Your hosts at the boutique hotel in Montafon
We are a small, refined, and above all family-run boutique hotel in Montafon, where every single guest matters. We are happy to take care of you and your individual needs. But who are we? A lovable family with Montafon and Italian-French roots. A tad unconventional, with distinct personalities, yet driven by a heartfelt commitment to our guests. And a great deal of passion for our daily mission: to give you a holiday in which you take centre stage.
the heart and soul of the place
From an early stage, it was clear that Yvonne would take over her parents’ business – she is the family’s gastronome par excellence. After graduating from the renowned hotel management school “Villa Blanka” in Innsbruck, she gained several years of experience, both at home and internationally.
She met Milko in Geneva. Soon after their marriage, their sons Silvio and Adriano were born. But she felt a strong nostalgia for Montafon, and her parents’ business was waiting.
In early 2010, together with Milko, Yvonne took over the helm at the Boutiquehotel Grandau. With her fresh ideas and enormous commitment, she has created the warm and inviting Grandau flair; something that is much appreciated by her loyal guests.
host and chef de cuisine
Although Milko comes from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, he is an Italian at heart – born to enjoy life. He learned the art of cooking at the Noga Hilton and put it to the test in other hotels and restaurants around Geneva. Though he once dreamt of travelling the globe, he has carved out his own gourmet world together with Yvonne at the Grandau.
When it comes to the quality of his ingredients, Milko is uncompromising: Only fresh, locally sourced produce makes its way into his dishes, be it the morning milk straight from a local farm, herbs from his kitchen garden, or meat from the valley’s trusted butcher. In other aspects, Milko is versatile. When the Boutiquehotel Grandau needs renovations, he rolls up his sleeves and helps out. When he has time, the passionate vintage car enthusiast enjoys cruising around or taking part in a vintage car rally.
Otto und Ruth
Otto, though officially retired, remains an active contributor, occasionally chauffeuring guests around in the Grandau hotel shuttle in winter. With his humorous nature, he not only exercises people’s funny bones but also their abdominal muscles. Aside from this, he pursues his love for painting, producing various works of art for the Boutiquehotel Grandau.
Ruth is the strong woman by Otto’s side. She has taken her retirement as an opportunity to embrace something new: the art of doing nothing.
Both share a fondness for golf and are always eager to offer tips.
Isabella is Yvonne’s sister, and while she isn’t directly involved in the hotel’s daily affairs, she is always there when needed. Gifted with the same infectious humour as Otto, she can entertain a whole room until the audience is holding their sides from laughter. She previously assisted Yvonne in marketing, but she now oversees the management of the Nordic Sports Centre in Tschagguns. Her children, dynamic Aurel and athletic Amelie, are involved in Alpine sports and have already won a few races. Isabelle lives with her family and 15 sheep, two goats, 16 chickens (sadly, the rooster was claimed by a fox), four cats, and a marmot on the Ziegerberg mountain in Tschagguns.
The latest addition is Charly, the hotel dog. With his mischievous yet incredibly endearing nature, he’s a delightful handful. It’s hard to believe that he was the calmest of a litter of seven puppies! His curious nose has him exploring every corner, pushing boundaries to see just how far he can go. But he’s also obedient and even attends dog school. Everyone’s eager to see if he’ll mellow out to be as serene as his predecessor, Adam.
The Boutiquehotel Grandau: our history
In 1976, Ruth and Otto embarked on a journey: they bought the Gasthof Grandau with just seven rooms. The whole family chipped in; everyone did their part. Almost every year, something was rebuilt, enlarged, or improved. Since 2023, our identity has shifted from Sport Hotel to Boutiquehotel Grandau: among the myriad of tourist hotels, we stand out as a family-run hotel that is managed with dedication.
Here are the milestones in our history.
Construction of Vorarlberg’s first squash hall – a real hit
Creation of the Kuhstall bar: the first après-ski bar in St. Gallenkirch
Expansion from 30 to 70 beds
The squash hall is replaced with an indoor swimming pool.
Renovation of the farmhouse into a seminar building
Transformation of the seminar building into a holiday home with four bedrooms
Enlargement of the spa area and dining room, creation of the three Piz Buin suites and the Grandau suite
Complete renovation and enlargement of the rooms on the first floor
Conversion of the Kuhstall bar into a “Fondue Stüberl” lounge
Completion of the underground car park, renovation of the hotel entrance, and extension of the kitchen and storage rooms
The north-facing rooms are completed and luxuriously furnished
Otto and Ruth’s well-deserved retirement; Yvonne takes over with Milko. New lighting is installed in the corridors and the spa area is renovated (including an additional salt sauna).
Installation of a putting green in the garden and satellite TV in the apartments
Complete remodelling of the kitchen with Milko’s energetic assistance
Expansion of the dining room, addition of a sun terrace, renovation of two rooms, and creation of the Ländle and Nova suites
Renovation of the Piz Buin suites and introduction of additional suites with solid wood parquet flooring
Conversion of the vinotheque for increased wine storage, connection of the Kuhstall to the hotel bar, and creation of the connoisseur’s lounge with a premium selection of spirits and a cigar humidor
Complete renovation of the Silvretta rooms
Completion of the Silvretta rooms with balcony extension
Expansion of the carport, terrace, ski storage, waste room, “Enzian” holiday home, and car park
Investment in energy-saving measures, including centralised cooling units and a new drink dispensing system
Conversion of the apartment building and holiday home from oil heating to pellet heating, reconstruction of the indoor pool (with new ventilation system, experience shower, and updated changing room access), and renovation of the restroom facilities
Transition to an adults-only hotel, renaming as the Boutiquehotel Grandau to highlight the intimate atmosphere. Introduction of the first themed room, “Cinema”.
Plans for the installation of photovoltaic modules for electricity production
... our journey is ever evolving!