Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland (2022 Updated)

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On the whole, Switzerland is tolerant and gay-friendly, especially in more urban and diverse areas. Zurich, Geneva, and Basel are the centers of gay life in Switzerland, although ski resorts such as Zermatt, Lenzerheide, Gstaad and Arosa are also popular destinations (mostly in winter), even hosting gay ski weeks.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTrights in Switzerland are relatively progressive by European standards, although LGBT people lack full legal equality. Its history is one of liberalisation at an increasing pace since the 1940s, in parallel to the legal situation in Europe and the Western world more generally. Legislation providing for same-sex marriage and IVF access will enter into force after a likely referendum in 2021.

Zermatt has a long history of being a  gay friendly resort and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Hexenbar or Little Bar  bar are  the most famous gay place in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.

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1. Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt

Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel
Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel

Enjoying a unique location in car-free Zermatt, Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel boasts unbeatable views of the Matterhorn. It offers a rich breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and a luxurious spa area.

All rooms and suites were designed by the Swiss artist and designer Heinz Julen. They feature LCD flat screen TVs and a Nespresso coffee machine. Most of them offer views of the Matterhorn, some also have a balcony.

Guests can relax on the beautiful terrace on the ground floor and enjoy the unobstructed view of the Matterhorn.

The spacious and exclusive spa area of the Matterhorn Focus features an indoor and outdoor hot tub, a salt-water bath, a Finnish sauna and a relaxation room with warm deck chairs. Massage and beauty treatments will be provided on request.

Design & Lifestyle in front of the famous Matterhorn.

This is a unique and modern property right at the foot of The Matterhorn and next door to a gondola. They have a lovely complimentary breakfast with a good selection. They also offer a complimentary beverage of your choice and snacks upon your arrival. There is a cute sitting area and hot tub. They pick you up from the train station in a motor-less shuttle.

There are no gas cars in Zermatt, which is cool in itself. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to town which was nicely decorated for the holidays, or you can take a taxi. One interesting feature other than the direct views of the Matterhorn, is that the entrance is a tunnel. There is storage for your skis if you are skiing.

The hotel is certainly “designer” – it is very smart but I thought it felt a little pretentious. Both of us thought it felt more like a bar or club rather than a hotel! We were greeted at check in & offered a welcome drink whilst we sat in the bar. My husband said the wine was the worst he’d tasted, but the offer was pleasant I suppose! The staff on the front desk insisted on escorting us to the room (which was nice gesture), but meant we had to wait as the desk got busy & only one person seemed to be working.

We stayed in the Matterhorn suite which certainly had the “wow factor” on entry. The room was huge & felt like a studio apartment. The large panoramic windows did have a view of the Matterhorn, but it was somewhat obscured by large cable car infrastructure and lines only a few metres from the window. There were also large metal structures on the exterior of the hotel building which obscured the view (see pics). I thought the windows were tinted/one way – but my husband later corrected me that they weren’t when he tested it by looking in from the balcony. I apologise to all those passing in the cable cars then who may have had an eyeful of me in the bath that evening! (Oops).

The bathroom was quite small and the heating seemed to be constantly on which wasn’t necessary (surprising too as the hotel seems to have quite strong ethical and environmental morals). There are robes and slippers available which were comfortable. The “lounge” area was decorated in animal skins and fur blankets (as quite a lot of the hotel is – something to bear in mind as it’s not to everyone’s taste). We also felt that due to the huge room size, it did feel rather “cold” (not cosy) and vast.

There is no restaurant on site, but they offer snacks with an honesty policy from the bar downstairs & free fruit. There is also fruit in the room, and a nice coffee machine (but tea bags with no kettle?!). Breakfast was reasonable, but it felt like we were in a university canteen. The selection wasn’t great & the staff didn’t seem to be replenishing many of the items. We had breakfast with about an hour to spare so I would expect that they may still be putting fresh food out at that time.

Overall, this hotel is a very nice boutique hotel with a niche theme – which unfortunately I don’t think was quite to my taste. I have rated it 4 * as many of the constructive points i mentioned are mainly down to how I felt about the hotel & not anything they had done as such. It’s clear that they are trying very hard for 5 * but substance can not be sacrificed for style.

Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt
Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt

How much does a room costs at Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel?

Prices start 300$/night for SKYLIGHT Double Room with Ceiling Window.

Comprises a double bed, an en suite bathroom with a shower or bathtub, a flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine and a ceiling window, offering views of the starry sky in cloud-free weather.

