Family means more to us than just being related. Family for us is somewhere that is about feeling at home, or “dahoam” as we say, finding peace, and being able to relax. Take a seat with us and enjoy a glass of wine at our “Stammtisch”. Time has a special quality here at the Greil at the Wilder Kaiser. “Gemütlichkeit”, fine cuisine, and passion for good wines and good food are celebrated here, and we invite you to celebrate with us.
“Nothing adds better decoration to a house than the people who fill it with life.”
Josef Greil I. wasn’t the first Josef in the Greil family tree, but was the person responsible for the construction of our main building. In 1950 he, as a simple forester, together with his wife Maria converted his grandparents’ house and started to rent out rooms. The first guests from Germany came from a Westphalian steelworks, their suitcases were picked up from the bus stop on a ladder trolley. 14 years later, 2 further guest rooms were added.
In 1965, the plot for the hotel was purchased for around 100 shillings per square metre (the equivalent of about €7 in today’s money). From 1965 to 1968 the shell of the building housed a fittings grinding shop run by the company KS Kufstein. Josef Greil II employed 16 workers from Söll.
On the 10.06.1969, the “Marianne” finally opened as bed-and-breakfast accommodation, named by Josef Greil II after his wife. It housed 9 rooms and had 18 beds, and in 1972 its capacity was doubled to 36. In the years that followed, various conversions and extensions of the hotel took place, such as the construction of the wine hall, the cellar bar, and kitchens. Every day there was live music until the early hours. In 1982, the next big step was extending the number of beds to 50, the construction of an à la carte restaurant with a capacity of 100, a dining room for hotel guests, a service lift was installed and a breakfast buffet was introduced. In those days this was something of a sensation as no other hotel at the time had 2 kitchens and 3 restaurants. In 1983 a further attraction happened, this time a private one: Josef Greil II and Marianne went on their first holiday (until then they hadn’t had a day off). In 1992 the wine hall was converted into a sauna and the à la carte restaurant was reduced in size and made more cosy. A new terrace with seating for 50 was added.
Grandma Marianne passed away surrounded by her beloved family on the 27th of December 2021 in the hotel. In loving gratitude and full of treasured memeries we honor her herritage as the innkeeper of the hotel Greil.
1997 marked the handing over to the 3rd generation. As the saying goes “if you rest, you rust”, so in 2000 the sauna was extended to include a relaxation room. In 2001 the à la carte restaurant was closed. It was decided the focus should be more on the hotel guests. In 2006 the “Stille Alm” was built, with its open fire and rest and relaxation beds on the 3rd floor and 3 family suites fitted out with exclusive stone pine. In 2010 the building that had formerly been the grandparents’ house was demolished. The new building houses the only panoramic indoor swimming pool in Söll with views of the Wilder Kaiser, filled with “Grander” water and with a roof terrace. The number of rooms was increased, with 8 new deluxe rooms and family suites as well as a linking bridge to the hotel. In total, the building now houses 30 rooms and 60 beds. In 2017 we can already look back on 20 years of Josef Greil III’s independence. An end is not yet in sight by far and in autumn 2017 another conversion took place. The process of “Tyrolean face lifting” gave rise to a romantic “Stubn” room with open fire, a small and fine reception with a living room atmosphere. We are also proud of 2 further new concepts: Mama’s kitchen, a unique buffet concept, and the RIEDEL ROOM@GREIL, the only one of its kind in Europe, a culinary innovation. The perfect foundations for the next generation have been laid.