Tourist TrailblazersThe hotel founder Josef Kostner was an adventurer and a mountain guide: He laid the foundation for the development of tourism in Alta Badia, and his descendants are still actively involved today.
Soon after returning from an adventurous expedition through the Caucasus and Turkestan in 1912, Josef Kostner purchased the "Gasthof zur Kapelle" guesthouse, an old 15th Century farmhouse, in Colfosco. As, among other occupations, a mountain guide, the art and nature lover was a pioneer of tourism in Alta Badia. His son Cesco achieved great success as the first member of the national Alpine skiing team to come from the Alta Badia valley, and together with his friend Mutschlechner, he founded in 1934 the first ski school in Colfosco. Josef's other son Thomas, on the other hand, took over the running of the guesthouse and later passed on this venerable family tradition to his daughter Renata in 1962.