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The early years

In 1816, Peter Staffler bought the “The Black Gryphon”, an inn first recorded in 1514. At the time, nobody in Bolzano could know what his family would make of it in centuries to come.
Hotel Greif in the 1950s
Hotel Greif in the 1950s
Stairway under a preservation order
Stairway under a preservation order
The Greif – a new urban complex on Waltherplatz
The Greif – a new urban complex on Waltherplatz
The historical entrance has been preserved
The historical entrance has been preserved
Peter Staffler was a farmer’s son from Ritten who only came to town because he had to. “There was nothing left to eat on the farm,” says Franz Staffler, who runs the Greif today. Nevertheless, Peter Staffler had a flair for business and an eye for the zeitgeist. He saw how travel was becoming more profitable, and how people were starting to discover the mountains. And when the old Greif went up for sale, he saw an opportunity.

1820: Eight rooms with mirrors

The old Greif consisted of just eight rooms (some with mirrors and curtains), plus a tavern. Luckily, the new owners had enough imagination and faith in the future to see them through. They were willing to take risks, and planned ahead by saving every penny, then investing wisely.

1880: The Greif goes modern

Extension work on the hotel began in 1881. In 1885, a modern steam laundry – first shown at the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna – was installed. The Greif already had an indoor swimming pool by then, and the Stafflers also operated a postal coach service to the nearby Dolomites, sensing that a hotel alone is not enough to make guests linger. The biggest sensation came in 1890, when the Greif started generating its own electricity. Seven years before the rest of town, the windows of the Greif shone brightly at night.

1900: The first address

By 1900, Hotel Greif was the best place to stay on Bolzano’s Waltherplatz, the salon of the town. Balls and weddings were celebrated here, and the townspeople sought the Stafflers’ advice on important matters. From 1900 on the Stafflers also ran Hotel Bristol, which was replaced in 1961 by a commercial/residential building. In 1910 they opened Hotel Laurin within easy reach of Bolzano’s main railway station. To this day, it remains a veritable Grand Hotel.

2000: One of the world’s best design hotels
Ninety years on, Franz Staffler proved that the family’s pioneering spirit is still as strong as ever. After a five-year makeover, the Greif re-opened in 2000 as a small, exclusive Art Hotel – and was hailed as one of the world’s best Design Hotels™


The magic of seven

The magic of seven

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How long till Friday?

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Bolzano in Spring

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Our hotel is in a pedestrian precinct in the centre of Bolzano. To find us, follow the instructions below.
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Hotel Greif
Bozen-BolzanoSouth Tyrol, Italy
Walther Square
+39 0471 318 000+39 0471 318 148
VAT IT00299540211
Opening hours
Monday – Friday 7am – 10.30am
Saturday – Sunday 7.30am – 11am

Grifoncino Cocktail Bar & Rooftop Lounge
5pm – midnight
Closed on Sundays

Open all hours. Check in from 3pm, check out by 12 noon

Restaurant Laurin
Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 2.30 pm; 7 pm – 10.30 pm
May to September + December: Sunday 7 pm – 10.30 pm
October to April: closed on Sundays
By car
From the north : Munich – Rosenheim – Kufstein (A 12 Inntal autobahn, tolls apply) – Innsbruck (A 13 Brenner autobahn, tolls apply) – Brenner (A 22 Brenner autobahn, tolls apply) – exit Bolzano Nord
From the south : A22 Brenner autobahn (tolls apply) Modena – Verona – Trento - exit Bolzano Süd.

GPS Long. 11.340000 Lat. 46.480000

It takes ten minutes to reach the hotel once you leave the motorway. Drive to the railway station and turn right into Bahnhofsallee at the traffic island. Enter this address in your satnav to avoid the pedestrian precinct (VBZ). Enter the public underground car park P3 Walther Platz at the end of the street. Take the lift from the first floor straight to the hotel. All-day (24 hour) parking costs EUR 20. There are no reserved places for the hotel.

From 03/07/22 to 30/09/22 the level -1 is closed due to construction works. Please drive to level -2 or -3 and take the elevator of Palais Campofranco or the stairs to arrive in Piazza Walther. Cross the square and you will find the Hotel Greif directly in front of you.

You’re welcome to stop outside the hotel entrance (Raingasse) to load or offload luggage. The hotel is in a pedestrian precinct, so we’ll need your vehicle registration number. We regret we cannot accept liability for parking tickets due to overstays or miscommunication.

A22 Brenner autobahn toll-free number (from Italy only) - 800 279 940
from D/A/NL - 00 800 220 220 22
Traffic news: South Tyrol traffic centre, Bolzano
Tel. + 39 0471 200 198
By rail
International connections to Hauptbahnhof Bolzano, 5 minutes’ walk from Hotel Greif.
via Munich – Innsbruck – Brenner – Bolzano
via Zurich – Innsbruck – Brenner – Bolzano
via Vienna – Innsbruck – Brenner – Bolzano
via Linz – Salzburg – Innsbruck – Brenner – Bolzano

Deutsche Bahn
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Schweizerische Bundesbahnen
Train and coach app "Trainline"
By air
Distances from airports:

Innsbruck (A) - 120 km
Munich (D) - 320 km
Verona/ V. Catullo - 150 km
Treviso - 280 km
Venice/M.Polo - 275 km
Bergamo/Orio al Serio - 255 km
Milan - 284 km

Airport shuttle bus:
Südtirol Bus offers fast, convenient connections between Bolzano and these airports: Munich, Verona, Bergamo and Milan Malpensa.

Skyalps offers direct flights to Bolzano from: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Bruxelles, Copenhagen, London
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