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- Zermatt: the village at the foot of the Matterhorn. With the skyline dominated by this hulk of weathered rock you’re sure to enjoy some awe-inspiring scenery. But let’s look beyond this world famous alpine icon and find out what it really has to offer and where the best places to stay in Zermatt really are.
With year round glacier skiing and the highest skiing in the Alps, Zermatt is blessed with guaranteed snow. But you’ll probably be able to work on your panda eyes as well: Zermatt is bathed in sunshine for three hundred days of the year.
You’ll need the good weather. With over 360km of pistes in the winter, Zermatt is a vast skiing area and even gives you the option of skiing in 2 different countries on the same day. The run down into Cervinia, Italy, is as charming as the rest of the resort and can be accessed on the whole area lift pass.
Zermatt perhaps doesn’t offer the beginner the easiest of portals into skiing – though there are a number of gentle slopes ideal for those first slides (on skis or bum!).
No doubt the steep learning curve will only stand them in good stead, however, when they progress to Zermatt’s almost endless, fantastic piste skiing (the 13km run from the Klein-Matterhorn, descending 2200m to Zermatt is perhaps the most spectacular). The more experienced skier won’t be disappointed either: the yellow itinerary routes on offer present some challenging and engaging skiing and, if the budget stretches, the opportunities for heli-skiing are magnificent.
If snow sports aren’t your bag, have no fear: Zermatt offers plenty more besides. From shopping to the cinema in the winter, and paragliding to golf in the summer, Zermatt also has a number of galleries and museums to visit for those more Herman Melville than Herman Maier.
Eating out in Zermatt
Even if you are firmly slicing through the powder, there is plenty to distract you. As they say locally, at some point ‘you may need to leave the slopes to be, well, just slopes for a little while’ as you settle into the finest cuisine a skiing resort could have to offer.
The Gault-Millau guide rates Zermatt as the most concentrated area of gourmet restaurants in Europe and many visitors come back for the quality of the restaurants alone. There is no end to the choice available: from experimental cooking to the most traditional of local recipes.
With the mandatory fondue and raclette along the way, electing where to eat will be some of the most difficult decisions you make. Pop into Restaurant Alm for a locally prepared trout caught in their own pond or if skiing has taken its toll for the day, recline on the Mark Twain Sun lounge as the afternoon slips past.
Zermatt’s après-ski will similarly spoil you for choice. Pour your own beer from the self-service tap at Papperla Pub (you still have to pay unfortunately) before heading downstairs to the Schneewittchen nightclub or go for some live music at the Hennu Stall before retiring to the Alex Bar for a cocktail. Whatever you’re looking for, Zermatt’s got it.
As well as having an exhausting assortment of Restaurants and Late Venues, Zermatt has an extensive range of Hotels. Below, The Hotel Guru has singled out the choicest pickings from this overflowing fruit basket as the best places to stay in Zermatt.
- Built in 1855, Hotel Monte Rosa is certainly not short on history. The headquarters of Whymper’s expedition, which first conquered the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa now merges traditional Alpine interiors with undeniable comfort.
- With its simple unaffected atmosphere and central location the Hotel Parnass is a fantastic family option, and the extravagant five course dinners will keep everyone quiet, at least for a little while.
Best access to the lifts
Getting up the mountain quickly in the morning can lead to the best, empty-piste skiing. The following pick of the best places to stay in Zermatt will allow you to slither straight from your slippers to your ski boots.
Hotel Pheonix could not be more ideally suited. Its situation in a quiet neighbourhood doesn’t mean you can’t be last to bed as well as first up. Just a couple of minutes from the main lifts Hotel Pheonix represents excellent value for money and will dazzle you with its views of the Matterhorn.
The après-ski in Zermatt is of the highest quality. While almost all the hotels on the Hotel Guru are centrally located, these hotels are sure to lead to some wild nights.
- The building of Le Petit Hotel seems to be made from a wedge of Swiss cheese. This affordable and very central spot lends itself to high revelry.
- Perren is also situated very centrally but will offer slightly more comfort than Le Petit. The ‘exciting’ atmosphere is certain to get everyone in the mood
Zermatt frequently plays host to many of Europe’s elite and, as you might expect, has the best places to stay to match.
- Riffelalp is Europe’s highest 5-star resort. Far away from the main town you’re unlikely to worry about too many of your worldly cares. The opulence at such altitude should also help to distract you.
