The impossibly beautiful town of Zermatt in Switzerland is certainly the place to go if you feel like skiing or getting out into the great outdoors. In summer, the hiking here is Alpine trekking at its best. What’s more, this southern Swiss town boasts the amazing Matterhorn. Also known as Monte Cervino, at 4,478 meters tall, it’s the sixth-highest mountain in Europe – and a prominent one at that, with an almost perfectly pyramidal peak.
Staying in Zermatt means leaving your car at home. That’s right; this town is completely car-free. But that’s okay; there are plenty of funiculars, cable cars, and incredible train rides to take around the area. There are also plenty of hotels – from simple and stylish to utterly contemporary Alpine chic – to soak up those mountain views from.
The Alpine-esque rooms at Hotel Jägerhof may come with flatscreen TVs, but that won’t matter all that much when you’re practically at the base of the Matterhorn. You’ll be more interested in seeing the views – or maybe even upgrade your room for one with a balcony. In fact, the Zermatt gondola station – just under a ten-minute walk away – takes you up to Europe’s highest gondola station at Klein Matterhorn, which is all kinds of stunning. Back at the hotel, there’s a restaurant, a bar (complete with fireplace), and even a complimentary buffet breakfast on offer to fuel your days of exploration.
There’s a reason this hotel features ‘Boutique’ in the name; the rooms here are beautifully done, some with walnut paneling, others with light wood minimalism, and all with chic furnishings. They also come complete with sitting areas and balconies, so you can really soak up those mountain vistas. Backstage Boutique SPA Hotel features a bar – where a DJ plays tunes regularly – a classy restaurant, an art gallery and cinema, plus a spa, where the treatments come with biblical themes (in name, at least). Location-wise, this one is in the middle of Zermatt, not far from the scenic Gornergrat railway and just a few minutes’ walk to Matterhorn Ski Paradise resort.
The rooms at Residence Patricia may be simple, but they are large and boast kitchenettes – plus the thing you’ve come to this part of the world for: mountain views. Of course, it’s not just about staying in your room when visiting Zermatt; there’s also a pool and spa on offer for guests to use. What’s more, staying at Residence Patricia means you’ll be able to hand your ski ticket in directly at the reception of the Best Western Alpen, bypassing the public system of the resort, which is convenient. Within walking distance of the hotel, you’ll find the Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint, for a glimpse of the stunning mountain itself.
The location of Hotel Perren Superior is very convenient. It’s just a five-minute walk away from Zermatt railway station – something you’ll need when coming to Zermatt, since it’s a completely car-free town, of course. You can also walk to Matterhorn Ski Paradise resort in a matter of minutes. This part of town also boasts a number of dining options, including Chinese, Italian and Japanese restaurants. The hotel itself boasts a bar and a restaurant, as well as free breakfast. Staying here, you’ll be treated to simple but polished rooms complete with wooden furniture – some even boast Matterhorn views.
The Omnia is definitely somewhere that’s all about luxury chalet style. The rooms here are the ultimate in Alpine chic, all featuring balconies. But why stop there? Upgrade for a fireplace and whirlpool tub to top it all off perfectly. The restaurant at The Omnia is impressive, complete with a terrace and bar. There’s also a pool, spa, and an open-air hot tub. The location of this stylish, contemporary hotel is great, too; the Matterhorn Museum is a short walk away, as are other restaurants, the train station, plus a challenging but incredible mountain hike beginning at the Triftweg trail nearby.
The coolest thing about this hotel is that it’s set in an old postal building dating back to 1875 (the clue is in the name). This history certainly does make it unique; period features are blended with chic, contemporary additions, modern furnishings and a sense of rustic style. The rooms feature this vibe as well, with exposed stone walls and wood making for a cozy stay. It abounds with amenities: three restaurants, a nightclub, five bar-lounges, and even a spa and sauna! Just a five-minute walk from Zermatt railway station, this hotel is also near a choice of other restaurants – as if you’d need them – plus Zermatt Ski Paradise resort.
The rooms at Hotel Bristol are polished and simple in their style; pine wood furnishings and a bright, neutral color palette make for a cool, airy feeling. They’ve even got balconies that boast beautiful mountain views. The amenities at this hotel make it a great place to stay in Zermatt: there’s a bowling alley, spa, sauna, massage services, plus a restaurant and bar complete with fireplace. What’s more, it’s under a ten-minute walk to Zermatt railway station, an array of restaurants, and you can learn more about the region at the Matterhorn Museum close by.
This branch of the Best Western offers ski opportunities, making it the perfect choice for skiers. Of course, you can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast at this hotel, dine in a polished restaurant, utilize the tennis courts, or relax in the spa – which boasts a sauna and hot tub. The rooms here are simple but stylish and modern, offering a range of choices, including family rooms with loft bedrooms or separate children’s rooms. In terms of location, it’s less than five minutes on foot to the picturesque Gornergrat railway station, with the main train station in Zermatt just a few minutes’ walk away, too.