The history of our hotel comes from the slovenian language “za jezero” which means “behind the lake”.
In fact, in ancient times, there was a huge lake covering the plain between Malborghetto and Valbruna.
The hotel as it is today was built in two different stages.
The first stage began 1910 and it lasted 2 years; the architect in charge was Andrea Kile from Valbruna.
The second and last stage of construction finished 1926. It involved one third of the building and gave it the actual shape and flair.
From the opening -1926- the hotel was equipped with electricity that arrived later on during the here in the village of Valbruna.
Since the opening the hotel has been home to many international events, literate – cultural and hunter’s meetings.
Among the most famous guests we have the King of Saxony – Fredrick August who placed his headquarters in the hotel in 1911. (he won the hunter right in that area from 1905 to 1918)
We shall also mention Julius Kugy among our special guests; he is considered as one of the founders of modern alpinism who promoted Valbruna and the hotel among many mountain lovers and hikers.
The last King of Italy, Umberto II visited the hotel in 1938. In 1941 the hotel was taken over by the Nation trust of Tre Venezie.
In 1958 the hotel was bought from the Foundation Centro Marinaro “Fondazione Cini” and immediately resold to C.I.F. (Italian feminine association) and used as a summer camp for children – sons and daughters of workers.
In 2003 it reopened as a hotel; it was brought to its initial splendour after long and very expensive renovations paid by .C.I.F. Venice and thanks to the solidarity of many private entrepreneurs and public institutions.
This is the goal and idea of Mr Vito Anselmi, who turned 87 on August 12th, former mayor of Tarvisio and now owner of 3 hotels: Hotel Il Cervo, Ferrhotel -inside the train station – and Hotel Saisera; his goal is to promote and improve accommodation system in the area.