Zermatt Switzerland is a unique place. This quaint Swiss town, nestled among the Matterhorn and the Visp River, doesn’t allow standard passenger cars. As a result, it’s an incredibly walkable city, with horse-drawn carriages and tiny electric vehicles taking guests from the Zermatt Railway Station to their hotel. There are a surprising number of luxury hotels in Zermatt Switzerland, for a small destination.
Here are 10 stunning luxury hotels in Zermatt Switzerland for your next family vacation.
During our vacation in Zermatt (through Adventures by Disney), we stayed in the Mount Cervin Palace. We absolutely loved this hotel and would definitely recommend a stay there. We did see other hotels on this list but didn’t stay in them.
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10 Stunning Luxury Hotels in Zermatt, Switzerland
Seasons in Zermatt
We stayed in Zermatt in July, right in the heart of the summer. Temperatures at that time ranged from high 60s to low 70s. We were able to wear short-sleeved shirts and were comfortable. When we moved to higher elevations, we wore sweatshirts and sweaters.
As you’d expect, Zermatt is also a popular destination in the winter season. If you are a skier, this is a great place to visit.
Getting to Zermatt
Because automobiles and buses aren’t permitted in Zermatt, it can be a little tricky to get there. Luckily, it’s easy to get there by train.
Guests taking a motor coach or driving can park in nearby Täsch and take a train ride right into the center of town to the Zermatt train station. These trains run frequently, so you’ll have plenty of options. From there, you can either walk to your hotel or use one of the small electric taxis (most hotels have courtesy vehicles).
If you are flying into Zermatt, you’ll probably want to come in through either Geneva Switzerland or Zurich Switzerland airports. From the airport, you can take a train right to the Zermatt train station.
Get details on the Swiss Travel Pass here.
What to look for in a Zermatt Hotel
When looking for a hotel, I’d recommend looking for a few different things. Even luxury hotels in Zermatt do not have air conditioning. It was a little warm during the day in our hotel room in July, but things cooled down quite a bit with the windows opened.
I don’t always recommend getting a hotel with a view, especially if you aren’t going to be in the room much. However, we had a Matterhorn view in our room and absolutely loved it.
You’ll also want to look at the hotel’s amenities. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance in Zermatt, so you won’t necessarily need an onsite restaurant. But, you may want to enjoy some pool or spa time, so check out those amenities before booking.
Like other European hotels, it can be difficult to find a room that fits an entire family. Instead, you’ll probably need two rooms.
Chalet Hotel Schönegg
This hotel, a small stylish boutique hotel, is a Relais & Chateau property. It is located on a hill overlooking Zermatt and guests can use a mountain elevator (Sunnegga Express funicular) to access the town center.
The Chalet Hotel Schönegg offers 39 rooms in the main building and 9 rooms they call “style” rooms (located in the Petit Chalet). These rooms offer more of an alpine style.
You’ll be able to choose the best room for you from their options, including rooms with views of the Matterhorn, suites, and quadruple family rooms. Amenities include a restaurant, a traditional bar, and a wine bar.
There’s also a spa area with two jacuzzis, a Finnish sauna, a steam room, an adventure shower, and a Kneipp basin. This is only open and available to guests of the hotel.
CERVO Mountain Resort
The CERVO Mountain Resort is located about 10 minutes from the train station and the Zermatt town center. An elevator takes you up to the hotel lobby.
This mountain resort offers 54 rooms/suites and 7 lodges. Different room categories include the Nomad, Alpinist, and Huntsman. You are able to view the actual individual rooms on their website, which makes it very convenient when booking.
One of the most unique aspects of the CERVO Mountain Resort is the Mountain Ashram Spa. It offers treatments including facials and massages, as well as yoga and meditation.
The CERVO Mountain Resort also offers restaurants and bars, including Bazaar, Madre Nostra, and Ferdinand.
You can book the CERVO Mountain Resort here.
Mont Cervin Palace
During our visit to Zermatt, we spent several nights at the Mont Cervin Palace. It was one of our favorite resorts, due to the large rooms and beautiful balcony overlooking the Matterhorn. This is definitely among the best hotels in Zermatt.
The Mont Cervin Palace offers a variety of different room types, so you’ll want to check their website for descriptions and images before booking. Options include Alpine Style, Chalet Style, and family apartments.
During our stay, we had two Alpine-style suites. They were adjacent (but not connected) and had huge balconies with views of the Matterhorn. If you aren’t planning to spend too much time in the room, you can save money with a smaller room. We did, however, enjoy spending time on our private balcony.
The hotel also offers the Spa Nescens Zermatt. It includes an indoor pool, two whirlpools, a children’s pool, a Finnish sauna, a Biosauna, steam baths, and more. We didn’t have any time to take advantage of this area, but it did look impressive. Next time, I’ll spend a little more time at the hotel so I can fully take advantage of the amenities.
The Mont Cervin Palace has a central location right in Zermatt village, only a short walk from the train station and the shops/restaurants in the area. It also offers several dining options (some only open in the winter) including Grill Le Cervin, Le Restaurant, and Joseph’s Bar & Terrace. We also really enjoyed the breakfast, which included a buffet as well as some menu items.
You can book your stay at the Mont Cervin Palace here.
