Boutiquehotel SuiteSeven Meran/o: Retreat for design-lovers under the Merano arcades
Interview: Bernd Thurner
In a historic town house under the Merano arcades design-loving guests find a quiet retreat: the Boutiquehotel SuiteSeven Meran/o. In an interview, Klaus Siebenförcher fills us in on what makes the Boutique Hotel so special, why he felt it was important to combine Italian design and South Tyrolean craftsmanship and why Merano is ideal for a visit at any time of the year.
Your family has been operating the Boutiquehotel SuiteSeven Meran/o since 2018. Why did you decide to become a host? Where does the passion come from?
As a Merano merchant family the development of our city is very close to our heart. Since 1930 our family’s butchery has been a centre of attraction for gourmets from Merano and from abroad. Therefore we decided to offer quality-conscious gourmets a great place to stay right next to our butcher’s shop.
My wife Katrin has a lot of experience in the hospitality industry, so the decision was made very quickly that we would run the hotel business.
The elegant suites are located in a medieval town house. What is the special charm of your Boutique Hotel?
Our guests love the central location, directly under the arcades. It is probably the most beautiful shopping street in the Alpine region. Even if there is a hustle and bustle in the shopping street, our guests enjoy a unique and quiet retreat in our lounge, in the rooms and on our roof terrace with a whirlpool.
The suites are furnished with contemporary design. How did you find inspiration here?
We wanted to combine Italian design with South Tyrolean craftsmanship. This resulted in 12 unique suites. A bit retro, but not too much. Very clean, not overloaded, that’s very important to us.
Each suite is furnished differently. Why was that important to you?
Since we only have 12 suites, everything should be very personal and individual. Just like our guests.
What role does design play in your life?
I come from the field of advertising, so this topic has accompanied me all my life. I love to look at beautiful things.
What feedback do you get from the guests?
Our guests love the Italian design, the spacious rooms, the huge bathrooms and above all the breakfast. The extreme cleanliness in the hotel, but also in the whole city centre of Merano, is also emphasized again and again. On top of that, there is the very attentive team, which is always ready with advice and tips on restaurants and events. For us as a butcher family, healthy nutrition plays an important role in everyday life. Therefore, the start of the day is one of the most important meals. Our guests should have breakfast in serenity. Freshly squeezed fruit juices, scrambled eggs and other delicacies are prepared individually for each guest. Of course, our cheese, sausage and ham specialities are not to be missed.
What role does design play in the city of Merano?
When you stroll through the alleys of our beautiful little town, you immediately notice that design and culture play a major role in our daily perception.
Do you have any insider tips on shopping?
Our speciality butchery, of course. On over 300 m2 we offer, among other things, 100 sausage specialities and over 90 types of cheese from South Tyrol and Italy. There are great little shops right in the centre. On the other hand, there are also top addresses for lighting and furnishings in the immediate vicinity of Merano.
Why is spring an ideal time to travel to Merano?
Merano is very protected by its geographical position in spring and autumn. In Merano the vegetation starts to grow weeks earlier. This is very pleasant, especially for strolls on our beautiful promenades and paths along the river Waal. The spring sun is strong enough already to stay outside. In the valley the first flowers blossom and on the mountains there is still snow – a great contrast.
Where was your last vacation? Where do you find new inspirations?
We spent a few days in Rome, the cultural capital of Italy. We get inspiration from nature, which fascinates us again and again with its diversity and uniqueness.