“Super-cool eco-retreat in Italy’s South Tyrol, mixing über architecture, frosted Alpine peaks and a spa with altitude”
The hotel’s 35 rooms are classed as Superior and Deluxe, though the only real difference between the two is the views. Both offer 36 sq.m. of cool designer space, furnished in an unfussy Nordic style big on wood floors and natural materials.
Each has an entrance vestibule with storage space, a sleeping area with kingsize Orizzonti bed, armchairs, desk, and a bathroom tucked behind a low wall of textured concrete. The whole thing is more or less open-plan, except for a glassy shower cubicle and a separate space-age loo. There's no TV - enjoy the views instead (or ask for one to be brought to your room from reception if you must).
Every room has a bit of outdoor space (balconies on the first floor, terraces on the ground), a dash of warm colour (red upholstery and stripes of orange lighting) and amazing alpine views.
The slightly cheaper Superiors are mostly on the ground floor; ours (211) got the sunlight filtered through a curtain of larch foliage, making it very private. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the views, but the coy might want to pull the drapes to after sunset. The largely first-floor Deluxes look out either to the jagged peaks of the Dolomites or the mountains above the Ultimo Valley. The Dolomite view - particularly beautiful at dawn and dusk on a clear day – is worth paying extra for.
Irrespective of the views, the rooms manage to mix clean-cut modern with cosy comfort zone, and we loved the sense of space, the quality of light, the leather chairs in the Deluxe rooms, and the timber clad bath tubs designed by Matteo Thun.
There are also 6 Suites: very similar in layout and design, but with twice the space (72 sq.m.), half of it given over to a living-dining area furnished with plush sofas and rustic Tryolean tables and chairs.
All rooms and suites are equipped with internet connection (ask for a cable at reception), luxury bath robes and slippers (for padding around between the room and the spa), soft white-clad duvets (one per person), toiletries, minibar and blankets (use them as a wrap while staring at mountains, or pine trees, on a chilly evening on the terrace).
There are 2 places to eat, both housed in a chalet-style wing, a remodelled 18th-century stable that has been incorporated into the new building. The posher of the two, Restaurant 1.500, is on the glassy upper level and has fab views, while the more folksy, stube-style Ida Parlour is on the ground floor, with tables spilling out onto a wide sunny terrace.
For a special treat, book a table at Restaurant 1.500 and expect candlelight, linen-clad tables, fine wines and impeccable service. The food is Mediterranean inspired, light, fresh and surprisingly seafoody for somewhere so far inland. From the a la carte menu, we chose from duck and crab dishes, fennel polenta, pork, game and (as testament to the chef’s spirit of adventure) fish cooked in a sweet beetroot sauce. The restaurant also caters for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
Downstairs, the less expensive Ida Parlour is cosier, more rustic and less formal, with wood panelling, Heidi chairs, bow-tied gingham at the windows and a blue-tiled stove; perfect for wintry evenings. The food here is South Tyrolean with a dash of traditional Italian. The menu includes soups, generous salads, pasta (lamb shoulder with papardelle, for example) and inexpensive wines served by the glass (or the carafe). The Ida Parlour also does light lunches and afternoon teas, cakes, coffees.
Breakfast, served in Restaurant 1.500, is a buffet-style banquet of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, cereals, breads and pastries, hams and local cheeses, as well as a variety of hot dishes to order.
Complimentary afternoon teas are served in the piazza in the afternoons.
If you want a change of scene, take the chairlift up to the mountain-top where there’s a cheerful bar-restaurant with a terrace overlooking the valley; or take the cable car down to Lana where there are restaurants, cafes and patisseries.
Children are welcome though there’s not a lot for them to do here, and it's worth bearing in mind that the architect Matteo Thun set out to create a "luxury playground for adults".
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking