Mandarin Oriental Announces First Mountain Resort in the Dolomites, Italy

 Hotel Cristallo in Cortina dAmpezzo, Italy

Marking the brand’s first alpine resort, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a long term management agreement with Attestor Limited to rebrand and manage the historic Hotel Cristallo in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy



Closing its doors to the public in 2023, the property will undergo a substantial renovation before re-opening as a Mandarin Oriental resort in the summer of 2025, just in time for the Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics.

Located in the picturesque Dolomites and further expanding Mandarin Oriental’s presence in Italy, the property is just a short walk away from Cortina d’Ampezzo, known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, which features many award-winning restaurants, luxury brand boutiques and local arts and crafts.

Originally built in 1901 in Art Nouveau style by the Menardi family, Hotel Cristallo was a popular ski destination in the 1930s for the European cultured elite. Following the Olympic Games of 1956, the Hotel entered its “golden era” as a renowned ski destination, hosting royals and celebrities, including Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov. Since, it has featured as a backdrop for a number of award-winning films, maintaining its historical charm as an early 20th century grand hotel. 

In 2021, the property was acquired by funds managed by Attestor Limited, who also own Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. Under the expert eye of award-winning architects Herzog and deMeuron, Hotel Cristallo will undergo a thorough renovation transformation, with 83 guestrooms, many with balconies, including 30 spacious suites in the pipeline.

The resort will also feature a range of restaurants and bars, flexible spaces for entertainment and events, as well as an extensive spa and wellness facility, which includes a swimming pool that transverses from inside to outside the building. 

Ideal for exploring the great Italian outdoors, guests can make the most of a broad range of experiences from skiing to golf, cross country walking and hiking, tennis, ice skating, mountain climbing and a Kid’s Club equipped to match the needs of various age groups. Plus, due to an extensive investment in artificial snow systems, the Dolomites are among the few Alpine resorts with guaranteed snow throughout the season and feature 1,200 kilometers of interconnected slopes.

“We are delighted to be bringing the Mandarin Oriental brand to the beauty of the Dolomites which has long been a destination of choice for skiers and adventurers and will no doubt appeal to Fans of Mandarin Oriental who love alpine pursuits. We look forward to delivering the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners from Lago di Como to create another exclusive property in one of Italy’s foremost regions,” commented James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

“We are excited to be restoring this famous property to its former glory in advance of the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics, while also creating a unique sense of modern luxury for international travellers. Following our successful partnership on Lake Como, we are pleased to add an iconic Italian asset to our collaboration with Mandarin Oriental and look forward to creating an Alpine landmark,” added David Alhadeff, Partner, Attestor Limited.

Opening 2025. Find out more via mandarinoriental.com

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