Sep 28, 2021 - 2:19 PM
in reply to Danielsan
I stayed at Riffelberg way back in 2001, on my first experiment with an independent hiking trip in Switzerland (I had been to Zermatt a few times before that including one ski trip, but had a strong desire to go back there to hike.) I liked the Riffelberg then and think I would like it even more now since it has been renovated and improved, and as you noted, is now named "Riffelhaus". I would recommend it.
I've never stayed at the more upscale Riffelalp, since the expense can be a budget-buster. I've always been curious about it however, and did find a YouTube that a couple posted of a short stay there which gives you a good idea of what it would be like. Might be fun for a splurge?
I have stayed in the Gornergrat Kulm (tower suite) after it went under a major renovation. That was 2009, so also a while ago, but I can recommend that as well. I'll post a couple of photos.
Other "berghaus" type hotels where I've stayed in Zermatt:
Grunsee, Schwarzsee, Trift (aka Hotel du Trift), Silvana. Trift is the most rustic, but I've stayed there several times when hiking that area.
In the village of Zermatt, I've stayed a number of hotels through the years. I usually look for 3-4 stars. I have enjoyed Hotel Julen and the Allalin. Next year I am repeating a stay at La Couronne. Some of my hotel decisions are based on the budget of those I'm traveling with.
I hope this reply is helpful.