The Italian Dolomites caters to all types of travelers and travel styles. Whether you’re on a budget, traveling with small children, planning a multi-day hike, or splurging on a grand anniversary trip or honeymoon, this Dolomites accommodation guide will help you plan your trip.

We’ve visited the Dolomites many times and have stayed in farms, apartments, wellness hotels, campgrounds, and mountain huts. Each type of accommodation has its own benefits and limitations. In this guide, we’ll outline all your Dolomites accommodation options, so you can choose what’s right for you. 

In this guide, you’ll also learn how to book farm stays, mountain huts, and other unique places to stay. 

If you’re trying to figure out which villages and towns to stay in, read Where to Stay in the Dolomites. If you’re interested in staying in boutique and luxury hotels, read Best Hotels in the Dolomites.


Dolomites Accommodation: Your Guide to the Best Places to Stay

Dorfhotel Beludei Outdoor Whirlpool in Val Gardena

Essential Tips


  • Many accommodations in the Dolomites require a minimum stay of three or four nights, especially during high season. 
  • The Dolomites stretch across 5 provinces in northeastern Italy: South Tyrol (Südtirol/Alto Adige), Trentino, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone. The best Dolomites accommodations are concentrated in the province of South Tyrol. Here, you’ll find the finest wellness and spa hotels. 
  • Book as early as possible. People plan annual trips to the Dolomites, booking a year ahead. 
  • Many hotels offer half board, where breakfast and dinner are included in the rate. If you’re traveling in shoulder-season/off-season, we highly recommend choosing a hotel with an on-site restaurant, or half-board offering. 
  • If you want maximum flexibility, we recommend staying in an apartment, or an aparthotel, with a fully-equipped kitchen. 
  • You can only camp in official campgrounds in the Dolomites. Wild camping is strictly prohibited. 
  • The most budget-friendly accommodations are farm stays and Pensionen (guesthouses). 
  • There is a high standard of hygiene in the Dolomites. So no matter the price point, you can expect clean accommodations.

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Dolomites Accommodation Map

Every accommodation mentioned in this guide is marked in the map below.


Dolomites Rifugios

A Rifugio is a high-elevation mountain hut, situated directly on a hiking trail. These mountain refuges are staffed and offer hikers a warm place to sleep as well as food and drinks. 

Most Rifugi are only accessible by foot, though there are exceptions (e.g. Rifugio Auronzo). Many huts are easy to reach, due to nearby cableway connections. For example, it’s a 20 minute walk from the Col Raiser Gondola mountain station to Rifugio Firenze.

Note: the plural of Rifugio in Italian is Rifugi, but English speakers commonly say Rifugios. In German-speaking South Tyrol, a Rifugio is called a Hütte.  

There is a vast network of mountain huts across the Dolomites, making multi-day hiking extremely accessible. You can spend your whole trip in the Dolomites hiking from one hut to another. 

These mountain huts range from very rustic, offering only the most basic amenities, to semi-luxurious. It’s important to realize that these Rifugios are first and foremost refuges for hikers, climbers and mountaineers. They are not “mountain hotels.” Bathroom facilities are always shared, showers aren’t always available, and rooms are typically dormitory-style. 


Upscale Rifugios in the Dolomites

If you’re someone who is looking for the experience of staying in a high-elevation refuge, but who also craves the comforts of a hotel (e.g. ensuite bathroom, private bedrooms), we recommend these upscale Rifugios:

  • Ütia de Börz is located at Passo delle Erbe, accessible by car from Alta Badia and Val di Funes. This excellent refuge facing Sass de Putia has private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Their half board dinner menu is outstanding. We stayed here before/after hiking the Sass de Putia circuit trail. 
  • Rifugio Gardenacia is located in Puez-Odle Nature Park. You can hike here in one hour from the Gardenacia Chairlift mountain station. We’ve detailed this hike in this trail guide. Private rooms are available. Bathrooms are shared. 
  • Rifugio Pralongià is a mountain hut offering private rooms with ensuite bathrooms atop the Pralongià Plateau in Alta Badia. The views and the cuisine are superb. 
  • Rifugio Salei Hütte is a FANCY hotel refuge with its own wellness center, located close to Passo Sella in Canazei. 

We recommend staying in Rifugios if you want to hike hut to hut, or you simply want to experience the magic of waking up in the mountains, directly on the trail. The first Rifugio we ever stayed in was Rifugio Alpe di Tires on a simple 2-day out-and-back hike. 


Hut to Hut Routes

You can follow an established route like the famous Alta Vie (High Routes), or if you’re an experienced trekker, create your own route. We’ve done both. 

If you’re new to hut to hut hiking, we highly recommend sticking to an established route and following a day by day itinerary in a guidebook:


When to Stay in a Dolomites Mountain Hut 

Rifugios are typically open from late June until late September. Some huts will stay open in October, but only very few. We wrote about which huts stay open in Fall in Hiking in the Dolomites in October

Some huts are also open in winter and host ski mountaineers. 


