Hotel Castel is a dream hotel offering its guests unmatched comfort and hassle-free luxury. But what brings it alive are the people who work here. It is their unpretentious, natural friendliness and warmth that sets our house apart from other "luxury" hotels, creating a unique atmosphere that is sure to make you feel welcome and at ease.

The sincere passion that characterises these people and the way they work begins with the hosts. With professional backgrounds in other industries, they manage Hotel Castel based on what they, as guests, would expect from a five-star Hotel.

Much like the Dobitsch family themselves, their 45 employees perform their daily work with true passion and commitment. We all have one common goal: We want you to feel at home in the family-like atmosphere at Hotel Castel so you can really settle down, relax and forget about the daily grind for a while.

This page introduces you to some of the people at Hotel Castel.

Family Dobitsch


Evelyn Dobitsch's great dream has always been to run her own hotel. It didn't take her long to decide to take this huge step when the Castel*****, in which the family itself was a guest for years, went up for sale in 2001.
Since the takeover, the new hostess has been running the hotel with lots of passion, joy and attention to detail. She has been supported by her son Daniel since 2006. Her daughter-in-law Maria joined them 2 years later. The second generation is also involved with a great deal of commitment and so they run the Castel***** together as a family. The third generation is already growing up.
Over the last almost 20 years the Dobitsch family has invested, improved and refined a great deal and made the hotel what it is today. 

Iris Pelizzoni


Iris Pelizzoni assumed an important role between 2006 and 2010, and again since 2015, as a close confidante of the host family. Why did she return to gastronomy after a 5-year break? Because there is no day like the other! She supports the Dobitsch family in every respect and in addition to her administrative tasks and day-to-day business, she particularly enjoys the role of deputy hostess: "At the Castel, a smile is already enticed out of our guests on arrival. An extremely friendly team is behind this and I think that's simply wonderful. What others call priority to guests, actually goes without saying here!"
Iris Pelizzoni is supported by reception manager Franziska Niedermair (with Sarah Dosser and Elmar Gamper) and head concierge Matthias Brunner (with Evaldas Kirsinas and Karolis Alisauskis).

Gerhard Wieser

Chef de Cuisine

Gerhard Wieser is the master of culinary delights at Hotel Castel. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and whether it is for the classical Castel restaurant or the Trenkerstube gourmet restaurant, no dish will leave the kitchen without his approval. To learn more about our chef and his alpine/Mediterranean culinary philosophy, please click here.

Gerhard's employees in the kitchen are Marco Verginer (Souschef), Thomas Kostner (Chef Pâtissier), Alexander Marmsoler (Chef Entremetier), Lukas Schieder (Chef Gardemanger), Fabian Kammerer, Florian Tschurtschenthaler (Demi Chef de Partie), Julian Cassan, Daniel Ruepp, Staffler Patrick and Thomas Rederlechner (Commis de Cuisine), Irmgard Volgger and Maria Weiss (coffee cooks) and Ramute Garbeniene, Myrtaj Gezim and Jetulla Islami (dishwashers).

Kristina Ciapaite


A native of Lithuania, Kristina came to South Tyrol in 2002 to accept a position as a chambermaid at Hotel Castel. Thanks to her diligence and her attention to detail in all matters related to cleanliness and orderliness she was promoted to Housekeeper two years later. She makes sure every spot at the Castel is immaculate, checks every room before new guests arrive, and gladly takes care of special requests.

Kristina's team for cleaning and laundry are Lina Alisauskiene, Justina Alisauskyte, Sandra Brunner, Loreta Kirsiniene, Ausma Laurinaviciute, Maya Lazarova and Egle Sitnikiene.

Agnes Eller

Manager, Carpe Diem spa

Agnes Eller has been with Hotel Castel since the Carpe Diem spa was built. She is an enthusiastic leader of the wellness department and its first point of contact for all guests who are longing to relax, recuperate and regenerate. She and her colleagues will gladly meet our guests' individual needs and requests. Agnes wants every guest to leave the Carpe Diem spa with a smile on his or her face.

The other employees at Carpe Diem SPA are: Cosmetician & masseuse Claudia Hofer and wellness trainer Sarah-Maria Lechner.

Simon Oberhofer

Restaurant Manager

Simon began his career as a chef de rang in 2002. Following his successful sommelier's exam and several further training programmes, he earned the title of Maître in 2008. Our guests love his youthful and lively yet polite and professional manner. He puts his heart and soul into his job and always has a sincere smile in his face as he and his team make sure our breakfast and dinner guests are well taken care of.

The service team headed by Simon includes: Antonio Qualano (Maitre Trenkerstube), Antonio Russo and Domenico di Febbo (Chef de Rang), Erika Kirsiniene, Sara Kofler, Julia Kofer and Cristina Math (Demi Chef de Rang), Danilo Montibeller (Commis de Rang), Migle Nauburaityte (Officedame) as well as Vedo Selmanagic (Chef de Bar) and Lucia Kvackajova (Demi Chef de Bar).

Ivana Capraro


Ivana has only been at the Castel since the 2018 season and is already a permanent, important member of the Castel family. Popular with guests and employees alike, you immediately feel her great passion for wine. No wonder as her parents (both restaurateurs) taught her the pleasure of good basic products and later also of good wine at her home in Apulia. Before Ivana turned her passion into a profession with the sommelier training, she studied Latin and Greek. The Dobitsch family is very happy about this change of heart, which gives the Castel a lovely and superbly qualified sommelier.

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