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The knack for the original, the knowledge of the design of specific historic periods and the sustainable approach of reviving original buildings are the ideas that Klaus and Moritz Dissertori put into practice with much dedication and love. Both brothers possess an amazing sense of creating original experiences through their sophisticated sense of designing and furnishing spaces, always mindful of wellbeing and authenticity.
Slowdown value: The energy of historic & modern
In the heart of Bolzano, just a stone’s throw away from the old town, brothers Klaus and Moritz Dissertori revived a sleeping beauty. The Park Hotel Mondschein has got a new look after 40 years and is pouring new energy into the city.
82 rooms have been renovated in the original Art Noveau style. The details tell the story of the past and rock you into that nostalgic feeling of a time when buildings were large, ornate, with thick walls, arches and high ceilings, and when people communicated by letters that traveled for weeks and even months. The exterior façade is overgrown with bindweed and white shutters reminiscence the times of the great monarchy. The morning sun gently illuminates the facade and the park, and the romantic sunset soothes the people sitting barefoot on the park's lawns in the middle of the city. This is a hotel that brings back life into the city and connects travelers with the locals.
Slowdown value: Art Nouveau style
The façade is overgrown with vines, romantic balconies in the Art Noveau style, windows with distinctive white shutters, reflections of clouds in the glass windows, wide terrace hallways, selected furniture, porcelain cups, and high ceilings renovated with decorative stucco plaster….
All of the above merges into this enchanted place that conjures up a time that has passed and has now returned, all the while calming the mind and body.
The details bring balance to every corner and there is just the right amount of comfort in every room to encourage the guests to either spend the day at the hotel or return there after a day well-spent to have the pleasure of sitting in some beautiful corner of the property.
"The exact feeling of this place:
Travel, arrive, sleep, have breakfast, explore the city, the surroundings, the hills, the mountains, the lakes, the city, dine, sleep, brunch, wander, through the city, up the hills, downtown, stroll, unwind in the park, at the kiosk, on the lounger, in the sauna, in the gym, on the yoga mat in the park. It’s simple, and it feels good sitting ." PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN
The city wakes up early and invites you to start a new day, yet when you enter the garden where breakfast is served, the city waits. Here, breakfast slows down the pace of the morning and you will
Slowdown value: Breakfast
To slow down the pace, here the breakfast is served at the table. Let yourself be spoiled, have a word with your waiter. This feels good and local. Freshly squeezed juices, coffee, tea, freshly baked bread and croissant, jam, butter, and a dish of your choice from the menu.
Flavors that define the morning and get you excited for the day ahead.
We were fascinated by pancakes with chocolate or wild forest fruits. Real pancakes, rich in eggs, and in flavors are a classic that doesn’t disappoint, and Eggs Benedict, with a sophisticated poached egg or shakshuka gently poached eggs in a delicious chunky tomato and bell pepper sauce, when you plan an active day to the surrounded hills. Only your favorite dishes are on the menu and all are made fresh, with fresh and local ingredients from surrounding farms. Here all is thought up to the finest details.
"This was a long-awaited experience because the hotel is located in the city, but it feels like being away, in some other time period, with a high-quality lifestyle. " SLOWDOWN HOTELS
Slowdown value: The suite
"Sometimes words can not describe well the feeling that arises when entering such a place. The magic of the Dissertori brothers needs to be experienced."
Peace. Soft light. King-size bed. Bathroom renovated in terrazzo style. Faucets by Zuchetti. Marshall sound speakers. The morning sun paints the first shadows on the old wooden floor. The curtain dances in a gentle breeze that enters the room. Time stops. You live. Take a shower before breakfast. Such morning ritual becomes a mini treatment here, as you are pampered with soaps, lotions, and gels by Susanne Kaufmann, conceived in line with organic care and the holistic approach.
Slowdown value: A touch of art
The Dissertori brothers also added special energy to the hotel through art, which complements the design of the hotel. Unique works of art were created by artists who drew their creative inspiration from their stay at the sister hotel Villa Arnica in Lana near Merano. We can let you in on a secret of the paintings on the walls of the hotel rooms and in the lounge room: they were inspired by the time spent by the pool of Villa Arnica. Art is the silver thread that connects the new city hotel with its sister hotels in Lana near Merano.
