There's one reason you go to 3100 Gornergrat: the views. And they don't disappoint.
The hotel itself is nice, but a little on the basic side. We paid for the top tier "Junior Suite" and it was definitely the most simplistic $400/night room I've ever stayed in. That said, dinner and breakfast were included in the price and they were both outstanding.
The front desk service was fine, but certainly nothing extraordinary. Our server at the restaurant was excellent though.
I didn't realize how hard sleeping could be at that altitude. I'm 30 and it mildly bothered me, but it really bothered by 54-year-old mother (she had to take an extra blood pressure pill to lower her heart rate because of it).
That said, the views make up for any shortcomings. Watching the sun rise from our room was truly one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen.
The thing that struck me the most about this hotel was how secluded it was from the rest of the world. Once the train stops running for the night, you are completely isolated on this mountain. That can definitely be a positive, but for me personally, it left me feeling a bit stir crazy. We had stayed in Zermatt the night before and enjoyed walking around the town. If I had to do the trip over again, I would have probably stayed the night again in Zermatt and just taken the train to Gornergrat for a day trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3100 Kulmhotel GornergratWelcome to the highest hotel in the Swiss Alps! In the midst of 29 four thousand meter peaks, you experience your own personal experience in a breathtaking panorama of peaks associated with more than 100 years old tradition of hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat Hotel Zermatt