Though the approach to Hotel Donata from the lower (road) side is not very pleasant in the evening, the atmosphere abruptly changes upon stepping inside. Steep, dark steps through what appears to be a messy construction site lead up to the main door to the front desk and a funky, inviting bar.
Luckily you won’t have to attempt these stairs in ski boots, as the hotel conveniently features a ski-in/ski-out back door facing the slopes. This is located on the lowest slope, so the path is often beginning to melt by mid-March.
The hotel features a conglomeration of styles, ranging from a colorful bar filled with couches to a tacky rustic style restaurant, to basic traditional rooms. A shisha bar is also connected to the hotel, but it was closed at the time of review. Hotel Donata has its own ski rental shop and a wine cellar due to be completed by the 2017-18 season.
Most rooms are reasonably spacious and all include private balconies. Some face the slopes and others face the beautiful mountain ridge across the road. When asked about the prices, the receptionist gave a quite vague response, giving the impression that prices could be very negotiable. He finally settled on the “average” high season price of $150/night for a double room.
For those who want ski-in/ski-out accommodation on the lowest slope (a beginner run), want the convenience of having an in-house rental shop, and enjoy smoking shisha, Hotel Donata seems to be a good option.