2.03.2012

Feature Friday: Bergland Hotel Sölden, Austria

At the direction of trained carpenter and professional deep-snow and synchronized skier, Sigi Grüner, the Bergland Hotel Sölden in Austria's Ötztal Valley was demolished over 10 years ago. His vision was to tear down a tired old hotel and built it back up to be once again, one of Sölden’s premier hotels.  The 86-room resort was designed with the look of a modern mountain home. It is appealing to the senses as warm woods comfort and make you feel at home and a full service staff is waiting to provide your every need. The resort was designed to allow active guests to explore Tyrol's ski slopes, cycle routes and hiking trails year round.
The hotel put to work local craftspeople to help with the construction of the terraced hotel with its cream and slate-grey exterior. Guests can take a lift directly from the main entrance to the main skiing and biking area -- talk about a hotel with exceptional service and thoughtful design! If guests don't come equipped with their sports equipment, they need not fret because there is an in-house sports shop at the main entrance as well.
Prepared for year-round weather, the hotel is equipped with one massive indoor pool and one outdoor pool. One of the hotel's features is that they promote and accommodate to those with active and healthy lifestyles. At the poolside Sky Bar you will find herbal teas and healthy raw snacks. 
Other food & drink options include, Buggls Stuba, serving traditional Austrian dishes in an authentic Alpine setting; wine & dine, a gourmet restaurant only open in winter; the Wine cellar, with a focus on Austrian winegrowers; and the Cigar lounge. All restaurants help cater to those with food intolerance.


The rooms all reflect modern Alpine decor. These well-edited spaces contain light stained woods that are contrasted by warm greys and jewel toned linens and upholstery. There are eight categories of suites which were designed after the principles of geomancy, or European Feng Shui.
The designers chose to use local materials like natural stone and larch wood when designing the rooms. They paired these materials with more contemporary items like, shimmering glass dividers and sparkly white washbowls to create spaces as fresh as the mountain air.


On the fifth floor, you will find the large indoor pool and the Sky  Spa.  The treatment areas are designed with fireplaces, encouraging guests to get lost in the crackle of the fire as they receive their massages and body wraps. Herbs from the hotel’s Alpine garden are used at the 1,700 sqm Sky Spa, high above the rooftops of Sölden, where treatments are based on promoting lasting wellbeing rather than voguish health fads. It only makes sense that a hotel that encourages guest to be so active, would have an Active Terrace. The Active Terrace has its own climbing tower, while the expansive Relaxation Terrace is designed for gentle yoga. Finally there’s the Refreshing Terrace, connected directly to the Finnish sauna, providing space for visitors to cool down and reawaken. The Bergland Hotel Sölden is a well-equipped resort with the perfect amenities to accommodate outdoor lovers.




Sources: Bergland Hotel Sölden & Design Hotels

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