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Icaro, an art hotel in Dolomites

The Dolomites, Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, are the enchanting backdrop for the ICARO Hotel, a charming retreat at 1,900 meters above sea level on the Alpe di Siusi. First opened in 1936, the ICARO Hotel is now run by Angelika Sattler, the third generation of the family. As of July 2021, ICARO Hotel will welcome its guests in a completely renovated building designed by Modus Architects of Brixen.

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An architecture friendly to the environment

ICARO Hotel stands out in a landscape of sculptural peaks; all around the building, in fact, you can see the jagged peaks of the Cir on Sassolungo, the Catinaccio of Antermoia, and beyond, up to the Sciliar. Rooms, public spaces, and wellness areas are designed to enjoy the magnificent view as much as possible. The architecture of the building is inspired by the shape of the classic mountain hut, reinterpreted in a contemporary way. Respect for the surrounding nature is evident in the choice of larch boards for the exterior cladding, and spruce, oak, and elm for the interior; wood, therefore, plays a fundamental role in this architecture. The new luxury concept is also based on conscious use of energy. Since 2010, ICARO Hotel has been the first zero impact hotel in the Dolomites. Electricity comes from hydroelectric sources, gas heating, and environmentally friendly cleaning products, and CO2 emissions are offset through certified climate protection projects. The hotel has also been awarded the EU Ecolabel, for its sustainable and environmentally conscious management.

Art hotel, the hospitality experience

Art is also an essential feature of the new identity of Hotel ICARO on the Alpe di Siusi. The hosts have a great passion for contemporary creative languages; so, artworks can be found everywhere, even in the most unexpected corners, such as the garage walls or swimming pool.

There are several authors for the artworks, both in public areas and in the rooms. Hubert Kostner, Angelika’s husband, designed the “Spuren im Schnee” and “Posta Prioritaria” suites, while Roland Senoner created a site-specific project in the “Feathers” suite. A genuinely good art hotel also offers an “Art Wall,” which features a different artwork each year. Michael Sailstorfer’s “Tränentrockner,” a tribute to Marcel Duchamp, is the first work on the white wall at the entrance to the hotel.

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