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At our hotel in Gardena, we live with local traditions and the informal South Tyrolean hospitality.

Our guests will be delighted at our well-kept, expansive rooms, the newly decorated community rooms and the wonderful panorama terrace surrounded by fragrant meadows and forests with the Dolomites as a unique mountain backdrop.

Peacefulness, happiness and unspoiled nature make our hotel in Gardena a special holiday destination in the Dolomites, which are part of the UNESCO Nature World Heritage Site!

The history of the Panorama Hotel Pinei

How did the history of the Panorama Hotel Pinei begin?
When God created the world, he also made paradise. For this, he picked one of the most beautiful pieces of heaven, and stuffed it into his huge pack and went on his way.

But there was so much beauty in heaven with which he wanted to please mankind, that he packed too much in his big bag… and then the unavoidable happened – the bag tore and a piece of paradise fell out without him knowing ... and this little piece of heaven turned into the one of the most beautiful spots far and near, the Passo Pinei.

Mr. Oberrauch concurred, and bought about 2,000 m² of property on the Passo Pinei in 1958. Even in his time, the place was known as "the most beautiful far and near".
The name of the Panorama hotel is based on its natural surroundings. The name Passo Pinei (German "Panider") stems from the word "pinus" (Latin), and "pinch" (Ladin). These are the fir trees which grow abundantly in the forests around the hotel. Because the Panorama hotel is situated on a small saddle (Sattel) between Castelrotto at 1,090 m and from Ortisei at 1,200 m altitude, the name “Panider Sattel" originated through its geographic and natural surroundings.

The geographic saddle also serves as a linguistic border between the German and Ladin (Rhaeto-Romanic) languages. Ladin, probably due the seclusion of the towns in which it is spoken, has survived through today in the four valleys around the Sella Ronda. It is by far a dying language, the population of the communities still use it and it is also promoted and subsidised by the local government.

And where does the story go from here? How did everything begin?


Mr. Oberrauch built a small place here on the Passo Pinei, in which he and his family lived and worked for a longer time period. His wife was famous for her delicious wild mushroom dishes, which she festively served to passing hikers or travellers. She was almost always on the go for supplies with her backpack, since there was no road to the home. She had to carry everything along a gravel path which leads from Ortisei to Castelrotto.

But these trips to the heights didn't last too long, the house was auctioned off to the newly married couple Barbara und Raimund (wedding September 16th, 1967) in 1967. Without a cent of their own, but with a lot of effort and positive work attitude, they both committed themselves to a project and handicraft which they didn't even learn.  Barbara was an elementary school teacher and taught not only the multiplication table, but everything important in life.  Raimund was an animal figure wood carver, who carved large-scale statues alongside Christmas manger figurines.  So slowly new skills needed to be acquired while working on those they had to make a living. In 1968 the first rooms were finished and the Mahlknecht Family, now with the addition of their first child Helga, moved into the only half-finished house.

The true story of the Panorama Hotel Pinei only got really started in 1969, when Raimund, without a professional builder and with only a draft of a construction plan, carried out the first reconstruction with the help of a hired helper. The drawing plan of the previous owner showed seven rooms with a communal bath and water closet on each floor. Raimund chose to build six rooms each with its own bathroom, shower and toilet.

At this time, this type of investment was greeted with laughter, since this kind of comfort was reserved for luxury hotels. In the attic, four rooms with a communal bath and two toilets remained for a while. The first guests arrived after Christmas in 1969. The official operation of the Gasthof Panider Sattel began in 1970. The guests back then had a relatively difficult journey, since the road was only asphalted in 1970 because of the Winter Olympic Games in Ortisei. Thus the trip was made easier from Ortisei to Castelrotto.

During the first years Barbara continued her work as a teacher while Raimund tried, between cooking and woodcarving, to raise the family, which had now grown to four children –  Stephan (1969), Erna (1972), Ulrike (1974) and Agnes (1978). Since it was clear that this was too much of a burden, Barbara went into early retirement when Agnes was born.

The house was always in need of small improvements, which the guests who returned annually complimented. Finally however, the Panorama hotel needed more than minor improvements. It was decided in 1986 that a major reconstruction was required. A cellar was built underneath the Panorama hotel, and a remodelling of the ground floor took place (bar, dining area, kitchen). The rebuilding was completed within a record time of 3.5 months, and the Panorama hotel was reopened in August. At this time the owners began to commit to the coexistence with nature around them and to the emotional well-being of their guests.  

