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

Hotel Portillo was built in 1965, when in the village the houses were still only a few and the population consisted especially of farmers and wood carvers.

Carlo Senoner was born in Selva Gardena, house Freina, at the feet of Sassolungo (the highest and most striking mountain in Val Gardena) and of the really famous Ciampinoi ski slope where the 1970 World Championship took place. It was the date October 24th 1943. He grow up in a very big family, the parents where woodcarvers and later also hotel managers. As one of the youngest children he was given the possibility to become an athlete, up and down of those fields that became the slopes of the famous Sella Ronda, nowadays loved by all skiers and snowboarders.

Sports career: First skiing experiences at the age of 4. Participation in school-, local and regional championships

Year 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

Year 1959 Italian Champion, in junior and overall class in giant slalom

Year 1960 Participation in the Olympic Games of Squaw Valley with good positions

Year 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

Year 1962 7th place in slalom at the World Championships in Chamonix, 6th place in giant slalom and 4th place in combination

Year 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

Year 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck: cancelled participation due to 11 leg fractures

Year 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 where the first guests. The small “Pension Chalet” consisted of 14 double rooms, 4 of those with bathroom and WC, and 3 single rooms and offered a 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 build
Year 1968Participation in the Olympic Games of Grenoble, and decision to end his sports career

Year 1970: all the rooms where furnished with a private bathroom

Year 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 where build and in October daughter Natalie was born

Year 1992-95: big renovation of the whole hotel: rooms, reception, living rooms, new spa area with finish sauna, steam bath, bigger whirl pool, kneipp, relax room, cold cave and solarium. The hotel is from now on a 4**** hotel

Year 2000: A swimming pool was added to the hotel. The Portillo Lodge was constructed

Year 2008: big renovation of the spa in the new lodge style, building of a new Vitarium and a relax area with water-beds

Year 2010: building of the new restaurant in lodge style as well as two sample of new rooms: the Lodge Junior Suite and the Lodge Suite

During all those years Carlo & Angelica together with their children, which 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 where asking: “Carlo what will we see next year new in the hotel? With a lot of engagement and work each year something new has been offered. The hotel has been visited by a lot of guest, even popular guests like skiers Stenmark, Alberto Tomba, Günther Mader, bicycle legends Pantani, Bugno and Tonkov, the italian President Pertini, member of the Government Scajola, European parliamentary Barone and others.. It has been years full of happiness and good collaborations inside the family, Carlo and Angelica are still very active people and son Oliver and daughter Natalie are managing together the hotel.

…2013 the big new rebuilding and New Opening in november of the Hotel PORTILLO DOLOMITES****S

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