- Also chic to the extreme, Hotel Alex seems to be the perfect place to mount summer assaults on the surrounding mountains. With an indoor pool and sociable bar amongst many other comforts to welcome you back, the Alex presents a slightly different experience to most of Zermatt.
- The intimate Coeur des Alpes has only 6 suites. This secluded, contemporary hotel is über cool.
Have a peek at our list below of the best places to stay in Zermatt. Not sure you’ve found quite the right one? Why not check out The Hotel Guru’s other skiing destinations: Les Trois Valees, Val d’Isere, Verbier and St Anton.
Best Hotels in Zermatt
Parnass 30 rooms from $91Zermatt
Friendly family-run hotel with stunning views of Matterhorn. Warm and homely, wood clad rooms with crisp white linen and cosy living areas. Excellent five course dinners are served in the dining room or garden. Exceptional value for money makes this an ideal choice for families and groups.Active Holiday - A world-class ski resort that caters for sporty guests in endless other activities such as hiking, biking and sledging.Value chic - A stylish property, with warm fires, library and garden, in a prime location offering very reasonable rates.Views - Great views from hotel
Fluhalp 4 rooms from $97Zermatt (Switzerland)
Traditional Alpine mountain inn accessible only on skis or by foot. In the winter, it's only the restaurant that is open. Late June to October, great value for money and perfect for groups - you can choose between four bed rooms or dormitories. Ideal as an overnight stop off.Groups - Fluhalp has a variety of acccommodations ranging from 4 bed rooms to dormitories - ideal for trekking groups.Value chic - Providing excellent rates in an expensive areaActive Holiday - Right on the slopesRemote - Accessible only by skis or on foot!
Perren 70 rooms from $137Zermatt (Switzerland)
An excellent choice for a three-star, centrally placed hotel. A traditionally decorated chalet providing comfort and mountain views, as well as a sociable lounge, restaurant and bar. The larger 'deluxe' rooms make an excellent choice for families. A small gym and sauna available for guest use.Active Holiday - Zermatt is renownded for its world class skiing and fantastic hiking trails.Value chic - Incredible value for this part of the worldGreat walks - 400km of hiking trails
Phoenix 27 rooms from $169Zermatt (Switzerland)
A stylish contemporary hotel - both functional and characterful, rustic and peaceful. Deluxe rooms overlook the Matterhorn. Enjoy an apres ski drink in the attractive bar with quarrystone, rustic wood, and lots of natural light. Great value for money.Families - Located in the quiet Wiesti quarter, but within a ten minute walk of the action- ideal for parents with young children.Great walks - Wander along the wooden walkways to view the Gorner gorge.Views - Of the Matterhorn.Full of character
Le Petit Hotel, Zermatt 22 rooms from $151Zermatt (Switzerland)
Located in the centre of Zermatt, Le Petit Hotel is a fantastic base just 150m from the main street. A rooftop terrace gives fantastic mountain views. Comfortable beds and cosy bedrooms. Ideal for those who spend most of the day on the slopes and the evenings out. A good value sleeping spot.Active Holiday - A world class skiing resort with 400km of hiking routes in the summer months.Skiing - Just a 7 minute walk from the central ski liftsGreat walks - Scenic mountain walking routesViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Matthiol 33 rooms from $183Zermatt
Fully renovated in 2015, this property offers luxurious rooms in the foothills of the Matterhorn. The hotel has a quiet, peaceful ambiance and is perfect for an active holiday with the nearest ski slopes less than a mile away and plenty of local hiking and cycling on offer during the summer.Back to Nature - Located in the foothills of the iconic Matterhorn peakGreat walks - Beautiful nearby hiking routes up the MatterhornSecluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotel
Julen 32 rooms from $224Zermatt (Switzerland)
Romantic family-run hotel full of personality. Large wooden-clad rooms and suites with romantic decorations and splashes of bright colour. Sheepskins, flowers, and antlers adorn the public rooms. Lovely restaurant and bar, and a three-storey spa, pool and gym. A cosy Alpine base.Total relaxation - Unwind in style off piste with three story spa, sauna and steam baths, followed by cocktails and fine wines.Swimming Pool - Indoor poolViews - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Frommers
Hotel Bellerive, Zermatt 26 rooms from $205Zermatt (Riedstrasse 3)
