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“BEST HOTEL, BEST RESTAURANT IN ZERMATT; PLUS FUN”

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Chalet Hotel Schoenegg
Ranked #11 of 110 Hotels in Zermatt
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 February 2012

The Schonegg Hotel is aptly named… since “Schonegg” is German for “beautiful corner” and the hotel is… situated on the most beautiful corner of Zermatt. High on a hilltop, quietly overlooking the town below with breath-taking vistas of the Matterhorn. And yet, of all the high-end hotels, it is the one most conveniently located to the lifts (Sunnega and Gonnergrat) as well as the city center; the other high end hotels require a taxi ride to and from any of the lifts. You can even “ski-in” to the Schonegg hotel at the end of the day.

Still, the most memorable thing about the Schonegg is not its location nor its views; it’s not even the free champagne at breakfast, or the live piano music at dinner each night, or the excellent service, or the warmth of the management (This is a family owned and run hotel). The most memorable thing about the Schonegg is its restaurant.

In all the years we have been coming to Zermatt, we have sampled all of the lauded “best restaurants” in the village and on the mountain. None can compare to the Dining Room/Restaurant of the Schonegg. The dinner cuisine is as creative as it is delicious. Five courses that always begin with an extraordinary first course, followed by a homemade soup… then a trip to the extensive salad bar… a wonderful main course … and a spectacular dessert. We strongly recommend the “full board” option.

Additionally, a special treat is offered once a week in the form of an invitation to join the owner/manager on a fun excursion over the mountain and into Italy for lunch. A small group (6-10) of intermediate skiers sets off at 8:30am, taking a series of lifts to the top of the mountain and skiing down the Italian side of the resort toward Valtourneche. There is a brief stop for sparkling wine and a platter of local cheeses and sausages enjoyed in the sunny outdoors. A bit more fairly easy skiing into Valtourneche where a waiting taxi takes us to Mama Theresa’s. There we sit at sunny tables set with a welcoming drink as we select our lunch from a seemingly never ending parade of platters presented by Mama Theresa herself. Marinated vegetables, Sausages, Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan Cheese, Pastas and a choice of meat, and dessert, all accompanied by red and white wines and a finish of Strawberry Grappa. Lots of comradeship and laughter. A couple hours later, there is another taxi ride… this time to Cervinia… another series of lifts and we were skiing home but not without another stop. This time it was Blattan or Leander’s (name of the owner) for more wine and cheese and fun times. And then the final ski leg into the village and a ride to the hotel. This is the kind of mini-adventure that makes a vacation (and a destination) special and memorable and... the Schonegg Hotel the perfect choice for a stay in Zermatt.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! You cannot get any better than this hotel. The service, friendly and helpful staff, gourmet 6 course meals, beautiful rooms with views of the Matterhorn, spotlessly clean. The position of the Schonegg is perfect. Close to everything, and yet high enough to have the best views of the Matterhorn and Zermatt!! I cannot say anything bad about this hotel. Everyone that visits Zermatt must stay here - it is amazing!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank wendy K
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

My Family and I have been visiting the Grand Hotel Schonegg (aka Schonegg Chalet Hotel) each New Year for a week for the last eight years and have at no time been disappointed by our stay. The quality of the service, the friendliness of the owners and all the staff ,the wonderful food at breakfast and dinner (and a very extensive and well priced wine list) all leave our family wanting to come back for more each year and that is what we do.... we had stayed in other Hotels in Zermatt prior to arriving at the Schonegg but none served us more well. You really can ski back to the Hotel and the Bar attracts as many locals as it does guests and has a great atmosphere....along with a very accomplished and lively piano player!The New Years Eve Dinner and Party is a must and even comes with your own indoor party fireworks... we now bring many friends to that celebration and there is no better view of the fireworks display on New Years Eve than from the Hotel balcony which provides the best view of Zermatt and the Matterhorn beyond.The new rooms in a modern wing are very stylish and comfortable and where else could you lie in the bath gazing at the Matterhorn! We will return and return again....well at least until I can no longer stand on the skis!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

•Excellent.
•Friendly helpful staff. They kindly arranged a meal in their restaurant after our late arrival and they picked us up at the train station.
•Better and cheaper restaurants for dinner within easy walking distance, so B&B terms worked well.
•Good breakfast, pleasant dining room.
•Lovely spacious quiet attic room with superb Matterhorn view.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank alzs
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I have been going to Zermatt since 1971 when I first arrived to work there for a year and I have been coming back almost every year since, even when I lived in Whistler for ten years. This year I hope to go twice for skiing, once in May for ski touring and again in August to climb with my good friend Franz.

