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Riffelhaus 1853

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Lajeado, RS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the hotel Riffelhaus 1853 at the end of August. The spot is idyllic, with fabulous frontal view of the Matterhorn, imposing and beautiful.  You reach the hotel via Gornergrat train from the center of Zermatt to the third last train station. The train ride is amazing, with great views of Zermatt, the Matterhorn and the mountains and...

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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful mountain hotel in Zermatt. The view from Hotel is unreal. Matterhorn mountain is just in front of you and looks awesome. Breakfast buffet is nice and dinner is fine. Hotel is located middle of the ski slopes. They have a sauna with a perfect Matterhorn view.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Excellent retreat for mountain biking and chill down. I found really what we were looking for in excellent service and down time after mountain biking and active location. Super nice view and hot tub.

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Zollikerberg, Switzerland
Reviewed August 23, 2016

From the outside still the historic hotel from 1853, the inside was remodeled 2014 into a beautiful modern hotel with its own style, a true gem stone in a spectacular mountain scenery. The inviting and elegant guest rooms offer all the amenities of a high class location. The restaurant features a succulent breakfast buffet and fine food for lunch and...

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Pacific Grove, California, United States
Reviewed August 15, 2016

We are slowly getting around to checking out hotels in our 'neighborhood'. Riffelhaus 1853 s a historic hotel halfway up the mountain that was recently renovated. Although the exterior was kept, the interior has been totally remodeled. The remodeling included a new spa center with saunas and a hot tub with a view. This is a hotel well worth the...

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Zürich
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Newly rennovated Bijou high up the mountains in Zermatt (2500m, nothing for people who have problems to sleep well at high altitutes). Ideal to be calm, to switch off, to be far away of everything as high above the village and in summer reachable by (Gornergrat) train only. In winter there is a gondola right next to it. Brand new...

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Zurich
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

As the title suggests, the rarified air at 2500m makes for wonderful vistas across to the Matterhorn and the surrounding 4000m+ mountains. Unfortunately, it also makes sleeping difficult, and the dry air can lead to sinus and bronchial problems for those yet to acclimatize. The hotel itself has been nicely renovated, rooms are small but comfortable and bathrooms are very...

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Vienna, Virginia
Reviewed May 4, 2016

Riffelhaus has gorgeous views of the Matterhorn and of nature and is so memorable. Lambs were in the pasture nearby. If you are a lover of nature, this is an amazing spot. The hotel itself is not as memorable as its surroundings, but the surroundings make it priceless!

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

The Management and the staff of the Riffelhaus 1853 thank you very much for your precious feedback. We are very glad that you enjoyed the amazing nature at the gorgeous views. We regret that you did not like the hotel that much: Nevertheless we are looking forward to welcoming you back at 2500 meters above sea level.

Reviewed April 11, 2016

We stayed in this hotel for a week, the hotel has a great family atmosphere, the sauna is fun, the food its excellent, the chef is Italian and she makes amazing meals and desserts The staff are very nice and helping in organizing our excursions around. What I like most was the view from our terrace overseeing the town of...

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

The team of the Riffelhaus 1853 warmly appreciates your positive statement about the location and the hotel services. We are so glad, that you enjoyed your stay at Riffelberg and are looking forward to welcoming you back in the summer season at 2500 meters above sea level.

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed April 2, 2016

Fantastic location, just on the slopes! Beautiful building very nicely renovated. Small but cosy room with modern enjoyable bathroom. The view from there is awesome, and quietness in the middle of the snow at 2500m is just relaxing. you have to be on half board as no other choice of restaurant around and no transport past a certain time. Found...

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The management and the staff of the Riffelhaus 1853 appreciate your positive statement about the location and the hotel infrastructure. It’s nice to read, that you enjoyed your skiing holiday in the mountains. We regret very much, that we did not meet your expectations with our dinner arrangement. Thanking you for your suggestion, we will make every effort to improve...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Ski-In / Ski-Out
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hotel Riffelhaus is living testimony to the golden age of mountaineering. Mountain climbing and hotel history were written here. In 1853, the hotel on the Riffelberg was the second hotel in Zermatt. It opened even before the Gornergrat railway was built. The beams and stones were hauled up the mountain by mules and using a lot of manpower. Over the course of the decades, the initial mountain climber accommodations developed into a comfortable mountain hotel, without losing the atmosphere of the pioneering days. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Riffelhaus 1853

Address: Riffelberg 2500m, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland (Formerly Hotel Riffelberg)
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Zermatt
Price Range: $246 - $606 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riffelhaus 1853 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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Also Known As:
Riffelberg Hotel Zermatt
Hotel Style:
#36 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Zermatt
#37 Luxury Hotel in Zermatt
#40 Spa Hotel in Zermatt
#47 Romantic Hotel in Zermatt
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“Rooms with Matterhorn view, ideally with balcony (especially in summer)”
 of 5 bubbles pyromania7, Aug 10, 2016 | Read review
“Room 201 is great! Some of the room have only lateral Matterhorn view. It worth paying a bit more and getting the frontal view.”
 of 5 bubbles Anietta18, Feb 11, 2016 | Read review
“A room with a view of the Matterhorn!”
 of 5 bubbles CHCH50, Aug 27, 2015 | Read review
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