When to Book Rifugios

It’s important to make reservations for mountain huts in the Dolomites at least 3-5 months in advance. For popular routes, we recommend booking 5 months in advance. 


How to Book Rifugios 

There is no uniform system for booking Rifugios. To find out how to book a specific Rifugio, simply Google the name of the Rifugio and click on the hut’s website. From here, you can quickly find out how to make a reservation. 

Some huts will ask you to submit a reservation request form online. Other rifugio websites aren’t very sophisticated and only have a few contact details. In cases like these, I’d first email the hut first. If you don’t get a response in a few days, you can follow-up with a call. We use Skype credits (pay as you go), to make international phone calls. 

Important: some Rifugios along popular trails require deposits to secure your reservation. 


Alpine Club Member Discounts 

Generally, Rifugi in the Dolomites are either owned by the Italian Alpine Club (Club Alpino Italiano – CAI) or the South Tyrol Alpine Club (Alpenverein Südtirol – AVS). CAI or AVS-owned huts will administer a discount to members of UIAA alpine clubs that participate in the International Reciprocal Agreement on Mountain Huts (e.g. DAV, ÖAV, SAC, CAF). If you want to learn more about joining a UIAA alpine club, read Tips for Hiking in the Alps. 

However, many huts are also privately owned and managed. These huts will not give alpine club members discounts on overnight stays. 


Rifugio Essentials

  • Backpack: The Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and the Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men).
  • Hiking Boots: Grade B/C, high-cut hiking boots like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX.
  • Sunglasses: Cat 4 Polarized Sunglasses
  • Trail PolesUnisex Black Diamond Hiking Poles
  • Hiking Gloves: Black Diamond Climbing Gloves. Though optional, gloves will help you safely and comfortably grip cables along high routes.  
  • Reusable Water Bottles: You can fill up your water in most huts for free. If the tap water isn’t drinkable in the hut, there will be a sign. We both carry two 1-Liter water bottles each.
  • E-reader: There’s always ample time to read before dinner, or before bed. We always download a few books on our Kindle before a hiking trip.
  • Waterproof House Slippers: We always bring our Crocs to wear in the huts. Crocs are great because they’re waterproof (perfect for showering), lightweight, and suitable for sock-wearing (unlike flip flops). Note: many huts provide slippers, but do you really want to wear communal slippers?
  • Sleeping Bag Liner

Learn More: Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List


Dolomites Farm Stays

Pieralongia, Puez-Odle Nature Park
Pieralongia

A farm stay (Agriturismo / Urlaub am Bauernhof) is a fantastic option for families as well as travelers on a budget. Farms are super down-to-earth accommodations, perfect for anyone who wants to be close to nature and farm animals. 

We’ve stayed in several Roter Hahn Farm Stays in the Dolomites. The hosts were hospitable, the rooms were clean, and the prices were very economical. 

Roter Hahn (Red Rooster) is a trademark given to farmhouses in South Tyrol that provide quality holiday accommodations. There are 1,600 Roter Hahn farms across the province. The goal of Roter Hahn is to put people in touch with the rural world of South Tyrol. Another objective is to help farmers establish another occupation and stream of income.

Depending on the farm, you can opt for overnight stay only, bed and breakfast, or half board (breakfast and dinner). 

Many of these farms also sell their own products. 

To look for farm stays, use the Roter Hahn website. There’s a form, next to each farmhouse page, that lets you reach out and request a reservation. If the farmhouse has availability for the date(s) given, they’ll reach out to you via email.

Here are some farm stays you can book easily on Booking.com:



Dolomites Apartments with fully-equipped kitchens

Sunset, Northern Faces of Pale di San Martino
Sunset at Baita Segantini, near San Martino di Castrozza

The Dolomites have two primary seasons: winter and summer. Many hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed in Fall and Spring. A self-catering accommodation is the best option for anyone traveling to the Dolomites off-season, or during shoulder season. Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner) – more on that later. 

If you’re visiting the Dolomites in October, for example, most mountain huts and alpine pasture huts will be closed. That means that you’ll have to pack your lunch with you on any hikes and excursions. If you stay in a self-catering apartment, you can prepare your lunch, as well as all your other meals. 

Ultimately, apartments give you the most flexibility. You don’t have to schedule your day around strict dinner and breakfast times. You can start your day as early as you want. For anyone photographing sunrises and sunsets, an apartment is your best Dolomites accommodation option. We stayed in an apartment in San Martino di Castrozza, so that we could start hiking as early as possible, to avoid the crowds.

Furthermore, with the ability to cook your own meals, you’ll save a lot of money. 

