Short Stay: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano, Italy – Hotel Review
The best hoteliers are the ones that can make what would be an otherwise typical stay memorable. My two nephews and I arrived at the Parkhotel Laurin in Bozen, also known as Bolzano, in the Südtirol or Alto Adige region of Italy, after a 104-mile (168-kilometer) three-hour drive from St. Moritz. It was a picturesque drive mostly along country roads and we were looking forward to a quiet evening, celebrating one nephew’s birthday.
At the reception desk, we received a warm welcome and the check-in process was straightforward although it included checking our passports, something rarely seen in Europe these days.
A bellman escorted us to our room and assisted with our luggage and, a few minutes later, there was a knock on the door. “Room service,” we heard. Since we had just arrived and not ordered anything, we opened the door with a bit of skepticism. On the room service tray were three wine glasses and a bottle of sparkling wine, with a card for my nephew, Seth, wishing him a happy birthday. It turns out that the front desk clerk had noticed his birthday on his passport and decided that a celebration may be called for.
Our Deluxe Room, furnished in Art Deco style, was configured for three people, with two single beds and a king-size bed, which was really two beds butted together in typical European fashion.
The room was perfectly sized for three adult occupants and included a sitting area with sofa and television with a small dining table and several chairs.
The three of us found the beds quite comfortable and woke up fully refreshed and ready for our drive to Verona later in the day.