Robert and Ingrid Hofer, and their daughter in the garden of Pienzenau Ingrid Hofer and her daughter on the terrace of the Pienzenau

Your Hosts during your stay in our beautiful hotel in South Tyrol

45 years of Hospitality & Passion

The name Pienzenau comes from an old aristocratic Bavarian family. Hans von Pienzenau, the famous defender of Kufstein Castle was perhaps the best known of this line. In the middle ages, Merano was the regional capital of the Duchy of Tirol. Dotted about the town (in what is today the Obermais area) there were once a number of castles belonging to different noble families. Schloss Pienzenau, today one of the most beautiful hotel in South Tyrol, was one of these castles, and its existence is documented as early as 1394. There were also several vineyards within the castle grounds that were gradually sold off over the years.

In 1972, Ernst Hofer, who himself hailed from the Passeier Valley, and his wife Helene acquired one of these pieces of land in Obermais/Merano and built Hotel Pienzenau upon it - guided by the maxim "small, but perfectly made!". At that time, this cosy little hotel boasted just 15 rooms. But the indoor pool at the hotel was always a special feature - in its day it was an absolute innovation in Merano. Ernst Hofer had in fact originally trained as a butcher, but it was clear that hospitality was in his blood.

In 1975 his eldest son Robert and his wife Ingrid took on the lease of the Hotel Pienzenau. In the same year, the guest house was restructured to become hotel. At the start of 1977 they acquired a further piece of the land surrounding Schloss Pienzenau. And this was eventually to become B&B Hofer - finished in 1979.

Robert and Ingrid Hofer led the hotel and the B&B with great enthusiasm and built close relationships with their loyal guests. Ingrid Hofer comes from a family of hoteliers (already boasting 4 generations in the trade), with roots in Toblach in the Pusteria Valley. She completed vocational training at a number of schools including the Hospitality School in Villach, after which her path led her to work at Merano's Hotel Palace, which at the time was the only 5 star hotel in the area.

The history of Hotel Pienzenau**** is a tremendous success story - driven by the untiring effort of Mr and Mrs Hofer. Love of detail and a genuine personal touch have given rise to a number of particularly loyal guests, for whom Pienzenau still holds a special place in their hearts!
In 1979 Patrizia was born, and seven years later Sabrina. Both daughters grew up in the family business and - despite their youth - have always helped out. After gaining experience with the finest hoteliers in Barcelona, Milan and Bolzano, Patrizia, by now with her husband and son Leonardo in tow, lives in Qatar, where she works for the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain (Ritz-Carlton Doha *****). Sabrina on the other hand studied in Innsbruck and Vienna and has completed her Masters degree. Following that she worked for a communications and advertising company. Ten years later (right on her 30th birthday), she decided to return home and take on the old family business with a firm guiding hand.

At the turn of the millennium, Robert and Ingrid Hofer made their wildest dream a reality: out of the humble B&B Hofer, emerged the 4 Star Superior Rose Hotel Pienzenau am Schlosspark. The hotel has 30 rooms and offers a fairytale panoramic roof terrace. From the countless roses all around, your eye is drawn upwards and outwards towards the spa town of Merano and its surrounding mountainscape.

The rose motif is repeated throughout the hotel. From the food to the decoration, guests are accompanied by the most beautiful flower of all. Its characteristic warmth and the sense that this is the expression of a fine taste for the smallest detail make this place a very special place for relaxation. And above all Ingrid Hofer - the heart and soul of this residence - strikes the perfect balance between fresh ideas and tradition. The rose is a symbol of sensuousness and elegance and this genuinely reflects the spirit of the hostess. Even after 19 years, the house is presented in a style that is modern yet romantic.

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