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Discover Germany | Wine&Dine | Hotel San Gabriele

terbeds, kitchens, whirlpools or TVs are provided. The hotel’s restaurant Il Convento impresses with a big wine cellar stocking over 3,000 exquisite wines. Open fireplaces and candle light add to the cosy ambience and waiters are dressed authentic monk’s cowls. The exclusive menu features premium Mediterranean cuisine prepared with only the finest and freshest ingredients. “The background music alongside the interior design and the warm candle light offer a wonderful experience.You will feel as if you have been taken back 400 years,” Mario Mattera says. Why not try the Filetto di Manzo al Tartufo or the Luccio in Umido at a romantic table for two, which was modelled on a confessional box? From flower seller to hotel owner The story behind the hotel’s development is rather an interesting one. Italian Mario Mattera started off his career as a flower seller, dishwasher, pizza baker and waiter. Originally from the beautiful island of Ischia, Mario came ashore while on a world trip and decided spontaneously to stay in Germany.

special experience not to be missed is the medieval dinner, where guests are treated to experience the customs, language or special food of the Middle Ages, even meeting a damsel and a knight. Situated close to Munich but far from the city’s hustle, the hotel’s location allows a remarkable range of activities.“Visit Salzburg and explore Mozart’s traces or see Innsbruck, the Lake Chiemsee or the Chiemgau Alps, which is probably the most beautiful landscape in Germany,”Mario Mattera recommends. Exciting news include plans to add a wellness, spa, pool and sauna landscape to the place in the near future, so that visitors can enjoy a relaxing massage and more in the hotel’s premises. Be sure to experience passion in every stone in the Hotel San Gabriele. www.hotel-sangabriele.de

He became a restaurateur without a formal education in this field and started off with two restaurants by the age of 26, before realising his vision of an extraordinary hotel. “Many people come up to me and say that I’m a role model to show what many Italians, who seek to move to Germany, can achieve,” Mario Mattera says. The hotel is devoted to his father Gabriele. “He was a true romantic and poet and simply the best father in this world,”Mario Mattera explains.

Luckily, the romantic style of an old monastery doesn’t mean that visitors need to go without warm water or comfortable bedding. The luxury hotel comprises everything that today’s modern comforts have to offer. Chose between 38 rooms from three categories – each one individually designed and furnished in a medieval style. Comfortable canopy beds, wa-

Being a hotel for vacationers, mini-breaks or passing travellers, the facilities are well suited for business travellers too. A conference room for meetings, private congresses or seminars, impresses with its special ambience and open fire place. Modern conference devices, individual chair arrangements plus additional entertainment activities, such as a cooking course or a flight in an air balloon, can be arranged. Wedding, birthday or other special events for up to 60 persons can be booked too. A

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