Eight of Our Favourite South Tyrol Hotels

Heading to the mountains? From cliff-hugging hotels to striking spa retreats, these eight sky-tickling properties will ensure a good night’s sleep in this beautiful northern Italian region.

We'd be the first to admit that the jagged peaks and rambunctious valleys of South Tyrol often get overlooked when it comes to planning our summer adventures. The rippled mountain region might be at the top of skiers' Italian to-do lists, but when the warmer months roll in, it's easy to forget that all those brilliant-white, soft-serve peaks transform into a vertiginous garden of green.

Free from big cities (and the corresponding crowds), a summer jaunt to this northeastern corner of the Italian Alps offers a healthy dose of mountain goodness: hill hiking, fresh air and all the bells and whistles of old-school mountain living await.

And the best bit? This place plays host to a community of serious hoteliers who are pushing the stay scene up a notch, with stand-out spa experiences, jaw-dropping architectural feats and a hefty hit of tiptop hospitality. From incredible Bond villain-style lairs perched on sky-high precipices to charming town guesthouses decorated with cow bells and flower boxes, these are the eight South Tyrol hotels we out-and-out love.

Peak perfection: eight South Tyrol hotels for a summer escape

The jaw-dropping sauna at Gloriette Guesthouse in South Tyrol


Gloriette Guesthouse


Four words: rooftop cantilevered infinity pool. Head into the eaves of this kooky mountain guesthouse for an unexpected spa experience. Tucked between the roof tiles, you'll find a sky-high pool sticking out into the fresh mountain air, a soothing Turkish bath and a modernist sauna, where guests recuperating from après-ski woes can gaze out at the surrounding peaks.


Via del Paese 15, 39054 Soprabolzano

Owner's House at Miramonti Boutique Hotel in South Tyrol


Miramonti Boutique Hotel

Merano, Italy

No, it's not the altitude. The views (in all directions) at this suave refuge are truly breathtaking. Perched in the mountains above Merano and surrounded by fragrant pine forests, there's one word we'd use to describe Miramonti's sleek good looks and epic surroundings: cinematic. Bond producers thought so, too. This was a 007 hangout in the 70s flick The Spy Who Loved Me. Step inside the space-age building to find Nordic-inspired suites, a handful of relaxed dining options and a superb spa. Head here in winter if you're a skier looking for a design-focused stopover close to Merano 2000.


Via S Caterina 14, 39010 Avelengo

Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol
Photo credit: Florian Andergassen


Vigilius Mountain Resort


This eco-conscious Italian hotel does not skimp on design details: fashioned to look like a log of wood cut in half, the unique exterior blends seamlessly into its wooded alpine location. Perched 1,500m high in the Dolomites, the 41-key stay is accessible only by cable car or on foot (via meandering mountain hiking paths). Take yourself to the spa for a swim in the outdoor heated pool to soak up the natural vistas. The breakfast buffet is worth setting your alarm for - a feast of cheeses and hams sourced from local producers.


Via Villa 3, 39011 Lana

Buhelwirt in Valle Aurina
Photo: Mike Rabensteiner



Valle Aurina

Clad in blackened larch wood, the modernist extension to this family-run hotel cuts a striking silhouette in its lush valley location - all asymmetrical angles mimicking the rugged mountain topography of the Valle Aurina area. Inside, spacious rooms are pared back and minimalist: untreated wooden floors, simple furnishings and acres of off-white walls face off against picture windows looking out across the Dolomites. The owners, Michaela and Matthias Haller, are on hand to offer hiking advice and will lend you walking gear if you've arrived unprepared.


Am Bühel 30, 39030 Valle Aurina

Hotel Weisses Kreuz in Burgusio, South Tyrol


Hotel Weisses Kreuz


Hotel Weisses Kreuz might be 800 years old, but it's still looking sleek, thanks in part to its seamless blend of heritage quarters and contemporary design. Across three properties (built in 1236, 1871 and 2013), you'll find clean lines juxtaposed with alpine cosiness. Check into a gothic farmhouse, a 19th-century family home or an angular and light-filled contemporary stay.


Burgusio 82, 39024 Burgusio

Schgaguler Hotel in South Tyrol


Schgaguler Hotel


Most visit the Dolomites to practise their parallel turns in the white stuff, but it's worth bedding down at this architectural gem tucked between the peaks in the summer, when snow time is swapped for sunshine and spa treatments. Start in the Finnish sauna - fashioned from the trunks of ancient Arctic spruces - then head to the mud baths to get dirty. Upstairs, starkly minimalist suites pair stone-hued linens with pale-wood walls.


Via Dolomiti 2, 39040 Castelrotto

Golden Rose Hotel, South Tyrol


Golden Rose Hotel


Run by the same family for three generations, this hotel has a familial feel. Traditional Tyrolean exteriors blend sympathetically into the chocolate-box town of Schnalstal, providing a cosy, colloquial backdrop for your South Tyrol retreat. Staff are happy to help organise hiking tours and other outdoor adventures, but we'd strongly recommend staying put and enjoying the generous hospitality of owners Stefania and Paul Grüner. Curl up with a book in the reading room, explore the ample treasures of the wine cellar or head out into the kitchen garden for a nosy at what's likely to be part of your five-course evening dinner, served in the hotel's wood-panelled, candlelit dining room.


Karthaus 29, 39020 Senales

Villa Lana in South Tyrol


Villa Arnica


Tucked between vineyards, apple orchards and the exposed rocky spines of the cream-coloured Dolomites, this 1925-built vintage pad - two hours from Verona - pairs prim and proper alpine architecture with quirky interiors cherry-picked from Europe's bountiful crafts heritage. Think terrazzo floors, Murano glass light fixtures and well-polished wood furnishings made in a local workshop. The 10-key stay feels more like a home than a hotel: breakfast is taken in the cosy, wood-panelled stube and there's an honesty bar outside the bedrooms for midnight snacks. Borrow the hotel bikes for a ride through Lana's cobbled streets, or hike over to the nearby town of Merano. Post-walk aches can be soothed in the town's famous thermal waters.


Via Andreas Hofer 8 39011 Lana BZ

This article was updated on 1 July 2022. It contains affiliate links, which means SUITCASE may earn a small commission if you click through and book.

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