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History of Kraft Family

1854
Beginning Kraft family's involvement in the hospitality industry in Bern, Switzerland

when Jean Kraft constructed and inaugurated the Hotel Bernerhof

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from 1862
Bernerhof guests
1862
Queen of Napoli
1864
King Leopold of Belgium
1869
Marshall Juan Falcon, President of Venezuela
1894
Rockefeller
1905
Gabriele d'Annunzio
1906
Paderewski
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1878
The youngest son of Jean Kraft, Gerardo leaving his siblings in Berne to manage the Bernerhof, choose to come to Italy, to Turin

to his aunt Constance, who was owner of the Grand Hotel of Turin

1880
He went to Rome to manage the Hotel Quirinale
1883
He married Emma Wegenstein

whose family were the owners of the Hotel Schweizerhof located at the Reno waterfall in Neuhausen

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1883
Gerardo Kraft opened his first hotel in Florence
1897
He bought the Royal Peace Hotel

which he renovated adding a fourth floor and changing its name to Grand Hotel, with 120 rooms and 240 beds

1928
He expanded the Hotel Italia

in Piazza Ognissanti in Florence which became the Hotel Excelsior. It had the same architectural style as the Bernerhof with 170 rooms

1924
The Bernerhof was later handed over to the Swiss Federal Government by the Kraft family
1959
the Kraft family sold both hotels to the CIGA (Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi)

and today they belong to the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.. Hermann Kraft, eldest son of Emilio Kraft who was the son of Gerardo Kraft married Ariane von der Weid.

1960
Hermann Kraft restored and transformed Hotel Bianchi Byron in Via Solferino, Florence and renamed it Kraft Hotel
1966
Unexpected flooding of Florence on November 4th
TODAY
The Hotel Kraft is currently run by the daughter of Hermann, Monique Kraft

who continued in the entrepreneurial spirit of her family, by opening a new structure in the Tuscan countryside.

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