Different by design
When you’d rather not stay at a Hilton, Marriott or Plaza
Comings and goings
A successful team: Staffler and Podrecca
Together, the owner and the architect decided to keep all the art-nouveau cherry wood or matte-finish painted furniture that was still serviceable, together with the high-maintenance old double windows and costly wooden blinds. The window and door handles were too beautiful to be replaced; the old marble floors were re-laid to look like rugs. Meanwhile, Boris Podrecca made design sketches for new chairs, beds and sofas, as well as for the carpets in the bar and salons. The pear tree wooden panelling was made in the hotel’s own cabinetmaking workshop, using his drawings as prototypes. “We often made five prototypes,” recalls Franz Staffler. ”Just because an architect draws a chair, doesn’t mean you can sit on it.“ At the Laurin, luxury shows in the little details. To the owner, that seems only natural. ”I want people to feel comfortable here. People who prefer not to stay at a Hilton, Marriott or Plaza.“
A new soul for the Laurin
He certainly succeeded. Franz Staffler selected fabrics, tested mattresses, discussed the artworks for the rooms, restaurant and park, scrutinised the historical furniture and decided what to keep and what to replace. “I never delegate anything that affects the character of the hotel.“
Franz Staffler knows every corner and every door handle in the Laurin. He is more critical than any guest, yet has only ever stayed here once himself (when he forgot his house keys). His first memory of the Laurin is as a child. ”We played football in the park and disturbed the guests.“ Today he installs sculptures of his favourite animals there instead: elephants.
Politics in the salon
War in the hotel
Laurin guests refuel at the pump
An electrifying experience
The youthful flair of the Brothers Ludwig
The Brothers Ludwig were originally from Brünn. Alois Ludwig studied under Otto Wagner and went on to work for his company; his younger brother Gustav worked in the USA for a while. After their success with the Laurin, they opened an office in Merano in 1911.
The Laurin's restaurant is well known for its creative fusion of typical mountain and Mediterranean dishes and for its art of pampering ...
Come and see the sights, stroll round the shops – or simply relax in the beautiful grounds of our hotel park!
One week vacation at the Laurin and plenty of time to discover Bolzano and its surroundings.