There are also many aparthotels in the Dolomites. In these accommodations, you get the benefits of an apartment (e.g. kitchen) with the amenities of a hotel (e.g. wellness and spa facilities, on-site restaurant). Many aparthotels offer breakfast, and sometimes even dinner.

We loved staying in Fiori Dolomites Experience Hotel, an aparthotel and B&B, in San Vito di Cadore. This extremely well-priced accommodation features an in-house patisserie. As a guest, you’ll get to taste their delicious pastries at breakfast and in the afternoon at the complimentary snack bar. 


Best Apartments in Alta Badia, South Tyrol

Related: Alta Badia Summer Guide


Best Apartments in Val Gardena, South Tyrol

Related: Best Hikes in Val Gardena


Best Apartments in San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino

Related: Top Things to Do in San Martino di Castrozza


Best Apartments in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno


Dolomites Campgrounds

Camping is only allowed on official campgrounds and designated camping areas. Wild camping is strictly prohibited in the Dolomites. There is a lot of misleading information online and on social media regarding wild camping in the Dolomites. We implore you to abide by the rules. If you want to stay overnight in the mountains, stay in the mountain huts. 

We stayed in the guesthouse at Camping Sass Dlacia (1680 m), which is the highest elevation campground in the Dolomites. This campground in San Cassiano, Alta Badia, has its own wellness center and excellent pizzeria. It’s located directly at the entrance to Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park.


Best Campgrounds in the Dolomites 


Dolomites Wellness Hotels

We love staying in hotels in the Dolomites.

As a general rule, you’ll find the best hotels in South Tyrol.

Many hotels are themed. For example, you’ll find adults-only wellness hotels, hiking hotels, bio hotels, gourmet hotels,  etc… 

Here are some compelling reasons for staying in hotels.


Half Board

Hotels offer greater comfort and amenities than other types of accommodation. While sometimes we really like the flexibility of an apartment, most times we prefer the convenience of a hotel, especially when it comes to food. 

Many hotels offer half board (breakfast and dinner) with unique daily menus. This is the most relaxing option. You don’t have to think about and plan where you’re going to eat every day. 

Sometimes breakfast and dinner times are restrictive. For most travelers, those times are consistent with when you want to eat anyway. However, very active hikers/climbers (e.g. who want to start hiking at 6 am) and photographers (e.g. who want to capture Enrosadira), may not want those time limitations.

There are many gourmet hotels in the Dolomites. From our personal experience, we can highly recommend Dorfhotel Beludei in Santa Cristina, Val Gardena, and Naturhotel Leitlhof in San Candido, Val Pusteria. 


Wellness & Spa Facilities 

At a minimum, many hotels have a steam sauna, a Finnish sauna, and a relaxation room. Wellness hotels will often comprise 4-5 different saunas, a hot tub, 1-2 pools, and several relaxation rooms. Additionally, many of these hotels offer alpine spa treatments. 

Why on earth would someone want to spend time in a sauna when you’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth? 

Weather. In the Dolomites, like everywhere else in the European Alps, weather isn’t consistently good. There will always be a rainy day, or a few. If you come to the Dolomites and you experience several days of rain (we certainly have), you’ll feel kinda devastated. But, if you stay in a wellness hotel, those rainy days become rejuvenating spa days. 

In winter, it’s part of the skiing culture to head to the sauna after a day on the slopes. In summer, it’s equally enjoyable. If you’ve been hiking all day, your body will feel restored after a few sauna sessions. 


Sauna Etiquette 

In the Dolomites, you’ll experience a clash of cultures in the sauna areas. In South Tyrol, abide by Austrian and German sauna etiquette. 

Do not wear a bathing suit into the sauna. In dry saunas, make sure your body doesn’t touch the wood. Always place a towel beneath you. This is the most hygienic way “to sauna.”

In the other provinces, where Italian culture is more dominant (they don’t like being naked), you’ll find a mix of people wearing/not wearing bathing suits. Just follow the rules of each hotel.


Excellent Spa and Wellness Hotels in the Dolomites

Wellness Hotels in Val Gardena
Wellness Hotels in Alta Badia
Wellness Hotels on Alpe di Siusi 
Wellness Hotels in Castelrotto
Spa Hotels in the Three Peaks Region
Wellness Hotels close to Brixen
Wellness Hotels in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Wellness Hotels in Pinzolo (Brenta Dolomites) 

Dolomites Hotels with Infinity Pools


Complimentary Hiking and Cycling Guided Excursions

Another benefit of staying in a hotel are the extra services. Many hotels offer complimentary guided hiking, cycling, and walking excursions. If a hotel has an active focus, they may also provide gear you can borrow, or rent. These hotels are typically called “Sport Hotels.”

Active Hotels in the Dolomites


Adults-Only Hotels

In the Dolomites, there are hotels for adults only. Whether you’re taking a vacation without the kids, or you’re someone who doesn’t relish the company and many sounds of children, consider staying in an adults-only hotel. 


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