Winter 2018/2019 preview

For the winter of 2018 many well-known hotels are making major renovations, a new hotel will open its doors, the Glacier Express introduces an Excellence Class and the Zermatt mountain railways introduce on a new price model.

Dynamic Prices on the Mountain Lifts

Ever since the current winter season, the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, has offered variable prices for individual trips, depending on the season and capacity. Beginning in the 2018-2019 winter, the prices for ski passes will be dynamically set. Factors such as supply, demand and time of purchase are included in these calculations. Therefore, three seasons (pre-season, off-peak season and peak season) are introduced. The prices then vary up or down during the course of the season depending on capacity. The aim of the new price model for ski passes is to optimise utilisation during the winter and to attract guests during low-demand times through cheaper prices. Known discounts for children and adolescents remain. In addition, the new price system rewards early bookers and online bookers with lower prices. So, if one buys early via partner or online through the Webshop, the least expensive price is ensured.


Glacier Express Excellence Class

The Excellence Class is the new premium coach class on the Glacier Express, which will be launched for the 2018-2019 winter. It offers comfortable lounge seating with a total of 20 seats and impressive panoramic windows. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat. Supplement services include a personal travel companion, an extensive culinary offer and tablets for on-board entertainment.


Opening of the 22 Summit Boutique Hotel

In December 2018, the 22 Summits boutique hotel will open its doors. The four-star hotel with 22 rooms is located on the Zen Steckenstrasse in Zermatt and is being built by the Norbert Julen family (from the Casa Vanessa Apparthotel and the Hennu Stall après-ski bar). The motto: Alpine Chic Meets Modern. The hotel is located on a quiet hillside, only a three-minute walk from the Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station and a five-minute walk from Bahnhofstrasse. The 22 rooms are mostly spacious double rooms from 25 m2 each with bathroom and shower. The new hotel also features a two-storey spa with an outdoor hot tub, a trendy bar and a lounge on the ground floor.


Hotel Sonne Renovations

From April to autumn 2018, the 4-star superior Hotel Sonne will be refurbished and newly built. The three previous buildings will be joined together as a new building. Until now, only one floor has a corridor connecting the buildings. As part of the refurbishment, the hotel will bring the not yet renovated guest rooms up to date. In addition, nine new rooms will be created. There will also be a multifunctional room, which has space for seminars, banquets and other events with up to 50 people. The lobby lounge bar, reception and restaurant will be expanded, and the fitness room and SPA area will be renovated and opened to the public. The reopening is on December 1, 2018.


Renovation in the Hotel Schweizerhof

The 4-star Hotel Schweizerhof will begin extensive renovations on 16 April 2018. All 95 rooms will be refurbished (but the number stays the same). Furthermore, a new catering concept with a food mall and an open kitchen is planned. The entrance area will also be new. A reopening is scheduled for December 21, 2018.


New Wellness in the Sunstar Style Hotel

The Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt is renovating the entire spa area. The new Wellness oasis with steam bath, Finnish and bio sauna as well as Whirlpool and relaxation zone will be available from mid-September 2018. In the meantime, guests can use the Wellness offer of a partner hotel as an alternative.