation in Cortina

Hotel Aquila

Situated right in the heart of Cortina D’Ampezzo, Hotel Aquila is one of the best value hotels for the money for its location and included breakfast.

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Hotel Mirage

Hotel Mirage is just outside the Cortina center but has a private shuttle to take you into town whenever you desire. At the mid-range price point, this hotel’s services, rooms, and mountain views are all an incredible value for this area in the Dolomites.

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Luxury Accommodation in Cortina

Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia is certainly grand. This 5-star luxury resort comes serviced with beautiful rooms, attentive staff, and amenities such as a piano bar and on-site restaurant.

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Cristallo Luxury Resort & Spa

If hotels are your thing, then you can’t miss staying at Cristallo, an award-winning ski resort just outside Cortina (but with a free shuttle service to the center.) You may not even need to leave the hotel with its three restaurants, spa and beauty treatment offerings, proximity to the ski lifts, and free bike rentals in the summer.

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Bressanone, Trentino Alto-Adige

Bressanone Town Center
  • Highlights: Cute rural town, Skiing at Mount Plose, Between popular areas of Lake Carezza and Lake Braies, Christmas Market, Reachable by Train
  • Cons: Not a large variety of accommodation options dominated mostly by mid-range hotels
  • Perfect for: Off-The-Beaten-Path Travel, Families, Solo Travelers
  • Reachability: Easy, Reach by Car, Train, or Bus (The CityBus website is only in Italian or German so have Google Translate at the ready!)

Budget Accommodation in Bressanone

Farm Stay Airbnb

Just a bit north of the Bressanone town center is a romantic mill room for only $72 per night. This spot is perfect for those looking for a more unique and cozy stay in the Dolomites.

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Boutique & Mid-Range Accommodation in Bressanone

Hotel Elephant

Hotel Elephant is a boutique gem in the historic center of Bressanone. The lavish decor and vintage vibes of the exterior old building and classy rooms will transport you to another era! The hotel even includes a city pass to visit Bressanone’s best attractions for free.

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Hotel Grüner Baum

If you are looking for a hotel close to a town center, then Hotel Grüner Baum is the perfect spot in Bressanone. Its wellness amenities are ideal for kicking back and relaxing while its location in the heart of Bressanone is perfect for those with the energy to keep exploring.

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Luxury Accommodation in Bressanone

Hotel Gasserhof

Hotel Gasshof has it all. Stylish rooms, amazing location near Mount Plose, and luxury amenities at the lower end of luxury hotel prices. Plus, a fabulous breakfast and dinner is included, so you’re getting more bang for your buck.

My Arbor Wellness Hotel

Luxury hotels in the Dolomites are all about wellness and My Arbor does not disappoint. The modern design of this hotel combined with the earthy, wood accents of its guest rooms complement the surroundings and provide an atmosphere of total luxury and comfort. It’s super close to the ski lift for those who want to hit the slopes on the famous Mount Plose.

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Forestis Dolomites

If you are on the hunt for ultimate luxury and money is no object, then Forestis Dolomites is where to stay. This incredibly posh yet nature-oriented adults-only wellness resort is perfect for couples or hotel aficionados, offering the ultimate experience of high-end accommodation.

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Bolzano, Trentino Alto-Adige

  • Highlights: Big city in Trentino Alto-Adige, Many accommodation options, Easiest to reach
  • Cons: Not central in the Dolomites
  • Perfect for: City break, Easy day trip, Travelers without a car
  • Reachability: Easy, Reach by Car, Train or Bus

Budget Accommodation in Bolzano

Mary’s Rooms & Apartments

Mary’s Rooms & Apartments is an inexpensive apartment stay right in the center of Bolzano at under $100 a night. Perks of these rooms include city views and is less than a mile away from the Bolzano Christmas Market!

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B&B Hotel Bolzano

B&B Hotel Bolzano is a basic accommodation perfect for budget travelers at around $80 per night. The hotel is located near to the highway and has free parking so it is a perfect one-night stop if you are on a road trip.

There’s also a cafe and optional add-on breakfast offered in the morning!

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Boutique & Mid-Range Accommodation in Bolzano

Laubenhaus

Laubenhaus is a collection of gorgeous apartments in the heart of the historic center of Bolzano. Some rooms even come with a terrace to take in mountain views. This is the most stylish place to stay in Bolzano inside and out!

