At the beginning of the 20th century my great-grandmother Klothilde the 1st opened a small guest house with 30 beds. At this time Zell am See was already a fashionable get away with people from high societies flocking from the cities to re cooperate by the lake and mountains….
Also the room prices from this time can be seen. A double room cost 1,40-2 krone per day. (1 krone = approx. 96 schillings = approx.. 7 euro) Traditional, established businesses such as the Romantic or Grand hotel were charging at this time a handsome 9 Krone. My great grandfather Fritz Gmainer was one of the first bus operators to bring both guests and locals up to the Grossglockner. At the beginning of the war the buses were drafted for state purposes.
My grand-mother Klothilde the 2nd followed in her footsteps and with a great deal of commitment took over the running of the hotel, steering the business through hard times such as the second world war.
At 95 years of age grandma still helps occasionally. For her being around the guests and giving a helping hand is her secret of eternal youth.
Girl power has not failed to leave its mark on my mother who contributed a great deal to preserve our family business.
And last but not least is me! I took over the reins as the fourth generation. When I travel I keep my eyes and ears open for new impulses to mix tradition with fresh ideas. A cocktail which our guests love!
Thank you to the wonderful personalities in my family,