Grand Hotel Billia
What We Love
- Stay in the stunning Italian Alps, with breakfast, spa and dining discounts, plus plenty of extras
- The impressively grand exterior of this beautiful building
- Indulging with some time in the resort's relaxing spa
- Dining around the great range of stylish restaurants on site
What To Know
- Popular property for weddings and events
- The multilingual staff is helpful when guests come from around the world
- Free WiFi can be spotty, but you'll want to spend more time exploring the scenic Alps than online
Grand Hotel Billia lies in the heart of the Italian Alps, surrounded by some of Europe’s highest mountains and nestled in the verdant greenery of the Aosta Valley. Saint-Vincent’s lofty location, nearly 600 metres above sea level, affords it a temperate micro-climate and, with mineral springs bubbling up here too, it makes for a pretty spectacular holiday destination.
Grand Hotel Billia is one of two hotels within the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino complex. The hotel’s impressive façade echoes the region’s traditional architectural style, whilst inside a plethora of modern amenities and contemporary comforts await. Large windows make the very most of those stunning views and the spa is built around the area’s therapeutic waters.
Soak up the sun with some time spent around the outdoor pool, or indulge with a massage; you’ll find treatment rooms that also look out over the surrounds. The resort’s dining options here are as impressive as the views, with three fine-dining restaurants, a casual spot for a light bite, a stylish buffet space and five, modern bars. And let’s not forget the on-site casino, with both table and electronic games.
Classic rooms are contemporary in style, with lovely views over the area. Hardwood floors give way to crisp white linens and each comes with a modern, en-suite bathroom that incorporates local granite into the design.
The resort offers a plethora of elegant dining environments, from the contemporary climes of La Brasserie du Casino to the refined ambience of 1908 – Resort Restaurant. Gaya Mood&Food is a great spot for a laid back bite, whilst there are five bars to choose from for an evening tipple. Le Rascard is the resort’s banqueting restaurant, with sumptuous buffets laid out within large glass windows, with views over the verdant surrounds.
L’Eve is the resort’s generously proportioned wellness centre, that’s been built around the therapeutic properties of the area’s glacial waters. The indoor pool is enclosed by huge, picture windows that seemingly bring the outside in, whilst the outdoor pool boasts temperature control affording it a comfortable degree whatever the weather. Relaxation rooms come complete with massage beds that overlook the stunning scenery, with treatments that incorporate natural elements from the Aosta Valley.
Grand Hotel Billia is situated at the foot of Mount Zerbion in Saint-Vincent in the heart of Aosta Valley – a region of Italy that’s strewn with wonderful scenery, thermal baths and ancient castles. Saint Vincent’s situation 575 metres above sea level affords it an attractive micro-climate that has garnered it the nickname ‘Riviera of the Alps’. The waters of Saint-Vincent’s natural springs were discovered in 1770 and are recognised as having curative effects, particularly for respiratory diseases.
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My wife and I made our first trip to Italy 30 years ago for our honeymoon, and the Grand Hotel Biliia is the first place we stayed in. Built-in 1908 and completely updated, it's a perfect blend of old and new. The Aosta Valley is the smallest and possibly least-traveled area of Italy, and it's spectacular. The small town of St. Vincent is famous for his therapeutic mineral baths and spa, and the evening "passaggiata" (walk, or passage) is a ritual you can't avoid. It's the old school stroll popular with Italians after the evening meal, and the place is everything you dream of when you dream of lovely small villages. It's all nestled in the Northwest corner of Italy, where it meets France and Switzerland: the Mont Blanc tunnel was once the world's longest (10 miles) leading to Switzerland, and through which both Hannibal and Napoieon once passed. The "Grand Paradiso" that surrounds the hotel sports four mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high. The Italian ski team practices all summer at Cervinia - the Italian side of the Matterhorn - when they have a glacier, which is shrinking. Just driving the windy, picturesque mountain roads, eating at the little restaurants scattered throughout is memorable. The food, service, views, and comfort at the hotel are unforgettable: it's the first time I ever found a bathtub big enough to float my athletic, 6'2" inch frame and I loved it. It's been 30 years and we still speak of that visit: an amazing way to be introduced to Italy.
