— You seem emotionally connected to Bad Gastein. To you personally, what is so special about the village?
— Das Regina Hotel Bad Gastein
— You moved from the big city to Bad Gastein. Was it always your motivation to open a boutique hotel?
So we had to go a different way. It was always my dream to open up my own boutique hotel. So when Das Regina crossed my way by chance, I decided to take it.”
— Breakfast at Das Regina
— Please tell us a little bit about Das Regina. What is the hotel’s particular charm?
— How would you describe the concept or philosophy of Das Regina Hotel?
Sometimes we also have DJs lined up or we host parties. And we have a small cinema with 16 seats where guests can watch their favorite movies. Our staff is relatively young and there is no formal separation between them and our guests. We want to create a homely and relaxed atmosphere in the house.
On the southern side of Das Regina Hotel, we have a space of about 500m² where we are planning to build a Mountain Beach with sand from the glaciers. We are building a spacious terrace with beach chairs giving guests the chance to relax, listen to the sound of the waterfall and enjoy a little beach feeling.”
— You brought something new and modern to traditional Bad Gastein. Was that a big struggle?
We even managed to open up a bar in 2161 metres height in the ski area Sportgastein. I had to struggle for 10 years until the mountain railway finally decided to give it a shot. The bar is open in summer and in winter whenever the weather allows. It has a big terrace with panoramic views. People talk a lot about it and now the locals love it as well – it is a sensational place!”
— What was it that motivated you to keep fighting for 10 years for a project like this?
The combination of urban ambience in the middle of nature has always fascinated me. Obviously none of the houses really fit in here. Their architecture is more North Italian or they could just as well be in Vienna. And this is what inspired me to keep pushing. You know, even while I took time out I never stopped believing in the idea. And as you can see now, it is going the right direction.”