Our hotel in San Cassiano/St. Kassian in Alta Badia looks back on a long tradition. We, the Manco-Ploner family, love our profession; we are hoteliers and hosts through and through and wouldn’t want to do anything else. Let us tell you a little bit about how our hotel in San Cassiano/St. Kassian in Alta Badia has become what it is today: an inviting holiday retreat for active guests and connoisseurs.
Our hotel in San Cassiano/St. Kassian in Alta Badia was opened in 1936 by Mariangelo Ploner and Francesca Pitscheider; then it was called Conturines Posta. Being among the hotelier pioneers in Alta Badia, the couple invested all their savings into constructing the hotel. Mariangelo Ploner was running a little ski lift in the immediate vicinity of the hotel; at the time, he had even asked an acclaimed engineer from Milan to design the first chairlift to Piz Sorega. However, after the tragic deadly accident of his oldest son on a T-bar lift in 1961, he abandoned this dream and concentrated henceforth on the hotel business only. Tourism in Alta Badia grew fast, also due to the foundation of the ski association Dolomiti Superski in the 1980s. Our hotel was renewed over the years, especially in the late 1990s, when daughter Paola and nephew Augusto took over the management of the hotel. In 2009, the Dolomites were nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which increasingly added to the international fame of the holiday region additionally.
After the war, the local post was stationed at our hotel, as it was the case with many of the hotels in villages then – hence the name affix “Posta”. The symbol on our coat of arms had always been a bear, the ursus ladinicus, representing the Conturines mountain. On that very mountain, a fossil hunter from Corvara discovered a great deal of bone remains in the end of the 1980s, which are said to stem from the long extinct cave bear ursus spelaeus, which was living in the Fanes highlands about 40,000 years ago.
Also the logo of Hotel Posta received a little facelift. We consciously chose to cut the terms “Posta” and “bear”. In line with our hotel philosophy we wanted to get rid of everything unnecessary and focus on the basics, to communicate authenticity.