About "Zum Grünen Baum"
"Historic guesthouse in a Medieval town. Venerable from the outside, cosy living design inside – the most successful new opening in the surroundings." - Geo Saison Magazine
At the Val Venosta's far end, just shy of the Swiss border, lies Glorenza (Glurns), a tiny city entirely enclosed by its medieval walls and snug in the embrace of some of Italy’s wildest, snowiest Alps. Gasthof Grüner Baum’s typically Tirolean façade dominates the cobbled central square and what awaits inside is unexpected. The inn’s some 500-year-old bones combine with an arresting, if ever graceful, contemporary refit. Light filters across floors, stark white walls are offset by pale, patinaed boiserie and a scattering of antiques. There are just ten rooms: all unique, all generous of scale and featuring a beguiling mix of elegant, often witty, modern furniture, vintage curios and unfussy, but rather luxurious, linen.
“Spring was dragging its heels the weekend I happened upon Glorenza and it was wet, with a chill sweeping down from the still snowy Ortler peaks. Perfect weather to thaw out in my room’s freestanding ‘egg’ bath, pore over a history of local frescoes in the library's calm and to linger over an earthy, big-flavoured dinner and an elegant white in the pretty, pared-back stuben.” - Lonely Planet, february 2014
Architect Dr. Andreas Flora:
"It's a wonderful task for an architect to be able to design historic places like this guesthouse. An old and unused building can be regarded as a text fragment waiting to be completed. In addition to the careful restructuring of old rooms, we studied the historic traces of the house and therefore newly interpreted former usage and rituals.
Architect Dr. Christian Kapeller:
"The draft works of this project were based on the continuation of the 500-year old construction and the history of the guesthouse. Very interesting and at the same time a big challenge was the connection of history and presence to the building, the linking of old walls with modern workmanship in order to preserve and renew the unique charm of the building."
Since the new opening in 2004, Design Hotel Grüner Baum has been mentioned in the media several times. Editorial recommendations can be found in:
Savoir Vivre (I/F Winter 2014/2015), Io Donna (I/22.03.2014), Time Magazin Online (USA/February 2014), Spiegel Online (D/February 2014), Lonely Planet (February 2014), Io Donna (I/21.07.2012), Traveller (I/April 2011), Der Feinschmecker (D/09.06.2010), Stern (D/11.03.2010), Schöner Wohnen (D/Oktober 2009), Alice (I/Februar 2009), Gambero Rosso (I/August 2008), Geo Saison (DE/September 2005, Mai 2007 und Extraausgabe 2008), Reizen (NL/April 2008), Io Donna (I/15.03.2008), Freizeit und Ferien SBB (CH, 28.08.2007), Bell´Italia (I, August 2007), Gente Viaggi (I/August 2007), Salz & Pfeffer (CH/Juni 2007), Dolomiten Magazin (I, 10.05.2007), Stern.de (D/Februar 2007), Fietssport Magazine (NL/Februar 2007), Abenteuer & Reisen (D/Oktober 2006), Baumeister (D, Oktober 2006), Frankfurter Neue Presse (D/2006), Wärme (CH/2005), Der Bund (CH/23.07.2005), Der Landbote (CH/23.06.2005).
The guesthouse has been mentioned in the list of the 550 best hotels of the world in the Focus magazine, Guesthouse Grüner Baum was mentioned as one of ten South Tyrolean hotels. - Focus, edition 38/2006