How Hotel Austria became Hotel Adria
A short history lesson
When most parts of South Tyrol were still a white spot on the map during the middle and the end of the 19th century, Merano was already en vogue. Empress Sissi was on cure in Merano. The small city at Passirio River was known and appreciated as a spa town thanks to its mild climate. The Who-is-Who of nobility used to spend their holidays in Merano.
The Languth Family took advantage of the cure hype and constructed Hotel Austria in Merano Maia Alta in 1885. In 1914 the hotel was reconstructed and embellished with Art Nouveau elements. During World War I the hotel served as a military hospital, and only in 1918 was it re-opened as a hotel. This time under new management and with a new name. The Lardschneider Family decided to call the new hotel Hotel Adria.
In 1914 have been planned and realised an elevator at the Hotel Adria, a sensation for that period; the first indoor pool in Merano followed in 1970. A candelabra in the second saloon comes from the possession of the last Doge of Venice. The hotel owners have always been able to remain a step ahead of the competitors and to preserve valuable things.
In 1982 the hotel was purchased by the Glatt-Amort family. Today, it is our aim to keep the history of this house alive and at the same time embrace the present. And by the way: we love our task!