A chic and charming hotel in central Zermatt right next to cable car stations offers contemporary décor, opulent furnishings and all modern comforts. Rooms are luxurious with private hot tubs and views of the Matterhorn peak. A lounge bar has comfortable seating by a fireplace. Very sumptuous.Local exploring - The Ski lift Zermatt - Furi located within walking distanceSpa breaks - Offers a free spa with hot tub and a steam and sauna bathFull of characterOpulent
Hotel Alex 84 rooms from $247Zermatt
Historic and quirky family-run hotel with bags of character. Modern bedrooms and luxury suites with hand-turned furniture and exquisite wood carvings whirl-pool baths. Sociable bar, large pool, and a children's playground. The perfect choice for families.Active Holiday - With skiing on your doorstep plus tennis and squash courts, grotto swimming pool and gym on site, this is a sportsmans fantasy.Spa breaks - A lovely spa to unwind in after a day in the great outdoors featuring saunas, massage rooms, a tepidarium and a sanarium.Swimming Pool - Indoor poolOpulentRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Hotel Matterhorn Focus 30 rooms from $229Zermatt
Featuring a range of gorgeous designer rooms and suites decorated in a contemporary Alpine style. There's plenty of nearby skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, whilst those on a more relaxing break can spend their days in the spa instead. An uber stylish stay.Great walks - Enjoy stunning mountain walks on the MatterhornDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of characterSpa
CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort from $274Zermatt (P.O. Box 388)
Luxury ski resort places intimacy and enjoyment as top priorities. Each chalet comes with own wellness centre - sauna, jacuzzi, massage room - and ski-to-door access is available. Chalets can be rented by room or as a whole; ideal for large groups to enjoy spectacular views and great skiing.Private villas - Chalets available for rentalViews - Views of the MatterhornSauna/Steam - Sauna in every chaletHills & mountains
Coeur des Alpes 21 rooms from $241Zermatt (Switzerland)
Glamour and intimacy combine to create this scintillatingly contemporary chalet. An impressive lobby with a glass floor that reveals the swimming pool underneath. Bedazzling designs - glass, wood, stone, steel, and chandeliers make up the rooms, suites and lofts. A grown up mountain escape.Spa breaks - A glorious spa with a hammam, caldarium, bio sauna, arvensauna, kneipp pool, infrared sauna and outdoor hot tub.Active Holiday - Situated in a world renowned alpine resort with hiking, biking, skiing, sledging and much much more.Swimming Pool - Luxury indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotel
Monte Rosa 41 rooms from $259Zermatt (Switzerland)
Zermatt’s oldest, most historic hotel. Delightful private balconies and classically styled rooms in neutral tones. A cosy drawing room and sumptuous fine dining room with gorgeous chandeliers. An excellent family-friendly choice for a destination with old world charm.Romantic Break - Classic, stylish accommodation with fine dining and spoiling spaHills & mountains - At the base of the iconic MatterhornSkiing - An extensive skiing resortGreat walks - Gorgeous scenic walking routesRecommended by - Frommers
Backstage Boutique SPA Hotel 19 rooms from $259Zermatt (Hofmattstrasse 4)
In a superb location at the centre of Zermatt, this boutique hotel offers chic glass rooms with free standing bath tubs, wonderful views, fabulous furnishings, great lighting and an exclusive spa experience. A bar with a terrace, an art gallery and design studio on site. Very unique.Local exploring - The Zermatt Railway Station is located out the front door, easy to explore surrounding regions as wellSpa breaks - A unique theme-based spa experience claims to bring together body, mind, art, music and natureGreat walks - Beautiful hikes in the area. Organised tours can be arrangedDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
Wellness Hotel Alpenhof 60 rooms from $303Zermatt (Matterstrasse 43)
A family run hotel in a great location. Next door to the train station yet very peaceful. Rooms with wooden floors, furnishings in natural earthy tones, and spacious bathrooms. Gourmet food, a wellness spa and outdoor and indoor pools. Alpine chic.Families - Lots of fun activities, indoors and outdoors. Something to keep the little ones busyActive Holiday - Primarily a ski-resort, there are many other outdoor activitiesSwimming Pool - An indoor pool and an outdoor whirlpoolGreat walks - Hike into the surrounding mountains
Riffelalp Resort 72 rooms from $388Zermatt
