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Zermatt: Local hotels carry out major investments

03.12.2012

The diversity of hotels in Zermatt is legendary. Mid-December sees the opening of no fewer than five hotels following major renovation and extension projects and lots of innovations. Not to mention a brand new hotel. Zermatt hotels – it’s heaven on earth.

The biggest five-star hotel in Zermatt, the Mont Cervin Palace, is a credit to its name. And December 12 is the big day on which it re-opens after eight months of building work and investments in the millions. Major changes are visible already from the outside. Gone are the traditional Christmas lights; the premises are now lit up by modern projections onto the façade, flooding bright lights into the darkness of winter. The entrance lobby has also been remodelled, along with the reception, the rooms and the suites.

The Grandhotel Zermatterhof is the five-star hotel of the Burgergemeinde, or civic community, and has welcomed guests from all over the world for over 130 years. It, too, has had a major facelift over the summer. Many of the rooms and suites now have newly designed interiors. In these rooms steeped in history, Swiss pine is a reminder of Zermatt’s unspoilt natural setting, and stone and glass feature prominently in the spacious bathrooms. Elements true to the original Belle Epoque style include gold trim ornaments and patterns underscoring the establishment’s long tradition, with crystal-shaped lighting showcasing the hotel’s elegance and class.

The Alex Schlosshotel at the railway station was also the site of extensive renovation and extension work over many months. All the rooms and the building have been completely revamped, with a large new annex added to accommodate new luxury suites and apartments complete with kitchenette. The bedrooms, living areas and suites are bright and relaxing at first sight. The new spa facility with swimming pool, whirlpool recliners, sauna, steam bath and fitness room offers something for everyone. A lot more space is now also available for events and meetings. The hotel is run by Pamela and Alex Perren.

Mid-December also sees the opening of the brand new Matterhorn Lodge. An unmistakable tell-tale sign is the façade of the four-star hotel. The large stones integrated into the stone and timber façade have all come from the foot of the Matterhorn’s north face. The hotel has been built in the style of alpine chic, with lots of old timber, glass and stone, conveying the genuine lodge atmosphere of high alpine valleys. The rooms are named after famous climbing points on the Matterhorn, for example along the Hörnli or Zmutt ridges. The bar with its open fireplace is called Solvay Hütte and is open to non-residents. The hotel has 14 rooms, suites and a spa & wellness facility. A number of apartments are also adjoining. The hotel is run by Harry and Felicitas Lauber.
New additions, too, at the Mountain Boutique Resort Cervo. What initially appeared like a hotel with chalets has now expanded to become a genuine resort. The entire complex comprises five chalets and the heart of the resort, namely the old chalet dating from the 1940s. The new additions made in time for this winter are the Signature Suites, each with its own private spa including steam bath and terrace with whirlpool. In 2012 the CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort was presented with the Traveller’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor, as the best hotel in Switzerland, ranked 10th in Europe and 20th worldwide. For owners Seraina and Daniel F. Lauber, there has been a new addition to the family, too, with son Theodor Daniel born in July.

Plenty of activity also at the 3-star hotel supérieur Bellerive. Over the summer months Katja and Mario Noti have supervised extensive renovations and extension work. The garden now also has a cosy lounge, and the façade has been renewed. Extra floor space has been added to the rooms, along with a spacious balcony. 

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