Six Stunning Ski Stays in Scenic Zermatt

Hunting down the perfect ski destination? Look no further than Switzerland’s prettiest town, Zermatt. We’ve scoured this snow-capped Swiss haven for the best stays at every budget, so you don’t have to. From boutique boltholes to value-for-money ski stays, these are the charming chalets you’ve been dreaming of.

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Sitting pretty at the foot of Switzerland's most storied mountain, Zermatt is a pristine-powder town. Nestled in the Valais canton, the serene resort is hugged tight, affording 360-degree views of the Matterhorn and 28 other snowy peaks. Throw in a bevy of bustling bars and rustic restaurants, and you've got the ultimate adventurer's playground.

But, where to base yourself? There's no better feeling than dashing back to a warm, welcoming pad after a thrilling day on the slopes. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that where you bed down is often what makes a trip most memorable. With that in mind, we've done the legwork to find the cosiest stays in town, from serious splurges to wallet-friendly getaways, these are the loveliest boltholes Zermatt has to offer.

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chalet ulysse zermatt bedroom


Chalet Ulysse

Round up your gang: this cool yet cosy chalet is for those looking to party on and off the slopes. Sleeping up to 12, rooms boast lofty beams and floor-to-ceiling timber-framed windows – needless to say, the views are spectacular. Soak up crystal-clear panoramas of the Milky Way from one of Ulysse’s outdoor terraces, or huddle around the open fire for a games night (Monopoly or we’re not playing). Located just a stone’s throw from Klein Matterhorn cable-car station, zipping to and from the action has never been smoother. Rest assured, from mid-season and weather permitting, Chalet Ulysse is a ski-in-ski-out shoo-in.


Staldenstrasse 112, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

chalet pollux side view exterior zermatt


Chalet Pollux

It’s no secret that planning a getaway as a large family gets complicated, with many options proving too small, too expensive and, all too often, poorly designed. So, we took it upon ourselves to search every one of Zermatt’s streets for the quintessential chalet that ticks all the boxes. Enter, Chalet Pollux. A traditional wooden structure, four double bedrooms sprawl across three floors, each armed with an en suite. Dreamy decor aside, the property sits pretty high above the town, which makes for breathtaking panoramic views. Arrival tip: just 200m from the Matterhorn Express base lift, there’s a street-level tunnel that takes you up to the lift built inside the mountain. From here, it’s a two-minute stroll to the property’s staircase.


Lauberweg 90, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

double bed softly lit at matthiol boutqique hotel


Matthiol Boutique Hotel

Situated on the outskirts of town, Matthiol marries contemporary design with a traditional alpine chalet aesthetic. All 23 rooms are stylish and unique – think tropical plant-clad walls and Aztec-inspired textiles, with spruce-wood saunas and matt black-tiled walk-in showers. Spend your evenings soaking achy joints in the outdoor hot tub, before snagging a table at the hotel’s restaurant and feasting on warming local fare. Be sure to save room for the fluffy breakfast pancakes, seasoned with colourful berries and a drizzle of syrup.


Moosstrasse 40, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Riffelalp rooftop swimming pool resort


Riffelalp Resort 2222m

If you haven't spotted Riffelalp's rooftop pool on your Instagram feed at least once this year, we're assuming you're living under a rock. While, admittedly, the resort isn't exactly in the centre of town (it's a 20-minute train ride to reach it), once there, you'll have everything you'd ever need and more. We're talking three in-house restaurants, a wide range of mountain pursuits (included in the room rate) and a wellness spa, for starters. On night one, we're dining at Restaurant Alexandre - you'll want to start by ordering the potato gnocchi with marinated salmon trout and leek - before rising early the next day for a sledging session in nearby Rotenboden.


3920 Zermatt, Switzerland


Chalet Zora

Chalet Zora is one of Zermatt’s more elevated options when it comes to accommodation. This self-catering penthouse apartment is decked out with warm rugs, extra-large sofas (perfect for a crowd), a stellar kitchen and space for days. Better yet, the sprawling terrace looks out over the steep, snowy face of the Matterhorn. With three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cabin-style spot is ideal for a gang of friends or large family. Come nightfall, the Jacuzzi takes centre-stage, easing knotted muscles, before sending everyone off to a deep, restorative sleep ahead of another day on the slopes.


Haus Jaspis, Spissstrasse 68, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland


The Omnia

Perched dramatically on a steep rock shelf, hotel The Omnia’s entrance procedure is an adventure in itself. After climbing 45m in the hotel’s lift – dramatically built into the rock – you’ll emerge into a bright and airy lobby. The brainchild of designer Ali Tayar, interiors feature grey granite, white oak and custom-designed furnishings, while the indoor and outdoor pool areas make Wes Anderson films seem muted. After unloading your belongings, make a beeline for the hotel bar to relax over a sharp Swiss whisky.


Auf dem Fels, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

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