Having spent 20 + years traveling the Alps in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, we constantly are on the lookout for hotels that meet a 4 star standard for a reasonable price near hiking opportunities. The Bavaria and it's partner Hotel Palma, located in the hills above Merano, are shining examples of older properties brought back to days of grandeur. The staff is very accommodating, the charming dining room could not be nicer, the cuisine first rate. Enjoy breakfast on the covered patio with it's retractable awning, together with a buffet of meats, cheeses, fruit, many bread choices and always pleasant service. Each morning, enjoy selecting the evening meal from the daily menu provided.
The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the pool is a refreshing relaxation spot after a day spent hiking the surrounding mountains. The rooms typically are not overly large, however many come with their own balcony, and everything is spotlessly clean. This charming jewel is a can't miss; we have returned 5 times to spend a week there.
Merano itself is a bustling small city with a picturesque downtown, river walk, cobble stone streets, and up scale shopping. Don't miss walking on the Tappeiner Weg, a series of low level gravel paths some 200 to 300 feet above the city. Easily done, it is lined with many rest stops serving local wines.
In sum, this is a winner.
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