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The best places to stay in and around Gornergrat

Ever dreamed of waking up to the serene beauty of towering mountain peaks and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure just steps away? Time to live that dream at Gornergrat. Head up there via its iconic railway, winding your way through the Swiss Alps. Here are some of the coolest places to stay in and around Gornergrat

Where to stay in Gornergrat?

Should I stay in Gornergrat or a nearby town?

Staying in Gornergrat

Advantages

  • Proximity to the summit: Immediate access to the summit allows for early morning or late evening visits, maximizing scenic views without crowds.
  • Catch the sunrise: Catch the sunrise at Gornergrat, something you might miss if you're staying in a nearby town even if you catch the earliest train.
  • Unique experience: Experience the tranquility of living at a high-altitude location under the stars, away from the hustle and bustle of town.

Considerations

  • Isolation: Limited dining and entertainment options compared to a town like Zermatt.
  • Weather dependency: More susceptible to weather changes impacting visibility and outdoor activities.
  • Cost: Accommodation and dining are pricier due to the remote location, and if you're a budget traveler, this isn't an affordable option.

Staying in Zermatt

Zermatt, just a stone's throw from Gornergrat, makes for a fun and relaxed base to soak in the scenery and enjoy a range of activities, all while indulging in its cozy mountain-town vibes.

Advantages

  • Variety of accommodation: Numerous lodging options catering to different budgets and preferences.
  • Dining and entertainment: Access to a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops for dining and leisure activities.
  • Flexibility: More flexibility in scheduling visits to Gornergrat based on weather conditions and personal preferences.

Considerations

  • Travel time: Requires time and effort to travel to and from Gornergrat, especially during peak tourist seasons.
  • Crowds: Higher chances of encountering crowds at the summit during popular times of the day.

Where to stay near Gornergrat?

If you're looking to stay near Gornergrat, there's something for every budget! From cozy budget digs to swanky luxury spots, enjoy amenities like e-bike charging stations, ski rooms, and more. Get ready to relax and recharge in style!

Budget

Zermatt Youth Hostel

The Matterhorn Mountain is visible from Youth Hostel Zermatt, which is conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of ski lifts and Zermatt city center.

Price for 2/night: CHF 50

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 900 m

Pro-tip: If you’re a solo traveler on a budget, save up by going for the bunk bed in the multi-bedroom.

Hotel Alphubel Zermatt

Known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere with its comfortable beds and cozy balcony facing village rooftops, Hotel Alphubel is a favorite among returning guests.

Price for 2/night: CHF 150

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 230 m

Pro-tip: Opt for the superior double rooms with a balcony if you prefer additional space, enjoy scenic views, and appreciate the option to step outside for fresh air.

Hotel Bahnhof Zermatt

For more than a century, Hotel Bahnhof has welcomed guests from around the globe, offering not just a room but a historic and comfortable traditional home with its common kitchen in the basement where you can cook your own meals and simple, well-equipped rooms.

Price for 2/night: CHF 120

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 500 m

Pro-tip: If you’re a solo woman traveler and are on a budget, there’s a premium female dorm available in this hostel.

Mid-Range

Alpenblick Superior

At Hotel Alpenblick, choose from a selection of accommodations including studios, double rooms, single rooms, and junior suites.

Price for 2/night: From CHF 250

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 800 m

Pro-tip: Go for the Attika Apartment Mischabel if you like to cook your own food as it comes with a kitchenette.

Hotel Excelsior

Hotel Excelsior offers a cozy atmosphere with sunny south-facing rooms that boast lovely views of the Matterhorn and the old village.

Price for 2/night: From CHF 300

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 350 m

Pro-tip: Opt for the Deluxe doppel, Suite South or South double for a great view of the Matterhorn from your room.

Luxury

Mont Cervin Palace

A legendary five-star hotel offering opulent accommodations featuring plush furnishings and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, Michelin-starred dining, and a world-class spa, Mont Cervin Palace epitomizes luxury and prestige in Zermatt's hotel scene.

Price for 2/night: From CHF 800

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 350 m

Pro-tip: If you’re looking for a balcony, the Alpine classic rooms are just for you. Mont Cervin Palace also has early bird special discounts, so it’s a great idea to book early.

Relais & Châteaux Schönegg

Combining luxury with intimacy, Schönegg is renowned for its gourmet restaurant, elegant rooms with mountain views, and personalized service, making it a haven for discerning travelers.

Price for 2/night: From CHF 600

Distance from Gornergrat Railway: 700 m

Pro-tip: For a great view of the Matterhorn, choose the double room Charme Matterhorn.

Things to know for a seamless stay at Gornergrat

  • Hotels like the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat are popular, so book your room at least three months in advance, especially during peak seasons like winter for skiing or summer for hiking.
  • Some hotels like the Zermatt Youth Hostel may have seasonal check-ins and check-outs. They may also open up certain wings of the hotel during specific seasons. For example, Hotel Holiday opens its terrace during the summer so you can relax under the sun and take in some good, fresh air! It’s best to confirm with the hotel you’re booking with about the timings so you can plan accordingly.
  • Gornergrat is at 3,100 meters (over 10,000 feet), so be mindful of altitude effects. Take it easy the first day to acclimatize, and always keep an eye on weather reports.
  • The Gornergrat Railway is the only way up to a lot of these hotels. Check the timetable for departure times from Zermatt and plan accordingly.
  • Some budget hotels like Hotel Bahnhof don’t have an elevator and may not be the best option if you’re looking for a wheelchair accessible stay. So it’s always a good idea to check before booking.



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