The dramatic limestone pinnacles of the Dolomites are on the must-visit list for many cyclists.

However, due to the altitude, the summer season is short in the Dolomites and the region is also hugely popular with hikers, climbers and motor bikers… that means finding space in the Dolomites’ best bike hotels can be really tough.

This article is here to help – and to encourage you to book early!

It focuses on our tips for finding the best bike-friendly accommodation for cyclists in the Dolomites (for our guide to routes, bike hire, when to come etc, check out our in-depth guide to the Dolomites here).

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1. Our experience of finding cycling accommodation in the Dolomites

We struggled! We left booking too late and, for various reasons, were looking for an apartment or villa rather than a hotel. We ended up in the little village of Santa Cristina Val Gardena, which was pretty, but the location was not good for doing the most famous climbs of the region. We wouldn’t really recommend it to road cyclists.

We’ve written this guide to help you avoid our mistakes.

2. Best towns in the Dolomites (for cyclists)

Having visited the Dolomites and found out firsthand how long it takes to get around, due to the narrow, steep mountain roads, we would definitely suggest staying near the climbs/routes you most want to do.

Corvara

All things being equal, we would base ourselves in Corvara. It’s a decent-sized town at the bottom of the Passo Gardena, and on the loop of the Sella Ronda. It’s not a joy to behold architecturally speaking, but its dark brown wooden ski chalets are fine and it’s in a great location from a cycling perspective, with plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars too. The mountains that encircle the town are stunning too.

Other options

Failing that, or if you’re after somewhere a bit smaller, we’d suggest staying in the following towns (in this priority order):

Arraba

A small village in a dramatic position at the foot of the Sella group of mountains. It’s very picturesque and is also on the course of the Sella Ronda and Maratona dles Dolomites. You’ve got great options for cycling from here since the village is at the junction of three roads (the SR48 that takes you to the Passo Pordoi, the SS244 to the Campolongo and the SR48 towards the Giau).

Colfosco

A village clustered around the main road, 2 kilometres to the west of Corvara. It’s not Corvara but it’s close.

La Villa/Badia

These two towns are 4.5 and 7.5km respectively north of Corvara along the busy SS244 (in the wrong direction for the main Sella Ronda loop, though in the right direction for this loop). They’re ski towns and Badia is the start for the Sella Ronda/Maratona dles Dolomites events (if you look at a map of the Sella Ronda, the road to Badia is the out and back at the start/end of the event).

Where to stay

Our accommodation suggestions below are based on these four towns.

We hope they help!

All the cycling hotels listed here are places we’ve stayed ourselves/which we have heard are great for cyclists.

3. Best bike hotels Corvara

4 Star Hotels

Hotel Marmolada, Dolomites

Hotel Marmolada offers accommodation on a half-board basis, serving gourmet cuisine. There are different dinner themes each evening including a six-course gala dinner with welcome cocktail every Monday.

The hotel features an Alpine-style wellness zone with a Finnish sauna, bio-sauna, calidarium (ancient Roman sauna), warm water beds and a large outdoor jacuzzi. Bathrobes and towels are provided. Guests can also use the PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii should they wish. For cyclists, there’s a bike storage room with video surveillance.

  • We love: The mountain views from the balcony of each room
  • Be aware: For stays of less than three nights there is a surcharge of 10%
  • Best for: Foodies and wine lovers

Hotel La Perla, Dolomites

Hotel La Perla is a cosy yet contemporary family-run hotel which dates back to the 18th century. It features The Pinarello Lounge – a room dedicated to cycling with famous bicycles hung on the walls belonging to Nani Pinarello, Bradley Wiggins and other cycling heroes.

The charming Ladin chalet-style bedrooms are spacious and sophisticated with postcard views of the mountains. The hotel features five dining options including a Michelin star restaurant, as well as a labyrinthine wine cellar with thirty thousand bottles! This simply has to be seen to be believed. Luckily, visits are free of charge. The hotel also features  a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, steam room, Turkish bath, sauna and beauty treatments including a unique wine-based treatment. Cyclists can store bicycles in the bike room or you can keep them in your room if you prefer. Afternoon snacks are provided for cyclists.

