Villa Arnica is a vintage-styled retreat set within picturesque gardens that brings together the nostalgia of the Slim Aarons era with the concept of “Dolce Vita”.
What is the story behind the Kuntino Suites, what was your inspiration to create it?
The house used to belong to several families. My father has bought small parts of the house over the years and as of 2015 the house is fully owned by us.
We had this idea to make something special, something a little bit different to preserve the building’s architectural heritage. The house is about 800 years old and was left empty for around 50 years.
We started our project in early 2016 and opened the Kuntino Suites for the first time in June 2019. The house was renovated with a lot of love and sweat. It was very important to us to preserve the charm of the past — almost all of the walls are in their original place and we retained all of the ceiling decorations. Sometimes it was difficult to do this but we’re happy now that we did. In some suites, there are old tiled stoves, stucco on the ceiling, old banisters and much more. We also picked up a lot of old furniture that was around the house and pieces found at antique fairs.
A year and a half after we opened Kuntino Suites, during Covid, we opened the bar downstairs. Our idea was to create a place where people could experience the city as the Meranese do.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of the Kuntino Suites?
During the restorations, we worked with an architect and an interior designer and I would describe the style as a bit Nordic. Because the walls are a bit curved, it was difficult to buy anything off-the-shelf, so all of the kitchens were custom-made by a friend of ours. Many of the furnishings and decorations we found at flea markets and we’ve opted for just a few high-quality things rather than a lot.
Many of our guests comment about how quiet the Kuntino Suites are, despite being in the middle of the city. Because the apartments are big, you feel as though you are at home, with your own kitchen and space to move around.
To you personally, what is so special about the Kuntino Suites?
The Kuntino Suites offer the amenities and services of a traditional hotel but allow you to experience life like the locals. So much history has been preserved in the building — a lot of different people have lived here in the past and I think that makes it special.