If I had to describe the seminar hotel & organic restaurant Retter with one word, it would be : Phenomenal. Having already travelled quite a bit around Styria, I can say I know most of the province’s outstanding hotels, wine & foodie destinations in South, East and Western Styria. But hardly ever have I experienced such a large hotel, with well over 100 rooms, managed quite so personally. This carries forward in the fellow guests we meet, some of whom gladly take over the role of a host, if need be, quickly integrating new arrivals & first-timers such as us. Many are the regulars around here, and strong is the sense of family, despite the size of the place. A big part of this is rooted in the welcoming spirit of the family itself. A spirit that runs through the hotel and its team, spearheaded by Mrs Ulli Retter, who personally hugs and helps everyone along crossing her way. She is the head of the family, a truly amazing and inspiring woman, and I love her in an instant.
We are talking a Slow Food Festival with well over 700 attendees. Dozens of working teams, countless organic producers, a never-ending smorgasbord of food & wines from Austria. And yet, the atmosphere is calm, friendly, personal at all times. Amazing.
Retter Hotel has all these food & environmental awards, it’s remarkable: Green Globe International. Grüne Haube. Das Österreichische Umweltzeichen. Bio Austria. Slow Food Styria.
Being here, I am once again reminded of the fact that rewards are but the “tip of an iceberg” of lots and lots of work, heart & effort carried out by the entire team around this family-run hotel in Styria. How else would you describe an atmosphere where 700 people gather for a food festival showing no signs of stress or chaos anywhere along the way?
“The only foodie event I’ve ever been to that compares in size and style is the “Long Table Tasting Event in Graz“, where we were hosted back in 2013 together with nearly 700 other guests. That event, however, was organised by an entire city; you are one single hotel business!” Kudos to you, dear Ulli Retter then. And yes, it’s knowing you’ve arrived at a special place of welcome & team spirit when you may enjoy moments like these. Check this out.
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Disclaimer: We have been invited by Hotel Retter on this trip to Styria, supported by the Austrian Eco Label. All opinions are my own.