Quick Guide to Zermatt Hotels

Zermatt hotels

Zermatt isn’t a very big place, but you’d never know it from all the hotels there.  Let’s just say it has more than its share – a lot more than a village of less than 6,000 people would normally have. But then, Zermatt isn’t a normal place.  It’s a charming little Alpine village with some of the most magnificent views in the world, not to mention world-class skiing and other winter sports.

The Hotel Choices are Widely Varied

The upshot of all this grandness is that Zermatt has well over 200 different hotels.  At least one of them would suit just about any traveler.

The choices for Zermatt hotels range from the ultra-luxurious (posh enough to be worthy of any member of the royalty) to several low-cost, budget-conscious options (cheap enough for a student or any other traveler who’s trying to save their pennies).

Most of the 125+ hotels in the village are owned and operated by local families.  It gives them a personalized touch.  Although several would be considered the “cream of the crop,” earning 5 stars from various hotel rating organizations, most are comfortable, traditional-style 3- or 4-star hotels.  A few even feature hillside locations along the route of the Gornergrat railway.

Here’s a quick sampling of just a few of the options, broken down by “star” category:

5-Star: 

  • Mont Cervin PalaceOpulent, elegant and traditional.  The largest hotel in the village.
  • Grand Hotel Zermatterhof.  A traditional-style grand hotel, complete with piano bar.  Sumptuous rooms and amenities.
  • Riffelalp Resort.  Located at the first stop on the Gornergrat railway, this hotel has its own evening trains.  Luxurious without being “stuffy,” this may be the “pick of the litter” of Zermatt’s hillside hotels.

4-Star:

  • Sonne.  Quiet location with an excellent wellness center.  Very friendly, helpful staff.
  • Monte Rosa Boutique Hotel.  One of the early hotels in the village center, but updated and modernized.  Decorated with fascinating climbing mementos.
  • Beau Site.  Fabulous views of the Matterhorn.
  • Coeur des Alpes.  A chic, modern bed & breakfast at the south end of Zermatt.  Known for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
  • Cervo.  Located at the end of the piste, accessed by a lift in the Sunnegga tunnel.  A chic, hip place that features a unique deer theme.

3-Star:

  • Hotel Alpenroyal.  Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, good food – an excellent value.

With all these Zermatt hotels in such a small area, the competition for tourist dollars can get pretty fierce.  As a result, discounts on room rates can be found even in January and February – high tourist season in Zermatt and other Alpine ski resorts.

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One Response to Quick Guide to Zermatt Hotels

  1. Charlesdd says:

    Just spent 3 nights. Small cute rooms with large windows and modern clean look bathrooms. The hotel Unique Hotel Post was very good in all respects. It is situated in the centre of Zermatt, a 5-minute walk from the train station. Good bar and restaurant. Our room had a veranda with a clear view of the Matterhorn. Nice breakfast, welcoming staff. If you need a large space or if you don’t ski and want to stay in this is probably not for you. The small spa area includes a sauna, a steam bath and a hot tub. Massages can also be booked. Stayed March 2013

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