A KEY TO THE COMMUNITY
“We use as many local products as possible. The restaurants get organic butter and cheeses from neighboring farms, honey from Kitzbüheler Horn (the mountain just in front of the hotel), and wines from Austrian vineyards.”
By tirelessly cultivating the Tyrolean experience, Hotel Kitzhof not only succeeds in representing a timeless way of life, but it has also become firmly integrated into the community of Kitzbühel itself. Indeed, the hotel is both a gateway into the neighborhood and a focal point within it.
“We are very active in the community,” says Uschi Schelle-Müller as way of explaining this phenomenon. “The hotel managers have roundtables to strengthen our ties to our neighbors, and we work closely with local businesses, like the ski school and golf club as well as the craftsmen and farmers,” Schelle-Müller says. This dedication to hyperlocality, of course, extends to the kitchen. “We use as many local products as possible. The restaurants get organic butter and cheeses from neighboring farms, honey from Kitzbüheler Horn (the mountain just in front of the hotel), and wines from Austrian vineyards.”
While the hotel has forged strong business ties to the community, homegrown friendship has also taken root. Hotel Kitzhof is not just for out-of-towners and national ski teams. It's also popular with local residents, who stop by for dinner and drinks, and enjoy the cozy setting as much as guests. The hotel has even become a hotspot for Kitzbühel weddings. “It's a great compliment to be embraced by the community!” Schelle-Müller enthuses. “I love seeing our friends and guests under the same roof.”
The communal spirit especially thrives every December at Hotel Kitzhof’s “Winter Opening.” As the snowy season begins, guests and Kitzbühelers team up to spread a little Christmas kindness. The centerpiece is the “Wish Tree,” a Christmas tree in the hotel that has been ornamented with the wishes of children at a Salzburg orphanage. Everyone then heads off to Kitzbühel’s sparkling shops to get gifts that will fulfill these wishes, which Schelle-Müller then drops off on Christmas Eve. “It’s always a joy,” she says.