With the impressive Matterhorn towering in the background, Zermatt is one of the best-known resorts in Switzerland. The town centre is traffic-free (only electric cars and horse-drawn carriages are allowed) and maintained in a traditional style. Zermatt offers a perfect backdrop to a holiday in the mountains and has a lively, sparkling atmosphere quite different to other mountain resorts. Gondolas, cable cars and cog trains offer the visitor a huge choice of walks and hikes in the surrounding mountains.
Key facts Zermatt
- Village height: 1,620m
- Language: German
- Car-free zone
- Surrounded by 4,000m peaks
- Features houses more than 500 years old
- Over 1,000 species of flowers
- Transfer time by rail: 4h (from Geneva) and 3h30 (from Zurich)
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3* Hotel Excelsior
This cosy, family-fun hotel is situated right in the centre of Zermatt with views of the Matterhorn and the older part of the resort. The hotel has a popular bar, comfortable lounge, lively cocktail bar, an a la carte restaurant and a lift. The rooms have a shower or bath, WC, cable/ satellite TV, radio, telephone and a safe. Superior rooms come with a view of the Matterhorn.
4*S Mirabeau Hotel & Residence
This superior 4-star hotel is made up of two buildings – ‘the Mirabeau’ and the annex ‘Alpine Residence’ both enjoy a splendid view of the Matterhorn. Facilities include lounge with fireplace, piano bar, wine lounge, gourmet restaurant, garden- and sun terrace. Large Spa area in the annex building with swimming pool, various saunas and steam baths, relaxation room, massage and beauty treatments (supplement) All rooms have recently been renovated in modern alpine style and offer bath, shower, WC, hairdryer, cable TV, radio, telephone, safe, minibar and balcony. Standard rooms are north/ east facing while Superior rooms are south facing with a view of the Matterhorn.
5* Mont Cervin Palace
Situated in the heart of Zermatt the superior Mont Cervin Palace offers a very high standard of service, facilities and accommodation. Facilities include comfortable lounges, piano bar, Le Cervin Grill, Le Restaurant, Spa with heated in and outdoor pool, children’s paddling pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam baths and solariums, ‘Daniels Steiner Beauty Spa’. The rooms and suites vary in size, location and amenities. They are all tastefully appointed and quietly inviting. Many but not all have a balcony and superb views of the Matterhorn. Superior rooms are slightly larger and can take extra-beds for children.
3* Hotel Garni Testa Grigia
This recently renovated family run hotel is situated in the centre of Zermatt, close to the many little shops, cafes and restaurants. The traditional bed & breakfast hotel has been in the same family for over 60 years and prides itself on its relaxed yet modern atmosphere. The generous buffet breakfast offers a good start to the day with fresh bread, mountain cheeses, cold meats and much more. The 33 recently refurbished rooms are individually decorated and offer comfortable accommodation with TV, radio, telephone, tea/ coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, bath or shower, and WC. Most have a balcony.
4*+ Parkhotel Beausite
Just a few minutes’ walk from the village centre, on a slight incline, with great views, this is a very popular hotel. Beautifully-furnished throughout, the hotel offers a comfortable lounge with Matterhorn views, bar, dining room and separate grill room for a la carte dining, indoor swimming pool, lawn area for relaxing plus spa with 2 whirlpools and Turkish bath. A massage and beauty centre is also available (supplements payable locally). Breakfast is a generous hot and cold buffet, whilst dinner is an excellent 4 course menu with choice. The comfortable rooms all have bath or shower, WC, TV, telephone, radio, safe and hairdryer. Panorama rooms have a balcony and great views of the Matterhorn.
5*+ Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
This elegant grand hotel enjoys a central yet quiet location in Zermatt. It has been beautifully renovated over the years, so that it now offers every modern comfort, whilst maintaining its tradition and history. Facilities include a large reception area, bar and lounges, 2 restaurants, lifts, excellent spa with large indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, hot-air sauna, steam bath, alpine and ice grotto, and fitness room. Massage and a private spa area are also available (supplements payable locally). All of the comfortable rooms have bath or shower, WC, cable TV, Wi-Fi, complimentary soft drinks from the minibar and tea-making facilities. Most rooms also have a Nespresso coffee machine. Some rooms have Matterhorn view.