The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt is rightfully one of the top ten in the world. Here are the highest pistes, its own cable car, guaranteed snow cover throughout the year. Hotels offer a wide variety of accommodation options from hostels to fashionable chalets. The story below will be about where to stay and what to do in Zermatt, besides ski slopes.
At the foot of the Matterhorn Mountain is the Matterhorn Focus Design Hotel. Each of its rooms has a special interior. All have high ceilings with wooden beams, huge panoramic windows, which offer amazing views of the Alps. Designers paid attention to the unusual layout of the rooms, so they acquired individual characteristics. The artist Heinz Yulen worked on creating an atmosphere filled with air and light. The hotel’s day starts with breakfast. It features a spa area, swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, fresh fruit and a small afternoon snack, soft drinks at the health centre. During the day there is a free transfer to the railway station, helipad and the city centre. The lift is within walking distance.
The hotels of Zermatt offer their guests leisure services. For example, staff can book tours of the old Gornergrat railway or the raclette cheese factories.
“Apart from this hotel, there is no other house around! That’s impressive. Mountains, air, ski slopes. Breakfast is not very varied, but everything that is served is very tasty. Great coffee. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., tables with a variety of pastries are set up again”
The apartment is in close proximity to the ski slopes. The guest house with panoramic windows accommodates guests in one-room studios and rooms with separate bedrooms. Mini kitchens are equipped for cooking. It features a sauna, a common recreation area, fresh buns and Nescafe capsules (for a fee). The Klein Matterhorn restaurant and cafe bar are nearby. A couple of meters from the entrance is the Furi lift.
“A very clean, spacious apartment overlooking the Matterhorn. Downstairs is a large terrace for relaxation. Comfortable beds. Stephanie’s boss is always in touch, helping with good advice. Excellent value for money” Flavia, France
The four-star Berghof Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the centre of the village of Zermatt at the foot of the mountains. In addition to traditional ski activities, there are spa treatments. It offers: whirlpool baths, sauna, swimming pools, hammam, cosmetic procedures, massage. Breakfast is set in the dining room of the restaurant, decorated in the village style. The hotel’s bar has a billiards bar and a children’s playground in the courtyard. Bicycles are free to rent in the summer. For the rest there is a terrace with a smoking area. The nearest Matterhorn Express is at the exit of the hotel. Free transfers to and from the village are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“It’s warm and cozy in this hotel, as if I didn’t leave the house. Be sure to stay here. Get a lot of fun living” Sue, Australia
The Ari Resort is popular because of its location. A few steps from the entrance is the Fury lift. A little further away is the Lookout of the Matterhorn by Gladier Paredise. Guests are housed in a spacious apartment with panoramic windows and a cooking kitchen. The sauna and Jacuzzi are available for a fee. On request, food and drinks can be delivered to the rooms. Hotel Berghof and Klein Matterhorn are nearby. There is a supermarket nearby. The hotel is positioned as a place for non-smokers. Accommodation with animals is not allowed.
“It’s very clean and cozy. The view of the Matterhorn opens directly from our balcony, just beautiful scenery. The cable car is a few steps from our apartment. I would love to stay in this place if I had the chance to see Switzerland again” Encarnacion, USA
The Antares Alpine Hotel is 100 metres from the Klein Matterhorn Valley cable car. There is a spa, bar and nightclub. Breakfast is served buffet style. The rest of the time the guests organize meals themselves. There are restaurants in the vicinity. There is an ATM and a currency exchange point at the hotel’s respet. Here they take with pets. Smoking areas are equipped. There is a transfer from/to the railway station. The Matterhorn Express lift is 100 metres from the entrance.
“Very friendly staff, fantastic view of the Matterhorn from the “matterhorn views rooms”, delicious breakfast and friendly staff (I asked them to help me prepare a surprise for my girlfriend for a romantic weekend and made it)” Carlos, Switzerland
A ski lift will take you to the chalet, built directly on the mountain slopes. The station in the valley of Cermatt is directly connected to the CERVO Mountain Resort. A free shuttle service is provided from the train station. On-site guests are placed in chalets with comfortable living conditions. You can come with pets. All houses have saunas or steam baths, a terrace, a recreation room with a fireplace, a massage room. You can safely call them – mini hotels. Breakfast is covered in the restaurant. There are two à la carte restaurants open at lunchtime and in the evening. The Sunnegga Paraidse lift is on site. Two more: Gornergrat Bahn and Matterhorn Paradise are 0.5 and 1 km away respectively.
