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Zermatt Youth Hostel
Reviewed July 19, 2012

On the top of a hill this is not handicap friendly. But if you're staying in the Zermatt region, don't pay for an expensive hotel, this hostel is clean, tidy, serves great food, still very close to shops and walks and has the BEST views of Mount Marmott!
The meals served are of excellent quality, soup, main, salad bar and a dessert! Or breakfast of just about anything. If you have a family, stay in a 4 bed room and you'll all have a great time. The staff are friendly and helpful and they have a good laundry service.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Zermatt is very expensive especiallly for family of four. We took a chance because all hotels weds booked and this wasn't. We had a 4 bed room to ourselves. It was 2 bunkbeds which the kids loved. Beds were super clean and comfortable. They give u nice clean bedding. A plus for us was built in meals. With kids it made it so easy and food was basic cafeteria foood but u get a lot and can have seconds. This place was very. Very clean including bathrooms. Location is less than 10 minute walk to glacier paradise. U get 10% off rentals at interdiscount. There were all sorts of people here from families with small kids like us to singles to groups of men hikers. Nice terrace with view of mstterhorn. Very quiet at night. Suggest reserving ahead. Reception does not open until 4pm for checkin.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not next to bathrooms because of noise. Rooms on backside of main building are very q...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Location
1 word: upslope!
The hostel is about 15mins walk from the Zermatt train station, but be prepared for an uphill journey. The hostel does state the uphill walk in its website; its just that the slope is tough when you have a heavy backpack! To add to the slope, there's a fleet of stairs right before the hostel! To finish it off, the hostel has no lift and you have to use the stairs to get to your room. If you think you can't manage all these, take the electric taxi or the bus. Zermatt is a car-free town. :)
However, all these upslope has a good side to it. The dining room has a view of the Matterhorn (the mountain on the Toblerone packaging). So you can enjoy the view as you eat breakfast and dinner there. After spending 2 nights there, I can understand why its the most-photographed mountain. Very dramatic and majestic.

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The room is rather small, but comes with a convenient wash basin (the water up in the alpine region of Zermatt is super refreshing - taste it!) Common toilets and showers are kept in great condition. The same can be said for the dining area. Everything in this hostel is clean and well-maintained. Great job to the staff!
This hostel provides breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is nice and nutritious - bread, cheese, ham, fruits, etc. I particularly like the Ovaltine spread with my bread. I wonder why I don't see the Ovaltine spread outside of Swiss. Dinner comprise salad, main course and also dessert / fruits. Very rewarding way to end your day after expending much energy climbing or trekking the entire day. :)

Staff
Friendly and helpful. No complaints.

Overall, a clean alpine hostel with nice breakfast and dinner, which also comes with a great view. The only thing to watch out for is the upslope location.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Probably the best value you will find (unless you take the gondola up and ski down for lunch on the Italian side!) in all of Zermatt for anything. Altho this is a youth hostel there were people of all ages (including lots of families w/ small children---the only down-side as it tended to be a bit noisy and out of control at times in the main building, especially at meal time.) We had a very quiet private double room w/ private bath. Shower and water temp were great. Everything was spotless and very clean--including the down comforters. The all-you-can-eat breakfast was hearty w/ lots of options including brie cheese, salami, homemade bread and coffee from an espresso machine. Of course, there were all the usual cereals, jams, yogurts, hardboiled eggs, etc. The local city tiny bus shuttles just a block away from the door so it is easy and not necessary to lug skis too far to get to gondolas or home at the end of a hard day. The walk to the center is pleasant (about 8 minutes). Dinner also was substantial and balanced (soup, salad, meat, veg, carbs, bread and homemade dessert, altho not high end cuisine, for the price it can't be beat. All staff was very nice and helpful. Not speaking German was not a problem.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

As a family of 4 it was looking incredbily expensive for us to ski and stay in Zermatt, but we were determined to do it. We stumbled upon this Youth Hostel via internet and couldn't have been happier. Be aware that there is another youth hostel down the road, but this one seemed from other reviews, better for families. We had a four bed room with private ensuite. The added bonus of having a 3 -course meal layed in front of you after a day's skiing can not be overstated ! The food was wholesome, tasty and plentiful. Not 5 star, but if that sort of thing is important for you, you probably wouldn't stay here anyway. We had no problems with noise, found the beds comfortable and the reception staff delightful. The shower curtain made for a wet bathroom, but we generally travel with a light bath mat anyway. Yes, it's a walk from the station, but when you are looking at the Matterhorn and taking in the fresh air of this wonderful village, some things just can't matter. There are plenty of carts and minibusses around to transport if needed. We walked to the ski lifts each morning with our gear, but some took the bus. We left our skis and poles at the Schule Matten each night for 2CHF each, meaning it was only the first trip down and last trip back where we need to carry the gear. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

I stayed 3 nights in November2011. Hostel rooms were basic, clean, good showers, central heated and with view of Matterhorn. Breakfast buffet was cereal choice, juice, bread, cheeses, and ham. Coffee and selection of teas included. Evening meal between 6-7.30. As I was out at this time staff were very helpful in putting a meal aside for me. Food was a bit school meal like but plenty of it.
I would certainly use the hostel again.
Weekends seemed much busier.
5 mins from centre of town and 5 mins from Klein Matterhorn lift station.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

If you are traveling with kids, I can only recommend this Youth Hostel in Zermatt.
Very nice room, well maintained.
The dinner served is really good and the breakfast is perfect for family with kids !
The prices are Zermatt Swiss price$, this means that this hostel is one of the most expensive Swiss Youth Hostel but compared to the other places you can find in Zermatt ...
Everything is relative ...

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Zermatt Youth Hostel

Address: Staldenweg 5, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Zermatt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Zermatt
Price Range: $77 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Zermatt Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The world-famous Matterhorn, lovingly called "Horu" by locals, can be seen directly from Zermatt Youth Hostel. Every day of the year, the Youth Hostel offers a charming alternative for all those guests for whom a luxurious hotel room is not necessary to enjoy the Zermatt mountains. ... more   less 
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