Boutique & Design Schgaguler Hotel in the mountain village of Castelrotto

The location of the Schgaguler Hotel could not be better. The picturesque village centre of Castelrotto exudes a picture book alpine holiday atmosphere as soon as you arrive. With a little luck, you’ll be welcomed by Peter or Tobias, the two brothers. They are in charge of reception and are also the first point of contact for all their guests’ needs.

Sandra Schgaguler, the daughter of the house, can be found in the fine and stylish restaurant. Besides her love of the mountains – she knows the region like the back of her hand and has some very special hiking tips in store – Sandra has another passion: wine. On her wine list you will find exquisite wines, particularly from local winemakers from the Eisack valley, the Überetsch and Bolzano.

Sandra, who completed a sommelier training course at the Associazione Italiana di Sommelier in South Tyrol, knows many of the regional winegrowers personally. Winery tours with subsequent tasting are among the activities offered by the hotel. The programme of activities at the Schgaguler Hotel is organised and run by host Gottfried Schgaguler. He is responsible for the leisure activities of the guests and offers suitable possibilities to explore the surrounding mountain world in both summer and winter. Especially recommended in summer is a sun-rise tour with Gottfried on the Seiser Alm. As in many Alpine regions, hotels in South Tyrol also like to rely on rustic charm. The Schgaguler Hotel takes a different approach and brings the minimalism of an urban boutique hotel to the tranquil mountain village in the Dolomites. The Hotel, designed with aesthetic sensitivity, is situated not far from the Alpe di Siusi and the Val Gardena valley.

Built in 1986, the Schgaguler was renovated in 2018. Together with the Milanese architect Peter Pichler, the hotel was completely redesigned. A timeless, alpine style with reduced aesthetics creates an authentic feel-good ambience. Today the hotel is a chic and charming boutique hotel in the heart of the Dolomites. Lots of glass, light wood and warm earth tones cha-racterise the architecture and interior design. In the rooms there are wooden beds and a white bathtub, which is the centre of the room in all rooms. Refined details and an exquisite choice of materials, such as the interior in chest-nut wood and bedspreads in the finest merino wool, create a harmonious atmosphere.

Regional wines at the Schgaguler Hotel

We start the evening in the stylish bar with a creation of gin, ginger beer and cucumber and a whisky sour with selected spirits from the distillery of Plun, also from the Sciliar region. The drinks are refined with wild herbs and flowers from the Pflegerhof in Seis. The hotel bar deserves its reputation as the heart of the hotel. With its view of the Dolomites, it is a place to feel good. As the sun slowly disappears behind the massive wall of mountains, we follow Sandra to the stylish and cosy restaurant, which is dedicated to a mix of alpine and Mediterranean cuisine. The chef creates mainly alpine specialities, interpreted in a modern way. Perfectly seasoned risotto, buckwheat with corn or a selection of different pasta variations promise a culinary experience on a high level.

You can read this and many more interesting reports in the Eat & Travel Magazine Autumn Edition 2020.

Photos © Schgaguler Hotel

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