Where to book online – Matterhorn FOCUS Design Hotel  – Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Zermatt during Zermatt Unplugged which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Zermatt onBooking.com or Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. The Omnia 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland

The Omnia
The Omnia

Situated on a rock, 45 m above the roofs of central Zermatt, guests access The Omnia via a tunnel leading to an elevator, which brings them right into the lobby.

Guests can taste refined international cuisine made from selected seasonal ingredients in the restaurant or on the terrace. After dinner, guests can relax on the sofa in front of the fireplace, sipping an espresso or a grappa.

The spa area offers various treatments to unwind after a day in the fresh mountain air.

All units vary in layout and size and feature elegant modern design and private balconies.

This stately hotel with wood siding is 12 minutes’ walk from the closest gondola lift, 10 minutes on foot from the Gornergrat alpine railway and 13 km from the Matterhorn.

Featuring balconies, the modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars. Suites offer living rooms with sofas. Upgraded suites add whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, saunas and/or bay windows. There’s 24-hour room service.

Amenities include complimentary breakfast, plus a renowned, contemporary restaurant that has a fireplace, a terrace with mountain views, and a cozy bar. A spa features an indoor/outdoor pool, a sauna and an open-air hot tub.

THE OMNIA – FROM THE GREAT WIDE WORLD TO THE SMALLEST DETAIL “Here on a rock surrounded by the mountains—witnesses to an era that unfolded with primordial force millions of years ago. Giant stone sculptures, dense pine forests, meadows with alpine flowers and the majestic peaks of eternal ice, ready to captivate all the senses.

At 1,600 meters above sea level, a small step closer to the sun, the moon, and the sky with its passing clouds that bring the white of winter and wraps everything as if in cotton and encloses the mountainous world in silence. Here you can forget time, forget where you come from, forget where you are going. Enjoy life with all your senses.

And the events of the days and nights, however big or small, are never to be forgotten. This is the place where rooms have no numbers, where the philosophy of Being and Time knows no limits, where all things tell a story of the great wide world, where they were forged and now reinvented the days in harmony with the elements.

A stay at THE OMNIA will redefine your standard and your idea of a mountain retreat!

Proudly standing on top of a giant rock in the middle of Zermatt, THE OMNIA experience starts from the second you get picked you up at the train station and transported through the underground tunnel where panoramic glass elevators take you up to the lobby. It is here where the incredible check-in experience starts. What for me stands out is the genuine warmth and friendliness of each team member. From front office to housekeeping, from the restaurant to concierge. Everyone is so nice, always smiling and there for you. Simply outstanding!

Once taken all around the hotel for a familiarization of the facilities we got to our Penthouse Suite. One needs to be reminded to breathe when you see the views from this incredible space. Here you enjoy a dream view to the Matterhorn at the front, the valley with the Mischabel Mountain Chain at the back. The Suite has everything one can ask for.

Huge living space with TV, Sound System etc. Master bedroom with high quality mattress (makes you sleep as if you were on cloud 9!!). Big wardrobe leading to the master bathroom (sky windows, Japanese tub, lots of space). There is a separate shower/WC and you even have your OWN sauna with an additional shower. A relaxing room next to the Swedish fireplace tops it all up.
To make it even more special: Aesop toiletries, cashmere slippers! and complimentary bourbon in all rooms!!

In the evenings we enjoyed THE OMNIA Experience with Hauke Pohl’s spectacular creations and Lars Michel’s Hospitality. Personal favorite was the vegetarian 4-course Lodge menu (meat version also available). I am not vegetarian but when you see these plates coming out of the kitchen you don’t think twice before ordering them too. For a TOP Class 5 star Hotel I think it extremely good value for money (85.- vegetarian, 115.- meat for 4 courses). Make sure you try it too.

At breakfast you have your own personal buffet at the table (due to COVID) and also à la carte creation (eggs in all possible ways, pancakes, crepes). Everything is regional and seasonal. Also great selection of local and international newspapers.

And now to the spa: big heated indoor pool (big enough to properly swim) which leads to the outdoor one. Separate hot tub with Matterhorn view (this is a must). You also get a sauna and several steam rooms. Difficult not to fall in love with this space.

OVERALL: The architecture, the culinary, wellness, rooms & Suites but above all the young, incredibly professional and fun team led by Managing Director Christian Eckert makes THE OMNIA one of my favorite Hotels in the world! Can only recommend it as TOP choice when coming to Switzerland and Zermatt.

Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt
Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt

How much does a room costs at The Omnia?

