First, let’s have a look at the geography of this region: Burgeis has a population of about 850 and lies 1,200 metres above sea level, on an open hillside in Vinschgau, the most westerly valley in South Tyrol. Strolling through the village, you will notice many traditional farms, there are meadows strewn with cows directly in the residential area and right in the middle, at the very core, you will find the Weisses Kreuz (White Cross) hotel.
Admittedly, from the exterior the place looks a bit like a run of the mill hotel, but the modern extensions and especially the historical residence are cause for praise. Particularly the historical “Ansitz Zum Löwen”, which lies opposite of the main house, is a perfect hidden gem, whose creativity, character and design aspects are second to none. To be specific, for example we were allocated in room 509 for the stay, an unbelievably cosy wood-themed parlour. The entire wooden facade, including the floor boards and ceilings, are all original from the time when mountain climbing as a sport was still taking baby steps. The original boards have been lovingly brought back to life by highly skilled restaurateurs. In the centre of the room there is a modern white bed, in addition there’s an amusing mini-bar and an enormous bathroom with modern tap fittings, which don’t contradict the historical style of the room in any way.
Things are a little more neat and tidy in the main building. The up to date rooms in the extension are all glass-fronted with a perfect view to the mountain vista. Below these is a new outdoor pool and there is a lovely, clean spa area with an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath and massage parlours. Even the lounge and the restaurant area are much cooler and as a result, you feel – as we already mentioned – as if you’re in a quaint village that you don’t want to leave, no matter what the weather.
The colourful mixture and positive atmosphere of the place, is due in a large part to the “Junior” boss Mara Theiner, whose gran used to run the place already, and which she is now guiding through the next phase together with her friend and chef Marc Bernhart. The most important thing: Mara always thinks positive, takes care of her guests personally and has – very “next generation“ – a few really good and progressive ideas. This of course carries over to the atmosphere amongst the employees and guests in this lovely place.
In 2022 the Hotel Weisses Kreuz Burgeis has opened a completely new wellness area . It is not an extension, but a reconstruction of the existing one. The beautiful garden was enlarged, the indoor pool transformed into a light-flooded winter garden with panoramic glazing. There is a new relaxation room with cuddly beds. And of course a completely new, modern 20-meter infinity pool.
Also new is a purist yoga and meditation room. And a bright, glassed-in fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio, strength and free-body training equipment.
NEW SPA SUITE
The new Spa Suite Vitea is quite spectacular as well. With 75 square meters, whirlpool tub, private sauna, south-facing loggia with panoramic views, giant bed, rain shower and many other wonderful details.
Since the gastronomy (at Weisses Kreuz Burgeis the boss himself is behind the stove) is a centerpiece of the house and has received several awards in the past three years. There will also be changes here from June 26. Chef Marc will create a full-course gourmet menu combining locally-sourced ingredients, Mediterranean flavours and Asian influences.
Hotel Weisses Kreuz is a great place to spend a long, stress-free week in the mountains and not to be wanting for anything. Attention: Children are only allowed from the age of 12, so this isn’t a typical paradise for families.
Pretty Hotels recommendation
Book one of the historical rooms in the original building, they are really spectacular.
Double rooms around 175 euros per person including breakfast and evening meal.
Booking & Contact
Hotel Weisses Kreuz
Tel. +39 0473 831307