Parkhotel Laurin, Bozen (Bolzano), Italy – Hotel Review
Bozen (Bolzano in Italian) is the capital of the South Tyrol (Südtirol in German, Alto Adige in Italian), a region that was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Today, the region is both German and Italian speaking, and maintains close cultural, social, and economic ties with the Austrian province of Tyrol to its north.
A 286-kilometer drive from Munich across the Dolomites and the Brennerpaß brought us to the Parkhotel Laurin, a hotel I had last visited almost 20 years ago.
WHERE IS IT
The Parkhotel Laurin is in the heart of the city center. It is within walking distance of everything from the main train station, the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone for shopping), museums, and other attractions.
The Parkhotel Laurin may be the only hotel I have ever come across with its own furniture maker. Most of the elegant and comfortable Jugendstil (Art Deco) furniture is made by a local craftsman who heads a small team of workers. In the bar, a mural telling the story of King Laurin runs across the top of the four walls.
A fun and unexpected amenity in the room was a door buzzer system that allowed me to buzz any guests into the room (admittedly, it was not that far a walk from the bed to the door but it was fun to buzz them in).
ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT
The room came with an ample-sized desk and a comfortable wooden desk chair. Lighting was excellent all around. Internet was available at the very reasonable price of EUR 8 for one day and EUR 4 for one hour. Accessing the Internet involved multiple steps but was nonetheless painless. First, one obtained a code from the front desk. That code was entered into the television set, which then provided a user name and password to be entered into the computer’s browser. The connection was quite fast once all of the passwords had been entered.
The hotel’s dark, elegant restaurant was bright and cheerful as a breakfast room. An ample buffet including local cheeses and meats, eggs, fruit, cereal, yogurt, fresh breads, and wonderful croissants greeted me. A review of the Restaurant Laurin will be published separately.
A combination of quiet luxury, wonderful food, and a responsive staff that quietly met every guest’s needs makes the Parkhotel Laurin worth a visit.
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