Rifugio Bella Vista

Senales, Bolzano / Bozen
Bed & Breakfast

Snug, woody rooms and a dorm for 18 at nearly 3000m – a terrace with magnificent wraparound mountain landscape views


20 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 18


With probably the highest sauna in Europe, this eco-smart, rustic refuge is memorable for all the right reasons. At nearly 3000m the views are breath-taking; you’ve 7.5km of ski piste to explore and the altitude makes meals taste extra good. Tyrolean specialities like knödel  (cheese and veg, or meat and veg dumplings), goulash and apple strudel are made on the spot.  Fresh ingredients come from the Grüner’s Goldene Rose Hotel garden down in Certosa, known too for its Carthusian monastery. Paul looks after the refuge and is happy to advise on everything. Behind red wooden shutters comfortable bedrooms have stacks of fairy-tale charm in wood everywhere: in walls, doors, creaky floors, beds, beams, tables, washbasins even; and in checked red and white duvet covers.  It would be great to come with a gang of friends and take over the 18-sleeper attic dorm. Bathrooms are shared; shower rooms have magnificent mountain landscape views with glaciers and lakes. So too, of course, does the popular terrace. If you can tear yourself away the extraordinary Archeopark open-air museum is fascinating. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Early-October to mid-November; early-May to end-June.
Half board included in the price. Restaurants 2km.


Nightly price
from €66
19 Doubles
From €152
1 Bunk room for 18
From €66


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Stefania & Paul Grüner

  • PITCH-PERFECT SKIING: Bella Vista Mountain Lodge is situated right along the slopes – literally ski in, ski out. Early birds can start the day off in bliss: with a run through virgin powder.
  • SAUNA: Bella Vista boasts Europe’s highest outdoor sauna, surrounded by the eternal ice of the Senales Glacier. After a sauna session with wood-burning brazier, gaze up at the starry sky from the hot tub.
  • ICEMAN: In 1991, two hikers came upon a body along a ridge bordering our Senales Valley. It turned out to be Europe’s oldest natural mummy – Ötzi, now an international sensation. Experienced hikers can visit the site where the Iceman was discovered.
  • TRANSHUMANCE: Twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, shepherds drive their flocks right past Bella Vista Mountain Lodge. This ritual, designated as UNESCO World Heritage, is the only cross-border, trans-glacial drive in existence.
  • ARCHEOLOGICAL TRAIL (A1): Walk in the footsteps of the hunters and herders who have been traveling this path for thousands of years. These special trails are marked with a stylized axe; copper informational signs point the way to pre-Christian sites.
  • ARCHEOPARK: Children and adults alike will love visiting Ötzi’s Copper Age world: bake bread, shoot arrows, ignite a fire or make jewellery just like he would have done. It’s along the road to the refuge – a perfect place to stop off for a few hours.