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We care about our suppliers #7

What would Austria be without its pastries and cakes? Well – at least only half as delicious. Our sustainably produced organic cereal products come from the corn mill Schälmühle Nestelberger, Perg, OÖ The Nestelberger mill processes and distributes products from organic farmers in Austria. Nestelberger’s history already starts in 1931. Since that time the famous flour mill with adjacent flour shop are a family business. After a fire in 1980 the mill was rebuilt and restructured. Nowadays, the mill processes all kinds of grain types. The majority comes from 150 Austrian farmers, as sustainability is the company’s main issue. In the adjacent shop, you can choose between 4000 different organic products from all over the world. The product range is continuously adjusted and expanded according to customer requests. The quality maintains consistent as only certified products are sold in the shop. The products have been a great success in the past which is why Nestelberger now has 38 employees and supplies shops in Austria and Europe – and us, of course. Finally, one last point: the Nestelbergers, more precisely Stefan sen., is the inventor of the nowadays famous “European Rice”, the spelt rice. Stefan sen. had the genious idea to use spelt [...]

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The new year starts good: We have won the Holidaycheck Gold Award

The new year is only two weeks old and it starts promising. For the fifth year in a row we have won the Holidaycheck Award. That makes us proud and we are very happy about it. Our guests are close to our hearts and each day we strive to make our guest’s stay in our beautiful hotel a memorable experience. How hotels get awarded by Holidaycheck The Holidaycheck Award is given to hotels which received very good evaluations from guests. Each year, the best hotels in different regions are being awarded. The winners are those hotels who received the best evaluations over the past year. In each region, up to ten hotels get awarded. The hotels have to meet the minimum criteria to be able to win. Those criteria are a recommendation rate of at least 90%, an overall evaluation of 5,0 (out of 6) and at least 50 new evaluations from real guest in the past year. Furthermore, the hotels mustn’t violate the “Holidaycheck Code of Conduct”. This code forbids the hotel to push guests to evaluate the hotel in a certain way but allows to ask politely for an evaluation. The Holidaycheck Gold Award To receive the Holidaycheck [...]

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Enjoy spring in Vienna – May 2017 has a lot to offer!

Snow is falling....it does look pretty but it also makes us think about warmer days in spring. We all are looking forward to having breakfast outside on the terrace, a bike ride through the city or a stroll through the park where we’re kissed by the sun. How good this would be! Vienna in spring is lovely, the „Prater“ (area in Vienna known for its parks and sports facilities) is flourishing, the parks fill with sun lovers and the cafés open their „Schanigärten“ (Austrian for terraces). And in our beautiful hotel the lavender starts to blossom on our lavender rooftop garden – not only a visual but also a sweet-smelling highlight. Events in Vienna in spring Apart from the visual pleasure Vienna offers in springtime, there are also some great events coming up that definitely make the metropole worth visiting. The “Stadthalle”, an event venue only a few steps away from our hotel, stages a lot of exciting events. Upcoming events include concerts of the worldwide famous bands Kiss (21st May) and Deep Purple (17th May) as well as the musician Shawn Mendes (4th May). Furthermore, performances by well-known German comedians like Dieter Nuhr (14th May) and Otto (9th and [...]

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Vienna is one of the most sustainable cities worldwide

A sustainable lifestyle is important to us. Arcardis, a Dutch planning and consulting office, together with the London Centre for Economics and Business Research have conducted the so-called “Sustainable Cities Index 2016”. The Index rates cities in three categories regarding their sustainability. Our beautiful Vienna ranked 4th, a great placing right behind Zurich, Singapore and Stockholm. The Sustainable Cities Index 2016 evaluated 100 cities worldwide. The Top 10 cities are mostly European cities as well as Singapore and Seoul. American cities are ranked in the mid-range, the taillights are Asian and African cities with four Indian cities in the last 10 places. According to the director of the study, those cities have little chances to rank higher due to the consequences that follow climate change, rapid urbanisation and lack of capital. The Index is conducted in three categories: “People”, “Planet” and “Profit”. The category People inspects health, education, income equality, work-life balance, crime and housing and living costs – these indicators can be broadly thought of as capturing “quality of life”. The second category Planet inspects the “green factors” of a city, such as the use of renewable energy, energy consumption, green space within the city, greenhouse gas emissions, drinking [...]

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We care about our suppliers #6

Today we like to introduce one of our fabulous cheese suppliers: The BioHofkäserei Deutschmann, Frauental, Schilcherland, Stmk The organic farm situated in Frauental, about 25km south-west of Graz, combines long tradition with modern technology. Since 1993, the Höfkäserei Deutschmann produces raw milk cheese specialties under organic guidelines. The organic farm situated in Frauental, about 25km south-west of Graz, combines long tradition with modern technology. Since 1993, the Höfkäserei Deutschmann produces raw milk cheese specialties under organic guidelines. Since 1989, the Deutschmanns commited themselves to organic farming. Franz is responsible for the production, his wife Gertrud, a certified cheese sommelière, is responsible for the sales, the customer service, the tastings and presentations – a perfect match! The cheese factory invites everyone who is interested in the production process to a guided tour through the factory. The tours are available for school classes, as well as for private groups. Of course, a tasting of the cheese specialties is included. In the tour you’ll be able to convince yourself of the work and quality of the products and you’ll be able to get an insight of the organic farm, the processing of the milk into cheese and their maturation. More information here. We [...]

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