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Riffelhaus 1853

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Zollikerberg, Switzerland
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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... More 

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Pacific Grove, California, United States
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94 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

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Zürich
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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... More 

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Zurich
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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653 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 468 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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. More 

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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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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. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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65 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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... More 

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

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... More 

Takaka
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This is a wonderful retreat from which to ski all day and recover in the magnificent wellness centre before a stunning 4-5 course dinner. The outdoor spa overlooking the mountains is an absolute must!

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

The management and the staff of the Riffelhaus 1853 Gornergrat appreciate your positive statement about the location and the hotel services. It’s nice to read, that you enjoyed your skiing holiday in the mountains. We hope to see you back at 2500 meters above sea level. More 

Winterthur, Switzerland
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

This is a great spot in the middle of nature and just ON the slopes. If you stay at Riffelhaus 1853 you get half board, because there is no other place to eat at night, since the Gornergratbahn closes at a certain hour. Food is fabulous though, so no need to go somewhere else. Spa is small, but if you... More 

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

On behalf of the Riffelhaus-team I thank you for taking time to leave a very positive review. I also thank you for your valuable information about the Riffelhaus services and the Riffelberg location. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at 2500 meters above sea level. More 

Switzerland
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

We spent 4 days at Riffelhaus in early January. Perfect ski in and out hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the Kinderski/Children's ski school area. About a 5 minute walk to the Gornergratbahn and lifts. Traveled with SBB and sent the skis, boots & luggage on ahead, delivered to the hotel no problem. The staff (waitstaff & reception) is extremely... More 

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MyMatterhorn_com, Management at Riffelhaus 1853, responded to this review

On behalf of the Riffelhaus-team I thank you for taking time to leave a very positive review. I also thank you for your valuable information about the Riffelhaus services and the Riffelberg area. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at 2600 meters above sea level. More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Spa
About the property
  • Ski-In / Ski-Out
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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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: $283 - $530 (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:
#34 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Zermatt
#38 Spa Hotel in Zermatt
#38 Luxury Hotel in Zermatt
#47 Romantic Hotel in Zermatt
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