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Why over 25 Refugees call this Hotel Home.
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

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It takes a lot to be savvy. It also takes a lot to be compassionate. It takes a whole lot to be both. But Magdas Hotel does it with modern flair and welcoming comfort.

The unconventional mission statement of Magdas, the social business subsidiary of Caritas Austria, is to tackle social and economic problems with a sense of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. Profit margins are only worthwhile if they can go directly to giving back and helping marginalized people move forward. When Magdas promises it’s “a hotel like no other,” that doesn’t mean they have a fancier hot tub or some gimmick setup.

It means the hotel exists for a damn good reason: social business. Most of the staff are refugees who live on-site. For the 25 young refugees who fled to Austria without their parents, this is home, at least for now. They escaped war and hunger and the unimaginable beyond. They’ve lived in the hotel’s two residential units supported by Caritas since November 2014, and they’re able to earn a living doing so. Roughly all but five of them have been granted asylum by EU member Austria after escaping war and/or persecution in their countries. They now work at the hotel as receptionists, cooks and technicians. 

It’s rare to find a hotel this slick that’s also this warm and inviting. The owners cultivate a tremendous atmosphere of inclusion and respect, with a ground floor open to anyone, whether they be guest, customer, or refugee.

The best way to support what they do is to spend a few nights in Magdas

HOW CAN I GET THERE? The hotel’s easily reachable by car. Otherwise, the hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the station Praterstern. Once there, you can take all rapid transit, underground - metro, tram, and bus lines.

Image Credits: AllesWirdGut Architektur / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa


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Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, Long Bay Village, Anguilla

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