Ansitz Hohenegg in the Allgäu Alps is the perfect hideaway from stressful, everyday life. It’s surrounded by forests but still flooded with sunlight. It offers 4 beautifully designed apartments.
How would you describe Alpenloge in a nutshell?
Alpenloge is a small boutique hotel with only 9 individually designed rooms, a restaurant and a wellness area. It is located on a little hill in the picturesque Scheidegg offering beautiful views of the foothills of the Alps.
What was the inspiration behind Alpenloge and how did it all start?
We asked ourselves the questions: How do we want to shape our lives? Where do we want to live? What should our daily work look like? We knew that we wanted to be surrounded by people and create something that did not yet exist — a modern hotel within a quintessential German landscape that went beyond the classic hotel concept. Guests often remark that they feel our passion, with a focus on time, the region and hospitality, rather than just making money.
What is your background? Is it in hospitality or why did you decide on a hotel?
This was a career change for both of us. I was a business consultant and Michael worked in media. However, we have always been ardent hosts and it soon became clear that we were looking for something where we could entertain guests. Once we had the property, the idea developed into what it is today.
I understood from Michael that you completely rebuilt the house?
Save for a few walls, the house had entirely collapsed. So we rebuilt it as it was before — even the stairs are in the same place and the windows are true to the original format. Many of our guests can’t believe that the structure is completely new, rather than having just been renovated.
The interior design is beautiful. How would you describe it?
We did everything ourselves. While Michael comes from a creative field, I rediscovered a creative side in me that had been dormant for years. For example, the chairs in the dining space were made in Switzerland during the 1930s and we used them to design a matching table.
Our vision was to create a modern aesthetic that suits the house and the region and won’t be outdated in a few years’ time. Many houses in Voralberg exhibit a traditional exterior with contemporary interiors. But we preferred recreating the design spirit of the 1930s, which is the era of the original house. Of course, we would have loved to have a 200-year-old house to work with. But we believe that Alpenloge fits into the region and has its very own, special character.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Alpenloge?
Relaxed, tranquil, private, intimate, individual, and cosy. We deliberately chose not to over-decorate but to keep things simple, which adds to the peacefulness of the place. Guests can unwind in the quiet rooms, with comfortable beds and colour palettes that range from cool to warm, depending on the orientation of each space.