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“Ideal base for walking in the Dolomites” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Hanny
Ranked #8 of 26 Hotels in Bolzano
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Cremorne, Australia
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32 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Ideal base for walking in the Dolomites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

We stayed for 5 nights at Hotel Hanny early in June, 2010 and had a most pleasant time.

Hotel Hanny is set on a hillside among extensive vineyards on the outskirts of the mid-sized town of Bolzano (Bozen in German) in the Bolzano-Bozen province of Northern Italy. The hotel is a small, family-run (by Margot and Karl Riegler) establishment that looks as though it has been extensively renovated over the last several years.

We arrived at Hanny by car and found that there was ample parking available in two outside parking areas and one secure garage, which was located under the front terrace of the hotel. We made a slight mistake in giving back the rental car the day after we arrived as it meant it was most convenient for us to eat in the hotel restaurant each evening rather than walk into town, though this turned out to be not such a big deal.

Bolzano is at the foot of the Dolomite mountains on the main railway line leading from Italy into Austria and then Southern Germany. The drive North from Bolzano, across the Brenner Pass and into Austria is quite spectacular and well worth doing, though on this occasion we had planned to do the trip by train. The drive North to Innsbruck via the SS508 road, which runs along the valley directly opposite the hotel, and over the Samtal Alps is said to be delightful, but as it is very high it doesn't open until late June so we couldn't give it a try this time.

Hotel Hanny is very clean, and the rooms are large, light, bright, spacious and nicely furnished. As far as we could see, all rooms have a balcony. Our room was at the front of the hotel and from the balcony we overlooked a maze of vineyards directly across the valley, with the city centre to the left and the Samtal valley running North to the right. We weren't able to see the view from a back room, but it may be a bit more mundane than the one we had. The city centre is about a 15-20 minute walk away along the very pleasant promenade that runs alongside the river.

The hotel has an excellent buffet breakfast each day, though it possibly won't satisfy those who like something hot. However, the array of cold meats, cheeses, fruits, juices and cereals should be enough to satisfy the hungriest hikers and sustain them at least until lunch time. The Rieglers even make a decent coffee, which is sometimes not the case in country hotels. On warm mornings (we had several days around 30 degrees), having breakfast on the terrace is an excellent choice.

In the evening, the hotel had a bar and a restaurant, both of which seemed to be well patronised by local people. The menu is rather limited, and didn't change during the 5 days we were there, but the food is of excellent quality and the portions more than adequate. We had the same waiter each evening, and found him to be very pleasant indeed. He and the Rieglers speak quite decent English, so we had a live translation of the menu instead of a written-down one. As with breakfast, on a warm, still evening, dinner on the terrace is a good choice.

The restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings, but we found the walk into town and back wasn't too much of a strain, except for the last 100 yards of the road leading up to the hotel, which is very steep and not ideal to tackle with a full stomach after a few local wines. Speaking of local produce, the Rieglers go out of their way to use whatever they can reasonably get locally, and the wine list has numerous examples of local reds, whites and roses. The first night there we had an excellent bottle of white from a vineyard about 250 yards away across the valley.

One of the things that attracted us to Hanny (apart from its being out of the city centre but close enough to walk to it) was the fact that it is a short walk across the valley to the Jenesien cable car, which (for EUR2.50) will get you up to the mountain village of Jenesien. From here there are several hundred kilometres of walking trails, with enough variety to suit everyone – the tourist office in the town has an excellent guide/map. We enjoyed the Jenesian area a great deal.

Short summary on Hanny – spotless, excellent value for money, friendly hosts but not in your face, very good food and great location. We WILL be back, but next time we'll keep the car.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2009

We haved stayed at the Hotel Hanny several times during the last 4 years and always felt really welcome there. The location slightly outside the city center is actually a bonus since most rooms have balconies with great views over the city. The center can easily be reached by foot in 15-20 minutes via a wonderful pathway along the river (there are also Buses).
Rooms are spacious and modern and have nice bathrooms with windows. The breakfast is simpy incredible with fresh breads, cheeses, cereals, meats, and fruits form the region. The owner makes his own applestrudel (Strudel di Mele) that is served for breakfast - combined with a freshly made cappucino the perfect start every monring.
The hotel has free parking (even a free garage) and bikes can be rented for free. The restaurant is also recommended and one can sit outside in the evening while having a great dinner with views over the city.
We will definetely stay there again on our next trips to northern Italy.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2006

We stayed at Hotel hanny in May for one night.The owner of the hotel made us feel very welcome, very friendly staff. The service, rooms and food was excellent. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and vineyards. The breakfast was fresh and plentiful with various meats, cheeses, different kinds of breads and pastries, fresh fruits and joghurt. It was a very pleasant stay and I would highly recommend this hotel.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2005

I stayed in the hotel back in January 2004 and thought it was one of the very best experiences on my holiday in Europe.
This hotel is located about 15 minutes walk from the town centre out among the vineyards on the hills overlooking the town.
It is in a spectacular position and enjoys incredible views of the town and the alps in the distance.
The owners of the hotel are very friendly and put on a sensational buffet breakfast every morning which included among many other things speck, prosciutto, great cheeses (gorgonzola, emmentaler etc.) - easily the best I had on my European trip!
The hotel itself is modern and the rooms are very spacious (unusual in Europe), immaculate and simply furnished.
Considering what I got, the rates were very reasonable.
If you visit Bolzano, don't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed January 2004
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Hanny
Address: Via San Pietro 4, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Location: Italy > Trentino-Alto Adige > Province of South Tyrol > Bolzano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bolzano
#3 Family Hotel in Bolzano
#6 Business Hotel in Bolzano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Hanny 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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