From far away Sri Lanka to his beloved new home in Vienna, our employee of the year 2019 is Venura.
1) How did you come to the Hotel Beethoven?
I started 10 years ago as a night porter for 2 nights a week. One year later it was full-time and in 2015 I started early duty at the reception.
2) What do you love at Hotel Beethoven?
That it is a family-run hotel, the Ludwig family is great. You can make short arrangements with Mrs. Ludwig and find solutions for the guests very quickly and flexibly. The team spirit is a big plus at the hotel. We get on very well with each other and also go out together after work. When deciding on new team members, we are also actively involved in the process. And thanks to the early shift I also have enough time for my family and my little daughter.
The concept of the hotel is very good and I like the upscale category and the size. One feels so personally taken care of, not like in a chain hotel.
3) What do you love about Vienna?
In 2000 I came to Vienna from Sri Lanka. I simply love Vienna. The city is as quiet as a temple. In Sri Lanka I lived in Colombo and it was loud, loud, loud. This silence is wonderful. We will stay safely in Vienna, this is my new home.
4) What is a must- see in Vienna?
Of course I like to visit all the classic sights with my private guests, but my favourite is the salt cave in Hinterbrühl. The boat trip in the cave is a highlight for me and my family and also for friends visiting from Sri Lanka.
5) What was your best experience in Vienna so far?
Definitely the birth of my daughter.
6) What do you love about your job?
The guests, I like to talk to the guests. The openness in this job. I also hold Mrs. Ludwig in high esteem. She is like a second mum, she has helped me a lot in my life. You can talk to her about everything and always find a good solution.
The working hours also suit me very well as a family man, I can do a lot with my daughter.
7) What is your favourite place in Vienna?
I like the Stephansplatz very much, it is a very special place. I also feel very comfortable in Grinzing, in the vineyards.
8) Favorite restaurant /hangout?
To relax and unwind my favourite sport to watch is cricket which is unfortunately not very common in Austria, nevertheless, we found a good place to watch our sport: The "Pointers", a classic Irish Pub, cricket fans included!
I can enjoy a favourite taste of my home cuisine Sri Lanka at "Colombo Hoppers" on the Schönbrunner Strasse, in the 5th district.