Haus Theodul

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Brantschenhaus 18, Zermatt 3920 Switzerland
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Sean Oberholzer wrote a review Jan 2022
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The service by the John the landlord was very warm and hospitable. The rooms are spacious beyond belief especially for Europe. Kitchen was well stocked and came with a nice cappuccino maker. Minutes from the train station, one block of the main street which is perfect. Great bar the "The Republic" on the ground floor.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The upper floors give you the best views.
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Shane P wrote a review Dec 2013
Naas, Kildare, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My parents, my siblings, myself and latterly my wife and our children have stayed in Haus St Theodul (to give it's full name) over the past 30 odd years. We've enjoyed the various studio's, one and two bedroom apartments and of course the Penthouse. Most of the time was between December and March for skiing, but we've also managed trips between May and (most recently) October.

Before you ask, I've also stayed in at least a dozen hotels and 5 other apartments in Zermatt, since 1976. Prior to that, I'd skied Villars, Anzere and Verbier, as well as Italy and Vermont. With good reason, I can therefore lay claim to be an 'expert' customer, both of Theodul and Zermatt.

That was by way of 'qualification', now on to the theme of this post, which is of course location. For summer visitors to Zermatt, location is less important as you tend to walk almost everywhere anyway. However for a winter visitor, and especially those who wish to ski or snowboard, the first and primary concern when visiting Zermatt must be where you stay. This is due to the distance between the base stations of the three main lift systems as well as the topography of the village. Haus Theodul is therefore probably (in the Carlsberg sense) the best apartment location for a skiing family.

Let me explain why.

When you get to the village 97% of you will arrive into the railway station, either on the shuttle from Tasch or on the BVZ from either Brig or Visp. There are no cars allowed, so everything is either walk or hire an electric taxi. During the winter if you are heading to an apartment or hotel more than a few hundred meters away, you'll end up in a taxi. However, these taxi's don't use portions of the main street, due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic, so it can be quite a trip to where you're going. For Theodul, you walk 75 meters up the main street, turn right into one of the charming side 'streets' and are at your front door in 4 minutes, even if you're pushing a trolley of luggage.

Now you've checked into Theodul, it's evening and you'd like to get supplies for your stay. Co Op are located opposite the train station you arrived at, 4 minutes away, or Migro are 2 minutes walk, on the other side of the main street. Take your pick, but I think the former is better value, overall.

Now its time for something to eat. Not an issue, as there's three good restaurants less than 25 meters from the aforementioned front door, and literally dozens within 5 minutes walk. No steep or narrow paths, no cars or buses trying to run you down, just a gentle stroll up (or down) the main street.

After a nice meal, you feel like celebrating your safe arrival with a nightcap. Again, within 5 minutes walk of Theodul there are 4 or 5 cozy establishments who'll be only too happy to oblige.

The next morning, braced by the clean mountain air and with steely resolve, you acquire your ski's (or snowboard) from either the ski room in the basement or the wide range of hire shops on the main street (5 minutes gentle stroll etc etc) and proceed to hit the slopes. This is where Theodul really scores, in comparison to other apartment buildings.

Of the three main routes up to the skiing areas, the GGB (funicular railway, ending at Gornergrat) is 4 minutes relaxed walk on almost level ground from Theodul. From Gornergrat, the top station on the GGB, it is possible to ski directly to connections with the Sunnega/Blauhard/Rothorn area or to the Furi/Trockner Steg/Klien Matterhorn area. The GGB runs to a timed schedule, which means you know exactly when you will depart, and provides comfortably the fastest transfer to 3000 meter skiing, in only 28 minutes. Unlike the other systems, you don't have to change to other lifts to get right to the top. In the evening, the GGB also provides an easy way down if the runs into the village are closed or you lack the energy for same. When you alight from the train in the Banhof Plaz, it's a very short walk, on level ground, back to Theodul.

Of course it's possible to either walk or take the Electro Bus to the other base stations and for variety we sometimes do. We, however, have the luxury of knowing Zermatt in all it's glorious detail and by choosing to make that extra effort know how long it will take. First time visitors or those with limited time in the resort need somewhere central and easy to get into and out of. Yes, there are lower cost locations, or even better quality, but Haus St Theodul offers the ideal balance of location, cost and quality for the 'skiing' family seeking to enjoy everything Zermatt has to offer.

It's not the prettiest building in the village, but then I'm usually more interested in looking out the window, not at it. Some of the fixtures and fittings are well used, but the key areas of kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms have almost all been renewed over the past 3 years. The ski room could do with sprucing up, but how many minutes do you spend in it every day? Of course the Penthouse has snow on the balcony, it's exactly one mile above sea level, in the Alps.

But you won't find better value in Zermatt.

Or a more central location.

And the family who run it will keep you safe, warm and well informed, no matter what happens.

Just my opinion....
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Try for the 'south' side apartments, which have a view of the Matterhorn.
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Jack A wrote a review Aug 2016
Louisville, Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Haus Theodul for a week in July 2016.

It’s an easy walk from the train station, off the main street a little way but simple to find, and there are just a few steps to negotiate with luggage. Many of the newer chalets are both quite a bit farther from the station and up steep hills that require many steps. The more time we spent walking around Zermatt and seeing other chalets, the more glad we were that we had chosen this place. It’s not a fancy accommodation, but it’s also quite reasonable.

The way our schedule worked out we ended up staying in two different studios. Each had a kitchen with some dishes and utensils, but nothing is standardized. A few of this and a few of that and they were different between the two places. Both units had a hotpot for boiling water. We prepared all breakfasts and many dinners in the rooms. Both places had balconies with chairs; I believe all the units do.

The building is owned and operated by the Biner family, who were very easy-going and helpful. They rent rooms for tourists, but the house also has full-time residents. Everyone in the office speaks fluent English.

One evening there was some conversation from a sports bar downstairs that came drifting up through the window, but it ended around 11.30 or so. There were really no noise issues.

We really enjoyed our stay here and happily recommend it!

We have just a few pieces of advice to pass along. The Biners went out of their way to accommodate our travel schedule, but to do so we had to stay in a third location for the first night – a hotel run by colleagues of theirs across the courtyard from Haus Theodul. This was fine, but there was an extra charge for the (very nice) breakfast buffet. It was a great breakfast! But you need to know you’ll be paying for it.

Haus Theodul has laundry facilities available, but there are only a couple of machines and demand is heavy. It costs 3 CHF for each load in any machine (thus, 2 loads of wash and one dryer = 9 CHF). The machines were continually busy the night we needed to use them, so the next day we took laundry to a place about two blocks away and left it while we went hiking, picking it up later that afternoon. They did a nice job, and folded up everything compactly, but the cost was 30 CHF for the same amount of laundry.

If you use a Swiss Travel Pass, they are good for 50% reduction on the Gornergratbahn and the cable cars BUT some of the cable car depots other than those in Zermatt (e.g., Furi) have only vending machines for tickets, so your pass is useless there.

If you plan to take the train to Gornergrat all the way to the top and back down, there are two prices – 90 CHF per person before 3 pm and 45 per person after. You get half off these prices with the Swiss Travel Pass. It takes 30 minutes to go up, so if you go after 3 there won’t be a lot of time to do things (watch for when the last train leaves to descend) – but there isn’t that much to do up there, anyway – a restaurant, a self-serve cafeteria, a hotel, and a couple of gift shops. (But the view is spectacular!) Many people only take the train part (or all) of the way up and then hike back down – also an option.
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The higher the floor, the better the view. Naturally.
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Eric wrote a review Aug 2011
Montreux, Switzerland
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We love Zermatt, and go there quite often for a week end or for a week as we live only 2hrs from there. This time, we were really unlucky, and the (nice and modern) website got us ! This is one of the oldest house of Zermatt's modern area, a 4-floor building from the 60's that did not know any renovation since. From the moment you pass the door, you can smell the age of the house. Nicely located in the center of the resort, you can enjoy the noisy neighborhood (pubs, restaurants, clubs) during the night as the windows do not offer any phonic isolation... The apartment we had was not renovated as the ones shown on the website, it was clearly dirty as there was so much dust... Except the (high) price, this house has nothing to do in Zermatt, it should really be destroyed and let the place to a real chalet !
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Date of stay: January 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HappySydChampers wrote a review Feb 2013
Zurich, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had 2 families plus friends -about 14 people stay - Australian, Swiss, South African and English.

After booking the place and then reading the terrible review we were really concerned and so my partner and his family went and checked the place out a few months before our arrival for Xmas. They all said it was fine and once we all turned up for xmas we agreed.

We all really enjoyed our 1 week stay.

This is not a fancy place rather it is very homely and cozy. The place was clean and tidy. My mother who is very particular about cleanliness had no problems with the apartment. There was a new large couch and a wood fireplace that worked. It is walking distance from the train station and close to everything -shops/retaurants/ski hire.

Although it can accomodate quite a few people- it only has 1 proper bathroom, there is also another separate shower facility in a separate room plus another toilet.

It really is in a great location with great sweeping views plus the Penthouse has a jacuzzi which was great. The deck was covered in snow but we loved it that way. It also has a sauna but we didn't have a clue how too operate it and didn't bother.

