Verena, Theo and their staff are the perfect hosts to this charming Castle which dates back to the 13th Century.
The official rating of this hotel is one star, and if you want to stay somewhere with air conditioning; lifts; swimming pool and a gym then don't come here.
However this castle is the real deal. The many photos speak for themselves.
Our rooms were in a building which seems to house most of the bedrooms. my view was over the inner courtyard while the other room looked out over Pergine and the mountains beyond. This building has had some modernisation presumably to comply with fire regulations, but the decor and furnishings are simple and in keeping with a building of its age. Not all rooms have toilet and shower en suite, so you will need to specify this when booking. My room wasn't, but did have a mirror, sink and hair dryer. The shared toilet and showers were on the same floor, and proved to be more than adequate. Signs of a good hotel for me are the comfort of the beds, the quality of the shower, and the food- the beds were firm, and the shower powerful and hot, I will talk about food in a minute, but this is a good hotel!
I have read some adverse comments about the food, but let me set them straight.............
There is an ethos at the castle of using quality produce which is sourced and produced locally where possible. The menu gives details of suppliers and producers, and I am sure that if asked the full provenance of most of the produce could be obtained. This area and its produce have real authenticity, and some of the processes and recipes used are handed down from generation to generation. To me this says a lot.
On first appearance the breakfast seems a bit sparse, however, quality and simplicity are better ways of describing it. There are breads,cake, jams, honey, cheese, ham, cereal, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, fruit juices, water, coffee and tea. All of which is fresh as can be, and in abundance.
Having initially thought that the castle's menu was fixed and multiple courses, we had saved ourselves for an evening meal at the end of our 5 night stay. This isn't the case and you can select individual 'plates' from the menus, or go the whole hog and have all courses with accompanying wine per course. Even then you can mix and match 'plates' from the different menus. All I will say is that there were clean plates all round and big smiles. The food is fantastic, and I have eaten in some quality establishments!
There are occasionally artistic renditions, in addition to the sculptures which adorn the grounds. We were treated to an adaptation of Otello (in Italian of course).
- Also Known As:
- Castel Pergine Hotel
- Castel Pergine Hotel Pergine Valsugana
- Castel Pergine Trento
- Castel Pergine Hotel Trento
- Castel Pergine Italy/Pergine Valsugana, Province Of Trento
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castel Pergine is unique: It comprises a small hotel with 40 beds, a dining room with castle atmosphere, a bar with soggiorno in the 500-year-old throne room and a wonderful garden for relaxation within the inner wall circle. ... more less