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
This will probably be one of the best hotel experiences you will ever have.
From the first moment till the end every single employee ist friendly and attentive. You will be picked up at the station if you let know them when you arrive. But you can easily walk (5 min.) to the Sunnegga station and take the lift to the hotel. Then you will get an very warm welcome at the front desk. They offer you a drink of your choice and will not ask silly questions you already answered when you made the booking.
Your room will be ready. You got a great view over whole Zermatt. Your room is amazing, especially when you booked one of the Spa Suites. There are many little things that you will notice: a box of apples (free), an umbrella to get to your room, a bike washing station etc.
You have a really fast wifi access (free) everywhere. All the snacks and the beverages in the minibar are free.
The breakfast ist simply amazing. You get anything you can imagine. Eggs, Porridge, Champagne, Smoothies, Drymeat, Fruits, fresh bread, etc. without extra charge.
Don’t look for another restaurant. Make an early reservation and go to the Pure Restaurant. You will get amazing food and a huge wine list. You will not regret it.
When you want to go to Switzerland and have some luxury, you will know that you won’t get this for cheap.
We just spent two nights at the Cervo which were the highlight of our two week trip to Switzerland! The hotel design is very cozy but extremely attractive and sophisticated, the restaurant is superb but the best feature is the staff. From the first moment of being greeted and checked in to the final departure ( with parting gifts!), the staff is warm and helpful and very engaging. Were we ever back in Zermatt we would not stay anywhere else. The whole experience was absolutely delightful and lacking the stuffiness of some of the other highly touted resorts in the area.
Couldn’t ask for anything more. The staff, location, service, rooms, food is all superb. Our room had a gorgeous view of the Matterhorn. Each of the chalets (6 rooms in total) have their own private spa access with a sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, relaxing room, massages and more. This is truly a 5 star property with a boutique like feeling. Simply amazing. In the wintertime you can ski in/out, the only hotel in Zermatt that offers this. The location is fantastic and views breathtaking. Will definitely return!