We stayed at the Castel Rundegg in October last year but as no one has reviewed it since May I’ll include our experience there. We were in Merano to celebrate my partner’s birthday (he’s a lovely Libran) and I spent quite a lot of time in advance poring over the different hotels available on booking.com/hotels.com before finally deciding on Castel Rundegg (the stay here was to be a birthday surprise). He used to live in Merano many years ago and now we were to visit family/friends still in the area. I booked a “double room” and after checking in we were shown into the Elizabeth Suite, at the top of the stairs on the first floor. Now I was the one who was surprised, as this consisted of a large sitting room with a comfortable sofa, armchair, table and sideboard with a large flat-screen TV and wardrobe/ suitcase space. The bedroom was just as large with a wide double bed and another wardrobe. The marble bathroom was huge and inviting in cream colours with lots of towels, bath robes, slippers and toiletries etc. that could be wished for. To say that this suite was more than I had anticipated is quite right, and as it was his birthday we were very pleased. The windows from our bedroom (a corner room) looked out over the lovely garden and we could glimpse Merano below. From the living room we could see the Alps in the distance as well as more of the grounds. Castel Rundegg itself was a beautiful building, smaller than the impression given from the pictures on the web site. There were comfortable furnishings everywhere, as well as antiquities and art that was either local or from the Austrian period when the Empress Elizabeth (known as Sissi) often stayed in Merano. There is no WiFi in the rooms but downstairs in the bar, reception area and public lounge.
The hotel lay some small distance above and outside the centre, so the first morning we walked down the “Sissi weg”, a scenic walking route to the town centre, which took us about a quarter of an hour. Along the way were beautiful views along a river, gardens and a few shops probably aimed at visitors, but selling silk scarves and other quality items. Merano itself was a very charming town, full of historic buildings and mostly surrounded by apple orchards, both Italian and Austrian as it is located in South Tyrol in Italy but very close to Austria and not that far from Switzerland. There was a harvest festival going on the when we were there and there were gatherings in squares with oompha bands and folk costumes. We took a taxi back up to the hotel again later in the afternoon, there were local busses too but a taxi took just five minutes.
Breakfast at the Rundegg in the morning was a very extensive buffet across several tables, there was every kind of dish, fruits, and cereals etc. one could wish for, also local cheeses and pâtés, so we just had to order coffee or tea. The breakfast room itself seemed to be partly in the cellar, with vaulted ceilings and several different rooms and spaces for guests to sit in, very charming; staff were very helpful and attentive.
There is also a spa/wellness centre below the hotel in the basement, with a large pool, several saunas, steam rooms and showers. We made the most of these facilities on both days while we were there and we certainly enjoyed the pool and the saunas, just great. The hotel seemed to be full but nevertheless the spa facilities/pool did not seem crowed – be careful with wet floors though when moving around from spa to pool, we saw one lady slip and fall, but happily no injury bar perhaps a few bruises later on.
I just checked booking.com again for room prices during the same period this year and that is ridiculously good value for what is on offer. I can’t recommend the Castel Rundegg enough, it is a lovely, atmospheric (and cosy) hotel, best described as a "boutique Schloss hotel", we will certainly be back there again.
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