Mary Sdralek lived in the Kastens Hotel Luisenhof and after 60 years of successful hotel management, she looked back on a unique life’s work in the German hotel industry. On 23 April 1983, Mary Sdralek died at the age of 88.
For more than 60 years, she actively created the history of the house – together with her husband Erich Sdralek. She was one of the last private hotel owners in Hanover and played a significant part in transforming the Luisenhof from rubble into a house with the highest international reputation. Until her death, she took an active role as a senior banker in the hotel business.
Mary received the license to run a hotel in 1922. But more interesting, what kind of a personality was this young woman? Mary was grounded, and she was a wanderlusterer. Unusual for women at that time, she was accompanied by experienced mountaineers on the Matterhorn. The extensive Alps and valleys became her favourite holiday destination. She was known for her love of raspberry pudding. With the hotel business, she not only dealt with the commercial trade activities, but also played an active role in interior design and always paid close attention to historical and traditional elements in the room furnishings. Read more about Mary’s family and their lively history on the homepage of the Kastens Hotel Luisenhof.