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Reviewed August 12, 2018

The Oberraindlof is a good place to stay in the Val di Senales and ensured we had a great time discovering this corner of Alto Adige. It's popular with German and Italian families and couples who come for the hiking and many attractions. It's not easy to give a single rating so I've broken it down into several elements:

Location: 5
The maso is well positioned midway along the Val Senales and provides a convenient base from which to explore the valley. It's also 15 minutes from Naturno and close to many of the sights along the Val Venosta valley. There's a bus stop nearby and the road to the accommodation is very easy to drive with a convenient parking. Also, hikers can set out directly from the maso on well indicated paths up and down the valley.

Food: 4
We opted for half-board and enjoyed reading the dinner menu each morning and choosing from the 2 or 3 dishes the chef was planning. Breakfast was plentiful with sweet and savoury options, fresh bread and an orange juicer everyone loved. Evenings were equally good although service was occasionally slow and the night the chef had off featured an average buffet. Overall great ingredients, generous portions and traditional dishes served by waiters in local dress.

Service/Welcome: 3.5
The Maso is big with around 30 rooms and lots of guests. Staff and owners work very hard and are busy throughout the day. Still they have time to chat and make sightseeing recommendations. Not everything is explained on arrival but pretty soon you get the idea of how things work and join along. A brochure explains it all and no one is too busy to answer questions. Discount cards are provided to several sights and there are plenty of maps and reading material about the region.

Rooms/Decor: 3
The Maso goes back centuries and is decorated in classic Tyrollean style. There are several buildings and the old house where we stayed has the smallest rooms. Unfortunately we were not informed of bathroom size prior to booking and were surprised to find ourselves in very close quarters. An alternative room was offered however the difference in price led us to remain in room number 8. If you prefer to shower in a bathroom larger than what you'd find on an airplane avoid the attic rooms. Beds were comfortable, the skylight had a nice view of the mountains and the TV broadcast channels in German and Italian. Rooms cleaned daily.

Activities: 2
Having visited several maso in the past we were expecting a working farm where children could get up close and personal with animals. This was not possible here. After dinner there was little in the way of entertainment apart from conversation and a deck of cards. Guests gather outside on the little terrace but soon went to bed. We would have loved (and recommend) getting a trampoline, ping-pong, or fuss ball table where kids and adults can play. Also, there is no dedicated recreation area and only one very sad playground toy in the back of the maso. The lack of activities is fine if you're traveling with toddlers but pre-adolescents and teenagers could use a little more stimulation.

Special mention:
The downstairs fountain was very convenient for filling up on water whenever we needed it and the Wednesday night Tirolese music and dancing was a lot of fun for everyone.

Overall: 3.75
Probably would not go back (we like to change valleys every year) but we had an enjoyable weeklong stay here nevertheless.

Room tip: Avoid the attic rooms in the main house if bathroom space matters to you.
Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2014

We stayed at the Oberraindlhof for 3 days at the end of our walking trip to the Dolomites. It is a very old building set on its own up the quiet Senales valley. The owners speak a little English but all the other guests were German and we were certainly entertainment value being English. The Tyrollean music evening on our first night broke the ice, then everyone wanted to practise their English.
The rooms are quirky in the old building-it's very creaky and cosy but there are modern rooms in the annex which do not have the character but are quieter and have bigger bathrooms. We were in the old building for the first night but the second day they asked if we would like another room as my husband is rather tall and they thought the bathroom was too small for him. How thoughtful.
It is best to do half board here as it is not in a village and there are no other restaurants nearby. Breakfast is very good but dinners varied. The menu had just two choices of mains-That's fine if it is quality but one evening was fried chicken and chips. I would call that pub grub. The other 2 evenings were much better.
The staff were all helpful and happy even though language was a bit of a problem. Each morning there was a card on the breakfast table with the weather forecast and other information and the menu for that evening. A lovely touch was the English translation they did for us.
Certainly worth a detour up the Senales valley from Merano.

Room tip: The old building is characterful but has creaky floorboards so you can hear at lot of movement in other rooms and the bathrooms are small. Annex rooms are modern with bigger bathrooms
Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 week ago
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Room tip: Bauernzimmer
Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2019
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Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2019
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Room tip: Zimmer im Neubau
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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