If you're a local, or willing to spend weeks trawling through dodgy apartment websites, you might find a better deal that Haus Esplanade for weekly rentals in Zermatt. But it's hard to go past the friendly and prompt service of the folks at Perren apartments. Although they don't offer cancellation (unless they can find a replacement guest), they were enormously helpful when I had to change dates.
We had Studio 4 at Esplande and everything went like clockwork (except for the breakfast orders). The apartment was small but adequate for just the two of us, and presented immaculately. The kitchen was small but well equipped, including a Raclette set. And given the price of eating out in Zermatt, we used it intensively. And, unlike some reviews I saw, our experience with the free WiFi was excellent.
It's a 600m, mostly flat, slog to any of the ski lifts, but the Red Line bus runs from about 100m up the hill to the South of the apartment. Access to the apartment is from the north east, so it's not as close to the lifts as it looks on the map. My special tip: If you ski off the mountain from the Sunnegga area, and the roads have snow on them, you can ski all the way off the mountain and down Reidweg to within 100m of the apartment.
The only gripe was that apartment 4, on the first floor, was pretty noisy with people coming and going and some of the permanent residents going about their business. And of course the view wasn't so great. I'd love to stay there again, but I will ask for something higher up (not apartments 1 -- 4). For winter, you probably need to book at least 4 -- 5 months in advance.
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