One of the town's two castle hotels, the Rundegg certainly has the best location, as it is only a short walk above town. This small 17th century structure has a peaked tile roof and windows flanked by the distinctive red-and-white shutters traditional of the region. The hotel has all the features one expects of a castle: thick, whitewashed walls; vaulted ceilings; heavy wood beams and a small selection of antiques. One of the most graceful details is the lovely garden surrounding the hotel, with its small pond and cluster of patios arranged to catch the sun. The grounds are ringed by a cradle of trees, masking the outer wall and seeming to blend into the green mountain slopes away in the distance.

The lobby, lounge, restaurant, and bar occupy a compact ground floor space, and the extensive pool and beauty farm facilities are located below. Thirty guestrooms are divided between the castle, farmhouse and a newer coach-house, all of which are connected by an underground passage. The Rundegg's décor in the public areas as well as the rooms has traditional refinement, as opposed to the brasher elegance of luxury hotel chains like Kempinski. Most rooms have hardwood floors with Persian rugs, good quality classically-styled furniture, and pale aubergine or dark burgundy fabrics. The white-tiled bathrooms have medium-sized tubs and double sinks with marble counters. Management and staff are friendly and conscientious, and contribute greatly to the hotel's charm. The food at the restaurant is good although not transcendent. Breakfast, however, was memorable with tender local Speck and a flavorful fontina cheese as the main attractions.

Street Address: Via Scena 2
City: Merano
Country: Italy
Phone: 0039 0473 23 41 00
Fax: 0039 0473 23 72 00
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel