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Hotel National
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Matterstrasse 39, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #19 of 116 Hotels in Zermatt
Fribourg, Switzerland
1 review
“Excellent in all aspects!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Simple, perfect, no bling bling. A real 4 stars, in all details. Very good SPA and swimming pool. Good and clean rooms. Fantastic breakfast. Just 50 meters from the ski station. Perfect for family. Sometimes unstable WiFi, but useful. Friendly and helpful people. Great experience in all aspects.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelNationalZ, Direktionsassistentin at Hotel National, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Dear Jean Marc,

thank you for your time reviewing our Hotel National Zermatt! We are rejoiced that you enjoyed your holiday time with us.

Being realisitic and not fake is one of our key concepts and we are aiming to be as transparent as possible.

There you liked our SPA and swimming pool you will be pleased to hear that we are planning to redecorate our whole swimming pool area in between the upcoming seasons.

We are constantly working on our network coverage. We installed additional amplifier on each floor to strengthen the signal. Obviously there are still problems with the tempral coverage to which we will pay our attention now.

We appreciate that you liked our room facilities as well as the cleanliness in your room. Our housekeeping team is working with a hygienic cleaning system that enables them to be as spotless as possible.

We regularly review our breakfast offer trying to guarantee the best possible quality of all products by offering a high variety at the same time. With the beginning of the upcoming winter season we will additionally cook your breakfast bacon and eggs on the spot in our Front Cooking station! You will love it!

Representative of all I may say "thank you" for all your positive comments - also regarding our staff. It is one of the best compliments we can get hearing that you enjoyed our service and friendliness.

Hoping to welcome you soon again here - 20 steps from Sunnegga!
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

A four from us. We had a great stay at this hotel. The hotel is right by one of the main lifts so from a location perspective it cant be faulted. Skiing brilliant. Service was Excellent. I had the best massage of my life, although it hurt! It's a four because it was a little hot in the room at night. The only way to cool down seemed to be to open the door to the balcony. But this is being picky, all else was great

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

In this hotel everything is almost very good. There is always something missing to make it very good.
The stuff is friendly - but bit stingy. We had two rooms but got only one hotel give away (lips treatment lipstick), though they had our rooms free on the day we left we were charged CHF 50 for each hour of late checkout.
The rooms are nice - but missing a heated rack in the bathroom to dry the towels or wet bathing suits.
The ski room is convenient - but missing a phone to contact the front desk.
The room is made up for the night - but they forget to lay out the bed side mattress.
There are bathroom soap and shampoo - but there is no conditioner.

I stayed in a number of the same level hotels in Zermatt and there it always felt that you are getting "something extra" here always "something less".

One thing is really great - it's location and the room view to the Matterhorn. .

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a Matterhorn view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HotelNationalZ, Direktionsassistentin at Hotel National, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear Burshtine Family,

First of all we would like to thank you for taking your time to review your experiences here in our Hotel National Zermatt.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the unique location of our Hotel, the comfort of our rooms and their panoramic view to the Matterhorn.

Our Give Aways are meant for every single guest. We are rejoiced that you liked the lipsticks and therefore truly regret that you missed out on some! We will take your comment to review the process and handling of these articles just to make sure that every guest gets to know the true promise of our Give Aways!

With the beginning of this winter season we extended our standards with a number of 5* standards which we gladly provide our guests on top of the actual 4* standards. The bed side mattress is one of these additional standards and we will surely review the implementation of this standard to achieve a hundred per cent realisation.

Our bathrooms have been renovated in 2007 last. That you missed out on a heated rack we will definitely take into account for upcoming renovations in our bath rooms. The next large designated renovation will take place in our National Spa – giving the pool area a complete new makeover.

We are aware of the lack of a direct contact facility from our ski room to our reception. We are planning to setup a telephone line as well as a key drop in facility so our guests will be no longer forced to make their way twice to reception and to the ski room. These facilities will be set up latest till the beginning of the upcoming winter season.

Thank you for your feedback on our Late Check Out policy. Actually, this policy we implemented only a short time ago and we are still in process of reviewing whether this policy will approve or fail. Your comment is therefore valuable receiving a significant evaluation.

We would be be pleased to be able to welcome you here again - in our Hotel National Zermatt - making it better next time!
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We have just stayed at this hotel for the second time. It is well located for the ski lifts and for the town centre. Food is of a very high quality and staff are very friendly and helpful. Will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

In some respects, trying to review the National is a little difficult because I had spoken to people familiar with the hotel before I went, and they always described it in superlative terms. That could set me up for a disappointment, and while very, very good - and in many ways it was perfect for a ski vacation in the Alps - I would not use phrases like "the best", or "the most amazing" which I had heard others use in describing different aspects of our stay at the National.

Location: It is very nicely located. It is about a 7 minuted walk from the Zermatt train station, although the most direct route from the station to the hotel goes down a very narrow and busy road that was covered in ice. We discovered it was far more pleasant to walk through the main village and take about 12 to 15 minutes to walk between the station and the hotel. The National is also directly across the street from the funicular and ski lifts to the suenegga ski area.

Service: The staff at the National are friendly and helpful. I have no complaints about the staff, but they do not really go above and beyond as at some top rated hotels. For example, they will happily book the hotel shuttle to get you and your belongings to the train station, but they seem reticent to let you know that such service is available if you do not ask. This is a minor thing, but these minor things pile up. If one is paying five star prices, one hopes to have more than four and a half star service. The cleaning staff were also a little too efficient: on our check out day, they had the room cleaned up while we were at breakfast and we felt we were being pushed out of our room a full two hours before we needed to be out.

Food: They serve very, very good food at the National. Again, though, expectations had been built up to a ridiculous level. One acquaintance had told me unequivocally that the National's breakfast buffet was the most amazing spread I would ever see. It was great, but not quite as good as some such as the breakfasts at the Kirchbuhl in Grindelwald.

Rooms: The rooms, like the entire hotel, were comfortable, clean, and provided a feeling of coziness that was just right. The room - in fact the entire hotel - was devoid of clocks. This did contribute to a certain sense of sensory deprivation because it was so dark in the room once the lights were turned out for the evening. This only really mattered because in January when you need to be off the mountain by about 4 each afternoon, you do like to get started with your day on time. In some rooms, the noise from the Gortnergrat train starting up at 5:30 each morning also disrupts sleep.

One complaint we did have, and which we heard echoed by other guests, is that the temperature in the rooms and the common areas of the hotel was way too high. They really keep the heat cranked up, and the only way to get the room cooled down is to open a window. One really does not expect to go to a ski resort in the middle of winter and wake up each night drenched in sweat.

The National also needs to upgrade its WiFi service. Too many areas - including the rooms at the end of the hallways - had poor and intermittent internet service.

Overall, we had a good stay. For a ski vacation, it was close to perfect. It just wasn't the GREATEST as we had been told.

Room Tip: Try to get a room above the first floor (remember that the ground floor is floor zero). The rooms o...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Canada
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323 reviews 323 reviews
74 hotel reviews
Reviews in 111 cities Reviews in 111 cities
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Very highly recommended. The National is perfectly located across the street from the Sunnegga lift and a few minutes walk from the main train station and the Gornergrat railway station. A very high level of service begins as soon as you step off the train and the porter whisks you away in the electric taxi. Aylin at reception provided us with wonderful service throughout our stay. Rooms are very comfortable, if not opulent and most of them overlook the Matterhorn. The spa and indoor pool are beautiful. Breakfast is really good, but I recommend eating elsewhere for dinner, as there are so many great restaurants nearby. The lobby bar is the hub of activity for the whole place, and there is an enclosed cigar room just off the lobby. Really flawless service throughout the hotel. We would highly recommend the National for families and would not hesitate to return.

Room Tip: For Matterhorn views, the higher the better.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, Ontario
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The hotel National is a warm, friendly hotel with excellent service. It is very clean, the spa is amazing and the location is superb with immediate access to the Sunnega ski lifts. This is a terrific spot for families. Perfect Swiss hospitality! Thank you.

Room Tip: room 301 is a quad and is quiet with a great view of the Matterhorn.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Matterstrasse 39, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Valais > Zermatt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Zermatt
#13 Luxury Hotel in Zermatt
#17 Romantic Hotel in Zermatt
#34 Family Hotel in Zermatt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel National 4.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All 54 of our rooms have a south-facing balcony, 41 of which offer an unimpeded view of the Matterhorn…you can be as flexible or spontaneous as you wish – simply book thenumber of sunsets you would desire, completely at your discretion with or without half-board (except public holidays)…you can enjoy your holiday regardless of the weather – our weekly schedule provides sporting adventure & fine dining both on and off-piste ... more   less 
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