History

Interwoven with the textile industry

Today, St. Gallen is a byword for exquisite lace, high quality fabrics and inspired fashions. Top international designers representing the most exclusive labels are regular visitors to producers in St Gallen as they order their noble fabrics. St Gallen fashion makes its mark on the most important catwalks in the world. The St Gallen textile industry has a long tradition dating right back to the Middle Ages. It reached its heights at the turn of the nineteenth century. The Einstein is closely linked to the textile industry. The neo-classical five floor building was built in 1830 by textile supplier Jacob Allgäuer’s widow. A proactive businesswoman, she ran a finishing atelier in the building. Later, the town soup kitchen was housed in the ground floor. Several changes of ownership later, Isaak David Einstein acquired the building and began manufacturing embroidery here.

 

In 1978, the St Gallen textile manufacturer Max Kriemler bought the property, renovated it from top to bottom and turned it into the four star hotel Einstein that was opened in 1983. 20 years later, the hotel’s success story was continued when Max Kriemler decided to extend the Einstein into the adjacent building, adding a further 48 new and modern rooms. Today, the Einstein has 113 rooms, a «gourmet restaurant» with views over the roofs of the old town, an elegant traditional English style «hotel bar» and one of the most modern «fitness parks» in Switzerland. The «Einstein Congress» built in 2009 to offer versatile seminar and banqueting rooms and our «Bistro» round off the picture.

In 2012, the Einstein St.Gallen was already commended for its excellent quality by the two major hotel-rating portals. Subsequent to its last inspection, the Swiss Hotel Association, hotelleriesuisse, has classified the Einstein St.Gallen as a four-star superior hotel. What has been known to many guests can now be read in bold print: the Einstein St.Gallen is the leading hotel in town.

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