On 11 February 1947, my father “Johan Julen” and my mother “Marie Julen” moved into Haus Schönegg with me – Andrea. On that day, my father carried me on a ladder up to the first floor because the staircase had not yet been built.
My father purchased Haus Schönegg from Mr “Anthamatten”. The house was previously maintained by Mr “Bumann”, who had gone bankrupt and had to give it back. At that time, there was only a small tea room in Haus Schönegg.
My father’s family made fun of his decision to purchase Haus Schönegg as it was so far from the centre and in their eyes doomed to fail.
And yet my father Johan and mother Marie proved them all wrong!
My father became the gardener, caretaker and took care of our chickens and pigs (and later “Olga” the horse, who would pull the carriage picking guests up from the station). My mother was the hotel owner. More and more guests came due to their tireless efforts and hard work.
Step by step, Haus Schönegg was converted into Hotel Schönegg with 22 rooms (6 of those single rooms). The Sunday menu was an oatmeal cream soup with homemade fries and chicken served with peas (canned) and carrots from the garden and homemade ice cream as dessert (we children had to stir the ice cream with our father on Sunday mornings!). This 3-course menu cost CHF 5.00.
When my sister Marie-Jose and I were older, we worked at Hotel Schönegg together with my parents.
1972 to 2011
In 1972, my father built Haus Mondial (now Hotel Alpenroyal). Back then, Haus Mondial only consisted of apartments that were being rented out. Guests could have breakfast and dinner at Hotel Schönegg.
I took over Mondial in 1985. My sister took over Hotel Schönegg.
One year later I decided to turn Haus Mondial into a hotel with a swimming pool because I took more pleasure in having guests than cleaning apartments. The renovation was completed in mid-February, shortly before the first guests arrived.
I discovered the name “Alpenroyal” while travelling Austrian Tyrol.
In 2012, one of my daughters, Stefanie, took over “Hotel Alpenroyal”.
Between you and me, I only let her think she did. I am still the lady of the house!
The hotel is situated on a hill in a picturesque location above Zermatt with a gorgeous unobstructed view of the Matterhorn. Once you are our guest, you will have access to the private lift. This will enable you to reach all important places (such as the bus stop and main street) in just a few minutes by foot.
The private lift should only be used for transporting persons only and may not be used with luggage.
Zermatt is car-free, meaning you are most likely to arrive at the train station. We will gladly pick you up from there with our own electric taxi. Please notify us at least 5 minutes prior to your arrival at +41 27 966 60 66. We offer this service between 8 am and 7 pm.
By taxi (after 7.00 pm)
After 7 pm, we kindly ask you to use one of the electric taxis at the train station. There are electric taxis at the train station around the clock (24 hours). You must pay the taxi fee yourself.