SonntagsZeitung Hotel Ratings: Zermatt’s hotels are tops
Zermatt's hotels have proved once again that they are in a class of their own. In the latest SonntagsZeitung ratings published at the end of November 2012 many of Zermatt's hotels have done very well yet again.
75 hotels are ranked among the best hotels in Switzerland – and 12 of them are in Zermatt! That means 9% of Switzerland's best hotels are part of Zermatt's unique hotel offering. Every year, as the winter season gets underway, the SonntagsZeitung publishes its rankings. Here are details of the SonntagsZeitung's print edition.
Best winter hotels with five stars
There are four 5-star hotels in Zermatt. And all four are ranked among the best 25 hotels in Switzerland! In 6th place is the Riffelalp Resort (ranked 5th in 2011); the Omnia Unique (which had not been classified in recent years) immediately claimed 8th place; the Mont Cervin Palace is ranked 17th (13th in 2011); and the Zermatterhof is ranked 22nd (18th).
Best winter hotels with four stars
The Matterhorn Village is particularly strong in this category because the offer is large with a total of 45 hotels (Superior, Superior Garni, Standard and Garni). That is why Zermatt is well represented in this category. Zermatt's hoteliers claimed no fewer than seven rankings among the 25 best winter hotels with four stars. Here Zermatt's shooting star is the Hotel Alex. It is ranked 4th, up four places from 8th. The Hotel Mirabeau Alpine Residence also improved its ranking, from 15th to 11th. The Hotel Cervo remains 13th; the Alpenhof is ranked 15th (12th in 2011); the Matthiol is still 19th; the Hotel Post is in 24th place (21st); and the Romantik Hotel Julen is 22nd (unchanged).
Best winter hotels with three stars
In this category the Bella Vista has moved up one place to rank 13th (previously 14th). The SonntagsZeitung has also posted the results on the Switzerland Tourism website. The online rankings differ slightly as the categories have been grouped differently. The following hotels are also mentioned online: La Ginabelle (Family Hotels) and the Hotel Pirmin Zurbriggen (Nice Price Holiday Hotels). The rankings were based on criteria such as ratings in influential hotel and restaurant guides, quality checks by leading hotelier associations, investment activity, hospitality, hoteliers' charisma and innovative ideas, character and originality of the establishment, and other aspects.