Accessible only by mountain rail or path, the Riffelalp is Europe's highest five star resort. Traditionally styled rooms feature pine clad walls and large glass windows. Expect a unique and breathtaking panorama facing the Matterhorn, plus three restaurants, spa and luxury as standard.Spa breaks - Pamper and indulge in the on site spa with schonbiel cave, Finish sauna, massages and Chriiter-Grotta.Active Holiday - Endless adrenelin fuelled activities in the surrounding area plus many inhouse activities.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers
Hotel Europe 37 rooms from $357Zermatt
A luxury lodge boasting stunning mountain views. Contemporary Alpine rooms feature pine clad walls, exposed beams and modern art. A heavenly wellness centre is the perfect place to relieve any aches and pains. A chic restaurant serves up exemplary Swiss cuisine. Mountain perfection.Active Holiday - A stunning base for Alpine exploration situated in one of Switzerland's finest resorts.Skiing - Located near the Zermatt-Furi Ski Lift and the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotel
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof 77 rooms from $374Zermatt (Bahnhofstrasse 55)
This grand hotel has been welcoming guests since 1879. It boasts tastefully designed rooms with five star services. The Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni restaurant has won 14 points from Gault Millau. The Alpine Spa offers luxury treatments. A fine experience guaranteed.Active Holiday - Lovers of snow can enjoy the area by skiing, hiking and biking. Come home to luxury afterwardsRomantic Break - Luxurious, elegant rooms, a private spa and great choice of restaurants. Good for couplesSwimming Pool - An indoor pool for guestsKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Tablet
Matterhorn Lodge 17 rooms from $383Zermatt
A chic mountain lodge boasting gorgeous views. Rooms mix traditional materials with contemporary design to great effect. Light and airy, pine clad walls and uber contemporary bathrooms. Apres ski can be found in the lively bar and contemporary fire-lit lounge. A hip mountain base.Active Holiday - The surrounding mountains provide a platform for numerous outdoor activities.Skiing - Zermatt offers guaranteed snow as Europe's highest resort.Views - Great views from hotelSpa
The Omnia 30 rooms from $456Zermatt (Auf dem Fels)
Beautifully constructed contemporary mountain lodge, perched up high overlooking Zermatt. Stunning views of the Matterhorn. Gourmet cuisine, cosy library, elegant bar, spa with outside plunge pool, turkish bath and yoga classes. Luxurious suites come with logs fires, a private jacuzzi or sauna.Spa - Magnifcent spa with well equipped gym, turkish bath, outisde plunge pool, yoga and pilates classes and massage.Outdoor dining - Sunny outside terrace for lunch with views of the Matterhorn and at night-time twinkling views of the village.Restaurant - Chef Patrick Weber produces exquiste seasonal dishes using local ingredients, accompanied by fine wines.WellbeingRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Unique Hotel Post 29 rooms from $414Zermatt
A superb modern hotel nestled at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, in Zermatt centre. The sleek, comfy rooms boast rustic-chic wooden furnishings, fireplaces and luxorious bathrooms. There are load of trendy bars and gourmet restaurants to choose from, and the spa is not to be missed.Romantic Break - The perfect weekend away for two, with chic suites, in room fires, deep soaking tubs and a range of romantic dining options.Sights nearby - Take the amazing Gornergrat Railway, the highest railway in Europe, to see fantastic views of the Matterhorn.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Spa
Hotel Firefly 15 rooms from $417Zermatt
Fifteen suites at the foot of the Matterhorn, each built to reflect one of the elements: fire, earth, water and air. Truly modern interiors infused with an authentic Alpine feel with wood flooring, leather furniture and open fires. Suites have kitchens, granite baths and astonishing mountain views.Views - Located at the foot of the Matterhorn - breathtaking Alpine views in every direction.Hills & mountainsSkiingBack to NatureRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Mont Cervin Palace 150 rooms from $720Zermatt (Bahnhofstrasse 31)
A 5 star hotel offering great views of the beautiful Matterhorn peak. Rooms are elegant and cosy and come with fireplaces and hot tubs. Fine dining in four different restaurants, a soothing luxury spa and wide selection of wines make this one of the most upscale hotels in town. Chic and grand.Back to Nature - Situated in Zermatt, right below the pyramid shaped Matterhorn peak with wonderful mountain views all aroundFamilies - Family Apartments available with fireplaces and plenty of spaceSwimming Pool - An indoor and outdoor poolViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet