Do you also love to stay in small, well-curated, and authentic hotels when traveling?
If your answer is yes, then I have a place that’s just right for you: the Ottmanngut in Merano, a lovely 11-room hotel that literally wrote part of the history of the small yet popular town in South-Tyrol.
Ottmanngut: home away from home
To me, pick the right hotel is half of the trip. I don’t like giant chains and impersonal hotels. It’s quite the opposite: I like to experience my travel destination like a local. That’s why among the many hotels in Merano I picked the Ottmanngut. The hotel, which is more a country house, is run by the Kirchlechner family since 1850 (even though the property exists since 1290).
It’s not a hotel meant just to be a place where people check-in and check-out. it’s meant to be a genuine place where guests can feel at home away from home.
Even though it is located in an Alpine region, the hotel has a Mediterranean garden with palm and lemon trees where you can relax while reading, enjoying the sun, or having an aperitif open-air. The garden is home to some turtles: you might meet Max the 100yo turtle that is now the mascot of the Ottmanngut. The vineyard behind the house also offers more secluded spots to relax and unwind.
There is no room alike. Each room has a different name and is furnished using pieces from the family. Rooms are bright and furnished in Biedermeier style from the second half of 1800. Just a few yet carefully selected pieces to create a welcoming atmosphere.
The hotel has been renovated between 2010 and 2012 bringing back to life the original wooden floors, previously covered in moquette and linoleum. Among the interior pieces, the beautiful ceramic stoves stand out. They are in every room witnessing the passage of time.
Breakfast is serious business at the Ottmanngut
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and at the Ottomanngut it is a moment of pure bliss. You’ll not find the traditional buffet but a three-course breakfast served at the table in the garden or in the beautiful Orangerie. It changes every day and it is prepared using only local and seasonal produces. Sourdough bread is prepared using mother yeast and jams are homemade.
If you have special dietary requirements or allergies just inform the Ottmanngut hotel in advance and they will prepare something delicious according to your needs.
INSIDER TIP: you don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy their special breakfast. Just make sure to reserve your spot on time.
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Focaccia & Aperitivo pop up: until 31 July, from Tuesday to Saturday 5-8 p.m. During the aperitivo there could be live concerts: ask the Ottomanngut staff at your arrival.
The past months have been so stressful for everyone and if you are looking for an authentic place to recharge your batteries the Ottmanngut hotel seems to be the perfect option. It’s for those of you who love nature, slow time, good food, and curated interiors. Happy Summer!
Suite & Breakfast Ottmanngut
Via Giuseppe Verdi 18 – Merano
Phone: +39 0473 449656
Price range: 135-160 euros per person per night
Ideal for: couples and people who love slow travel holidays.
Photo credits: courtesy of Ottmanngut Hotel