Overall, we enjoyed staying here and I have no problems recommending the place. Would have no issues staying there again.
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Date of stay: January 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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KB231blue wrote a review Jun 2015
Upstate New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed our stay in Zermatt at Haus Theodul. We took the tram from Tasch to Zermatt and the apartment was a short walk from the station. The directions provided were very helpful. Check in was easy and John was very helpful. As with many locations in Zermatt keep in mind you can not leave your garbage behind, you must dispose of it yourself. I can understand this rule with the train being the only way in and out of Zermatt. The apartment was spacious with a large living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen was small but more than adequate. We only slept three in the apartment but you could see how you could fit a lot more people in this apartment - a bed in the wall in the living room that folds down, sofa bed etc. Wifi worked great and John gave us great advice for deciding on taking the Gornergrat train up the mountain (checking the live webcam shots to see how the weather was up high in the mountains). The apartment was quiet and comfortable and I would stay here again if I make the trip to Zermatt.
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Date of stay: May 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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ropaco wrote a review Aug 2012
Geneva, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been coming to this place on and off for almost 20 years. Location is perfect, 5 minutes walk from the station, near supermarkets and shops.
The rooms maybe old but are clean with everything you may need in an appartment(cutlery, crockery, sat tv etc) . (A number of apprtments have been renovated last year).
Once we stayed in a much smaller room in a hotel nearby and we had to pay 3 times more! Guest are supposed to leave the appartements clean like all appartmenthotels but rooms are cleaned by staff after vacating anyway.
Reception is helpfull and friendly . We recommended this place to many of our friends and they were all delighted! Sometimes if available a bigger appartment was given for the same price, I do not all agree with the review from the people of Brisbane and they compare with a place called Whistler but to my knowledge there is no such place in Zermatt!
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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skibilly66 wrote a review Jan 2012
Brisbane, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
No luxury here in this penthouse, though we did have double glazing. The building entrance smells like a dirty nappy and the ski room stinks of motor oil and has two moldy couches and a old swollen chipboard table. However, there are boot warmers but only half work.
We knew the decor was from the 70s but it's so run down as it hasn't been maintained well, at all. The old leather chesterfield had rips in it; door handles were missing on kitchen cupboards. The toilet door opens out; when it's closed your knees are almost touching it..the tiniest WC ever! The smell coming from the drain in the shower was foul! It was *in* our bedroom, like a makeshift ensuite, so we had to cover it with a towel so we could sleep without the pong.
The huge deck was covered in snow. We expected it to be cleared, at least from the spa and near the sauna. Once we had cleared the foot of snow from the spa lid (which we knew was an old model from the photos on the web) and got in, it was a very tepid 40 degrees and was set there and couldn't be adjusted up. It was also SLIMEY. So gross! We are staying two weeks, paying Chf 700 a nt for the first week then 600 nt for the second. What a rip off; just feeding off the draw of the Matterhorn!! Had no clue it would be so bad from the 'slick' website! It's 2* lodging at 6* prices - sooo expensive; last year we stayed in Whistler in the superb 5* Woodrun 601 condo for CAN$500 a nt...what a bad joke this old dump is. I agree with the previous poster about demolition!
P.S. the sauna didn't work either.
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Date of stay: January 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mia 🌍 wrote a review Dec 2019
Fribourg, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location and spacious appartements. Kitchen well equipped and wifi. Take a boom box to listen to the music. We made a fondue for 6 and everything was here to prepare it. But to be sure give a call beforehand.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ccnee wrote a review Jan 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location was great.. very near to both supermarkets, Coop & Migros.. eating out was kinda costly so we chose to prepare our own meals..

All within walking distance.. shops / ski equipment rentals / free bus ride (for us was the green line) to Sunnegga for 🎿 ..
at Matterhorn..

Reception was friendly and helpful..
There was a 24 hrs washer and dryer (however during our stay, it was out of order)..
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hiren Zala asked a question Jul 2017
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
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Doha, Qatar142 contributions34 helpful votes
Sorry for the late response. We had booked through this site Info@zermatt.ch
Sean Oberholzer wrote a tip Jan 2022
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania20 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The upper floors give you the best views."
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Natalie G wrote a tip Jul 2017
Broulee, Australia24 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Penthouse has a huge rooftop terrace with BBQ, deckchairs and hot tub, plus a view of the tip of the Matterhorn"
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Jack A wrote a tip Aug 2016
Louisville, Kentucky2 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The higher the floor, the better the view. Naturally."
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acostajorge44 wrote a tip Jun 2016
Miami, Florida804 contributions113 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room facing the mountains."
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Priyanuj wrote a tip Sept 2015
Bangkok, Thailand36 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For family or big group ( 6 or 6+) ,there's a big unit you can stay , enjoy cooking fresh ( of course cheaper ) food too. ."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Haus Theodul
Which popular attractions are close to Haus Theodul?
Nearby attractions include Alpine Ski School (0.4 km), Summit Ski & Snowboard School (0.2 km), and Zermatt Ski School European Snowsport (ES) (0.1 km).
Which room amenities are available at Haus Theodul?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What are some restaurants close to Haus Theodul?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni, saycheese!, and L'Atelier Grandsire.
Is Haus Theodul located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Zermatt.
Are there any historical sites close to Haus Theodul?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mountain guides’ memorial (0.4 km), Kapelle Blatten "Maria Rosenkranzkönigin" (1.9 km), and Beresina-Haus (0.5 km).
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