Andermatt was once famous for its 2-star and 3-star hotel accommodation, but there are now much more luxurious options and plenty of self-catering apartments to rent as well, and even a hostel for the most budget-conscious.
Where to stay in Andermatt
People lived in Andermatt long before skiing was invented, so the sport has been grafted onto the town and compared to a purpose-built resort, it lacks genuine ‘ski-in/ski-out’ slopeside accommodation. The two main lift stations are also at opposite ends of the town: the Gurschen/Gemsstock lift (best for freeriders and advanced skiers) is on the southwest edge, whilst the Natschen/Gutsch Express (best for beginners and intermediates wanting to ski over to Sedrun) is on the north east edge. Having said that, the town is reasonably compact, so if you’re in the centre, both lifts and most of the restaurants and nightlife will be within walking distance, and there is also a good free bus service if you don’t want the exercise. The town centre is also attractive, and much more atmospheric and pleasant to walk through than that of most purpose-built resorts.
Andermatt gets busy and lively at weekends, because as our ‘How to get to Andermatt‘ page explains, it’s easy to reach. This means that most of the hotels don’t insist you stay a full week, except at very peak times like half-term week, but if you are coming for a long weekend, you should book ahead (and that includes making restaurant reservations). And of course, if you want a quiet relaxing time with minimal lift queues, and are able to come mid-week, you should do so.
Hotels, guesthouses and apartments in Andermatt
For proper 5-star luxury, The Chedi Andermatt, opened in 2013, has left no stone unturned and sets the style for the high end. Most guests who stay in it rank it as ‘superb’ or better. One small step down from this is the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel. It has a wellness centre including a spa, sauna, hammam and indoor pool. Keen strong skiers might not like the location because it’s on the wrong side of town for the Gurschen/Gemsstock lift, but remember Andermatt is a small place and the walk or bus ride through the centre is quite pleasant.
If a location next to the Gurschen/Gemsstock lift is all important, then the Hotel Aurora is the obvious choice among the 3 star hotels, as it’s within a stone’s throw. The 3-star Hotel Sonne is also close – less than 200m away. If you’re prepared to walk up to 500m, or ride a bus for a couple of minutes, the eco-friendly 3-star River House Boutique hotel gets better ratings and whilst it’s further from the Gemsstock lift, this means it’s closer to the centre and nearer the Nätschen Ski Lift. The The family-run 3-star 3 Könige hotel is more traditional but similar in location and popularity. Of the 2-star hotels, the family-run Schweizerhof Hotel is probably the best located for lifts and buses, and is in a nice looking 100 year-old building. Hotel Badus and Hotel Bergidyll are only a little further away. They are sited close to one another in the centre of town and both get high ratings from previous users.
Budget hotels and guesthouses
If you give more weight to ratings from previous guests that to those awarded by official bodies, there are quite a few simple hotels and guesthouses in Andermatt with no stars but with very satisfied customers. These include Hotel Crown/Kronnen, B&B Bellavista-Privatzimmer Andermatt, Baeren Restaurant & Rooms (close to the lift and good food), and The Alpenhotel-Schlussel
There is also a good range of self-catering apartments, but customer ratings change fast and can vary for different apartments in the same complex. So use the search link below, which enables you not only to find individual apartments for groups of all sizes but also check availability, compare prices, read previous guest reviews and see locations.