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Parkhotel Luna Mondschein

Parkhotel Luna Mondschein has a little bit for everyone at a price that won’t break the bank. The kid-friendly atmosphere and gardens to run around in are perfect for families, while the spa amenities are pluses for a couple’s getaway!

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Luxury Accommodation in Bolzano

Parkhotel Laurin

In the center of Bolzano is the stunning Parkhotel Laurin hosted in a building dating back to 1910. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar for you to meander down to from your luxury room. Travelers who appreciate design and amenities will love this stay!

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Castel Hörtenberg

If you want to live out your alpine fairytale dreams, then Castel Hörtenerg was made for you. Every room in this castle hotel comes with a view, as well as access to spa amenities and the gardens.

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Misurina, Veneto

  • Highlights: Scenic lake, Close to popular hiking trail of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Ample parking
  • Cons: Not much to do in the town, Not the easiest to reach, Accommodation options are more limited
  • Who It’s Perfect For: Hikers, Couples, Scenic Travelers
  • Reachability: Medium Difficulty, Can Reach by Car or Bus (nearest train station is Calalzo di Cadore 15 km away near Cortina)

Budget Accommodation in Misurina

Balcony on Tre Cime Airbnb

For under $100 per night, this rustic airbnb provides panoramic views and is nearby to popular hikes including Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

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Rifugio Col de Varda

Perfect for hikers and budget backpackers, Rifugio Col de Varda offers incredible views from its high elevation above Misurina.

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Boutique & Mid-Range Accommodation in Misurina

Spectacular View Misurina Lake Apartment Stay

This Airbnb is the perfect combination of budget-friendly and priceless views. You can explore the nearby hiking areas of Tre Cime di Lavaredo or just admire the peaks from your window.

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Luxury Accommodation in Misurina

Grand Hotel Misurina

Grand Hotel Misurina is the iconic yellow mountain chalet reflecting on Lake Misurina in the early morning. At $235 per night, it’s still not a bad deal for being the most luxurious hotel in Misurina.

Honorable Mention Towns

Ortisei

Ortisei is very similar to Valdaora in the area of Val Gardena, which is another great spot to stay. Local Buses make it possible to reach, but it harder to reach than the areas previously mention. The area is a great location near to Alpe dei Siusi/Seiser Alm, Val di Funes, and Bressanone.

Beautiful hotels in/near Ortisei include:

San Candido

San Candido is similar to Bressanone being a small alpine town. It is more centrally located in the Dolomites, near Lake Braies and Lake Dobbiaco.

Beautiful hotels in San Candido include:

Unique Stays in the Dolomites

Mirror House

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If you’re looking for a truly unique place to stay in the Dolomites, then you have found it! Located in the area of Bolzano, the Mirror House is wrapped in exterior mirrors, creating a crazy beautiful illusion of the mountain views and stunning swimming pool. There are actually two Mirror Houses, making this accommodation perfect to split for big groups, or just reserve one for a secluded couple’s getaway.

Nomad Cabin Dolomites

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Ideal for a one-night stay, Lucem Nomad Cabin is basically just a bed in a small wooden structure with glass windows to the front and on the ceiling making up its walls. This makes for incredible views morning and night!

The concept behind this accommodation is truly unique, as it is a “pop-up” place to stay! It is designed to be moved to different places in the Dolomites.

Tiny Chalet

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As a more affordable unique stay, this tiny, secluded barn is way up high in the Dolomites. The remoteness of the area means untouched areas of nature and uninhibited panoramic views to soak in. At $120 per night, this private retreat is perfect for those chasing an authentic travel experience on a budget.

Final Thoughts

Man, that was a lot to cover! But I hope this extra throoguh guide to accommodation in the Dolomites is exactly what you need to help you figure out which areas are the best for you to stay as well as which hotels are the best value for. theexperience you. arecraving.

I’ve done so much research on stays in the Dolomites for my own personal trips, that I saw it only fitting to help guide others so they can spend less time stressing about trip planning and more time getting excited for their adventure!

Which is your favorite area or hotel to stay in the Dolomites? Leave a comment so we can talk about it!

Don’t forget to save this guide on Pinterest for reference!

The Dolomites are probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to, so no matter where you stay or what your budget, I can guarantee you will have the time of your life!

XOXO

Michela

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