We stayed for 2 days in campsite located in the forepart of Zermatt-this campsite was called "Camping Matterhorn".We had great trouble with finding it,but in the end after 30 minutes of strolling through this tourist village we found it.But we were badly surprised,we expected beautiful campsite with many tourist and good services,but we were disappointed.It was located right under Zermatt train station and between some old buildings.There were only 3 groups of tourists and no one in "reception"for "checking in". But in the end,for 8 EUR per night we could not expect something awesome.We were here in September 2009 so I hope it is better now,of course if it is still here now,because at that time workers were doing something nearby this place so probably it could be replaced with hotel or something else.But finally,this campsite didn't spoil our adventures in Zermatt and we enjoyed it well.
nothing special in this campsite
We stayed my girlfriend 2 nights in the summer 2011 and we are both students. Based on the reputation of Zermatt being an exclusive place but also very much quality focused, we chose the camping option for reasons of costs but also because we thought that in terms of quality they would at least achieve an average score. We were half wrong. While it is true that it is a cheap place, costing 11 CHF (11 $) per day per person, I have rarely seen a worse camping in my life. First of all the camping has hardly a flat ground and you have to sleep on sloped ground. Second, the toilets and showers are just awfullly dirty. I don't know how often they clean them but experience from the smell and the urine left on the floor mixed with the mud, it must not be very often (And we are supposed to be in Switzerland!). Third, the equipment is very old and poorly maintained. Fourth: We have not received a cold or warm welcome. We have received NOT welcome at all from the camping staff. Once you pay your nights, you become "invisible". Fifth: this "experience" left us with a bitter feeling about how campers are treated in exclusive resorts like Zermatt. It is as if they do it on purpose so that some categories of tourists avoid to come back. The message is then loud and clear "Poor people, come back when you are rich!" But what they forget, is that when we have more money, we won't come back to Zermatt because we will always remember the way we were treated.
Zermatt is known for its expensive hotels,but if you're a budget traveler like me;), Chalet Medi will suit your needs.It is a private room owned and manage by a very nice landlady.The place is not far from train main station.The room is clean and the (shared) bathroom is newly renovated. I'll definitely stay here again.
An excellent choice I must add. Not only was the apartment spacious, I could see the majestic mountains from the window! And you could hear the rivers as well.
In our Casa Vanessa 2 the apartment Nr. 320 comprises one double bedroom, a living-room with kitchen and dishwasher, shower/WC with hairdryer, radio, satellite-TV, direct-line telephone, safe and a balcony at the price of Sfr. 100.-- per night plus Sfr. 50.-- for the final cleaning. Total cost SFR: 250 –
For us, there really wasn't a need for any kind of fancy hotel (although there are MANY in Zermatt). We spent all day and even evenings walking around the town or up in the mountains. So our tiny TINY youth hostel room served just fine.
If you picture the valley as a "U", the hostel was kind of up higher on one of the sides, so it offered a great view of the town. Plus, when we woke up and pulled back the window shades, we had a breathtaking view of the sun hitting the Matterhorn. They also had a cafeteria for meals.
My advice is to contact the tourist bureau and ask for a listing of flats for the time you want (usually it requires a week stay, especially during peak season). There is a good selection, and you can save A LOT on food by making breakfasts and a few dinners. Often you can deal directly with the owners (most of whom speak some english). But don't bother trying to negotiate price unless its the last minute. Also, for risk takers, even at peak season there are often hotel rooms available at the last minute... if you walk in and ask.... but probably not if you call....
This was a great chalet as it was affordable! I was amazed that they were'nt charging more as the view of the valley was fantastic from the balcony. The upper story balcony was my room! Although I didn't sit in the room and enjoy the view. I was out hiking all day then I slept like a rock at night because I was so tired from hiking. They lady that ran the chalet was very nice.
Sorry you'll see the same photo in my Switzerland page too. I didn't usually take photos of my accomodation back then.
Is the only campground in Zermatt, the ambience is great, many climbers for all nations stay here ( Portuguese, British, American,French and Japanese people).
The sorrounding is 4000 meters mountains.
The camp site is only 250 meters from the railway station, so you can go by foot.
With over 130 hotels in the village of Zermatt, you will find accommodation ranging from the expensive and elegant to thrifty yet cosy. From five star luxury to quaint bed and breakfast, there is a hotel in Zermatt which will meet every traveler's expectation. I never miss an opportunity to visit Zermatt when I'm in Switzerland.
Be sure to book your accommodation well ahead of your intended stay in Zermatt because the 7,000 beds fill up quickly... especially during the winter high season.
The Gornergrat Kulm hotel is a two star Hotel, but it's BIG and is extremly comfortable! The two-star hotel has 21 rooms with a total of 43 beds. There are shared showers and toilets, which was a concern at first, but the showers and toilets were by far the nicest and cleanest we found on our trip. The simple, clean furnishings are complemented by good service. The rooms facing west provide a magnificent view of the Matterhorn, which was our inspiration for our reservation, while the rooms with an eastern exposure offer you the alpine sunrise in bed. Unfortunately for us, heavy snow fall and hurricane force winds that night and the next morning prevented us from seeing anything, but like with most things, the unexpected makes for the most unforgetable moments.
We slept in a 25 person wide bed.
The toilet was outside build on a fissure, so looking down you would see s... (you know) flying down.
We had an overnight thunderstorm which really is impressive with all the mountain echo's (also the toilet was blown away!).
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