We stayed at the Riffelalp for a week in early March with our adult son and 14 year old grandson. This was our second stay. Expensive but worth every penny. It is a magical spot. Being able to ski in and out was perfect for our grandson who learned his way around the mountains very quickly and hence was able to ski on his own until the very last light in the afternoons when we were already tired and relaxing with a cup of tea in the hotel lounge. The service is old-style European hotel service, a delight. The food was very good, sort of classic rather than cutting edge. (Well, actually the desserts were cutting edge, gorgeously plated.) The food suited the elegant alpine style of the dining room.
The hotel has a wonderful ski guide Jann who leads groups several times a week to parts of the mountain you might not discover on your own. An excellent experience and a good way to get to know the other guests.
On a moonlit winter night, the outdoor pool with its view of the Matterhorn is quite the unforgettable experience. The Spa has a lot of unusual features, several choices of saunas, steam rooms etc. Our grandson loved the billiards room. All of the rooms are lovely. We opted for the lower priced ones on our second stay and they were just as nice as the prime rooms with the Matterhorn view. In fact, while you are skiing, you are almost always looking at the Matterhorn, so we appreciated the view from our room of the path up to the hotel from the Riffelalp train station.
My only caveat is that this hotel is for people who want a quiet, peaceful, elegant experience. Stay in town if you are looking for nightlife.
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- Also Known As:
- Riffelalp Hotel Zermatt