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Castelrotto: Haus Silbernagl

Puflatschstraße 1 - Via Bullaccia, 1/Kastelruth, Phone: 0471.706 699
www.garni-silbernagl.com/eng/start_e.html

Reviewed by: teaberry from USA, review #3302

When: July 2013

Immaculate, comfortable B&B with a hostess with the mostess.

our room, photo by

Located in the village of Castelrotto, Haus Silbernag is a gem. We spent 7 nights here.

Free and secure parking on premises. This place is spotlessly spotless. Owner Petra is a one woman dynamo, running a tight operation. The rooms are a nice size, each with a balcony and views of the mountains, and some also with views of the town’s campanile. Beds are very comfy (2 twins pushed together), soft sheets and duvets. We each needed a second pillow, which was quickly provided. Cable TV provided. Wi-fi available – we paid 10 euro total for two computers, 7 nights access.

Our en-suite bathroom was large, with double sink, big counter, and shower. Also, bidet available, although I didn’t use it.

Breakfast buffet consists of meats selection, cheese, cereals, yogurts, jams, breads, juices, and Petra will make eggs to your liking, with or without bacon. There is a kitchen area available to guests, with coffee/tea machine, and honor system for drinks in fridge. There is an indoor pool, but we didn’t avail ourselves of it.

Petra has maps (in English, Italian, and German) for her guests, and readily suggests activities tailored to each guest’s interests. She steered us in the right direction for how to obtain our lift and bus passes, and where to take hikes everyday. She mapped out a driving route one day so we could visit some of the magnificent Dolomite passes. And gave us great advice for our visit to Bolzano for the day, also.

There is a bulletin board outside the dining area with listings of activities going on in the town for the day (again, in 3 languages). Short walk to village center. Petra is the penultimate host, and went out of her way to make our trip a memorable one. Room tip: try for a room with view of the mountains and meadow.


Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2920

When: July 2010

Charming alpine B&B on the edge of Kastelruth/Castelrotto, near the Alpe de Suisi in the Dolomites. Wonderful views, great breakfast. Very helpful owner.

Haus Silbernagl, photo by Kathy Wood

We spent six nights at the Haus Silbernagl in early July 2010. This was our first visit to the Dolomites, and we were enchanted with the blend of Austrian and Italian cultures in this area. The town of Castelrotto is perched high above the valley, a great base for a few days or more. We loved our stay here.

Haus Silbernagel is located on the edge of the town, less than a ten minute walk up a slight hill from the town center. It's a big place, built as a B&B/guesthouse, and the owners live in a part of the house. There are about 12 rooms, spread over several floors. Our family of three had a fabulous two room suite with two full baths. Our room was in a corner of the house, with a big L shaped balcony. We had views out to Castelrotto and views out the back to the mountains. The beds were very comfortable.

Breakfast was included in our rate, and it is a full German-style buffet with breads, meats, cheeses, yoghurt, cereals, fruit etc. You could also order a little egg casserole with ham that was excellent. Breakfast is served in a pleasant breakfast room. Drinks are available on a honor-system basis during the rest of the day.

The house includes an indoor pool and a sauna, and there's also a garden, but we didn't use these facilities.

The owner, Petra, is fantastic. Her first language is German, but she speaks Italian fluently and excellent English and probably a few other languages too. She makes extra efforts to visit with each guest at breakfast to offer suggestions for hiking and other activities during the day. She was a great resource to us.

We ended up buying a pass to use the lifts at the Alpe de Siusi and hiked there four days. The hiking is fabulous and there are options for all activity levels. One day Petra arranged for us to share a taxi with other guests and drive way back to a remote hostel, where we could then hike on an incredible mountain trail. (This was an all-day hike.) On our fifth full day we drove down to Bolzano. We had a car, but public transportation in this area is very good.

We ate three nights at an alpine restaurant up the hill from the Haus Silbernagl, and three nights at different restaurants in Castelrotto. There are two grocery stores in Castelrotto.

There is not any internet access for guests at the Haus Silbernagl or laundry facilities. In fact, there's no internet cafe or laundry in Castelrotto at all... you must go to Bolzano. This was a minor inconvenience. We highly recommend the Haus Silbernagl.

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