The Schonegg is a magical place. The new hotel replaced the original Schonegg which was at one time the only building in this whole area of Zermatt so the family back then was able to pick the first and best view location in the village. I don't know of any hotel that has all of the things that you need for a perfect stay.
1) Four Star (shoud be Five but as a four it attracts fewer of the "stuffy" older crowd".
2) A mid size, family run hotel that will give you the best personalized service you have ever had.
3) Owners that grew up in Zermatt so they can give you the best advice possible on where to go and when to get the best skiing, shopping, dining and hiking.
3) Gourmet dining with a fantastic breakfast selection.
4) Great spa.
5) A wonderful vibrant bar for after ski, before and after dinner.
6) A quiet library lounge with fireplace.
2) Ski right to the front door at the end of the day.
3) Two minute walk to the Sunnegabahn base (the best starting point to be close to)
4) Five minute walk to the main street, Gornergrat train station and main train station.
5) Sixty meters above the town ( Go to the main Zermatt web site to see the (Ober-
häusern web cam - this is the view from the hotel front deck)
6) An unobstructed view out over the town that is the best in Zermatt, with the best Matterhorn angle.
7) A private elevator and tunnel that take you up 60 meters to the hotel lobby from village level.
8) Well appointed and spotlessly clean rooms with a choice of traditional design in the main hotel, modern design in the new wing.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Hugh-Stockhorn
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

An fantastic New Year holiday. The staff were all extremely helpful and the food was excellent value considering the standard and the effort the chefs had gone to. We would thoroughly recommend this hotel if your looking for a ski-in ski-out, half board set up that will have all of your needs catered for.

Room Tip: Ask for a Matterhorn view if available, though all are very good.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Our family has just returned from a wonderful christmas in Zermatt. Three days of sunshine followed by three days of fresh snow, the skiing could not have been better. In addition to the superb skiing was the wonderful care and attention to detail of the team at the Schonnegg. We emailed from the train to Visp that we were arriving and were greated at the station by the porter and his electric bus to take us and the luggage on the short drive to the hotel. Our two rooms were well appointed and very clean and above average size for a European hotel room. While the bath is not marble and ultra modern it was quite suitable. One of our rooms was a matterhorn view and our kids, down the hall had a standard with one of them on the pull out sofa (there were less complaints than usual about the pull out).

The food is outstanding! We were half-board, each day the croissants were fresher than the previous day - if possible. Our waiters Luca and Rafaelle quickly learned what type of coffee we preferred in the morning and it always arrived promptly. Each five course dinner was special and although I wasnt always certain what I was eating, I was glad that the chef had put the combination together. For the kids, the chef was always happy to offer substitutions for our less adventurous, whether it was simply substituting a consomme for a cream soup with a scary name or substituting schnitzel for a main course.

Each evening we went to the small bar before dinner. It seems to be a locals hangout and one evening some of the locals gave an impromptu musical performance. Very special.

As soon as I pay off the second mortgage I had to take out for the trip, I will be back!

Room Tip: Our room was right above the bar with an outdoor patio. We enjoyed keeping the window open. Peopl...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Chalet Hotel Schoenegg

Address: Riedweg 35, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland (Formerly Grand Hotel Schoenegg)
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Zermatt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Zermatt
#7 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Zermatt
#9 Spa Hotel in Zermatt
#9 Romantic Hotel in Zermatt
#18 Family Hotel in Zermatt
Price Range: £184 - £407 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Chalet Hotel Schoenegg 4.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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