Zermatt AccommodationZermatt offers a wide range of accommodation including an extensive selection of quality hotels, high class apartments and luxury ski chalets, but only a small proportion is ski-in, ski-out.
Zermatt has many high quality hotels and is certainly one of the best places to visit if you want to spend money with abandon. Some of Zermatt’s newer hotels are masterpieces of architecture and design offering luxury, comfort, wellness facilities, great food and stunning views of Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn. There are 30,000 beds in the village and it’s still growing.
Standards of accommodation are high and so too is the competition with over 300 hotels and apartments available to book online. Free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV’s are standard these days and in car-free Zermatt most hotels also offer a complementary electric taxi service to and from Zermatt railway station, the car park in Tasch or the heliport.
Leading 5-star hotels in Zermatt include the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof and Mont Cervin Palace, both traditional luxury hotels, and the splendid OMNIA Mountain Lodge Hotel perched on a rock ledge 45 meters overlooking the centre of Zermatt accessed by a private lift from the village. Higher still, literally, the 5-star superior Riffelalp Resort at 2,222 m – the height of luxury and truly in the middle of the skiing – is reached only by cog mountain railway (a 20 minute ride from Zermatt) and offers exceptional standards of luxury and service with unforgettable views of the Matterhorn and prices to match.
Zermatt offers an excellent choice of 4-star hotels of varying size, mostly small to medium family owned hotels, notably the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort Hotel, the impressive Matterhorn Focus Hotel with some of the best Matterhorn views in Zermatt, the genuinely romantic and charming Romantik Hotel Julen Superior, the Unique Hotel Post with more apres ski and dining options than any other hotel in Zermatt, the ever popular cosy Hotel Alex Zermatt with squash and tennis courts as well as the usual spa and wellness facilities. There’s also the historic 4-star Hotel Monte Rosa in the village square, from where Edward Whymper and his companions set off for their fateful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, now modernized but still strong on climbing heritage; and too many more to mention here.
For 3-star hotel accommodation in Zermatt, the Hotel Bellerive Superior, the Hotel Perren Superior and the Hotel Bristol are all recommended. Also of note is the family run Hotel Romantica, just off the middle of the high street.
A small proportion of the accommodation on the eastern side of the valley is ski-in, ski-out when the snow is good. When it’s not, it’s a walk down to the ski lifts in the morning and walk up again at the end of the day. A small amount of on-mountain accommodation is also available at Furi, a lift ride from the southern end of town.
For more normal requirements and easy access to town in the evening, a central location is good, though what’s well-placed for Sunnegga will be a long walk in ski boots to the Matterhorn Express cable car station at the other end of town; the bus service is often crowded and certainly not as frequent as it needs to be. Given the Swiss knack for running things like clockwork, this is either the exception that proves the rule or evidence of powerful lobbying by the local (electric) taxi union whose members enjoy a humming end-of-day trade.
Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Zermatt …