How early should I book my Zermatt accommodations?

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MrRogers82
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Jan 31, 2018 - 12:27 AM

I plan on staying in Zermatt the 23-25th of December 2018, and maybe Interlaken afterwards. I am trying to gauge how soon I should try and book a hotel and I know its 11 months out but I don't want to wait too long and find that all the good places have been scooped up.

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Jan 31, 2018 - 1:12 AM in reply to MrRogers82

Hi MrRogers, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I would book now. High season in the alps starts just before Christmas. Places like Zermatt and the villages in the Jungfrau Region have people who come back every year, and secure their place before leaving the previous year. Also, some hotels are relatively small.

Having found your preferred accommodation, if online booking is not yet available, I would send an email to the hotel enquiring about how early they will accept reservations, and they might tell you they will accept them now.

That worked well for me in Wengen, where I stayed for a week at Christmas 2016. I wanted a room with a view in a particular small hotel, and they accepted an email booking about 15 months out.

Before booking, make sure you understand the cancellation provisions.

Alpenrose

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MrRogers82
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Jan 31, 2018 - 1:17 AM

Thank you for the response, I kinda had a feeling I should book as soon as I could. Is it true that during the week of Christmas hotels only like to book for the whole week? I think I read something like that not too long ago.

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Jan 31, 2018 - 1:24 AM in reply to MrRogers82

>> Is it true that during the week of Christmas hotels only like to book for the whole week?

Yes, many hotels do have a minimum booking period of 3-5 days at Christmas, but it varies from hotel to hotel. If an online booking attempt for 3 days shows no available rooms, try booking for a longer period to see if that then shows rooms available.

Many hotels will also have their booking policies detailed somewhere on their website.

Alpenrose

cam223
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Jan 31, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Booking now is essential. We were there in late November, 2017 and many places were already booked for next December (2018). We booked our restaurants months in advance for our trip since we knew that they also fill up rapidly. The staff at many of them told us that it's almost impossible to get in during the holiday season without reservations made far in advance. Many have guests who return year after year. If we go back in November or early December, 2018 we will book that soon since Zermatt is a very popular destination.

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