Despite the new cellar and new ground floor in 1986, the rooms were now due for an update, for after all, they were almost 25 years old. This happened in Spring 1995. Again, this was completed in record time of only four months, so that the Panorama hotel could reopen for guests at the end of July. The absolute highlight of the successful remodelling project was the huge party to which we could invite many guests.

One could sense that the many guests honoured the life's work of the host family through their attendance. Not only the locals could demonstrate their loyalty and acknowledgement to the Mahlknecht family, but also the many returning guests who have chosen to place the Panorama hotel Pinei close to their hearts.

 

 

Let yourself be charmed by the peaceful idyll between Val Gardena and the Alpe di Siusi! Enjoy the purely natural experience with a dreamlike panoramic vista from our Hotel Pinei.

 

WINTER

Double room Pinei | 2 persons | approx. 20 m2

 

App. 20 m² (2 people) Room with shower, WC, bidet, make-up mirror, hair dryer, writing desk, fridge, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, balcony

 1 - 4 daysfrom 5 daysWeekly price

03.12 - 26.12

78,00 € 71,00 €  

26.12 - 06.01

136,00 € 120,00 €  

06.01 - 23.01

78,00 € 71,00 € 480,00 €
23.01 - 06.02 89,00 € 79,00 € 540,00 €
06.02 - 14.02 102,00 € 92,00 €  
14.02 - 13.03 92,00 € 82,00 € 560,00 €
13.03 - 03.04 89,00 € 79,00 €

 

Double room Panorama | 2-3 persons | approx. 25 m2

 

App. 25 m² (2-3 people) Comfortable room fitted in part with natural wooden flooring, shower or bath, WC, bidet, make-up mirror, hair dryer, writing desk, corner seating, fridge, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, south-facing balcony or terrace with a view of the Dolomites.

 1 - 4 daysfrom 5 daysWeekly price

03.12 - 26.12

95,00 € 88,00 €  

26.12 - 06.01

152,00 € 134,00 €  

06.01 - 23.01

96,00 € 87,00 € 590,00 €
23.01 - 06.02 106,00 € 90,00 € 620,00 €
06.02 - 14.02 121,00 € 109,00 €  
14.02 - 13.03 109,00 € 93,00 € 640,00 €
13.03 - 03.04 106,00 € 90,00 €  


 

SUMMER

Double room Pinei | 2 persons | approx. 20 m2

 

App. 20 m² (2 people) room with shower, WC, bidet, make-up mirror, hairdryer, desk, fridge, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, balcony

 1 - 4 daysfrom 5 daysWeekly rate

14.10.-07.11

71,00 Euro 61,00 Euro  

06.05.-29.05

73,00 Euro 68,00 Euro 448,00 Euro

29.05.-26.06

80,00 Euro 74,00 Euro 490,00 Euro
26.06.-09.07 83,00 Euro 77,00 Euro 511,00 Euro
09.07.-06.08 87,00 Euro 80,00 Euro 539,00 Euro
06.08.-21.08 111,00 Euro 103,00 Euro 686,00 Euro
21.08.-04.09 87,00 Euro 80,00 Euro 539,00 Euro
04.09.-12.10 80,00 Euro 74,00 Euro 490,00 Euro
12.10.-06.11 73,00 Euro 68,00 Euro 448,00 Euro


Double room Panorama
 | 2-3 persons | approx. 25 m2

 

 

App. 25 m² (2-3 people) room with either shower or bath, WC, bidet, make-up mirror, hairdryer, desk, sofa, fridge, safe, telephone, flat-screen TV, balcony with view of the Dolomites

 1 - 4 daysfrom 5 daysWeekly rate

14.10.-07.11

88,00 Euro 78,00 Euro  

06.05.-29.05

91,00 Euro 84,00 Euro 560,00 Euro

29.05.-26.06

98,00 Euro 91,00 Euro 602,00 Euro
26.06.-09.07 101,00 Euro 93,00 Euro 623,00 Euro
09.07.-06.08 105,00 Euro 97,00 Euro 644,00 Euro
06.08.-21.08 131,00 Euro 121,00 Euro 805,00 Euro
21.08.-04.09 105,00 Euro 97,00 Euro 644,00 Euro
04.09.-12.10 98,00 Euro 91,00 Euro 602,00 Euro
12.10.-06.11 91,00 Euro 84,00 Euro 560,00 Euro

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San Michele, 37/1 I-39040 Ortisei South Tyrol

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