Renovation has enhanced the building's historical identity
Cuisine, experiences, relaxation: everything follows a philosophy based on slowness and contemplation
In the heart of the Val di Non
surrounded by unspoilt nature and far from chaos
The breath of the Alta Val di Non infuses vitality into the unspoilt nature surrounding the Hotel Zum Hirschen in Senale-San Felice. The historic hospice, which once welcomed pilgrims, is now a hotel with a minimalist design, characterised by harmonious rooms that invite you to relax, slow down and reflect on the essentials.
Hotel Zum Hirschen is an energetic and contemplative place, which envelops the guest in a timeless holiday, where thousands of years of history is inextricably bound up with sustainable architecture and essential lines. The fir-tree bio-sauna, the intimate relaxation room, the panoramic solarium and the herbal self-treatments provide a relaxing mountain-scented wellness experience. In addition, it is possible to go hiking in the forest and forest bathing, follow the path along Lake Tret or to the Meditation Park, participate in the herb, superfood and spice workshops organised in the hotel, do hydrotherapy at the San Felice Waterfall, and dedicate oneself to contemplation.
Living in the mountains has taught us respect for the environment and the importance of making sustainable choices in everyday life. The key word for us is ‘harmony’: it is essential to form harmonious relationships with nature, animals and everything around us. We have consciously approached this philosophy since the restructuring of <span style="font-weight: 400;">Zum Hirschen, maintaining and enhancing the historical identity of the medieval building, energetically upgrading it and giving new life to the grandparents’ furniture through restoration. </span> The strength of our environmentally friendly choices continues in the kitchen and in wellness, as we favour seasonal, short-chain ingredients and certified organic products. Through a series of authentic experiences in close contact with nature, workshops and excursions, we engage our guests in a sustainable journey that regenerates the body and energises the mind.
In addition to regional organic raw materials, we follow the principles of Slow Food, are inspired by the culinary philosophy of Hildegard of Bingen and the advice of the herbalist Weidinger.
Natural home-made soaps, Bio products for wellness self-treatments.
Sustainability for living
We have renovated the historic hospice according to the dictates of sustainable architecture and favouring natural materials.
A workshop with which guests can approach the use of medicinal plants, both in the kitchen and for wellness.
Silence, contemplation, design: the 25 exclusive rooms of Hotel Zum Hirschen are a refuge in which rest is elevation of the soul. It is no coincidence that, in order to give guests a disconnection from everyday life, there are no TVs or radios in the rooms and WiFi is switched off from midnight. Instead of the classic minibar <span style="font-weight: 400;"> there is a box with drinks and local organic snacks, and the courtesy set is plastic free.</span>
These rooms encourage introspection, contemplation and tranquillity, just like the pilgrims’ cells in the ancient medieval building. Every detail respects the structure of the past: the minimalist design; the fabric of the curtains reminiscent of the materials used for the monks’ robes; the washbasin and rain shower connected directly to the sleeping area, while the toilet and bidet remain separate… just like in the Middle Ages, but with all the modern comforts.
Mountain / Forest
The furnishings and structure of these rooms respect the style of the 1960s, the period to which the central building in which they are located dates. Simplicity and refinement are found in the fir wood of the furniture, the natural larch floors, the chain lamps, the Plank Stube chairs and the small heart engraved in the bedside table, typical of Tyrolean stube rooms. Even the choice of mustard yellow and carmine red colours for the cushions is not left to chance, but is inspired by the dandelion and late radicchio, found in Alta Val di Non.
Shrine / Mountain / Park
The LUC rooms are a representation of present times, with an eye to the future. They are located on the third floor, have a purist design and black and white multi-layer birch wood furniture. Even the floor and ceiling smell of forest, thanks to the natural larch wood. Large windows and plenty of light complete the scenic presence of these rooms with a modern take on Alpine style. The name is inspired by the dialect name of Monte Luco, which some of the rooms overlook.
Locally-sourced productsDishes for coeliacsDishes for vegetariansDishes for those who are lactose-intolerantBabymenu
The principles of Slow Food, the holistic approach of<span style="font-weight: 400;"> Hildegard di Bingen, all the herbal knowledge of the herbalist pastor Weidinger, are the three cornerstones on which the culinary work of Hotel Zum Hirschen is based. The ingredients, mainly regional and seasonal, come from small local farms or cooperatives in the valley: organic cereals and flour, organic rye bread, dairy products, Speck, meat, cheese and organic eggs from free-range hens. </span>
Fresh raw materials and zero waste are two other essential choices, and it is no coincidence that food scraps are used for compost or given to the neighbouring farm for animal feed.
The Restaurant il Cervo is a member of the ‘Sudtiroelse Association’ and therefore aims to maintain and develop the culinary tradition of South Tyrol. Chef Ingrid uses typical recipes interpreted in a modern way, thus telling culinary stories handed down since antiquity through a combination of contemporaneity, authenticity, excellent quality, and being a spokesperson for the region.
The cosy fir bio-sauna is a wellness refuge, where you can regenerate while admiring the view. There is also a relaxation area and a sun terrace with a spectacular view of the surrounding nature.
Herbal self-treatments are also available, to be done in the room: Bio hay wraps, detoxifying alkaline foot bath, peeling with organic soaps and oil.
Guests can follow a contemplative path among the birch trees in the neighbouring Meditation Park, regain energy by walking through the lush forests or by coming into contact with the bubbling mountain waters.