  • We love: The display of cycling memorabilia in The Pinarello Lounge
  • Be aware: If you take a sauna, nudity is the norm!
  • Best for: Fans of the history of cycling

Sporthotel Panorama, Dolomites

Sporthotel Panorama is a characterful family-run hotel with three generations of hosts who offer a warm welcome to all. Set in a unique location 1,700 metres above sea level, most guest rooms have balconies with incredible views.

The hotel has a cosy reading lounge, tennis court and luxury wellness centre featuring an indoor pool with panoramic views, hot tub and five different saunas. Massages and beauty treatments are also available. Accommodation is available on a bed and breakfast, half board or full-board basis and secure bike storage is provided in the basement.

  • We love: Delicious cake, strudel and fruit is served each afternoon
  • Be aware: The main building has much better views than the annex building 
  • Best for: Anyone who likes to admire the scenery from their balcony
Sauna at the Hotel Panorama DolomitesWellness at Hotel Panorama
Bedroom at Hotel Panorama DolomitesBedroom at Hotel Panorama

Hotel Col Alto, Dolomites

The best hotel in Corvara, according to TripAdvisor, is Hotel Col Alto. One of the most traditional hotels in the area, this elegant hotel has cosy Alpine-style décor and offers breathtaking mountain views. Half board or bed and breakfast options are available.

Stays at the hotel include free access to the huge 1,000 square metre wellness centre with a Turkish bath, a tepidarium, a Finnish sauna, an aromatic herbs bath, a sea salt steam grotto, a hydro-massage footbath and an ice fountain. And if all that isn’t enough, there’s also a stunning indoor pool with mountain views. The hotel offers cyclists a secure room in the basement to store bicycles.

  • We love: The outdoor jacuzzi with mountain views
  • Be aware: For stays of less than three nights over the weekend, a supplement of €20 per person will be charged
  • Best for: Couples looking for a romantic getaway

3 Star

Hotel Italia, Dolomites

Run by the same family since it was first built in the 1930s, Hotel Italia offers a charming and welcoming atmosphere to make guests feel at home. Bedrooms have simple South Tyrol décor and each has a balcony with lovely mountain views.

The hotel wellness area features an indoor swimming pool and a children’s pool with a small slide as well as a jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, bio-sauna and Turkish bath. Kids will love the recreation room and there’s also a garden with a terrace. There is a bike storage room which is accessible from 8 am until 6 pm and washing areas with pressure washer.

  • We love: The great choice of food in the breakfast buffet, particularly the handmade cakes
  • Be aware: The décor in the dining room is a little dated
  • Best for: Families enjoying a cycling holiday together

Hotel Gran Fanes, Dolomites

Hotel Gran Fanes is an elegant hotel with fantastic views of either Corvara of the Sella Mountains. The restaurant offers local and international cuisine as well as a vegetarian buffet. Special diets are very well catered for here. There’s also a wellness centre with jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna.

The hotel is very popular with cyclists thanks to its great facilities such as the bike wash, bike stands and air compressor. The hotel has bike storage in the garage or you can store your bikes in your room if you prefer. Cycling clothes can be laundered each day at no extra cost.

  • We love: The free laundry service each evening for cyclists
  • Be aware: Dinner isn’t served on Wednesdays
  • Best for: Vegetarians or anyone with other special diets

Monti Pallidi, Dolomites

Run by the same family since 1959, Garnì Monti Pallidi offers welcoming Alpine-style apartments and bed and breakfast accommodation. The hotel has a spa with steam room, Finnish sauna and a relaxing fireplace. Bathrobes are provided, as are teas and juices. There’s also a lovely garden with a terrace and a cosy reading corner.

Bicycles can be stored in a secure room in the garage. A washing machine and dryer is available for a charge of $15.

  • We love: The guest rooms are large and modern
  • Be aware: Check-in time is limited to between 3 pm and 8 pm, after this there is a $30 charge
  • Best for: Guests wanting a small hotel experience with attentive service

4. Best bike hotels Arabba

Festungs hotel al Forte, Dolomites

Hotel Al Forte has a unique style as it was built in an old WWI fortress. This 3-star hotel offers accommodation on a half board basis with a breakfast buffet, choice of dinner options and salad buffet. Guests can enjoy a welcome cocktail and the hotel’s wine cellar features over 200 labels. Hotel facilities include a sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath, Tepidarium, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. There’s also a lovely reading room and an outdoor terrace with mountain views.

