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Are there any Hotels in Zermatt Late May.

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Are there any Hotels in Zermatt Late May.

We have been unable to find a hotel that is open in Zermatt from May 29 to July 1 in 2013.

Does the whole town shut down for the summer or have we been unlucky in our choices?

If so,, any suggestions for a hotel - hopefully 4 Star.

Thanks

Anne

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1. Re: Are there any Hotels in Zermatt Late May.

Probably half the hotels if not a bit more close for May every year but re-open in June unless they are doing major renovations. It's maybe a bit early to be trying as they may not have their schedule settled yet. You won't have any problem finding a good 4* hotel in May as it is very quiet then.

I always stay at the Antares but I don't know their schedule yet for May. Their website is

www.hotel-antares.ch

You would be perfectly fine to wait until January or February to get your room. By then the hotels usually know their closing schedule as well.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Are there any Hotels in Zermatt Late May.

Really depends how and where you have been trying to book and as said above the Hotels schedules are often not in the resorts own website enquiry system for off/opposite season.

Generally on Ski resorts own website enquiry systems the hoteliers can set predefined criteria on booking enquiries. This often includes "minimum number of nights" based on "days before arrival". This criteria is often "invisible" to the user ( I have known in the past some ski resorts websites where this was visible but has now disappeared).

Purely as an example (not specific to Zermatt) this criteria may be

> 29 days before arrival - minimum 7 nights

15-29 - 5nights

5-14 - 4night

<5 - 1night

You get the idea

During the Ski season Hoteliers often want full week bookings especially when enquiries are made well in advance. Hence if you looked now for next year (e.g >29 days) and the enquiry system is on "Winter" then you get less hits.

NOTE:

I've seen this work the other way round where somebody was trying to make an enquiry on a resorts website booking/enquiry system in July for a Xmas break of less than 7 nights and was getting lots of hits (summer schedule and criteria active - In the off season and Summer season Hoteliers are generally more flexible on minimum number of nights)

Resorts own website "online booking" is actually an "online booking request" service - just an enquiry.

Somebody made a mistake on the Austrian forum when they used this system to check the "availability" in Seefeld in Tirol over Xmas only wanting a few nights. They received the Automated reply from the "booking system" (not the Hotel) which is purely a confirmation that your request is being forwarded to the Hotel and wrongly assumed their booking was accepted (despite the fact no money had changed hands and that they had had no confirmation from the Hotel itself). They then went ahead and booked their flights. Few days later received a reply DIRECTLY from the hotel stating no availability

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3. Re: Are there any Hotels in Zermatt Late May.

I should have added above that it is always best to contact the hotels directly. They all have websites with email addresses. Just google the ones you like.

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