Our hotel building has been one of the focal points of Räpina for 80 years, serving various functions during different eras. As this building was established by our great uncle, it holds a special meaning for us, and we would like to share some of its versatile history with you.
The hotel was built by Juho Karu’s great uncle, Rudolf Kiudosk, and great aunt, Berta Kiudosk in 1930. Upon its completion, the building housed a guesthouse, business facilities managed by uncle Rudolf and aunt Berta’s fabrics and clothing store. For a short period, Räpina’s post office was situated on the second floor.
As the communist regime prohibited private property, the building was nationalised at the beginning of the Soviet era in the 1940s. During the Soviet period the building served several roles: ironware shop, clothing store, dormitory, guesthouse, day-care and household supplies store. The second floor housed administrative offices and later apartments.