After spending nearly two weeks walking the Haute Route (posts coming soon!), the last stop on my Alpenwild itinerary was Zermatt, where I spent two nights at La Ginabelle Hotel and Spa. Throughout the trip, I stayed in very comfortable mountain inns and guest houses, so I wasn’t roughing it by any means. Despite that, walking into La Ginabelle felt like a major upgrade! The lobby is decked out in marble, with elegant furniture in the salon area, and the front desk staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. (And they have an elevator!) There are over 180 Zermatt Switzerland hotels. As I’ve only stayed at one, I can’t compare it against anything else, but it’s definitely one I would return to again! I highly recommend La Ginabelle, especially if you are looking for a Zermatt hotel with Matterhorn views!
La Ginabelle Guest Rooms
I had a Strahlhorn room (modern superior double room with south-facing balcony and Matterhorn view, shower/WC – staring at 179CHF) and was thrilled with the accommodation. I loved the modern design (not all rooms have been recently refreshed and have an older, but still comfortable style.) My room had ample outlets, lots of interesting lighting options, a super comfy bed and, most importantly, I had a wraparound balcony with a view of the Matterhorn! My favorite hotel feature is a balcony – I love fresh air, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to sit out here and get some work done with the most incredible view! There was a rushing river right below my balcony as well, which made for an excellent soundtrack to fall asleep to!
The hotel offers several room types, from single rooms to apartments and suites, with adjoining rooms that can be combined for large family gatherings.
La Ginabelle Spa
On the evening of my arrival, I was treated to the Thalasso Jacuzzi Bath & Partial Body Massage (125 CHF) and it was exactly what I needed after hiking and schlepping a backpack all over the Alps. The spa area is below the first floor, and I was shown right away to the treatment room. The Thalasso jacuzzi was the bathtub version of the massage chairs at your favorite nail salon. You know when you’re in a hot tub and you’re moving around trying to get the jets just right on your sore muscles? This bath does it for you! It was incredibly relaxing, thanks in part to the fragrant sachet that was added to the water. After 20 minutes in the jacuzzi, I then was treated to a 35 minute full body massage. The spa at Ginabelle has so many treatment options, many of them catering to hikers and skiers.
In addition to the spa, there is a relaxation room, hot tubs, sauna/steam room, and an indoor/outdoor pool. It’s the perfect post-hike, or apres-ski relaxation retreat.
La Ginabelle Restaurant
My trip package included dinner and breakfast for the first night. The dining room here is quite elegant and I felt underdressed, although you will see “hiker couture” just about anywhere in Swizterland! I enjoyed a delicious 4-course dinner that included steak tartare, roasted red pepper soup, veal and mushrooms on rosti, and a dessert called tropicana mousse. All of it was delicious!
The hotel also offers a nice continental breakfast spread featuring breads, meats, cheeses, jams and cereal. There was an option to add an omelette dish for an additional fee.
La Ginabelle Amenities
La Ginabelle has some great amenities for their guests. You can borrow hiking equipment such as hats, backpacks, boots and poles for your outdoor adventures. There is an onsite Kinder Club, which is free for children over 2 1/2 years of age. There is also a bar on the main floor, with piano entertainment on the weekends.
Zermatt places heavy emphasis on sustainability, and only electric buses are allowed in the village. Most hotels, including La Ginabelle, have these little electric trucks to shuttle guests around town. The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the train station, but I took advantage of the shuttle when leaving by train at the end of my stay.
Two nights was definitely not enough for me to savor the luxurious surroundings at La Ginabelle. Visiting Zermatt in winter is now on my bucket list, and I know where I’ll be staying when I return!Planning a trip to @zermatt_tourism ? Check out the Hotel La Ginabelle! #zermatt #visitswitzerland Click To Tweet
I was given a complimentary spa treatment in exchange for my review of the hotel. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.