Michaela Reitterer, owner of the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle in Vienna, pioneer, and visionary
Who says you can't change the world while asleep? Michaela Reitterer certainly doesn't.
Upon first meeting her, it's soon clear that the concept of "zero energy" only applies to the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle, not to owner Michaela Reitterer. Her smile is radiant, her energy is infectious, and her Viennese charm is relaxing. Luckily, her zest for life hasn't just benefited the hotel's guests, but also the entire company, which she purchased from her parents in 2002.
That was when the hotel "Zur Stadthalle" became the "Boutiquehotel Stadthalle". But the new name was just the beginning of the transformation. In the Stone Age of sustainability, as Michaela Reitterer likes to call those days, she was the first to screw a solar system onto the roof and think aloud about using rainwater for flushing toilets. At that time, she dreamed of an entirely organic business, but as you can see: dreams come true. Especially if you do it yourself.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
This quote from Gandhi accompanies Michaela Reitterer since that time. And fortunately, the world she wanted to see was one in which, as a hotel guest, you not only do something for your own psychological well-being and allow yourself to be pampered, but also make a contribution for a better world. Just by staying in a hotel, you can live according the principle of maximum sustainability.
In 2003, she bought the adjoining house and decided that, as long as she was going to build a new guesthouse, it should produce its own energy. As is so often the case, Michaela and her idea were unique in Vienna at the time. Thus, the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle became the city's first zero-energy balance hotel. However, her success proved her right, and thankfully, has also inspired others to follow her lead and to think and act ecologically.
Whoever wants to change the world, cannot do it alone.
That's why we have to look beyond borders and competition and work together. As the President of the Austrian Hotel Association, Michaela Reitterer is able to make a difference and to learn and benefit from all the innovations she learns about during her work. Whether it is the coffee brought to Europe by sailing ship or the upcycling trend in which rooms are furnished with new-old furniture and objects.
Michaela Reitterer and her Boutiquehotel Stadthalle in Vienna have not only won many hearts in recent years, but also a few awards.
This text was written by a good friend of the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle.
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