Hotel Europe

Boutique hotels are pretty much non existent in the Swiss ski resort, Zermatt. The majority of hotels are traditional (read: old fashioned) in design with plenty of wood and full of knick knacks that some guests call quaint (read: tacky). Tastefully and stylishly designed hotels but which still capture the Swiss charm are a rarity here and therefore a delightful find.

Hotel Europe is one of these hotels. Family owned and run, the emphasis is on customer service which is just one of the reasons that repeat business is so huge here.

The owners' other business is sheep farming (black nose sheep to be precise) and the sheep theme is prevalent throughout the hotel. Sheepskin covered stools, artwork on the walls, not to mention serving lamb dishes in the daily changing restaurant.

The hotel has 28 rooms, some are brand new, and some slightly older and favoured by the guests who have been returning for years. These are certainly not tired though and many of them have a view of the majestic Matterhorn. The new ones don't have such spectacular views but what they lack here, they more than make up for in chic furnishings, and stylish décor.

The chef is English and has previously cheffed in the UK at a 2 Michelin starred restaurant. The 5 course meal each night is so delicious, you can’t resist no matter how full you are. As well as traditional Swiss foods, he caters for international clients, for example, sometimes adding springbok to his changing menu.

After a day on the piste, the bar is buzzy and ambient or there is a cosy reading room with two sided fireplace that you can see from both inside and outside to entice you in.

For true relaxation though, the spa, which was an addition last year, has a sauna, steam bath, rain showers and a Jacuzzi. The best thing? You can be the only one in there at times. Heavenly.


A really romantic package that Hotel Europe offers is the fondue picnic. A rucksack and sleigh is packed for you containing fondue and bread, wine, schnapps and sausage and with sheepskin rugs to cuddle up under - you can take your beloved off the beaten track for some après-ski a deux.



Riedstrasse 18
3920 Zermatt,
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 27 966 2700
http://www.europe-zermatt.ch/


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