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A hiking hotel in the Alpine forest of Italy blends seamlessly into the landscape

A new hotel that’s hoping to attract hikers to the Italian hills in South Tyrol has been built to seamlessly blend into the surrounding countryside. the Hotel Bühelwirt in South Tyrol, Italy has recently been reconstructed with a beautiful dark exterior and large windows offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forest.

Hotel Bühelwirt in South Tyrol, Italy. Image by: Pedevilla Architects/mediadrumworld.com

 Every one of the 20 rooms in the hotel features panoramic views and were designed with the purpose of keeping guests connected to the alpine landscape. The dark wooden exterior belies the bright spacious rooms inside, that start from a reasonable £50 ($69) per night.

Hotel Bühelwirt
The Hotel Bühelwirt in South Tyrol, Italy is popular with hikers. Pedevilla Architects/mediadrumworld.com

Pedevilla Architects designers of the hotel upgraded it from a traditional hiking hotel. “The hiking hotel is located on the “Bühel”, a small elevation right next to the village church, at 1200m above sea level,” explains a spokesperson for the company.

Hotel Bühelwirt gives stunning views of the surrounding countryside
Hotel Bühelwirt offers views of the surrounding mountains and forest. Image by: Pedevilla Architects / mediadrumworld.com

“The green shade of the blackened wooden facade is influenced by the dark-green, or often black forest tinge, which seem to blend nature and topography with the building, ” he outlines. “The larch wood from the surrounding forests provides a sense of comfort.” It comes as little surprise that the hotel design is a finalist in the AIT interior architectural design awards.

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Window sill seats offer the best views at Hotel Bühelwirt. Image by: Pedevilla Architects / mediadrumworld.com

Specially selected and locally sourced  materials generate a familiar and cosy atmosphere according to the designers, and with that in mind every room is simple in layout, each having a window seat to admire the view, and a handcrafted copper lamp from a local artist along with curtains in a natural material made in a nearby factory.

Hiking hotel in the Tyrol
The hotel was designed as an extension of the breathtaking alpine landscape. Image by: Pedevilla Architects / mediadrumworld.com

According to the owners, “the Bühelwirt is the ideal starting point for numerous hiking routes. The pristine nature offers the perfect conditions for regaining balance, restoring energy, and finding inspiration.

Room with a view in the Tyrol
A room with a view at the Hotel Bühelwirt in South Tyrol, Italy. Image by: Pedevilla Architects/mediadrumworld.com

“Our philosophy is to harmonise the inside with the outside. We want our hotel to be a place of refuge for our guests where they can enjoy the luxury of admiring the stunning view even from the bed, where day-to-day stress and worries seem to dissolve in a mist.”  There is plenty to do around the hotel including the Prettau Demonstration Mine, Taufers Castle, Reinach Waterfalls and a number of museums.

By mediadrumworld.com