We’re aiming at doing la Maratona di Dolomites in 2023. Given the high number of participants, I figured it would be good to book accommodation way in advance. Which villages/hotels (or even air B/&Bs) do you recommend for la Maratona? I would really like to keep the cycling distance to the start short.
Stayed here this summer (Hotel Posta Zirm Corvara, Alta Badia, Alto Adige) in Corvara. Rooms are comfortable, food is good, well equipped bike storage area.
We stayed at Pension Rungg - Alta Badia. Such a fantastic little place, just north of Corvara. Took like 10min to get to Corvara.
Super super kind family that runs it, good parking space, beautiful views from the hotel, and best of all, extremely clean rooms!
Its a bit cheaper than central Corvara which is nice
The start is at La Villa, so I would look for something over there. I stayed there this year: it was fine and really close to the start (1 minute by bike), but our apartment was along the main road, which is very busy on the working hours, so you would lose some of the “magic” of the mountains. Just by going a bit far off from the main road you have a lot more silence and better views.
I’ve been staying also at Colfosco and Badia; Colfosco is a very nice place, but it’s a 15’ downhill night ride to the start. Badia is not on par to other places in Alta Badia in my opinion, but it’s the cheapest along with San Cassiano; it is a 10/15’ uphill ride to the start.
Corvara is the “glamorous” place, all the VIPs are there, and the atmosphere is really great, but prices are a bit high, so I never stayed there.
Thanks for the inputs guys! That makes it a bit easier to decide. I’ll definetely try to stay in La Villa - that makes it a lot easier at the start. We can always visit Corvaro,
We stayed in Corvara’s Residence Mugun. In my opinion this town is best located for the Maratona experience: ride to the start is short and downhill, after finish you go straight to your hotel/apartment for showers and fresh clothes. La Villa is fine too I guess. Colfosco would require a lengthy uphill after the finish. One year we stayed in Arabba. I had to drive to Corvara and park there at 5am to make it to the start line.
Thanks for the tip! They are already fully booked (as many others places). But I guess that in December there will be many cancellations when it’s clear who is in/out for 2023.
Going to Cortina with my wife that week. Hoping to combine La Maratone with our stay (I’ve been promised one full day on the bike ). Is there something to do in La Villa during the day? Or should I aim for another place so se could enjoy her time without me?
Beware that Cortina is a lengthy drive away from the Maratona area. There is a WW1 museum on the pass Valparolla between Cortina and Covara, which I still have to visit.
There is not much else to do in La Villa (or other towns) except hiking and biking and enjoying local restaurants.
Thanks for the reply. I was thinking of staying the first night in La Villa or any of the closer towns before heading to Cortina after the race. Hopefully I’ll get a spot. Otherwise I’ll just ride the course solo later on in the week.
I ended up booking an AirB&B in La Villa, off the main road. It’s a bit expensive (beautiful though), but I prefer to be as close as possible to the start. When it’s clear who’s in/out I’ll look around for an alternative in La Villa (assuming that there will be cancellations by people who didn’t get in).
Update: in the end we went with a package deal so that we don’t depend on the lottery system. Price was very similar to the air B&B, so now we’re staying in Des Alpes, in La Villa. I’m very excited! It’s so much more fun when you train with a concrete goal in mind.
Enjoy! Passo Giau climb never disappoints.
in 2023 I am doing the Hero Dolomites instead.
Enjoy the Dolomites, It is a beautiful part of the world.