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6 Stars & 5 Stripes
Society - Extraordinary
July - 2011
6 Stars & 5 Stripes
Overall - 'Hotel & Service'
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Our Seven Stars and Stripes Team recently spent time at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina D’Ampezzo, high in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, said to be the only luxury ski resort in this part of the Alpine region “where one can wear heels”. We flew Lufthansa, and landed on a picture perfect summer afternoon at Venice Airport, ‘The City of Water’ ever adored for its beauty, history, architecture and festivals. Luca, our driver, a friendly young man, welcomed us at the gate and guided us to a black Mercedes S town car. We loved every minute of the one and a half hour ride to the hotel, slowly gliding from Venice’s sea level up to 1200 meters above sea level, with its ever changing, charming country sights, the time just flew by. Approaching the Cristallo Hotel was an unforgettable experience in itself, the location and views are priceless (CLICK HERE). With under eighty accommodations, two restaurants, a spa and a golf course this two-season ski resort is small enough to keep its one hundred and ten year old charm alive and still embrace most of the new world amenities effortless.
Cristallo - Thorsten Buehrmann & Giorgio Borgonovo
Cristallo Hotel - Arrival: Thorsten Buehrmann & GM Giorgio Borgonovo
We embraced the feel and look of the dark wood, the cozy-luxurious design of our accommodations and the most imaginative fresh flower creations. The fabrics and bedding were exquisite with hypoallergenic mattresses and armchairs and beds covered with fragrant cotton and silk, a deserving addition to our breathtaking views of Tofane, the spectacular expressive mountain group of the ancient Dolomites just outside our picture window. We especially liked the Cristallo Ultimate Spa’s own bath and spa amenities by Swiss Transvital and the flower discretely floating in the toilette. The laundry service was great, returned shirts not only timely and impeccably ironed but with a little lavender sachet tucked in the wrapper.
Cristallo - Bar - View
Cristallo Hotel - View (CLICK HERE)
"Views to die for!" (CLICK HERE) Guests can indulge in these amazing views everywhere but especially from The Veranda del Cristallo, the restaurant serving traditional Ampezzano dishes. We ate at La Stube, an original, rustic wooden room heated by a large Majolica stove, where we tasted the wonderful local cuisine and wine. We feel that General Manager Borgonovo is very fortunate to have F&B Manager Ms. Ursula Chioma as part of his team. Her knowledge and ease in the international world of spirits, and food, as well as her service, was extraordinaire. The hotel has a spacious spa and fitness center 'The Cristallo Ultimate Spa’, which features ‘The Transvital Swiss Beauty Center’ and ‘The FitWell Club’ with a decent seized pool. Spa treatment rooms include Hammam, Thermarium, Relaxarium facilities and additional private facilities. I recommend experiencing the Swiss Transvital technique.
Cristallo - Junior Suite
Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf - Junior Suite
During a tour of the premises we discovered The Frank Sinatra suite as well as some interesting facts about famous guests and their history. In 1901 Emilia and Giuseppe Menardi opened the Palace Hotel Cristallo after the small alpine village of Cortina was discovered by European aristocracy and became the base for excursions of the area and part of the Dolomites grand tour. Cortina was so popular during the winter that advanced plans were made to host the Olympic games there. But WWII broke out and that was the end of that. The Menardi family restored The Cristallo after the First and the Second War, to find themselves finally in the international limelight during the Winter Olympics in Cortina in 1956. Cristallo welcomed Dame Shirley Bassey, Brigitte Bardot, Infamous Klaus Kinsky and America's Frank Sinatra, to name just a few.
The hotel became the set for numerous movies, including the famous Pink Panther, which brought actor Peter Sellers to Cortina, as Inspector Clouseau. The most famous scenes in the film remain the comings and goings of lovers from Capucine’s room, Clouseau’s exits and returns, the communicating doors, the characters hiding under the bed, in the bathtub, in the wardrobe and outside on the balcony, were all filmed here.
The hotel’s welcome signature drink resembles the breathtaking sunrise as admired from the terraces and / or the balconies of our accommodations. ‘The Cristallo Cocktail’ was created with Tattinger Rose, a secret liquor, and real pearl dust for the rocks, and the stunning sunrise, draping the Dolomites in pink.
We were honored to present the world's ultimate Seven Stars and Stripes award to Ms. Paola Gualandi (CLICK HERE), representing the family who owns the hotel, and GM Giorgio Borgonovo (CLICK HERE) and congratulate all of them to this dedicated team and their 110th anniversary.
Cristallo Cocktail
Cristallo Cocktail
“On July 4th, on the terrace of Cortina’s Jewel, overlooking the Tofane mountains, the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, the only five-star luxury establishment in the Alpine range, received another important and most prestigious recognition, the Seven Stars and Stripes Award. This is an award that is given, following an inspection by the awarding judges, to hotels, resorts, spas and travel guides that have distinguished themselves through their excellence. Recent winners include the Eden Roc Hotel in Ascona, Switzerland. The Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, the Forte Village in Sardinia, New York’s Waldorf Astoria and the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The award was presented to Paola Gualandi, representing the family who owns the hotel and Giorgio Borgonovo, the General Manager, by the award's presidents and founders, Thorsten and Edmund Adolf Buehrmann who, in addition to the hotel itself, surprised everyone by also presenting the award to the Hotel’s own beauty facility, the Cristallo Ultimate Spa.
Cristallo Hotel - Seven Stars And Stripes - Award
Award-Hand-Out: The Cristallo Hotel & Spa - Seven Stars And Stripes - Award
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award. The fact that this is a double award makes it all the more flattering", said Paola Gualandi. The General Manager, Borgonovo, also echoed these sentiments by stating, “This award represents yet one more incentive to do even better and to become increasingly motivated in years to come.”
Great pleasure was also expressed by the Ampezzo’s local authorities, as evidenced by the presence of Herbert Huber, Municipal Councillor responsible for Tourism and Stefano Illing, President of Cortina Tourism Consortium. “It is an honor to be present for this award ceremony that brings prestige not just to the Hotel but also to Cortina d'Ampezzo as a whole. It is an example of excellence at an international level.”
The hotel is celebrating its 110th anniversary in style all summer long, magically transporting guests into the charming, enchanting atmospheres that have helped make Cortina one of the world’s most famous, elegant holiday destinations. Numerous special events will be held to celebrate more than a century of great successes, culminating in an exclusive party in perfect Dolce Vita style on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
by Edmund Buehrmann & Thorsten Buehrmann

Editor: Ingrid Lemme

Editor-in-Chief: John Lomitola
© 2011 ~ Seven Stars and Stripes, Inc.

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