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Reviewed June 14, 2014

This a a great hotel - extremely clean and well maintained. The people who own it, Ingrid and Martin are lovely hosts who always have a smile. The view from our room was amazing. The hotel is a few miles from Castellrotto, in the mountains, but we liked being up there. You would definitely have to drive (there may be a bus, but we had a car) as you could not walk from town. We stayed and ate there every night, and the food is fantastic and is a real bargain too. The dining room also has a great view, and there is a nice bar too. The room had a table and chairs and a couch, as well as a lovely balcony. The beds were hard, like all beds in Italy that we found, and they are made with 2 separate comforters and no top sheet, which we were not used to, but it turned out to be quite warm enough although we asked for an extra blanket. The shower was very nice, and the bathroom was roomy. We would definitely come back!

Room Tip: Get a balcony overlooking the mountains
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank crimlaw
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The moment we drove up from Castelrotto and pulled up to Hotel Plunger we had a good feeling. Once we met the owners and walked into our large, well appointed room with the amazing valley/mountain view from our balcony we knew we hit a home run! The breakfasts and dinners were fantastic and the amenities at Hotel Plunger far exceeded what we have experienced in many our our European travels. The local towns such as Castelrotto/Kastelruth are very charming and the Alpe di Siusi hiking and views are other worldly, and be sure to have the apple strudel at the Arnika Hutte!! We hope to be back someday soon!!

Room Tip: Balcony room
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Stayed 3 times in the past 2 years in this hotel, and definitely want to come back again! Amazing location with a fantastic views from the balcony, very quiet and relaxing atmosphere with plenty activities to do around the area.Very friendy, helpfull and welcoming staff. Rooms are very comfortable,well maintained and clean. Dinner and breakfast offered in the hotel have a good variety of local products,always fresh and nicely presented.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony with a mountain view
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nellyDubai
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

We drove by, lost, and saw the vacancy sign for this pension. Miracle! It is truly amazing. The room was huge, well decorated, extremely comfortable. The picture does not do it justice because we had messed it up by the time we took it! Hotel Plunger is family owned and the staff are helpful, warm people who speak perfect English. The food was also fantastic. We loved the spa facility and appreciated that it was not crowded. Overall this felt like a luxury hotel located off the beaten path perfect for those who want to get away from it all. We were there in October and the nearby farm smell was in the wind. Natural fertilizer has an odor, so if you cannot ignore that, do not go here unless it is snowing. We loved it and walked and walked. The nearby villages are lovely, but this is not a place to go for shopping or night life. It is pure relaxation and we dream of going back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Molly H
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

Yay, first english speaking review!

I stayed here on a week long spring trip to north Italy. While the temperature was high when arriving at Castelrotto centre (around 30°C), this did not pose a problem, as temperatures dropped somewhat, and evening/night time was quite cool. The hotel itself is in a very quiet but somewhat uncentral location - yet it is perfect if this is what you seek. It has amazing views over the valley, the mountains on the other side, as well as the Sciliar/Schlern massif, which towers some 1200 m above the hotel. The only neighbours in the area are a couple of farms, and the only 'noise' you will hear are either crickets chirping happily, sheep, or the occasional cow of a rooster.

The staff mostly consists of the family running the hotel, and some extras - and they are wonderful and hospitable hosts! English poses no problem either, so they are (at least) trilingual.

Rooms are of a very high standard - I stayed in a Schlern room, which was 40 sqm - very roomy, with a separate sitting area, big balcony facing the valley, and a huge bathroom with a - hooay - walk-in-shower instead of a bathtub! The only gripe must be the very small TV set - although I normally don't watch much when I am travelling, but this was an exception with both the French open tennis tournament as well as the Giro d'Italia at the same time.

The hotel provides B&B as well as half pension - breakfast is a very good selection, and dinner is a set menu for every evening - not unnormal for where I come from either. We chose to dine at the hotel every night in order to save the hassle of driving or walking to Castelrotto - and at 10 EUR per person per night it is a steal! Plus the local wine from Kaltern/Caldara (just south of Bolzano) was very good :)

Now for the sightseeing/experience possibilities - there is a lot to choose from! Having only 3 days at our disposal, a careful selection had to be made, but if the weather is good, you really can't afford to miss out on the Alpe di Siusi/Seiseralm area. Drive down to the valley station in Siusi/Seis (free parking), take the gondola up to Compaccio/Compatsch, and pick and choose from a wide range of walking possibilities. There are a couple of bus services here too, so it is possible to walk one way and then take the bus back.
Another option is driving across a streak of mountain passes, possibly all the way to Cortina d'Ampezzo (Misurina/Tre Cime) or do a roundtrip with five passes (recommended route: Castelrotto - Val Gardena - Passo Gardena - Passo Valparolo - Passo Falzarego - Passo Pordoi - Passo Sella), and don't miss out on a walk to the 'city of stones' in front of the amazing Sassolungo/Lankofel massif.
Other possibilities include a walk to a couple of castle ruins, the Laghetto di Fié, or dropping by either Bressanone or Bolzano for a visit of the old town parts. Bolzano houses the famous mummy Ötzi by the way (not DJ).

All in all, this place is simply wonderful! On a possible return to the Dolomites - I know where to stay! And at 53 EUR per person per night for half board with a 40 square metre room - you cannot go wrong.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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