With luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and glitzy boutique shopping dominating the Zermatt scene, it’s considered, for obvious reasons, to be a pricier ski vacation. That doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable dining and lodging options for budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders on a Zermatt ski vacation, it just takes a little more planning.
Three-star Hotel Holiday is located about eight minutes from the center of town. The property offers an attractive marriage of modern interior décor and rustic touches, like it’s onsite chalet-style restaurant, featuring a lounge and bar with an open fireplace. You may be paying a reasonable price, but you’ll feel like a million bucks when staying at the Hotel Holiday; the rooms offer balconies and flat-screen TVs. If you can request a north-facing room, as the views of Mischabel Mountain are to die for.
The majority of Zermatt’s 100 restaurants sway towards upscale, however the sheer size, and visitor traffic, ensure that here’s bound to be a variety of modestly-priced fare. If you’re looking for authentic Swiss cuisine you’ll want to head to Schwyzer Stübli, which provides live genuine Swiss music and dancing. Aroleid, which is renowned as the best place to get rösti, a traditional potato dish, or Whymper Stube for exceptional and reasonably-priced fondue. Once you’ve had your fill of rich, delicious Swiss food try some of other Zermatt affordable restaurants, like Mexican at the Weisshorn or pub food at Sparky’s. If curry and a little heat sound like just the thing on a cold winter night, head to The Pipe for Asian/African dishes and warming Thai curry at Rua.