If you have decided on the Livigno ski resort as your destination during the ski season, and you will be arriving as a family or as a small party of friends, choosing among the many ski apartments in Livigno that are available often makes a good deal of sense. In addition to apartments, a number of villas and chalets are available as well. Many if not most of the apartments available can accommodate groups of up to six or eight.
Most of these units are available the year around, but when you have skiing in mind you would naturally want to find something in proximity with the lift lines. In Livigno, that is rarely a problem. You can stay in an apartment in the center of town, and still be within walking distance of most of the ski resort’s lift lines.
In fact, by staying in town you can have the best of both worlds. You’ll also be within walking distance of a good number of restaurants, bars, and the duty-free shops that Livigno is noted for. If the land was flat, you could even take a day hike over to Switzerland, but the land is not flat at all. You would have to climb half of the way and ski downhill the other half.
Expensive, But Not For a Group
Apartments tend to cost significantly more than hotel rooms or bed and breakfasts, plus the fact that you have to go out to eat or make your own breakfasts. Some apartments may feature continental breakfasts, but that would be a rarity. You can expect to pay at least $150 per night for an apartment, but the nicer ones tend to charge four or five times that amount. While renting an apartment can make a great deal of sense for a family vacation, the higher-priced units can be out of reach for some families. On the other hand, when a group of friends share an apartment, and everyone pays their fair share, it can be surprisingly affordable.
Renting an apartment as a group can be even more affordable as some ski apartments offer free lift tickets or lift tickets at a significant discount if you choose to stay there. Some even offer discounts on rental equipment and lessons. Even if those discounts are no more than 15 to 20 percent, they still represent a considerable savings. If you plan to book one of the ski apartments in Livigno, it could be to your advantage to see what extras might be included in the deal.
Some Restrictions Apply, But Not Many
As is the case with most apartment rentals, some allow pets and others do not. This is seldom an issue with ski vacationers as they usually have enough to bring along without taking along the pet poodle as well. Most allow children, or in other words are family friendly. A few will require a stay of at least several days, but there are ski apartments that rent out for as few as one or two days. As far as how long you can book an apartment for, about the only issue is whether or not another party has booked reservations for the same apartment in the near future. This can usually be settled during booking time however so it is seldom a problem unless you have your heart set on a particular unit (most often for reasons of nostalgia).
When you book, make certain you will be given detailed information as to what features the apartment has to offer. A fireplace is nice, but even nicer is a kitchen that is well stocked with appliances such as a microwave, toaster, freezer, and of course an Italian coffee making machine. Towels and linens are almost always provided. TV is standard. In Livigno, this would be satellite TV. You might want to inquire about Wi-Fi if you can’t bear to be without your laptop or tablet.
Or, you can just book sight unseen, go with the flow, and focus on skiing.