At the end of the 18th century the house was known under the name “Einkehrgasthof zum Goldenen Jägerhorn”. The convenient location and the set carriage station to Hietzing next to the entrance guaranteed regular walk-in costumers. From the annals we know that dozens of underprivileged people were fed for free every day and that after a flood disaster several hundred of homeless were accommodated.
In the Biedermeier period, the “Goldene Jägerhorn” was a kind of agency for national singers, who met every evening. Among them was a court council of the court chamber archive, better known as the poet Franz Grillparzer.
In 1918 the Graben Hotel was planned and built by the architect Stephan to today’s appearance. From 1913 to 1919 the hotel was a popular meeting point for the literary scene; amongst others Peter Altenberg, Franz Kafka and Max Brod were regular guests.
Being a bachelor his whole life, Peter Altenberg, rented a permanent room until his death. On many of his letters only the new name of the “Goldene Jägerhorn” with the address: “Vienna I, Graben Hotel” could be found. When the Kremslehner Family took over the management of the Hotel in 1927, one of the meeting rooms was renamed „Café-Restaurant Altenberg“, to honour this man of letter.
In 2009, the Graben Hotels expanded and a new level was built upon the existing building.
Today, the Graben Hotel accommodates the „Salon Altenberg“, which is used as the smoking-restaurant and as a private function room, as well as the „Trattoria Santo Stefano“, a very popular pizzeria.