Royer. A world apart.
Hotel Royer – your holiday home in Schladming
Engineer Ernst Royer, born in 1926, a true-blue Schladming boy from a poor family, founded a highly successful construction company in Vienna practically out of nothing, specializing in railway construction. After having opened a restaurant called the Styrian Rauchkuchl in Schladming, he decided with encouragement from the Schladming population, to enrich tourism through the construction of a hotel at the beginning of the 1970s.
Our hotel with 65 rooms was opened with great pomp and ceremony in the presence of many eminent figures in January 1975. The first extension in the South wing was needed due to the hotel’s popularity. At the same time the indoor pool was built in cooperation with the town of Schladming. With the staging of the Alpine Ski World Cup 1982 in Schladming, Royer decided to continue extending the hotel as a private World Cup initiative.
Beginning of construction of a large hotel expansion, which included enlarging the restaurant, inclusion of a rotisserie, the addition of an indoor tennis court and a parking garage, as well as doubling the room capacity. The enlarged hotel opened just in time for the beginning of the world championship season as an official FIS hotel and many international greats of sport, politics, business and society were welcomed at this event in the new Royer.
In the following years the hotel became a popular holiday destination for guests from all over the world, and many became loyal customers who regularly return to the Sport Hotel.
Of course further investment was needed and so the bar was rebuilt in 1987, the golf training facility built in 2002 and from 2001 to 2006 all 130 hotel rooms, the main restaurant and the sauna and relaxation area were completely renovated and modernized. Almost all the facilities were upgraded with state of the art technology: the rooms have a modern card-closing system and broadband Internet connections, the entire heating system was converted to eco-friendly community heating, our ski room offers modern shoe drying equipment, all dispensing and cooling systems are completely modern, and the fire alarm system with 1,070 (!) smoke detectors is up to date, etc, etc, etc!
before the high point of 2013, the Alpine Ski World Cup in Schladming (in which we were the official FIS hotel for the second time), the Royer was still diligently being improved: a new lift in the main building, hotel bar, cigar lounge, main entrance, as well as our Steirerstüberl restaurant were completely renovated. In addition, all seminar rooms were given a new look.
2014 was not without results. We built a large bus parking area in spring and in autumn our hotel reception was re-designed, our underground car park tweaked and many rooms were renovated. Petra Pitzer also opened a hair salon in our hotel on 4th November 2014, where our guests are of course welcome.
Not a year has gone by without generous investments being made by Royer and he is always striving to please our guests, with the support of his closest partners and fully backed by his family.