“Stunning designer hotel high on the hill with a super-cool spa, very fancy bedrooms and big views over Zermatt”
There are 30 rooms and although some are bigger or have better views, they all have much in common: white walls, beautiful photography, blond wood furniture, and glass doors onto private balconies in all but the smallest 2 room categories. Low-slung beds have memory-foam mattresses and crisp white linen, and they’re turned down every night. You get excellent WiFi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players (there’s a library in reception), then minibars with a decanter of bourbon that’s ‘on the house’. Bathrooms differ, but all come with white robes, fluffy towels and Aesop oils. In short, if you don’t end up in the bigger rooms, you’ll still find something decidedly special.
Queen Rooms are the smallest, but they’re not that small (24sqm). They come with one comfy chair, a lovely walk-in power shower, and big windows that overlook the mountain to the back. Double Rooms (37sqm) are noticeably larger, and even though we stayed in a suite, we’d have been just as happy in one of these lovely rooms. They have kingsize beds, a bathtub with a power shower, and a couple of comfy chairs. Double Deluxes (50sqm) are extremely spacious and have a few fancy extras - a chaise longue in the bedroom, a balcony with a view over town or the Matterhorn, perhaps a free-standing wooden bath and a separate shower.
Corner Suites (68sqm) and Village Suites (72sqm) are huge and have separate sitting rooms with big sofas. They have at least one balcony, maybe 2, one of which will overlook the valley and town. They also have a couple of bathrooms, one with a bathtub, the other with a shower. Matterhorn Suites (70sqm) have all the above plus stunning views of the mountain itself.
Tower Suites (90sqm) have circular turrets with walls of glass that open onto Juliet balconies. Their sitting rooms are enormous with a fireplace. Balconies at the side give direct views onto the Matterhorn. Again, they have 2 bathrooms and a dressing room as well.
The Roof Suite (110sqm) is where the owner stays! You get the lot in this one - a fabulous sitting room with sofas and daybeds, a fireplace and a wood-burner, a beautiful wooden free-standing bath, even a sauna and a telescope. Views on the sides take in mountain and town.
The restaurant is a big attractive room, with high wood ceilings, beautiful lighting and a sofa in front of the fire. It’s a little like eating in a smart, contemporary canteen, with black leather chairs at vast tables or steel-framed stools at bar benches; in summer doors open onto a terrace.
Breakfast (7-11am) is included in the price and it’s seriously good. First, you help yourself to an enormous buffet - Bircher muesli, sliced fruits, jugs of fresh juices, then plate after plate of local cheese, cured meats and home-baked hams, plus a selection of fresh bread and baguettes, baskets of croissants and pains au chocolat. There's even a tea menu. Hot dishes are then cooked to order, anything from French toast with bananas and bacon to homemade chocolate crêpes (we tested the latter on your behalf and can report they are truly wonderful!).
Dinner is equally indulgent with several menus that reflect the seasons. Food provenance is paramount on all - whatever can be is local. On the à la carte you might find homemade tagliatelle with Alba truffle and champagne sauce, saddle of venison with nuts and pear, then a warm chocolate cake with elderberry sorbet. The vegetarian menu is good enough to tempt a carnivore - perhaps burrata with apple and fennel, truffle ravioli with tomato and peas, a raspberry and almond tiramisu.
As for the tasting menu, it’s what lots of people come here for. When we stayed, it featured duck liver with Greek yoghurt and figs, poached brill with razor clams and a bouillabaisse foam, fillet of Piedmont beef with curry and chicory, a cheeseboard of epic proportions, then a mandarin tart with mascarpone and cinnamon.
Room service is available all day long and can be served in the bar, too. If you want to eat out, the staff will advise on the best places to go, both in town and up in the mountains for lunch. For great food in a lovely setting, Cervo is hard to beat. There are fancy burgers at the ironically named Zermatt Yacht Club.
Children are welcome and baby cots/extra beds can be provided. Kids will enjoy the ski slopes, the exciting lift journey into the hotel, and Zermatt's activities, but they’ll need supervision in the swimming pool.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Most rooms are big enough to accommodate an extra bed or baby cot, while the Village, Matterhorn and Corner Suites are huge and can easily accommodate 2 children
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is not fenced