Riffelalp Resort Switzerland
Riffelalp is Europe’s highest five-star resort located at 2,222 m with spectacular views of the Matterhorn mountain. The setting is breathtaking, you can just put on your skis and ski your way down the slopes.
Zermatt has no shortage of luxury hotels but Riffelalp Resort definitely stands out. Are you wondering why? Here is the answer. First of all the hotel is located at 2,222 meters and the journey to the hotel starts with an exciting 20-minute ride on the Gornergrat train.
At a station, a friendly porter Dragan will welcome you and take care of your luggage and help you get on the train. The train ride itself is beautiful with incredible views of the mountains and the city of Zermatt. Once you arrive at your final station called Riffelalp another porter will welcome you, take care of your luggage and transfer it to the hotel. You can choose to walk to the hotel (around 5min) or take a drive with a snowmobile to the doorsteps.
The Grand Hotel Riffelalp celebrated its grand opening for summer tourism on 10th July 1884 and quickly became a playground for Europe’s high society. Today, Riffelalp Resort continues that great tradition with all the comforts of a modern five-star hotel. In 2016 the whole hotel was renovated and they also build a new deluxe ski room. The last renovations were in Autumn of 2017 where they renovated the Restaurant Alexandre, Banquet room, Bar, and the Smoker’s Lounge. The hotel kept its glorious and warm feeling and just added a bit of freshness to the whole resort. Guest rooms are cozy and well-appointed. There are a few restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a drink or a meal, a billiard and a bowling room, an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, and a special kids room with PlayStation, table tennis and even table football.
Riffelalp Resort has 65 rooms, five suites, and two apartments. We stayed in a room called Nostalgie. The room was cozy and lovely decorated. It was a bit small but had everything we needed. A large king size bed with leather headboards, small desk, a beautiful stone-and-wood bathroom with shower and Loccitane amenities. Besides the normal amenities, like bathrobes, slippers, and free internet connection, the room was equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine, remote control lighting and Smart-TV. Most rooms have the balcony and if you are lucky you will get that spectacular Matterhorn view right from the comfort of your room. If you wish to have your daily newspaper delivered right to your room just ask the concierge. And another amazing thing was the weekly hotel activities sheet waiting for us in the room when we arrived. That way you can see the different activities that are happening during the week and you can choose the ones in which you would like to participate.
There are many dining options if you are staying at the Riffelalp Resort. The breakfast is served in the main restaurant Alexandre with spectacular views of the Matterhorn mountain. Alongside a well-stocked continental buffet, there are freshly squeezed juices and a separate omelet station where you can order freshly prepared eggs with all sorts of add-ons. By day, you can enjoy your time on the terrace of Mark Twain Lounge The menu consist of tapas, paninis, and burgers. If you wish to have a proper lunch then head out to Restaurant Al Bosco that serves Swiss-Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. At the restaurant Walliserkeller, you will find regional Swiss cuisine served from the open fire. Local specialties like cheese fondue, Raclette and meat dishes are served here. There is also a sleek Vinothek that hosts wine tastings and can be booked for private dinners. You can spend your afternoons at the Mark Twain Lounge where you can sit back and enjoy the piano music while savoring your cocktail and the «dolce far niente». But that is not all! In addition to the diversified cuisine at Riffelalp, there is a special Wine & Dine option that brings culinary variety with a grand choice of 15 restaurants and dining rooms in Zermatt!
There are plenty of activities offered at the Riffelalp Resort. You can ski from the doorstep in winter, and in summer there are nice hiking trails where you can enjoy your day. The hotel itself offers different winter and summer activities that are guided by Yann. He will prepare different ski excursion to Cervinia or Valtournenche, heliskiing for more adventures guests, glacier downhill skiing, ski tours, snowshoeing, hiking and more. If you want to spend your day at the hotel then you can visit the pool and spa area, book a massage, have fun at billiards or even go bowling. The resort also takes care of the children. There are several interconnecting rooms, a nursery and even babysitting can be arranged. You can also leave your child at the ski school at the nearby Riffelberg.
The ‘St. Trop Alp’ spa features Europe’s highest outdoor pool. It was even featured in BBC series ‘The Night Manager’. You can also enjoy different massages, relax at an open fireplace, experience different saunas and steam rooms or just relax at the indoor pool. There is also a special grotto with waterfalls and herbal infusions. Definitely a must!
Riffelalp Resort is the perfect choice if you are looking for a glamorous five-star hotel with direct access to the slopes in winter. The hotel itself and the town of Zermatt was given a very respectable fourth place in The New York Times’ list of 52 places to go in 2017. Just one reason more why you should visit this breathtaking place. Its location grants stunning mountain views and the resort itself offers plenty of amenities on-site. From bowling room, billiard room to incredible spa area with an outdoor pool that is crowned to be Europe’s highest. Rooms are luxurious decorated and they embrace a cozy ski lodge vibe. The resort offers half board option in addition to a handful of partner eateries around Zermatt.
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