The Castel team

We stand for individual service

Experience the Castel service

The well-rehearsed Hotel Castel team has been together for many years, in some cases for decades. We are proud that employees like to stay with us for a long time – and thus we can rely on very special people who make our guests’ stay a very special experience.

On this page, we would like to introduce you to some of our team personally.


The Dobitsch family


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 more than 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. What has drawn you back to the catering trade again after a 5-year break? Because every day is different here! 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 'the guest is the priority' is actually a completely natural thing here!”

This special team also includes: head of reception Sophie Buhalla and Sarah von Pföstl and Elmar Gamper, as well as head concierge Matthias Brunner with Evaldas Kirsinas.


Gerhard Wieser

Head Chef

Gerhard Wieser is the master of culinary enjoyment at the Castel. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the traditional Castel restaurant or the gourmet restaurant Trenkerstube – no dish leaves the kitchen without him giving the OK. Here you can find out more about our head chef and his Alpine-Mediterranean kitchen philosophy.

Gerhard’s colleagues in the kitchen are Marco Verginer (Souschef) | Fabian Kammerer (Chef Entremetier) | Julian Cassan (Chef Gardemanger) | David Ruepp (Chef Gourmet) | Simon Unterholzner (Chef Pâtissier) | Jonas Pegger (Chef Tournant) | Laurence Ian Diez, Alessandro Fascetta, Alan Pojer, Dominik Rier, Jan Stecher (Commis de Cuisine) | Irmgard Volgger (breakfast cook) | Islami Jetullah, Agron Brahimaj, Myrtaj Gezim (dishwashers)

Kristina Ciapaite


Born in Lithuania, Kristina moved to South Tyrol in 2002 to take up a position as a chambermaid at Castel. Her industriousness and her critical view of cleanness and tidiness led to her being promoted to governess two years later. She ensures that every nook and cranny in the Castel is clean, checks all the rooms before guests move in and also sees to it that any special requests are fulfilled.

Kristina’s cleaning and laundry team includes: Lina Alisauskiene, Stela Cibotari, Jelena Jovanovic, Loreta Kirsiniene, Ausma Laurinaviciute, Maya Lazarova, Sandra Brunner and Egle Sitnikiene.


Daniel Ceska

Meranesse Fine Spa

With much joy and commitment, he took over the management of the new Meranesse fine SPA in 2021. He and his team are happy to take plenty of time for all those guests who long for relaxation, regeneration and well-being. In doing so, they cater to individual needs. Their goal is that every guest leaves the Meranesse fine SPA with a smile.
The other staff members at the Meranesse fine SPA are: Olga Brenner, Hilde Pontiero and Sarah-Maria Lechner.

Simon Oberhofer

Restaurant manager

Simon started as chef de rang in 2002. After passing his sommelier examination and following further training, he was promoted to the position of maître in 2008. The guests appreciate his young, fresh and yet polite and professional manner. With a lot of passion and always an honest smile, he and his team look after his guests’ breakfast and dinner needs.

Simon’s service team includes: Patrizia Planer (chef de rang Castel finedining maitre), Florian Prinoth and Domenico di Febbo (chef de rang), Erika Kirsiniene, Sara Kofler, Julia Kofer (demi chef de rang), Marta Bertolini, Natascha Holub, Gabriel Huber, Stefan Walcher (commis de rang), Ramute Garbeniene (Backoffice) as well as Simone Borgo (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.