Bicycle storage is available, as well as a fully-equipped workshop and an area for washing bicycles and drying clothes. Staff are happy to advise on the best cycling routes.

  • We love: The history of the building which was built as a fort in 1897
  • Be aware: Cyclists get a 5% discount 
  • Best for: Anyone looking for unique, characterful accommodation

Sporthotel Arabba, Dolomites

Sporthotel Arabba is an elegant four-star hotel offering panoramic Dolomite views thanks to its location 1,600 metres above sea level in the centre of Arabba. The hotel offers half-board accommodation with an extensive breakfast buffet to give cyclists energy to keep them going all morning. In the evening, guests can enjoy an a la carte menu and a choice of over 700 wines.

The hotel’s spa features a large hydro-massage bath, a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna, a Turkish bath, and aromatherapy showers. There is also a bicycle storage room.

  • We love: The breakfast buffet has a juicer and a basket of fresh fruit and veg to make your own juices
  • Be aware: Nearby bars have cheaper priced drinks than the hotel bar
  • Best for: Foodies and wine lovers

5. Best bike hotels in Colfosco

Hotel Gran Ciasa and Residence Vila, Dolomites

Gran Ciasa offers two accommodation options on a single site – the four-star Hotel Gran Ciasa and the three-star Residence Vila self-catering apartments. So, whether you want half-board accommodation, or prefer to cook for yourself, you’ll be well catered for here. Whether you stay in the hotel or an apartment, guests have access to the wellness centre with indoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, saunas, solarium and Kniepp well.

After a long ride, guests can sooth aching muscles with a massage. Bikes can be kept on your balcony so that they too can enjoy the views.

  • We love: The views from the huge outdoor whirlpool
  • Be aware: Most guests opt to be naked in the saunas
  • Best for: Single travellers are the supplements are very reasonable
Pool at the Hotel Gran Ciasa DolomitesPool at the Hotel Gran Ciasa
Modern interiors at the Hotel Gran Ciasa, DolomitesReception at the Hotel Gran Ciasa

Romantik Arthotel Cappella, Dolomites

Filled with modern art, the contemporary four-star Romantik Arthotel Capella combines Alpine design with modern architecture to create a cosy and idyllic atmosphere. In the dining room, guests can enjoy haute cuisine accompanied by a selection of over 400 wines and panoramic views of the Dolomites.

The spa in this luxurious four-star hotel features heated indoor and outdoor pools, four different saunas and a ‘sky room’ with beautiful views. Massages, including sports massages, are also available.

  • We love: The paintings and sculptures on display throughout the hotel
  • Be aware: There isn’t much to do in Colfosco itself
  • Best for: Romantic couples with an appreciation of contemporary art
Pool at Romantik Hotel Cappella in the DolomitesPool at Romantik Hotel Cappella
Room at Romantic Hotel Cappella Dolomites ItalyRoom at Romantik Hotel Cappella

Hotel Jagerhof, Dolomites

Hotel Jagerhof is a small, family-friendly hotel with a light and airy, modern Alpine style. This two-star hotel offers simple, good value half-board accommodation with mountain views.

After a day of cycling, guests can relax in the Finnish sauna and hot tub. Electric bikes can also be hired at reception.

  • We love: The modern, Alpine-style decor
  • Be aware: Breakfast is continental and a little limited
  • Best for: Anyone looking for great-value accommodation in Colfosco

6. Best bike hotels La Villa

Hotel La Majun, Dolomites

La Majun is a modern and luxurious four-star hotel located in the heart of La Villa. Run by the same family since the 1960s, the hotel has a unique character with carefully thought out details. Guests can enjoy delicious cuisine including a varied breakfast buffet, sweet afternoon pastries and a five-course gourmet dinner menu. An early breakfast is available for cyclists on request.

The hotel spa has a Turkish salt bath, steam bath, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna with spectacular mountain views. Bicycle storage is available in the bike room, or guests are allowed to keep their bikes on the balcony if they prefer.

