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The Matterhorn is a fabled mountainous peak towering above Switzerland's alpine terrain. Travelers who have ever wanted to ski beneath the famous rock should head to the premier Swiss resort town of Zermatt. When they sleep, they may want to cozy up in the quiet, accessible - but no less memorable - Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort.
Cervo is located smartly enough at the end of Zermatt's slopes, a quiet outpost between the open air and dense pine forests. That's probably enough reason for most skiers to consider booking a room there. Yet, the intelligent, unimposing architecture and design - blending the unmistakable warmth of a Swiss cabin chalet with local history and chic interiors - makes for a Zermatt experience about as natural as a left ski paired with a right.
A new face
As befits a ski town, the slopes around the Matterhorn are dotted by plenty of chalets, some dating back more than half a century. Working in that tradition, Cervo has converted one of those older structures into a home away from home, both inviting and inconspicuous. As its website likes to boast, the family-owned residence has done away with revolving doors and decadent glamor in favor of design that blends classical with contemporary. Light pine, stone and brick mingle to create an unassuming retreat, complete with an outdoor fireplace on the patio and elk heads mounted on the wall, quiet references to strong alpine hunting traditions in the area. Yet, the inside is unmistakably modern, offering clean, light design that feels as fresh as new powder on the mountainside.
Another perk of the resort is the company travelers keep. According to Design Hotels, the restaurant layout is open and inviting as a way of encouraging mingling with others. The spa offers another opportunity to strike up conversation with fellow travelers. On the terrace, the resort keeps to an old tradition of post-skiing aperitifs, enjoyed under the watchful eye of the Matterhorn.
Of course, the greatest part about the resort is its location right next to the slopes. There is also direct access to the Sunnegga Station and just a short walk to the village center, where travelers can enjoy traditional alpine fare or more cosmopolitan drinks at nearby bars. The train station is also nearby, providing an easy escape to your next destination.
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