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Le Mirabeau History

Le Mirabeau History

The creation


The Hotel Mirabeau was built by our grandfather Meinrad Julen, who was one of the first hoteliers in Zermatt. With 80 hotel beds as well as a creative kitchenette solution in the rooms, the hotel was fully in-line with the retro design trends of the seventies; not to mention the flashy color clashes and outburst of flowery patterns. Gandpa Meinrad had been inspired by another hotel called Mirabeau that he stayed at – so the name was quickly chosen.

1979 The takeover

Sepp & Rose Julen, newly married and with their first daughter Anna on the way, take over the hotel. Their
innovative and entrepreneurial spirits lead them to build a pool and saunas, as well as to bring the “art de vivre” with
French cuisine to the mountains.

1987 The first French fine dining experience in Zermatt

Le Corbeau d’Or” serves French “nouvelle cuisine” which is very in vogue at the time.

Chef Alain Kuster joins the brigade in 1990 and leads the kitchen team until this day.

The Corbeau d’Or restaurant reached substantial fame as well as a mention in the Michelin guide and 17 points in the Gault Millau guide during its lifetime of 30 years.

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The Alpine Residence is born

Our annexed building, at the time called „Alpine Residence” is build. The 17 Junior Suites as well as the Alpine Loft Suite are designed in an alpine, modern style with open bathrooms and natural local natural materials such as old fir and larch wood, granite, woolen felt, linen and loden. Furthermore the building comprises the Josef’s Wine Lounge –named after Sepp (which is a nickname for Josef) Julen, as well as the Alpine hideaway Spa and an underground connecting tunnel to the main building.

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It’s a family affair

The two daughters Anna and Marie are following their father’s footsteps and while Marie is still studying Hotel
Management at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Anna has already graduated and moves with her husband Marcus to
Zermatt. She joins the family business, before relocating in 2014 with their beautiful twins Mia & Fynn in order to
pursue Marcus’ promising career endeavors in Zurich.
In 2007, all the rooms in the main building are renovated to match the modernity of the new annex building.

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2014 Innovations & renovations

After a few years gaining experiences in Paris, London, Bangkok and Zurich, Marie moves to Zermatt, together withher now-husband Francis Reichenbach, a well-traveled hoteliers’ son from Gstaad, whom she met while studying at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. In the following years, the Mirabeau’s culinary offering receives a revamp; the winter garden restaurant is relaunched under “Veranda – alpine casual dining”, and the gourmet restaurant Le Corbeau d’Or closes its doors after 30 years of operation. As a strategical relaunch approach, the young generation with the help of Chef de Cuisine Alain Kuster, open an innovative new all-day dining concept:
Marie’s Deli, named after our great-aunt Marie who in the 1960’s owned the first delicatessen shop in Zermatt.

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A new Era

All the rooms in the main building are yet again soft-renovated with elegant oak wood flooring, noise-insulated
windows and furnishings in a French-inspired boutique hotel design.
In June 2018 Francis and Marie Reichenbach – Julen take over the management of the Mirabeau and renew the
hotel logo as well as the hotels’ online and print marketing, the website as well as the realignment of the hotel’s
brand positioning. Their new Deli food cart is the newest addition to the comprehensive list of on-going projects;
may it be in terms of creative hotel expansion ideas or implementing standards of operational effectiveness – the
future of Le Mirabeau is still to be continued...


Groundbreaking and renovation at the Mirabeau Resort & Spa, Zermatt

This spring of 2023, construction work has begun on Mirabeau Resort's latest project. The new building "Voltaire" is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024 and consists of 16 hotel rooms and (family) junior suites, as well as two luxury duplex apartments with Matterhorn views and a fitness studio. For the sake of sustainability, a heating system with wood pellets will be installed in the basement for the "Voltaire" and the main building of the Mirabeau. A small rebranding will also be carried out with the expansion, with the Mirabeau Hotel & Spa becoming the Mirabeau Resort and Spa to reflect the diversity of the offering.