From a humble idea, and a balcony in an apartment building, to the rooftop apiary of the Congress Hotel Gate One. The hotel’s beekeeping co-owner, Rastilav Pavlisin, started beekeeping in 2018, when he met his mentor, Svetozar Ruzicka. Under Svetozar’s guidance, Rastislav opened the bee hotel; and went on to win two gold medals in the Apislavia International Beekeepers’ Competition in Moscow.
Following their early success, the duo started searching for chemical-free beekeeping methods, and met Helena Prokova. One of the bee’s greatest threats is the Varroa Destructor. A parasitic mite which attacks and feeds on honeybees, causing diseases. Helena was very experienced with dealing with these dangerous mites without the use of powerful chemicals. Her method of choice is hypothermia, which allows for beekeeping products to be of higher quality and value. Thanks to this method, Rastislav’s honey went on to win the silver medal in Apimondia 2019 in Canada.
In March of 2020, the trio decided to host their first beekeeping conference: “The Future of European Beekeeping”. After the success of this event, the trio dubbed the Gate One as ‘The First Bee Hotel in Bratislava’’. With your help, this hotel can become a place for the best beekeepers in the world to share their knowledge, inspiration, and experience with the worldwide community of beekeepers.
Let us create a more beautiful world, with happier bees and beekeepers!