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Located in the hills above Zermatt, the five-star Cervo features beautiful chalet-style accommodations with direct views of the Matterhorn.
Exterior view - Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, Switzerland

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Situated off the main street next to the church and Zermatlantis museum, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof has been welcoming guests since 1879. Constantly undergoing renovations, the hotel has updated the décor of many of its 78 rooms and suites towards a modern, Swiss alpine aesthetic with stone pine wood and rich tones of reds and beiges as well as grand chandeliers and marble floors. For families who want to have their children in the same room, request one of the un- renovated suites, which can still accommodate a sofa bed. For those who prefer a more modernized, sleek décor, request the top floor chalet suite under the eves, with a wrap- around balcony, direct views of the Matterhorn, fairy-tale slanted beams and a skylight in the bathroom. Guests can enjoy Swiss and Italian cuisine in the more casual Lusi restaurant or in the more formal Prato Borni, après ski drinks on the terrace or in the Stars Bar, as well as the fitness room, spa with Swiss Cellcosmet products, and large indoor pool. The lobby is a bit faded, with an old-world décor that borders on dated, but the overall vibe is that of a traditional grand hotel, rich with history and storied guests who return year after year because of the warm service.

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Suite at  Hotel Monte Rosa, Zermatt, Switzerland

Hotel Monte Rosa

Those who would prefer a more boutique, value-oriented hotel should look no further than the Mont Cervin’s sister property, the Hotel Monte Rosa, which is located just down the street and claims bragging rights as the oldest hotel in Zermatt.

The Hotel Monte Rosa opened in 1839 thanks to an influx of Alpine adventurers, and Edward Whymper was a guest there before being the first to successfully climb the Matterhorn in 1865. The 41 rooms of the hotel were completely renovated in 2008 and rooms on the sixth floor feature the most up-to-date bathrooms and large living areas, which can connect to make two-bedroom suites for families. One of the best aspects of the Monte Rosa, is that while taking advantage of the more economical pricing, guests also have access to the spa and services at its fellow Seiler property Mont Cervin Palace. The Monte Rosa also has access to traditional Swiss restaurant Whymper-Stube located under the hotel, which features classic Swiss dishes like raclette and fondue.

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The Mont Cervin Palace Hotel (Le Petit Cervin)

Mont Cervin Palace remains Zermatt’s most luxurious hotel, run by the venerable Seiler family, occupying a prime location in the center of town for more than 160 years. The hotel has more than 150 rooms and suites that are spread between four buildings: the main Mont Cervin Palace, the Villa Margherita, Le Petit Cervin, and the 2-3 bedroom Residences. There are certain parts of the hotel that are more updated than others (for assistance deciphering the differences between the styles, please contact Indagare for specific recommendations). In the main building the first through fourth floors were renovated in 2012 towards a more contemporary style, while the fifth and sixth floors remain in the typical alpine fashion. All of the suites have fireplaces and many have terraces facing the Matterhorn as well.

An underground walkway connects the main building and Le Petit Cervin, which functions as its own hotel with a separate lobby and dedicated concierge. Le Petit Cervin offers more typical cozy Swiss chalet décor with plaid fabric-covered walls and light pine wood paneling. Guests staying here have access to all the Mont Cervin amenities, including the world-class spa, fitness center and lovely pool area. The ski room includes a tricked-out shop, luxurious changing area and helpful ski concierges that offer white-glove but unfussy service, making gear rentals and transfers a breeze. The grande game property boasts four restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Ristorante Capri, cozy Le Grill Cervin and Japanese Myoko. Suffice to stay you could easily spend a few days here enjoying the dining and atmosphere.

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View from Balcony from The Omnia Mountain Lodge, Zermatt, Switzerland - Courtesy of Bruno Augsburger

The Omnia Mountain Lodge

Tucked behind the main street within an actual cavern, walking to the Omnia feels like you've wandered into Ali Babba’s secret cave. At the back you reach an elevator that whisks you up to the main lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows and views over Zermatt town. Certainly the most modern and boutique of the more luxurious options in Zermatt, the Omnia has thirty rooms total, all with balconies (Indagare tip: splurge for rooms with Matterhorn views, as those on the back of the hotel face the cliff). The hotel boasts a restaurant, fitness room, indoor pool, bar and pool. The entrance is also steps away from Heimburg restaurant, a Michelin-starred gem tucked away on the same side street. The cavern that guests enter through also has an underground bar with live music several nights a week.

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