The Omnia offers crisp, modern rooms in a beautiful environment. Like most of the other boutique hotels here on this list, some of these rooms have mountain/Matterhorn views.
In addition, the hotel features a fantastic wellness center with spa facilities that are available only to hotel guests. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, an outdoor hot tub (with views of the Matterhorn), a steam room, a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, steam rooms, and a fitness center.
The Omnia can be reached through an elevator leading up to the hotel.
You can book a stay at the Omnia here.
Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt
Located in a central location in Zermatt village is the Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt. This hotel is part of the small family-friendly Schweizerhof chain.
Room options include standard rooms (cozy rooms and double rooms), junior suites, family suites, and attic suites. These rooms all have a crisp modern decor, and some have Matterhorn views.
The Hotel Schweizerhof offers several restaurants, including the Cheese Factory where you can try some local Swiss fondue and also some fine dining venues. There’s also the Schweizerhof Kitchen, the main restaurant offering a wide variety of different cuisines.
The Schweizerhof has spa facilities, some of which are textile-free (aka, no clothing). However, there are children’s times in the spa area where guests must remain covered.
Spa amenities include a heated swimming pool, two whirlpools, a steam bath, two saunas, a fitness center, and three massage rooms.
You can book the Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt here.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
Arguably the most posh and striking of the Zermatt hotels is the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, also located right in the center of town. Tucked among restaurants and shops in Zermatt, this hotel is a fantastic location for your Zermatt family vacation. It’s one of the best hotels in the area.
A member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof offers 69 rooms and suites. It’s one of the best luxury hotels in the area. Connecting rooms are available, which is especially helpful when traveling with kids.
Amenities at the hotel include a stable where you can groom Lipizzaner horses. There’s also the Vita Borni Alpine Spa, which includes an ice grotto and an indoor swimming pool.
There are also several restaurants at the hotel. These include a piano lounge bar, saycheese! fondue restaurant, and the Michelin-starred restaurant Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni.
You can book the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof here.
Christiania Mountain Spa Resort
The Christiania Mountain Spa Resort, located along the Visp River, is known for its fantastic spa facilities. This family-owned resort offers several different room types, including some rooms with a Matterhorn view. Other rooms, which they call “cosy rooms” are small single rooms perfect for a solo traveler.
The spa, which is the highlight here, is the largest spa in Zermatt, offering the largest pool in Zermatt. It also offers a beauty salon, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice cave, Bio sauna, fitness center, and more. There are also facilities for families with children. In the summer months, there’s also a sunbathing area.
There’s also a restaurant and bar offering a breakfast buffet. Some areas have a Matterhorn view. This hotel is a great option for those looking for great hospitality and some relaxation while on their Zermatt vacation.
You can book the Christiania Mountain Spa resort here.
Matterhorn Focus Design Hotel
The Matterhorn Focus Design Hotel is located on a hill, adjacent to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise station. It’s a quieter neighborhood, but still convenient to the village.
The hotel offers thirty hotels across three different buildings. Room types include doubles, family rooms, and suites. Children under the age of 9 stay free in their parents’ rooms.
Much of the hotel was designed by Heinz Julen, a Zermatt architect. The result is a unique, modern, hip hotel, with lots of glass and wood.
Amenities at the hotel include free wifi access, as well as a spa. The spa area includes an indoor pool, a saline bath, an outdoor jacuzzi, a Caldarium, and a Finnish sauna. They also offer massages and body treatments.
If you are looking to ski or hike on your Zermatt vacation, the Riffelalp Resort is a great option. It’s located between Gornergrat train station and the town of Zermatt, at 2,222 meters above sea level. From the Riffelalp station stop, you can take a tram to the hotel.
The Riffelalp Resort offers a ski-in, ski-out location. In the summer, you’ll be able to participate in a hiking excursion with their on-site ski guide.
There are a number of activities and amenities at the resort, in both the summer and winter. These include billiards, table tennis, and bowling.
There’s also the Spa 2222m, named for its location. It’s the highest spa in Europe and is exclusively available to guests. It offers a small fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths, and more. Massage treatments are also available.
You can book the Riffelalp here.
22 Summits Boutique Hotel
Want to stay in a quaint boutique hotel? The 22 Summits, named for the twenty-two summits, is a great option. It has 22 rooms along with a wellness center.
Rooms and suites are Alpine-themed, and some have Matterhorn views.
The spa, which is available to outside guests with a guest pass, offers a variety of amenities. Guests can book massage treatments, or enjoy the Finnish sauna, fitness room, Vitarium, alpine hay bay, and outdoor jacuzzi.
Book the 22 Summits Boutique Hotel here.
What to Do in Zermatt
For a full list of activities, check out our things to do in Zermatt post. Some activities include hiking trails, visiting museums, sightseeing, shopping, skiing, zip-lining, and paragliding. If you aren’t a skier, summer is a great time to visit because the weather is absolutely beautiful and there are some great summer activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
We were there for two nights, but I wish we had at least one extra day. I think three days would be a great amount of time.
On our vacation, we also visited the Lake Maggiore area of Northern Italy, as well as Lucerne Switzerland.
The Geneva and Zurich airports are your best option if you’d like to fly into Zermatt.
Hotels utilize small electric cars – check with your hotel to see if they have complimentary transportation to your hotel.