The Best Hotels in Zermatt, Switzerland for Every Traveller

There are plenty of magnificent views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt
There are plenty of magnificent views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt | Courtesy of Cervo Mountain Resort / Expedia
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3 December 2020

The alpine town Zermatt is situated at a lofty 1,520 metres (4,985ft) above sea level. But that’s nothing compared to the sky-scraping Matterhorn that looms over this German-speaking town. You’ll notice the complete absence of petrol-guzzling vehicles, the enormous surrounding ski and hiking region and the romantic 16th-century wooden houses. It’s the perfect base for a ski holiday and exploring Switzerland’s highest peaks, with plenty of incredible hotels to choose from.

Cervo Mountain Resort

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Cervo Mountain Resort
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Wellness fans will feel at home at Cervo, where environmental awareness and mindfulness are at the heart of everything. This guiding philosophy is evident throughout, from the expansive Mountain Ashram spa, yoga and sound meditation classes to the thoughtfully designed rooms, arranged into lodges, and the five restaurants and bars. This friendly five-star hotel is also well-known for its buzzy apres-ski atmosphere – you’ll love being able to ski straight to the terraces after a day on the slopes.

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Mont Cervin Palace

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Mont Cervin Palace
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Die-hard romantics will be transported to another era at this turreted, chalet-style palace, where there’s a spectacular view from every room. This friendly hotel has been in the same family for five generations, and the rooms are both cosy and luxurious. You can choose from the wood-clad Chalet rooms, the plush Alpine rooms or the spacious family apartments. This five-star hotel in the village centre also boasts a relaxing spa with muscle-melting Alpine herb massages, the Michelin-starred Ristorante Capri and a stylish, airy bar where a live pianist plays for guests.

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Hotel Monte Rosa

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Hotel Monte Rosa
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Fans of period dramas will feel right at home at the four-star Monte Rosa, which made climbing history – in 1865, Brit Edward Whymper set off from the hotel to become the first man to reach the Matterhorn’s summit. The four-star hotel boasts a sumptuous Belle Époque dining room, complete with historic paintings, and 41 rooms with a view. Part of the Seiler group of hotels, guests can enjoy treatments at the spa at sister hotel Mont Cervin.

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The Omnia

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The Omnia
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This peaceful, 30-room hotel with spacious, light-filled rooms is where Alpine chalet meets American modernism. Unobtrusively tucked into a mountain crag above Zermatt, it’s just a hop, skip and a short glass elevator ride from the hotel to town. Known for its unparalleled service – guests are treated to complimentary bourbon and truffles in the rooms – the facilities are just as luxurious. Fostering a spirit of friendly exclusivity, the Michelin-starred restaurant and wellness centre are only open to hotel guests – make the most of the fragrant flower steam room and hot whirlpool that directly faces the Matterhorn.

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Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

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Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
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Traditionalists will love the splendour of this five-star hotel where marble bathrooms, cavernous bedrooms and carved wood panelling abound. As well as fine dining in the Michelin-starred restaurant, guests can also tuck into an authentic fondue at the more casual Saycheese! restaurant – or cosy up with a decadent hot chocolate in the How Do You Bar. You can help groom the hotel’s carriage-pulling horses at their nearby barn if you enjoy spending time with animals. There’s also a top spa with an ice room and a dedicated all-day smoker’s lounge with a well-stocked humidor.

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  • Hotel Riffelalp Resort 2222m

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    Hotel Riffelalp Resort 2222m
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    Calling all view junkies – the Riffelalp might just be the ultimate hotel with a view. Sitting at 2,222m (7,290ft) within fragrant forests, this peaceful five-star hotel may be as close to heaven on earth as it gets. The 65-room resort boasts Europe’s highest spa and pool – warmed to a balmy 35C (95F) – and possibly one of the most spectacular mountain panoramas out there. After a day’s skiing, relax with alpine herb-based treatments, a large steam bath cave, and a unique grotto with saline baths and waterfalls.

    Backstage Boutique Hotel

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    Backstage Boutique Hotel
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    Theatre lovers after a stylish home-from-home need look no further. Swiss owner and architect Heinz Julen actually lives in the top floors of this hotel, and his stylish sense of drama is unmissable from the get-go. The striking mirrored-pine facade leads to the suitably theatrical rooms – there’s a plush, glass-ceilinged penthouse and quirky two-floor loft cubes, creating the illusion of a room within a room. Downstairs, you’ll find a cinema, an incredible sensory spa, a club that’s a Zermatt institution, and a two Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Unique Hotel Post

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    Unique Hotel Post
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    The four-star Unique Hotel Post is just five minutes from the train station, right in the centre of town, with Zermatt’s lively restaurant and bar scene on its doorstep. However, you may not need to go anywhere as the 29-room hotel has a small spa, four restaurants and five bustling clubs/bars, some with live music. The interiors – completely renovated in 2007 – feature wood and stone walls in the cosy rooms, and are in perfect keeping with their mountainous surroundings.

    Hotel Matterhorn Focus

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    Hotel Matterhorn Focus
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    If you’re after both scenic views and apres-ski, you’ll love this four-star design hotel. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Zermatt, but also right next to the Matterhorn Express gondola valley station up to the slopes. You can soak up uninterrupted views from the comfort of your bed or the tub, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The 30-room hotel only serves breakfast, but the friendly staff will happily reserve a table for dinner for you in town. There’s also a well-equipped spa with sauna, saltwater pool, jacuzzi and steam bath.

    These recommendations were updated on December 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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