As its name suggests, Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel is an ode to art. It’s the passion project of Sergio and Emanuela Rossi, who have spent a lifetime collecting art, in addition to having run the famous Rifugio Fuciade for decades.
Art tastefully adorns every area of the hotel in unique and surprising ways. The hotel entrance is guarded by a giant bust sculpted by Mexican artist Javier Marín. The facade harbors a whimsical mural by Fassa Valley painter Alberto Detomas (“Albo”) and a striking male figure sculpted by Trentino artist Matthias Sieff.
Additionally, each bedroom showcases the original artwork of an artist. It’s essentially a living art gallery.
In addition to the art concept, we relished the hotel’s casual atmosphere, innovative Ladin cuisine, professional yet approachable staff, bold design, and sheer comfort.
An enormous amount of love and dedication was poured into the creation of this hotel. You can see it in the thoughtfulness of each and every design decision, menu item, amenity, and of course the ubiquitous, sexy-as-hell logo.
The logo is based on a small wooden sculpture by local artist Feliciano Costa (“Parolot”). The original piece is located in the hotel lobby.
Another reason to love Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel is that it’s a zero-emissions building, Energy Class A.
Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel in Val di Fassa: Hotel Review
- Where: Canazei, Val di Fassa, Italian Dolomites
- Number of Rooms: 20
- Dining: on-site restaurant and bistro/bar
- Meals Included: breakfast / half board available
- Hotel Facilities: library & lounge, wine cellar, ski room, paid parking garage, or free outdoor parking.
- Room Amenities: air-conditioning, electric tea kettle, safe, flat-screen TV, Not Just Bodycare cosmetics, minibar
- Extras: Pillow Menu
- Where to Book: Booking.com
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Canazei is located in the province of Trentino in Northeastern Italy.
The village is situated at an elevation of 1450 meters in upper Val di Fassa, a historic Ladin valley.
Canazei is located near the Sella Group, Sassolungo/Langkofel Group, the Marmolada, and the Catinaccio/Rosengarten Mountains.
In summer, Canazei is a popular base for hiking and via ferrata climbing. Its advantageous proximity to Sella Pass and Pordoi Pass make the famous Sassolungo Circuit Trail, Oskar Schuster Via Ferrata (to the summit of Sasso Piatto/Plattkofel), and the Sentiero Viel del Pan trails easily accessible.
In winter, Canazei is a major ski resort, with direct access to the Belvedere, Ciampac, Col Rodella and Marmolada ski areas.
Each room displays the original artwork of an artist along with their short bio and monograph.
All rooms are equipped with:
- Electric kettle with tea selection
- Stocked mini bar
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Shoe horn and shoe brush
- Not Just Bodycare cosmetics
- Flat-screen TV
- Blanket for the balcony, or couch
Additionally, rooms feature hardwood floors and panoramic balconies with mountain views.
The mattress, hypoallergenic pillows, bedding are all high-quality and extremely comfortable. Down duvets are provided, but guests can request synthetic hypoallergenic duvets instead. In addition, Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel offers a pillow menu.
One of the things we liked most about our room was the bathroom, featuring vertical tiling, a Dolomite wash basin, soft lighting, and an oval-shaped shower.
Suites are additionally furnished with infrared saunas, steam baths, steam fireplaces, or standing whirlpool bathtubs.
Dining at Locanda Art Hotel
A breakfast buffet is laid out on the first floor between 7 am and 10:30 am. The buffet comprises homemade pastries, homemade bread and jam, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, cold cuts and cheeses, bacon and vegetables.
In addition, coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, and made-to-order eggs and crepes/pancakes are served.
The hotel restaurant Alla Locanda features innovative Ladin cuisine. Each menu item is a unique creation reflective of the region and the season.
A daily, changing tasting menu is also available.
