CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort
What We Love
- The cozy bar with rows of antlers (some from deer killed by the owner) overhead
- Matterhorn views
- Tapas made with local game served on the outdoor terrace
- Free pickup service to/from Zermatt train station or the village
What To Know
- You can snowboard and ski year-round in Zermatt, but the main season runs from November through April
- Cervo closes for the off season — mid-October to mid-December, and May to late June
- Average summer temperatures range from the upper 60s to mid-70s
- Zermatt is car-free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Cervo may have a swish Swiss address, but there’s nothing neutral about this boutique hotel’s atmosphere and hospitality. The Matterhorn looms dramatically in the background, and a private pine forest spreads out from the front door of this mountainside retreat, where mounted-antler lodge meets minimalist Swiss chic. Owner-hosts Seraina Müller and Daniel Lauber have capitalized on the resort’s alpine setting by highlighting natural elements including stone and pine, and using a warm palette in the property’s graceful and understatedly elegant modern design.
Bed and Bath
The 33 clean-lined rooms, with their cozy chalet elegance, are uncluttered and simply decorated in lulling earth tones. The aesthetic draws on the resort’s peaceful alpine address and such natural elements as blond wood. Smartly designed bathrooms have slotted wood sliding doors and white tiling against charcoal floors. Graphic print wallpaper features in the Superior Double Rooms, along with platform beds with a dual desk space. Opt for the Signature Spa Suite and you can soak up the Matterhorn views as you soak in a private whirlpool bath on the terrace.
The restaurant, housed in what was once the main chalet’s living room, specializes in regional favorites with an emphasis on game. Dishes like breast of quail, seasoned with Madras curry and wild honey, are served at walnut tables, surrounded by chairs with cushions upholstered in a cheerful red-and-white checkered pattern. The polished bar is overhung with a row of antlers, some of which come from deer the owner hunted and collected himself. Head to the pinewood terrace for magnificent views of the ever majestic Matterhorn — “Horu” to the locals. Monogrammed wool throws are on hand to keep things cozy if the weather gets chilly.
In the Area
Ascend the Rothorn for the best view of the Matterhorn and more than 30 other “four-thousanders” (peaks higher than 4,000 meters). Getting there — via funicular, then an eight-seat cable railway, and finally an oversize cable car — is half the fun. Shopping in Zermatt can be quite entertaining, with stores running the gamut from high-end sporting goods and fashion to eccentric art and quirky furnishings. Of all the area’s Alpine regions, Zermatt has the longest ski season. Strap on a pair of skis and head right to the lift. With a total of 29 peaks stretching to more than 13,000 feet, there are plenty of fresh flakes. After the slopes, experience the local favorite après treatment at Prato Borni for fondue and raclette cheese melted over baby potatoes, served with cornichons and pearl onions.
How to Get There
Most amazing hotel staff (super helpful and always smiling), the rooms are gorgeous, and so was the view on the Matterhorn, great breakfast. What else could we ask for?
+ amazing location thanks to the elevator!
Simply the place to be in Zermatt.
Après ski is epic, both restaurants the Puro and the Ferdinand are continuously (we‘ve visited repeatedly over the last few years) high standard. The rooms are fantastic and the staff not once failed to impress with their extensive knowledge of the region be it on skis, by foot or on a sledge.
But what is and remains the best part of the hotel are the owners. They are omnipresent and give every guest the feeling that they are friends. This is how it was at the very beginning when the hotel openend and has remained until today!
This was best hotel experience I've ever had. Every staff member went out of there way to be accommodating. The hotel rooms were really nice, excellent included breakfast and location is great to the Sunnegga lift for ski in/out and easy elevator access to town.
What a place! This is a truly outstanding hotel in the fantastic town of Zermatt.
The junior roof suite was extremely tastefully appointed with excellent amenities.
The wellness suite in each chalet building is a lovely touch, never busy and hugely appreciated after a day on the mountain.
Skiing straight to the door, where the best Apres ski bar is located, is a perfect setup!
Breakfast was delicious, with plenty variety available.
Will definitely return to Cervo in the future, highly recommend!
Just had lunch at Cervo and was absolutely fantastic, I had the risotto, which although was a little smaller than I had hoped was extremely tasty, and when accompanied by arguably the best fries on the mountain, I was more than happy with the experience! I was helped by Christina who was so friendly and polite, very professional and always happy to help. A real asset to your team there!
Will definitely be back soon