Slowdown value: Bar atmosphere
The Luna bar is a welcome addition to the charm of the hotel, seemingly belonging to a time long since passed. Then there are the soothing colors, furniture rich in textures, tassels, vases of flowers, and heavy velvet curtains opening the exit to the terrace, which continues into a park.
When you step outside, you soak in the energy of both the Alps and the Mediterranean as you marvel at the surrounding peaks while sitting in the shade of a palm tree.
Enjoy browsing through newspapers or magazines offered in the bar, comfortably sitting on a sofa or a chair by a tall window that shed light on small tables, and drinking coffee, or freshly squeezed juice to fill you with energy. In the evening, when you return from the town, take off your shoes and step onto the grass in the park with your bare feet. This is how it feels to retreat to your paradise, where you order your favorite drink, and watch the sun setting behind the radiant peaks.
Slowdown value: The park is an oasis in the middle of the city
The location of the Park Hotel Mondschein is simply perfect, just a step away from the heart of the city, where the Italian lifestyle really comes into its own. You are in the city, but at the same time, when you return to the hotel or its garden, you do not feel that you are in the city.
However, you are aware when you have crossed such a border: the surrounding voices calm down, and the sound of city streets is replaced by the songs of birds. This is especially convenient when you are looking for a vacation, but still like to remain close to urban entertainment; when you need to get away from the city but still like to feel its bustle.
"Movement is life. Here are dedicated to providing guests with a deep, meaningful, and mindful movement and relaxation program" PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN
Slowdown value: Arise
High ceilings, white walls, arches (two of them are of an impressive size), and windows that cast soft light into the hall. A space that invites you to re-center yourselves, exercise your body, and calm your thoughts before sleep.
In Arise body and mind studio treat yourself to guided exercises of different styles of yoga throughout the day, or take advantage of the space to create your own escapes into the moment, to feel here and now in the heart of Bolzano.
Slowdown value: Spa escape
Always take advantage of having a Spa in the hotel to pamper yourself carefully and plan a daily "getaway" for your well-being.
It is always important to keep your balance and to take a break from the city strolls and immerse into a place designed to calm your thoughts to get ready for a nice and calm evening or dinner. This hotel is designed to offer you mindfully living in the city.
When you want a holiday in the mountains, but want to enjoy a silent and always interesting spaces of museums or galleries of contemporary art or a cultural event in the evening too… go to Park Hotel Mondschein.
Slowdown value: Design & Culture
A time for new energy and a new perspective is also a "Slowdown" moment. Sometimes we need a break, we need to experience a genuine living environment and pace through spaces of art.
Park Hotel Mondschein is an oasis of peace in the middle of the city that fills you with its energy and is the best starting point to enjoy many of the city's art, design, and cultural places & spaces.
One that is not to be not missed is the visit to Museion, a museum of contemporary art. The Museion Foundation’s stated purpose is the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art, after 1950 with particular attention to the role of language in art. It sees itself as a meeting place for international art, and also as an institution in support of the art of South Tyrol.
Let the language of art evoke
a new perspective in you.
A place of inspiration that shift
your mind to new places.
Just a few tips on why you have
to experience this city:
Plan your stay including Friday and Saturday to catch the visit of the Foundation of Dalle Nogare, established to promote contemporary art as a language for interpreting changes in society, and as a tool for promoting interaction between art, architecture, innovation, and artistic research and as a means of bringing an increasingly wider public closer to the contemporary.
Take a" passeggiata", a stroll along their central city park to enjoy the beautiful energy of the local people. Enjoy the views over the river towards the surrounding hills and mountains, and explore the castles along the way...
Slowdown value: A healing vibe of the city
Seize the day, here. Our advice is to plan a week-long stay to really enjoy the energy of the city, see the modern gallery, walk around the city park like a local, and take the gondola to the nearby peak.
Enjoy Italian cuisine, and spend an evening on the street, …
The energy of Bolzano is an interlacement of the authentic life of the locals, who are strongly connected with culture and art. The rich architecture and various historical styles intertwine history with modern design and guarantee a high standard of living and a pleasant environment, especially if you can enjoy it at a slow pace. On your vacation, for example.