The recently-opened, 48-room Bonvino Hotel in Badacsonytomaj on Lake Balaton seems to have taken the wine tourism trend to a new level, with an interior carefully designed to “tell winetales” to guests.
According to some PR materials sent our way last week of the sort that we would normally chuck but in this case thought worth passing on, the three elements of wine production – climate, soil and technology – are represented in the design.
The experience of “winetales” start at the reception, where oak raw material reflecting the barrels is used. One wing of the building represents the oxidative (traditional), while the other the reductive (modern) art of winemaking.
“Reductive” rooms feature oak bed headings, traditional Hungarian cellar-painting techniques on the walls and unique, folk art-inspired graphics on the textiles. “Oxidative” rooms look modern but remain true to the close-to-nature feeling by avoiding plastic materials.
The spa consciously uses dark, volcanic stone to provide intimacy, splendor and again a Badacsony atmosphere. Frescos tell the basics of the winemaking processes, and naked concrete ceilings remind of the industrial charm of wine bottling plants, while also helping the room “breathe.”
The project was designed by Budapest-based interior designer Geppetto Studio, whose and their motto while creating the hotel was “My home would look like this if only I was braver.”
Or maybe drunker! Still, maybe worth checking out.