Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zermatt

Lusi Restaurant
Despite the five-star pretensions of its parent hotel, The Lusi Restaurant is all about laid-back Mediterranean style; celebrity guests add to its cachet.
Gornergrat Railway
The Gornergrat Railway is where you'll find the cogwheel train; as a functioning museum piece, it'll take you up the mountain in old school-style.
Swiss Ski School
Le Gitan
Meat is the thing at Le Gitan, where the mouthwatering menu would satisfy even the most bloodthirsty carnivore.
Chalet Zermatt Peak
A truly celeb-worthy stay; Chalet Zermatt Peak has all the makings of a Zermatt classic, where luxury comes as standard.
Kleine Matterhorn
Get high at Kleine Matterhorn, whose top reaches 3,320-metres; with thin air and super-steep slopes, even the most hardcore skier will be kept on their frostbitten toes.
Mont Cervin
Arguably the most lavish spa in Zermatt - if not Switzerland - Mont Cervin offers spa junkies 1,700-square-metes of awe-inspiring amenities.
Mirabeau Spa
Mirabeau Spa caters predominantly to the hotel of the same name, but is open to the public, too; the Finnish sauna is its crowning glory.
Chesa Valese
What Chesa Valese lacks in size it certainly makes up for in style, with a beautiful basement setting that offers a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and solarium.
Klaus Tscherig
Klaus Tscherig is more than ski-savvy; if he can't get you sliding down the slopes, nobody can.
Hotel Riffelberg
Stunning views and mouthwatering food. What more could you need? Check out the restaurant at Hotel Riffelberg for the cream of the slope-based crop.
Testa Grigia
Head for heights? Head, er, head to Testa Grigia; at 3,480-metres you'll need a stomach to appreciate its hearty Italian fare and comfortable accommodations.
Fluhalp
Chalet chic is all the rage, and it's no more evident than at Fluhalp; with one of the best terraces in Zermatt, there's no better place to enjoy a sundowner.
Gandegghutte
Italian-inspired mountain food is the name of the game at Gandegghutte; highly recommended is the spag-bol.
Chez Vrony
Looking for fine-dining on the mountain? Call off the search, Chez Vrony is here to cater for your every whim; expect mouthwatering mountain good and a wine list so extensive you're sure to stumble down the slope on the way home.
Findlerhof
Although Findlerhof may not be as renowned as Chez Vrony, it is certainly as good; a mouthwatering menu is backed up by razor-sharp service. What else do you want?
Zum See
If Zum See is good enough for Sir Richard Branson's New Year's Eve parties, then it's certainly good enough for us.
Schneewittchen
Found beneath Papperla, Schneewittchen is all about low ceilings and pumping dance music; the Swiss crowd can't get enough.
Hotel Post
Young skiers flock to The Hotel Post for strong drinks and good jazz; a simple formula that's cemented its position on Zermatt's apres-ski scene.
Elsie’s
Indulge in a platter of oysters and a flute or three of Champagne at Elsie's, something of an institution around these parts.
The Whymper-Stube
Named after a team of extremely brave climbers, The Whymper-Stube offers hearty food in warm, intimate surroundings.
Zermatterhoff
The rich and famous flock to Zermatterhoff in their designer-clad droves - and with five golden stars attached to its name, it's not hard to see why.
Romantik Hotel Julen
As is suggested by its name, Romantik Hotel Julen has romantic, rustic interiors that would melt the heart of even the most stone-hearted skier.
Monte Rosa
The Monte Rosa is a discreet, tucked-away hotel with five-star appeal; so good is it, in fact, that Winston Churchill used to stay here when in town.
Riffelalp Resort
An Hg2 favourite; the Riffelalp Resort has lashings of ski style, all at 2,222-metres up.
Hotel Sonne
The Hotel Sonne is worth the steep slog up to its entrance; inside are fabulous four-star interiors and a real family-run vibe.
Mont Cervin Palace
Mont Cervin Palace is the biggest hotel in town, and proves - once and for all - that size really does matter.
Hotel Alex
The Hotel Alex has all the makings of an Hg2 favourite, with an in-house swimming pool and tennis courts; the rooms aren't half bad, either. In fact, they're rather lovely.
Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof is something of an institution in Zermatt, with a location beside the railway station and dormitory rooms that cater to the student crowd. Who said you can't ski on a shoestring?
Chalet Maurice
Sumptuous and exclusive chalet in a quiet part of town. Only for the really, really wealthy.
Coeur des Alpes
Coeur des Alpes is a beautiful bed-and-breakfast, with cosy interiors and impeccable service.
Chalet Les Anges
Beautiful, luxurious chalet with stunning views of the Matterhorn appeals very much to an upmarket crowd.

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