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magdas HOTEL

Think commercially. Act responsibly.

magdas HOTEL is Austria's first social business hotel and part of the magdas social business group founded by Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna in 2012. The aim of the entire group is to resolve social issues in an entrepreneurial way where this seems both possible and expedient. In magdas HOTEL people from all over the world come together and people with refugee experience are trained in hotel and restaurant professions.


Obtaining work in Austria is still a difficult task for people with refugee experience. Initial difficulties with the German language, resentment on the part of many employers and the fact that only after receiving a positive asylum decision (which can often take months or even years) it is difficult to integrate. We are convinced that it is precisely those people who move from abroad that strengthen the hotel business because they bring in a number of skills, talents, languages and cultural backgrounds and thus enable a special positioning on the hotel market. The experience since our opening in February 2015 proves us right.

From old to new. Upcycling deluxe.

It may not be obvious at first glance, but a lot of our furniture tells stories. The armchairs in magdas LOKAL were designed by Franz Schuster in the 1960s. Our designer Daniel Büchel collected them over the years and many of our guests were already sitting on them in the first magdas HOTEL in the Prater. They were renovated by the Caritas workshop in Retz before moving to the new building.

Another jewel is hidden on the ground floor: the reception of the Stephanushaus (as the house was previously called). We renovated it and integrated it into the new bar. The dividing wall in the Yunus event room, as well as all the lamps and clothes racks, are finds from the house. In their first life, our restaurant and room tables were built-in cupboards in the rooms. Some of the headboards were also made from this old wood. The wooden elements at the bar come from a former confessional and our garden fence in Krummgasse was made from balcony railings that no longer comply with the regulations.

Our suites were designed by the designer Daniel Büchel with the house's original furniture from the 1960s. A lot reinterpreted, reupholstered but with an old spirit. Vintage deluxe!

10 facts about magdas HOTEL.

First social business hotel in Austria

Opening on February 14th, 2015

Moving to our new house at Ungargasse 38 in October 2022

Training focus for recognized refugees, 25 hotel professionals, 9 apprentices

Centrally and beautifully located in the 3rd district on Ungargasse

11 nations, more than 20 spoken languages

85 rooms, many with their own balcony, 2 barrier-free and 2 equipped for the visually and hearing impaired

"Revamped" furnishings: vintage, creatively upcycled, designed by artists

magdas LOKAL with bar, sidewalk café and quiet outdoor dining area

Events with social added value: That's what our seminar rooms are for.

as at December 5th 2022