Hotel Elephant

Top choice hotel in Bressanone (Brixen)

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9.2 out of 10

This 15th-century inn marks the entrance to old Bressanone, and as the name suggests, once gave shelter to an Indian elephant, a gift on its way to Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The quince-toned exterior hints at what’s inside: extremely comfortable rooms and serenely professional service, exquisite historic stufas (tiled stoves) in the dining room and museum-worthy paintings lining the stairs.

An honour roll/guestbook features a staggering assortment of European royalty, signing off with the Duchess of Aosta (these days, we’re told, the more discreet King of Belgium is rather fond of the place).

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Set in a 17,000 m² park, Hotel Elephant is a 500-year old hotel set in a restored historic building. The property features a pool and tennis courts. Providing a sense of refined ambience, rooms at Elephant are fitted with luxurious fabrics, soft carpets or wooden floors. They combine classic furnishings with modern flat-screen TVs, equipped with satellite channels. A varied breakfast buffet is served daily, while lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the 3 traditional Stuben dining rooms. The menu offers hearty specialities and gourmet dishes from South Tyrol, mixing Italian and Austrian influences. Elephant hotel consists of a main building and Villa Marzari, both set within the extensive grounds. Ideal for trekking in summer and skiing in winter, it is located in central Bressanone, featuring the Pharmacy Museum and a baroque Cathedral. A free Bressanone Card is given to all guests at check-in. This gives you free access to the town's museums and free public transport, along with a daily 2-hour swim in the public Acquarena pool and 2 daily rides on the cable car.

Features of Hotel Elephant


  • Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Skiing
  • Family rooms
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Hiking
  • Chapel/shrine
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Hammam
  • Ticket service
  • Wifi
  • Ski storage
  • Designated smoking area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Trouser press
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Open-air bath
  • Baby safety gates
  • Secured parking
  • Parking garage
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Lift
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Valet parking
  • Private parking


  • Free WiFi available