  • We love: The stunning views from the restaurant and outdoor hot tubs
  • Be aware: South facing rooms can get very hot on a summer’s day
  • Best for: Discerning travellers who appreciate a little luxury

Hotel Rezia, Dolomites

Hotel Rezia is a three-star, modern Alpine hotel in La Villa. Guests can enjoy a varied breakfast buffet, three-course evening meals and, in the summer, an open-air barbecue. Facilities at the hotel include a billiards room, garden with sun loungers and a ping pong table. There’s also a wellness centre with a traditional Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, bio sauna and Kneipp baths.

The hotel offers an indoor bike storage room equipped with security cameras, a toolkit for bike maintenance and a special bike wash area. A laundry service is also available for an extra charge.

  • We love: The bedrooms are modern and spacious
  • Be aware: The minimum stay is three nights
  • Best for: Travellers looking for peace and tranquillity

Garni La Ciasota, Dolomites

Garni La Ciasota is a modern, three-star hotel located 1,450 metres above sea level, overlooking Stern’s Coltz Castle. The hotel features a wonderful garden with deck chairs, swings, hammocks and a ping pong table. There’s also a Finnish sauna and steam room where guests can relax after a day on the bikes.

The hotel offers a comprehensive breakfast buffet each morning and there are several Mediterranean restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

  • We love: The recently refurbished rooms have lovely, modern decor
  • Be aware: There is a minimum stay of three nights
  • Best for: Single travellers as the rates for single rooms are very reasonable

7. Best bike hotels Badia

Hotel Ustaria Posta, Dolomites

Hotel Ustaria Posta is a small and charming three-star hotel in Badia Valley at the foot of the Santa Coroce mountain group. The food on offer is hearty and filling and you can even make your own sandwiches to take with you when you ride.

The owners of this hotel are keen cyclists themselves, and know exactly what to offer to make fellow cyclists feel at home. The hotel features a bike garage equipped with tools which you can borrow and equipment to clean your bike. If you need to wash any cycling clothing, hotel staff will be happy to take care of this for you. Free road bike rental is also available should you need it, and you can even request a sports massage to sooth those aching muscles.

  • We love: The special deals which are available just for cyclists
  • Be aware: This hotel only has 15 rooms and is often booked up
  • Best for: Cyclists looking for a small and welcoming hotel with friendly owners

Hotel Miramonti, Dolomites

Hotel Miramonti enjoys an elevated position at an altitude of 1,270 metres affording stunning views of the Dolomite mountain scenery in Alta Badia. Don’t be put off by the three-star rating – this hotel has been recently refurbished and now features gorgeous modern luxury Alpine-style décor. The garden is also lovely and features deck chairs, outdoor chess, a kids’ playground and trampoline.

Cyclists are very well catered for at this hotel, with lockable bike storage, a bike stand, bike repair kit (containing a set of slotted and cross-slot screwdrivers, hex and torx keys and a set of cleaning brushes), pump with various valves, spare inner tubes and a hose for cleaning after your ride. Lots of information, maps and itineraries are also provided.

  • We love: The new wellness centre with saunas, Turkish bath and infrared cabin
  • Be aware: Vegetarian options are limited on the menu
  • Best for: Couples and families looking to stay in modern and luxurious accommodation

Residence Lersc, Dolomites

Residence Lersc is an aparthotel – offering self-catering accommodation, as well as the option to enjoy a breakfast buffet each morning. Each newly-renovated apartment sleep two to six people and contains separate bedrooms and living room, a kitchen with fridge, dishwasher and microwave and a balcony with table and chairs.

This three-star aparthotel has a bike storage room with maintenance tools. A washing machine and dryer is available with tokens.

  • We love: The fresh, modern décor 
  • Be aware: There is a fee of €8 per person to access the spa facilities
  • Best for: Cyclists looking for self-catering accommodation

Final thoughts

We hope this article helps you find somewhere to stay that meets and exceeds your expectations! If you have any questions or want any further help, feel free to contact us or check out our tips for finding the best bike hotels wherever you are.

Want to see which of the hotels here makes our pick of Europe’s best cycling hotels?

Want more info on cycling in the Dolomites (inc routes, GPX, bike hire and more) – read our guide!

Interested in the Maratona? Our Maratona guide should be useful reading.

 

Clare Dewey

Clare Dewey is a road cyclist with a passion for travel. She set up epicroadrides.com to help make it easy for road cyclists to explore new places by bike.

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