This is a fantastic little hotel based in the old town area of Souze d’Oulx, just a short walk from the ski lifts. From the outside it advertises itself as a wine bar, but venture through the modern glass doors, up the stairs and you will find a selection of nicely decorated, simple, clean and comfy rooms.
The hotel is run by a Liverpudlian, Sarah, and she is really one of the highlights of the hotel. Very helpful, friendly and is the heart of the place. She seems to do everything on her own, running the bar, making the breakfast and dealing with the visitors. She speaks perfect Italian so if you have any problems while you are there I am sure she would help.
The rooms themselves are all en-suite and decorated in a rural style, with old skiing posters advertising the area on the walls. The beds were comfy, though maybe could have done with an extra pillow, but that is probably just me. Our room had three single beds, a small tv and a decent sized wardrobe. There were not too many plug sockets, so if you are planning on charging a lot of phones and cameras you may have to be patient. However the main highlight was the fantastic bathroom and if you have ever been skiing then you will know how important this is. The shower was huge and very powerful, perfect to relax your muscles in after a tiring day. The hot water also was plentiful, unlike many places we have stayed in the past.
Head downstairs and you will find the wine bar, which also doubles as the breakfast area. It is large with a cavernous feel, there is a comfy sofa near the bar which is perfect for large groups. But if your too late to get this then the old wine barrels and high chairs make great places to enjoy a drink. Throughout the evening antipasti (small plates of food) circulate throughout the bar. These included crisps, pretzels, nuts and an interesting anchovy paste on toast, being free these are a great addition to any drink. Guinness and Moretti along with a few others were on draught and many other bottled beers, wines and spirits were available at the bar, so something for everyone. A nice bonus is the free wi-fi, so if you have your laptop or phone you can connect and check your emails and such like.
If you are heading out for a long day of skiing then the best way to kick it off is with a filling breakfast. Served in the bar area, the breakfast is a serve yourself, buffet affair and includes a great selection of things like breads, ham, cheese, croissants, yoghurt, fruits, cereals.. need i say more? Freshly made coffees are also served and the cappuccino was great.
I could not rate the Gran Trün more highly, it has everything you need, with no hassle and is the perfect base from which to explore the local area.