Prices start 598$/night for Queen Size Room. The Matterhorn Suite is  1347$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This 2-room suite comes with a balcony, offering views of the Matterhorn Mountain, a living room with a sofa and 2 bathrooms, 1 with a bathtub and 1 with a shower.

Where to book online – The Omnia  – Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Zermatt during Zermatt Unplugged which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Zermatt on Booking.com or Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection
Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection

Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection enjoys a quiet location in the centre of car-free Zermatt, only 250 m from the Gornergratbahn train station and the ski bus stop. A shared lounge, a garden and a terrace, as well as free WiFi are available on site.

All rooms of the Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

Continental and buffet breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation. In the evening guests can enjoy a 4-course dinner in the hotel restaurant.

The wellness area features a Finnish sauna, an infra-red cabin and a steam bath. During summer, the wellness area is available upon request. Massages are also offered on request.

A 2-minute walk from Zermatt train station, this relaxed hotel in an alpine chalet is a 7-minute walk from the Matterhorn Museum and 1 km from Matterhorn Talstat ski lift.

The relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and/or balconies with mountain views.

Breakfast is complimentary. There’s also a country-style bar/restaurant and a casual lobby lounge with a fireplace.

The Best Western Hotel Butterfly has a quiet location in the center of car-free Zermatt, a 2-minute walk from the Gornergratbahn train station and the ski bus stop.All rooms at the Butterfly hotel have satellite TV including CNN, coffee and tea-making facilities and are provide with free Wi-Fi.In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious 5-course dinner in the restaurant.The spa area features a Finnish sauna, an infrared cabin, a steam bath and a tanning bed. During the summer, the spa area is available upon request. Massages are also available upon request.

n general we enjoyed our stay at the hotel. It’s in a convenient location very close to the station and Gornergratbahn but on a quiet street. Our room was recently renovated and comfortable, with plenty of storage and a big balcony (this however could be spruced up to look a bit more inviting). The bathroom had also been renovated and had a great rain shower. Wifi worked perfectly and we were also happy to have so many English-language TV channels to watch in the evening as entertainment options are limited at the moment! We also enjoyed the afternoon tea-time after being outdoors all morning.

A lovely place to fall into after a glorious day on the Glacier Express. A two-block walk from the train station and remember there are no gas/diesel powered vehicles in the city. If needed, hotels have electric carts to move you around. Great view from the room and lovely flower boxes on the balcony. The desk clerk, Connie, was a hoot and had a great sense of humor, but all the while was interested in making sure we were happy.

Two elevators in the hotel, but no more than 2 people and 2 bags permitted. Breakfast was a well-planned, wonderfully presented buffet and staffed by a very friendly wait staff who only wanted to be sure we were happy. Walking around the town was easy due the great location of the hotel in the city. Lots to do and we spent an entire day on the Gornergrat mountain. Don’t miss it. Checkout was easy and the hotel electric shuttle took us directly to the train station.

The room has been done up recently and refreshing. Great comfy beds and pillows. Amazing terrace and balcony. The washrooms all updated with thermostatic showers. Among the best quality shower gels used. I wish I could take a large bottle home. Yes it’s a small little hotel and elevator can be a bit cramped. But that’s the charm I guess . The breakfast was also extremely good. Good quality fruits and a superb coffee was a great highlight.

Lovely flower arrangements in balcony was so awesome. Some rescue operations were also going behind the hotel. We saw a glimpse of it. It’s most centrally located yet a bit inside that makes it quite.

Breakfast was fabulous , with a really elaborate spread with both cooked & cold options & very good quality eggs , bacon , ham & cold meats , superb bread & cheese , fruits , tea , coffee , juices etc. they have a really good afternoon tea, with coffee , tea , doughnuts & cakes , served on the house.

The staff is extremely nice, the hotel looks great, the location is very good, next to the train station, next to the best restaurants.

When we arrived we were straight told our room, no waiting around, no nonsense to wait in the lobby, the hotel has 2 lifts, which are cozy and silent, the view from the room was just perfect!The room was very beautiful. The breakfast was excellent. we also appreciate the advice of how to get around and what to do.

Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland
Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland

How much does a room costs at Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection?

Prices start 221$/night for Superior Queen Bed Room. The Junior Suite with Balcony  is  278$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has a balcony, seating area and soundproofing.

Where to book online – Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection  – Gay Friendly Hotels Zermatt Switzerland you can find the best hotels deals in Zermatt during Zermatt Unplugged which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Zermatt on Booking.com or Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.