The menu is experimental and unconventional. Here are a few dishes we savored:
- Mille-feuille with red turnip, goat cheese and mint
- Organic poached egg, creamy mushroom soup, flakes of semi aged cheese and toast
- Potato pearls filled with local cheese, black truffle, almonds and beetroot
- Roasted broccoli tagliolini with butter, fermented lemon and slightly smoked foam
- Roasted radicchio and its broth with gorgonzola cheese foam and coated in walnuts
- Hazelnut mini pie, cinnamon mousse, and cranberry ice cream
We recommend reserving a table and eating á la carte. Half board is also an option. However, the portions are large, so eating four courses may prove to be a struggle, even if you worship food like we do.
Wine lovers will appreciate the hotel’s extensive wine cellar, featuring over 300 regional and international wines.
The hotel restaurant is open between 7 pm and 9 pm.
Hotel Bar: Bistrot Artù
Bistrot Artù is located on the ground floor, next to the restaurant. It’s a local gathering place, open to everyone. Because the hotel is integrated into village life, it feels far more buoyant and lively than other hotel bars.
During the day, you can order from the bistrot menu, which features cheese boards, marinated salmon carpaccio, fresh seasonal salad, and cakes. Between 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 9pm, there are additional menu items.
Drinking a local beer, or wine here is a wonderful way to wind down after a day of hiking, or skiing.
Service & Staff
The staff is extremely professional, attentive, and friendly. We were very especially impressed by the dining staff.
Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel is an excellent hotel. We had a stellar experience and wholeheartedly recommend staying here.
The only thing the hotel lacks is a wellness & spa area. However, if you book a junior suite with a sauna, you’ll be able to enjoy a sauna experience in the privacy of your own room.
For the best rates, we recommend checking out Booking.com.
If Locanda Art Hotel is fully booked, look for other accommodations in Canazei.
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Dolomites Trip Planning Essentials
When to Visit the Dolomites
The best time to hike in the Dolomites is between mid-June and mid-September. If the weather is stable, the hiking season can easily continue until late October. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit is mid/late December through March.
How to Get to the Dolomites
Read How to Get to the Dolomites to find out how to travel to the Dolomites from the closest airports, train stations, and bus terminals.
If you’re traveling without a car, also check out How to Visit the Dolomites Without a Car.
The easiest way to travel between hiking destinations in the Italian Dolomites is with your own car. Check out our itineraries for trip inspiration:
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.
Best Places to Stay
Figuring out where to stay in the Dolomites is probably the biggest hurdle to planning a trip to the Dolomites. We’ve created three guides to help you decide where to stay:
- Where to Stay in the Dolomites in Summer: best villages and towns in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno
- Best Hotels in the Dolomites: best boutique and luxury hotels in the Dolomites
- Dolomites Accommodation Guide: farm stays, mountain huts, wellness hotels, aparthotels
- Val Gardena Hotels: best accommodations in Ortisei, Santa Cristina, and Selva
We suggest choosing 2-4 bases for your Dolomites trip and spending 2-4 nights in each base.
- Base 1: Val Gardena
- Base 2: Val di Funes
- Base 3: Alta Badia
- Base 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Base 5: Alta Pusteria
- Base 6: San Martino di Castrozza
- Base 7: Val di Fassa
What to See & Do
During your trip to the Dolomites, you can go via ferrata climbing, culinary hiking, hut to hut hiking, cycling, paragliding, and so much more. We’ve highlighted our favorite experiences in Best Things to Do in the Dolomites.
Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and incredible natural landmarks.
In Best Places to Visit in the Dolomites, we’ve outlined the most iconic attractions as well as lesser-known destinations across the Dolomites, including Alpe di Siusi, Val di Funes, Lago di Braies, Prato Piazza, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lago di Sorapis, Lago Federa, Cadini di Misurina, Seceda, and Baita Segantini.
Dolomites Hiking Guides
Hiking in the Dolomites is our passion. Year after year, we love discovering new trails and expanding our knowledge of the area. For day hiking, check out Best Day Hikes in the Dolomites. For trekking, take a look at our guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in the Dolomites and Alta Via 1.
For region-specific hiking trails, check out:
- Best Hikes in Val Gardena
- Best Hikes in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Best Hikes in Alta Badia
- Sexten Dolomites Hiking Guide
Recommended Hiking Guidebook: Cicerone Guide: Shorter Walks in the Dolomites