This family-run micro-village in the Upper Valais offers 36 rooms across six separate chalets. Huddled together on a hill above the popular ski resort of Zermatt, the buildings reference the area’s traditional architecture, from the timber frames and felt roofs to the stone partitions and hunting-themed decor.
But they also come with a designer sass that reflects the hotel’s youthful and friendly energy. The largely wooden interiors are filled with antiques sourced by the owners from markets around Switzerland and southern France, and are playfully matched with zingy blue color schemes and trendy patterned wallpaper.
All the rooms have balconies or terraces to make the most of the superlative views. A couple of larger chalets offer space for up to 10 people. These come with separate living and dining rooms, and wellness areas (sauna, massage room) as well as open fireplaces.
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At over 5,000 feet in elevation, situated magically beneath the Matterhorn mountain, the car-free town of Zermatt has long been a summer and winter hot spot—not least because of its miles of walking trails and famous pistes. But the town also has a surprising amount of charm and culture. There’s an entire museum dedicated to the Matterhorn, for example, as well as some great restaurants; try the Stockhorn Grill or Le Mazot for traditional food. Shopaholics should head directly for Bahnhofstrasse, which hosts an impressive array of retail outlets, from designer clothing boutiques to custom jewelry and outdoor gear.
Need to Know
Rooms: 36 rooms. From $317. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: CERVO restaurant serves alpine cuisine in a smart but cozy atmosphere, while Ferdinand offers traditional Swiss food such as fondue, raclette, and grilled meats. Both restaurants have great views across the snow-capped mountains, and much of the food features seasonal produce—some of which comes from the hotel’s own garden. You’ll discover some great wines from the Valais region, too, and the romantic, wood-heavy bar, with its candlelit glow and comfy leather chairs, is perfect for a nightcap. Spa and gym details: All chalets come with their own spa area on the ground floor.
Who it's for: Ski and snowboard aficionados looking to hang with a stylish crowd. Our favorite rooms: The two Signature Spa Suites come with steam baths, outside whirlpools on the terrace, and a fireplace. Shopping alert: A small, on-site boutique sells a nicely curated selection of gifts.