The history of Palace Merano, a prestigious health and wellness centre
Over five hundred years of charm in a luxurious, historic setting
At the beginning of the 20th century the entrepreneur Peter Delugan acquired the land on which the then Maur Castle was built, dating back to 1676. The land, along with the enormous adjoining parkland, boasted a plant nursery, a vegetable garden, a vineyard and a splendid botanical garden and up to then it was a place for pleasure trips which were becoming increasingly popular among the nineteenth-century European aristocracy.
A decision was taken to build a luxury hotel that could appeal to their refined taste and after only 18 months, in 1906, the Palace Hotel opened its doors. The style and architecture of the Palace, inspired by the luxury hotels of the Côte d'Azur, boasted neo-classical architecture and ensured that the dignitaries of that age flocked to enjoy the mediterranean climate, the pure, dry air in Merano and last but not least, the impeccable services offered.
The lobby was enriched with marble and crystal, while the rooms and suites still offer furnishings that are a perfect blend of the antique and modern, with precious fabrics and contemporary detail. During World War II, the luxury hotel was transformed into a garrison by german forces, with the Palace risking ruin had it not been for businessmen and property owners in the town of Merano.
Unable to bear the thought of seeing the jewel in Merano's crown falling into the hands of property speculators, they set up a company with eight shareholders, to finance the renovation project and re-launch the hotel. Later, in response to the growing demand from discerning tourists and visitors interested in the treatments, significant modernization work began in 1972: the panorama storey was raised, the kitchens extended, a spa centre created in the basement area, an outdoor swimming pool built and new rooms and suites added.
Since late 2005, the property has been owned by Pietro Tosolini, a surveyor and very important person at the Palace Merano, and as the sole owner has made considerable investments to renovate the rooms and suites, the common areas, such as the swimming pool and the fitness area, as well as the renowned indoor Spa.
Over the last few years many modernisation works have taken place, which have contributed to Palace Hotel Merano becoming an internationally recognised state-of-the-art facility. The new Revital Floor has been completely renovated, to create a dedicated space of approximately 1500 m² with 32 cabins, giving guests access to our experienced medical team. Enhancing quality of life and promoting longevity to regain psycho-physical well-being are the main objectives of the Revital department at Palace Hotel Merano.
Our two brand-new suites, situated in the Castle Rooftop, were fully renovated in 2020. Contemporary furniture has been installed and a modern elevator has been added that connects the suites directly to the SPA, allowing our guests to easily reach the cabins in privacy. All these refurbishments, as well as new methods to achieve optimal longevity and research at our Lyopharm laboratory in Bolzano, have led to the creation of a facility of excellence to detoxify, regenerate and take care of your natural well-being. This result was confirmed in 2019 by the Swiss magazine, “Bilanz” which named Palace Hotel Merano as “World’s Best Health Retreat”.