Beautiful beautiful hotel. Nice room. Friendly helpful staff. Very nice classic rooms. Feels classy and warm. For a weekend skying in region, just a beautiful place. Try, you will love it. Majestic look. Great bar. Overall prices ... fair and great value.
Classic prestige hotel from past , which been successfully modernized to be prestiaged also now .
Rooms , spa , bar , everything in this hotel is as it should be !
For me is this hotel very good checkpoint for extended car trips around alps thru all awesome mountain passes , where i can come back and enjoy a relax !
We stayed for a week over New Year, mostly happy, but we paid a lot for 5 star service and got it only some of the time. The service was hit and miss (some great individuals, others friendly but ineffectual), the restaurant food was, with only one exception, of significantly lower quality than restaurants in the village, as we discovered when we ate out despite the freezing weather, that the restaurants were well used to being told the same, that their food was better than the hotel's. The room and the facilities had some shortcomings and the reception / concierge service was friendly but sometimes ineffective.
We arrived mid afternoon, nearly 2 hours later than we had been told they'd be ready for us. The room wasn't ready and took another half an hour. The room was OK, if compact for a 'de-luxe' room, but it had a good big comfortable bed, just adequate storage, though insufficient clothes hangers in the wardrobe and tricky lighting controls which we struggled all week to master.
We stayed in the Grand part of the building, but the not so grand Park hotel shared the dining room for all breakfasts, all dinners except our first night, and the New Year party.
The hotel was not clear about what we were getting, or where things were. The restaurants were not visibly labelled and signage was lacking throughout, menus were hard to come by in advance. Information was consistently rather poor about details, There was no information in the room about the spa/gym/ pool, ditto about the arrangements over the holiday period about restaurants, events, timings, dress code etc. (The latter mattered, sadly, because several of the other guests were somewhat improperly attired for the gala dinner for New Year, or even for breakfast in a public place.) Smoking of 'e-cigs' was permitted in the restaurant - appalling!
The wifi service is unsecured and often did not cope with demand, and had considerable limitations - it worked on some of our devices some of the time but gave error messages and the log-in screen demanded acceptance of terms & conditions but the link to them, unacceptably, did not work, so I've no idea what I agreed to. Many if not all agency-provided hotel wifi suppliers monitor all traffic and use your data this may be a serious risk. Is this the case here?
The only available lunch on New Year's Eve was a full buffet with wine at 80€ per person. We wanted just a light snack pending the later gala dinner so the offering was inappropriate, as it must have been for many other guests hoping to maintain a healthy diet. We received a distinct sneer from the waiter at the restaurant door when, having asked what was on offer, we said the full meal would be too much for what we wanted - meaning the size of the meal, but he clearly took it to mean the cost, inappropriately.
Fortunately the town is full of restaurants, cafés and bars so we got what we wanted outside.
The big New Year gala dinner party was a success. However, it was due to start at 21:00 following apéritives in another part of the building from 20:00, several guests didn't turn up on time so it did not get going until 3/4 of an hour late. But the staff did a remarkable job and everything was done in time for midnight champagne. The musical band were excellent, delivering a variety of music in an engaging, punchy, party style throughout the evening. Great fireworks show after midnight. The biggest ever party poppers at midnight, hundreds of them. Not much room to dance but between the tables worked.
Overall, only average, not at all great. The place seemed to be struggling with the numbers and the mix of Grand and Park guests at reception and in the restaurants. At these prices one is entitled to a great experience, which this was not, but we still had a pleasant stay.
The hotel is nice with friendly staff with good English. Has 2 parts to it - Grand hotel (5*) and Park hotel (4*) but they are part of the same building and shared restaurants, bars & spa. Casino next door. Restaurant service a bit slow but not uncommon in Italy. If you want to travel between cities and skiing this is a good location as it is about 2 hours from Milan, just over an hour from Turin and 40 mins from Cervinia ski resort. Saint Vincent is a quaint little village with decent restaurants.