If you love the mountains and hiking in one of the most beautiful areas we've visited, you'll love the Castelrotto area. And, if you love small hotels with caring, personal service and attention to detail, you won't go wrong with the Cavallino.
I took my wife on a surprise trip for her 50th birthday. We had stayed at the Cavallino eight years earlier, and both of us recalled it as one of the nicest hotel experiences in one of the most beautiful areas we had visited in five previous trips to various European countries. We had originally planned to be at the Cavallino for two days on that first trip -- and ended up extending to six days. We only left then because we ran out of days.
We started this trip in Venice for a couple of days, but I planned our itinerary so we would be in Castelrotto for the big birthday. Again, we planned to be there four days and ended up staying six. On my wife's big day, based on one casual mention, we found champagne and flowers waiting in the room. What a nice surprise!
The staff is warm and attentive -- it feels more like a family than a group of employees. And, we felt like members of the family by the time we left! Both of us are already ready to go back again soon. At this rate, we're not going to see the rest of the world... we'll just keep coming back to Castelrotto and the Cavallino.
You'll love Castelrotto if you love being in the mountains, but this is a small town in a rural area. There's a typical small town nightlife, i.e., very limited. Also, don't go to Castelrotto to experience your probable stereotype of Italy. This area feels, looks, and sounds like Austria. It's not called South Tyrol for nothing. German is the first language, the culture is Tyrolean, the bells ring ring exactly at the quarter hour (they never ring on time in the rest of Italy), and the food is definitely not what you'd expect in Italy (except for gelatto). We found one restaurant that served pasta Italian style and visited it regularly.
These aren't negatives for us, but they were things we didn't expect the first time we visited. Now, we see this as part of our "total Italy" experience. We got a dose of the more typical Italian experience in Venice and a couple of additional days spent in Greve in Chianti. This great diversity, along with the warmth of the people, makes Italy an even more desirable destination for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the old village square of Castelrotto (Kastelruth) in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, you will discover a small hotel with a 700-year tradition of hospitality. The "Cavallino", which was first mentioned in the village chronicles in 1326, has been carefully renovated. New garage with reserved place extra large. Perfect starting point for excursions in summer and winter sports into the Dolomiti Superski area winter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cavallino d Oro
- Cavallino d Oro Hotel