“A well-designed room with comfortable space. Pleasant and hospitable staff. In addition, there is a famous restaurant of national cuisine with a magnificent view of the mountains” Lily, China
On the south slope, a 2-minute walk from Sunnegga Express Station, is another mountain chalet village, Welschen. There is also a lift to the entrance. Prices here are lower than in the previous hotel, but there are fewer offers for guests. For a fee, you can visit the spa at the nearby Haus H’rnligrat. Lunch at the Walliserhof Partner Hotel restaurant. It is located in the center of Zermatt, which is 400 meters away. This is the end of the inconvenience. Guests of the hotel rated the comfort and location at 9.4 points on the Booking system.
“We loved our stay at this hotel. Beautiful decor, attention to detail, fabulous beds, gorgeous terrace, helpful staff” Steve, UK
Garni Testa Grigia is the best option for tourists wishing to stay in the centre of the village of Zermatt. The interior designer used natural wood, carpets and quality textiles for decoration. Each room has access to a separate balcony. The zone is declared smoke-free. Pets are not resettled.
A pharmacy is open on the ground floor. Breakfast is covered by the Swedish line. Restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores are nearby. A seasonal ice rink, a golf club and a tennis court are within a 2-minute walk. The nearest lifts to the slopes are 400-900 meters. The train station is a 5-minute walk away.
“My children and I shared a balcony with a magnificent view of the Matterhorn. The rooms were nice and spacious as well as the bathroom. Great coffee, except for the size of a cup. Services and amenities are good” Aluette, South Africa
One of Switzerland’s oldest Alpine hotels, Mont Cervin Palace, opened in 1851. Since then, it has undereded many reconstructions. Today, the complex is a member of the “World’s Leading Hotels” program. According to the international classification, it has been assigned 5 stars. It is located in the centre of Zermatt, 300 metres from the railway station. Guests are provided with the services of a health spa center, which covers an area of 1700 square meters. Breakfast is served in the morning, dinner is served on the menu in the evening. In the evening there is a dress code. For men, a jacket and tie are obligatory. For the hotel’s youngest guests, meals are served at children’s tables. Here they are looked after by the staff. In the evening there are two bars, one has a grand piano, the other offers a large selection of cigars. The wine list corresponds to the wishes of the guests. Prices for accommodation and restaurant menus are higher than standard.
“All the staff are very friendly and made us feel special! We went up to the room after celebrating our wedding anniversary and champagne and fruit were waiting for us there. The spa is just wonderful, as is breakfast! Just a stunning hotel!”
The boutique hotel with an original interior style is located in the center of the village. Each room is individually designed. In the winter season, it has one of the best restaurants in the area. Its chef was awarded two Michelin stars, and the restaurant itself was awarded a rating of 17 points on the Go-Miyo scale. There are spa treatments, whirlpool baths, a sauna and a steam room. A ski bus stops near the entrance. There is a seasonal ice rink and tennis court across the street.
“All the staff were really great, the reception was warm and friendly, even though it was the first time here, I wanted to go back. Everything was calm and simple. Cool quirky beautifully equipped room, free coffee and tea. Excellent wellness center, good breakfast buffet Janne, Switzerland
The complex specializes in providing wellness and spa services. It is located near the center of the village and the railway station. The rooms have kitchenettes, but every morning guests are invited to a Swedish breakfast. In the free from ski slaloms and descents guests are waiting in the health center. Here they can take baths with sea water, warmed up to 34 degrees Celsius, warm up in the sauna, do a massage, undergo wellness procedures, swim in the pool with salt water.
“Great spa, Jacuzzi next to the pool. Breakfast offers a large selection of cheeses. A ski bus stop 30 metres from the entrance. There is a supermarket nearby. Normal hotel with your money” Sergey, Ukraine
For tourists who want to fully feel the grandeur and beauty of the Alps, it is better to settle in a chalet on the slopes. Just consider the hotels Welschen and CERVO Mountain Resort,choose a suitable option for the price and go to the mountains. Although other hotels do not lose to them in comfort and location.