Eleven Zermatt hotels honoured by Karl Wild


Every year, Karl Wild and his team name the best winter hotels in Switzerland. This year, eleven Zermatt hotels made the list.

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Karl Wild's hotel guide, published annually in the Sonntagszeitung newspaper, ranks the 75 best winter hotels in Switzerland. Eleven of them are in Zermatt. Here are the details, including last year's ranking:

The 25 best five-star hotels
10. Riffelalp Resort (– 2)
13. Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (+ 3)
16. The Omnia (+ 4)
18. Cervo Mountain Resort (– 1)
25. Mont Cervin Palace (– 3)

The 25 best four-star hotels
4. Backstage Hotel Vernissage (+ 5)
13. Hotel Schweizerhof (neu)
17. Hotel Alex (– 4)
19. Unique Hotel Post (– 9)

The 25 best three-star hotels
18. Hotel Bellerive (+ 5)
20. Hotel La Couronne (+ 1)

A special mention goes to the Backstage Hotel Vernissage and the Bellerive, which each climbed five places. Hotel Schweizerhof is also a new hotel to feature in the top winter hotels’ ranking.

How are the hotels assessed?

Karl Wild and his team, comprising more than a dozen hotelry and tourism experts, plus experienced travellers, visited all 75 hotels. The resulting ratings are separated into categories for three-, four- and five-star hotels. To ensure a level playing field, only hotels with at least twelve bedrooms and their own restaurant were included.

Assessment criteria

— Evaluation of the main hotel and restaurant guides
— Quality control of leading hotel associations
— Investment activity
— Hospitality
— Charm / innovation of hotelier
— Character / originality of building
— Location and surroundings
— Winter sports and leisure activities
— Value for money
— Guest feedback
— Subjective overall impression