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Since 1966

Historic hotel in Selva di Val Gardena at the foot of the Dolomites.

The history of the Hotel Portillo began in 1965 when there were only a few houses in the village and the population consisted mainly of farmers and woodcarvers.

Carlo Senoner was born on 24 October 1943 in the hamlet of Freina in Selva di Val Gardena, at the foot of the Sassolungo and the Ciampinoi ski slope. In 1970, this famous piste was the venue for the Ski World Championships. Carlo was the second youngest son in a large family of woodcarvers and later hotel managers. From an early age, he pursued his passion for skiing, a dream realized on the world-famous slopes of the Sellaronda.

Sports career: First skiing experiences at the age of 4. Participation in school-, local and regional championships.
1958: Italian Champion (junior class) in giant slalom, participation at Criterium International (junior class) in Yugoslavia, first place in slalom and giant slalom.
The same year, selection to the National team and participation in the FIS Championships in Wengen, Kitzbühel and others places.
1959: Italian Champion in junior and overall class in giant slalom.
1960: Participation in the Olympic Games of Squaw Valley with good positions.
1961: Winner of the "3-Tre" in Canazei in slalom and giant slalom, 9th place in slalom at the Hahnenkamm, 5th place in downhill in Megeve, 10th place in special slalom and 6th place in combination.
1962: 7th place in slalom at the World Championships in Chamonix, 6th place in giant slalom and 4th place in combination.
1963: Overall winner of the "3-Tre" in Madonna di Campiglio, 4th and 5th position in the giant slaloms in Adelboden, 1st position in downhill in Zermatt.
1964: Olympic Games in Innsbruck: cancelled participation due to 11 leg fractures.
1965: Construction and opening of the "Boarding house Chalet" and wedding with Angelica Mussner.
December 1965: The small “Pension Chalet” was opened and 3 friends of Carlo and skiers of the Italian National Team “Azzurri” with trainer Hermann Nogler were the first guests. The small “Pension Chalet” consisted of 14 double rooms, 4 of those with a bathroom and WC, and 3 single rooms and offered full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
August 1966: the Comeback: Winner of the World Ski Championships in Portillo - Chile in special slalom and renaming of the "Boarding house Chalet" in "Boarding house Chalet Portillo".
January 1968: Daughter Astrid was born and in spring a new living room was built.
1968: Participation in the Olympic Games of Grenoble, and decision to end his sports career.
1970: all the rooms were furnished with a private bathroom.
1975: enlarging of the Pension: 8 new rooms as well as a new restaurant where build, the “Pension Chalet Portillo” became “Hotel Chalet Portillo”.
July 1976: Son Oliver was born.
Spring 1983: 4 more rooms were built and in October, daughter Natalie was born.
1992-95: Major renovation of the entire hotel: rooms, reception, living rooms, new spa area with Finnish sauna, steam bath, larger whirlpool, Kneipp, relaxation room, cold cave and solarium. The hotel is from now a 4-star hotel.
2000: A swimming pool was added to the hotel, and the Portillo Lodge was constructed.
2008: Major renovation of the spa in the new lodge style, construction of a new Vitarium and a relaxation area with water beds.
Year 2010: Construction of the new restaurant in lodge style as well as two categories of new rooms: the Lodge Junior Suite and the Lodge Suite.
During all these years, Carlo and Angelica, together with their children, who have always worked in the hotel, have been able to create a small jewel. A lot of guests have returned year by year and are nowadays good friends of the family. Each year they were asked: “Carlo, what will we see next year in the hotel?” With a lot of commitment and work, something new has been offered each year. The hotel has been visited by many guests, including famous guests like skiers Stenmark, Alberto Tomba, Günther Mader, cycling legends Pantani, Bugno and Tonkov, Italian President Pertini, government member Scajola, European parliamentarian Barone and others. It has been years full of happiness and successful collaborations within the family. Carlo and Angelica are still very active, and son Oliver and daughter Natalie are jointly managing the hotel.

…2013: The major new rebuilding and reopening in November of the Hotel PORTILLO DOLOMITES****S

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