Travel to Vienna and forget staying in one of those chain hotels. Come to this city and stay at Magdas, a boutique hotel. While you’re staying here, you’ll be helping provide employment and housing for young refugees.
Magdas works like any other hotel, except it also houses refugees and encourages guests to interact with them to raise awareness of the plight of refugees not only in Austria but all over the world.
Viennese non-profit Caritas launched the hotel as a social enterprise and Martin Gartner from the organization had this to say of the inspiration behind the project: ‘We wanted to build a place where tourists from all over the world are welcomed by people who left their home not because they wanted to, but because they needed to-because they’re fleeing from hunger, war, or terrorism’.
Magdas Hotel employees refugees from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and 11 other countries, with two suites at the hotel occupied by asylum-seekers under the age of 18 who are living in Austria without family.