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“A highlight! Stunning setting in an old stone mountain hut.”
Review of Rifugio Bolzano

Rifugio Bolzano
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Cuisines: German
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is more a review of the lodging than the restaurant, since Tripadvisor doesn't have it listed as a place to stay. This was an incredible setting. We hiked up from Compatsch and spent 2 nights at Schlernhaus/Rifugio Bolzano. The views were outstanding. We hiked to Tierser Alpl on the day in the middle which was an incredibly stunning hike. The staff at Rifugio Bolzano/Schlernhaus was kind and the food was decent, given they are not accessible at all by road, have no electricity and are serviced only by a small lift and generator.

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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Upon exiting the gondola, we were awed by stunning site of the Dolomites! Walking the Bullaccia Ring trail gave us 360 degrees of spectacular views of mountains, valleys, villages, dramatic weather formations. The trail is a mix of smooth, rocky, narrow stones. A walking stick is recommended. At the top we rested at Arnika, a chalet with typical Tyrolean food. A bowl of barley soup and a cheese plate fortified us for the remainder of the trip. Highly recommended for sturdy walkers/hikers, for those wanting "post card perfect" photos!

Thank Barbara603
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

I stayed overnight in the Rifugio Bolzano (also known as the Schlernhaus). The rifugio is in an amazing location, where you look over high alpine pastures with cows to the dramatic rocky spires of the Dolomites (especially the Civetta/Rosengarten massif). To the north it looks over the fabled Alpe dei Suisi (Seiseralm). I had a small, delightful, wooden-panelled single room to myself (shared bathrooms and sinks, no showers). I could look out at the mountains from my room, and listen to the cowbells. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, and the food was of high quality, with some dishes being delicious. Food was served in what, for a mountain hut, is a huge dining room. Prices for an overnight were extremely reasonable, and the food was very fairly priced also. This is practically a cathedral of mountain huts. Given a chance, I would return and repeat the experience in a heartbeat. You have to walk up a long way up to this refuge, by the way, and that makes the atmosphere (and the comparative grace and comfort) all the more special. My advice is to go there, and enjoy this splendid mountain hotel/refuge and the superb mountain walking that surrounds it.

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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This Rifugio is placed in a spectacular place, with views over the valleys and mountains in almost all directions. It's old and it's big! The old part means the facilities are not what a modern traveler might expect. One of our two rooms was quite cold, while the other one across the hall was OK. Probably due to which room being on which side, with sun, mountain weather and old stone walls, that's what you get. We liked the place. and enjoyed it's shelter when some of our later fellow walkers where caught by a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Being at 2400 meters + is not to be taken too lightly! We liked it a lot, and found the young staff helpful and Ok with regard to english. Trying some Italian words helps! But it has a huge potential. If taking the "castle" feeling bit further with a fireplace and some more modern comforts (perhaps as an option in some of the rooms?) it would be even better.

Thank J.P.Hernes
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Contrary to other TA reviewers, we found this Rifugio to be a complete disappointment. We arrived mid-afternoon on the first Saturday in July. Unfortunately for us our 6 hour hike up to the Rifugio was through harsh thunderstorms, downpours, hail and high winds. Given that this Rifugio is located high in the Italian Alps, one expected that they would at least have a welcoming fire, towels to dry yourself and somewhere to dry your boots. Nope. In fact, they didn't even have anyone proper to greet you upon arrival. There was a notice out front informing you to check with the wait-staff if you needed anything. The wait-staff were all young teens and they did not have the proper room accommodations for us. We di get it sorted out, but none of the staff had even a basic command of english, which would have been helpful. This was not the first rifugio we stayed in during or 10 days in the alps--but is the only one that did not even provide small hand towels for the guests. Makes it real challenging to dry off after 4 hours in the rain. What was most disappointing was the food offered and the less than honest way they price things. We booked our stay through our private guide service and we selected 1/2 board. (Breakfast and dinner). At dinner they informed us that we could make a selection of certain items from the A la Carte menu--seemed fair. However, we noticed that the same item we selected on the 1/2 board was twice the portion on the A la Carte menu. Where A la Carte customers got a plate of pasta, 1/2 board customers got a small bowl. So, in this rifugio, 1/2 board is same price as A la Carte but you only get 1/2 the portion. Just a cheap and dishonest approach. Breakfast was extremely sparse and poorly prepared. Bread, 2 types of cereal and yougurt. No fruit or hot offering. The staff was inexperienced and carless. Not friendly at all. We saw no evidence of management anywhere on the property. A large party of youngsters with there less than attentive parents arrived late Saturday and behaved like they were in a wild gym class. Running up and down the halls until well past bedtime. No management intervention. All in All this was the biggest disappointment of our trip. Find another location or skip it all together.

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Thank Sharon-Stephen
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