We searched the hotels at Lago di Misurina for a hotel that had reasonable prices, and good food. We came up with Albergo Miralago which is at the far end of the lake from all the others. The rate we got, 90 Euros for two people with breakfast and dinner was accetable to us, and after eating dinner, we were very pleased at this price.
The staff are all family and the food is all prepared in their kitchen, not out of a box, etc. The dining area was clean and "lodge" style with knotty pine wood decor. The room was clean and the bathroom was with shower. Don't expect the ritz, this is a mountain lodge, not the Marriot in the city.
There is a nice trail all around the lake which is nice to use in the morning after breakfast. There are lots of mountain flowers to see, and it is quiet.
If you want to fish this lake you must get a permit from the local government, which I dont feel is worth it as I did not see very many fish sucking flies or jumping. There is a ski chair operation that goes to the top of a mountain and a hiker's lodge, at the start of where you come in to the village.
Above the hotel is another private lake, a campground and a toll road.
You can go over the pass to Cortina, which is a nice drive. Arriving from the Veneto area, I would suggest Auronzo di Cadore route, rather than Cortina. Leaving head for Cortina as the view is better going down.
I recommend restaurants that are below Cortina, as we saw many and the prices were better.
See my recommendation for Ristorante Pizzeria Alpino in Vodo di Cadore, a few minutes down from Cortina.
It seemed like we were about 50 euros for two people, with dinner and breakfast, cheaper staying here than the other hotels.
Google around and check them out.
The Albergo Miralago is a family run hotel. We decided at the last minute to spend a week-end here and we have been happy to find a room here. The dinner was included and quite large, we had a soupe, a portion of lasagna, some sausage with polenta and a plate of local cheese. Than a wonderful slice of crostata di frutta, really jummy!! All the food was homemade.
The room was small and simple but clean and with a ensuite bathroom.
Breakfast was also included and continental style with a croissant, bread and a selection of jams, nutella and honey. We also choose between regular coffe, coffe with milk, cappuccino, tea and chocolate.
The dining room have a wonderful view of the lake.
They also have a outdoor terrace but unfortunally it was too cold to sit outside.
It is located in the northen part of the lake and a cliff hide all the other building on the lake so it give you the impression to be the only one there.
Honest price and homemade food.
This is more a mountain hotel than a true rifugio though there are no showers or hot running water. In fact, there was no heat when we were there! It had little personality and the dining room was far from cozy though in good weather, I am sure it has a lovely view.
Though located at 2320 meters, you can drive up to this hotel, which makes for a convenient jumping off point for hikers with cars. Since it opens before the other huts (June 1st), we opted to stay here despite it being about 50 Euros not including breakfast for the spartan room. It did give us a great start in the morning and we left our car in the parking lot while we hiked.
A smaller, more cozy Rifugio than Auronzo (only sleeps 30), but very crowded due to easy accessiblity and location to many hikes from it.
It does have a great location and it is easy to get to, even for beginning hikers, but this ease comes at the cost of being very busy. If you are looking for some solitude, this is not the place. It's open June 1st till the end of September but we opted for the drive up Auronzo.
The most charming of the refugios we visited, with a very weather beaten rustic look about it and another fantastic panorama from its sun deck.
Located at 2528 meters, this remote rifugio would be a welcomed sight if the weather had taken a turn for the worse. It was closed as only open from June 15th to early October. Though it would be a great place to stay, we and the streaker enjoyed it being closed that day. ;)
This rustic mountain rifugio may not have hot showers but what it lacks in creature comforts it more than makes up for in the spectacular setting!
Located at 2405 meters, there is a 360 degree panorama that is bound to leave your breathless if the altitude doesn't. Though it sleeps 180 people, it is open only from the 20th of June until the 30th of September and was hence closed when were were there. This makes for having the place to yourself though it would be nice to spend the night here and enjoy both sunset and sunrise...though you would have to share it with 180 other people!
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