The Backstage Vernissage Hotel in Zermatt is a new addition to the resort's hotel selection, and offers a unique hotel experience in one of the world's best ski resorts. Centrally located, it's for those looking for something a bit different!
At a Glance
A quirky and unique design-led hotel, with a 'backstage' theme and musical links
Stainless steel, glass and velvet abound in the rooms
Spend at least 15 minutes playing with the atmospheric lighting in the rooms...
The hotel is at the heart of the Zermatt Unplugged music festival
The spa 'cubes' are a must-visit, the theme being 'the seven days of creation' - they're an afternoon's entertainment in themselves
Popular with couples, friends and design buffs alike
Great location, in the heart of Zermatt, and a few minutes' walk to the Gornergrat railway
Ensure you spend some après-ski time going through the 'seven days of creation' in the spa! It is an experience not to be missed...Scott Dunn team
During the Zermatt Unplugged music festival the Cafe du Theatre turns into a VIP lounge in the evenings, with a first-class view over the festival site for artists and friends of the music event.Scott Dunn team
One of the lifts in the hotel opens straight out onto the stage in the Vernissage theater below! Great for those musicians at Zermatt Unplugged!Scott Dunn team
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Backstage Vernissage
Designed by the Swiss architect, Heinz Julen, well-known for his individual style, a stay at the new Backstage Vernissage Hotel is a unique experience! Closely linked to the Zermatt Unplugged music festival, the theme is 'backstage' and 'behind the scenes', the idea being that it's the place to relax during the intermission before going back on stage. At the hotel, guests can have a break from their everyday lives and return fully revitalised!
The glass-fronted hotel is in the heart of Zermatt, and the Vernissage building incorporates a bar, lounge-restaurant, dinner cinema, club nights, concerts and art exhibitions. The hotel occupies the upper floors of the building and has views of the Matterhorn or of the village.
Rooms are all open-plan and quirky, and range from standard rooms to Cube Lofts. The beds take center stage and the Cube Lofts are designed as a 'cube within a cube'. Mainstream is not the thing here, and the 'backstage' theme continues in the bedrooms where not all walls are painted and some are roughly painted.
The breakfast room/lounge area has a glass wall with views over the village, and in keeping with the cultural link to music, pride of place is taken by the huge chandelier made up of violins and trumpets, silver beads and a disco ball for good measure. The chandelier is lowered over the balcony onto the street and ritually accompanied by artists and musicians into the music tent during 'Zermatt Unplugged'.
After skiing, the only place to head to is the spa. The spa's theme is the 'seven days of creation' and there are seven spa cubes to experience, each with a different focus, ranging from 'water and air' to the 'cosmos' and the 'plantworld'. As well as the cubes, there is a heated outdoor stainless steel jacuzzi in the center of the terrace
In an ideal location in the village, the Backstage Vernissage is just a few minutes walk from the Gornergrat railway. The resort itself lies at an altitude of 1620 meters at the foot of the world-renowned Matterhorn and surrounded by an additional 38 majestic peaks. Due to its southerly location, Zermatt shares part of its border with Italy and thus enjoys a mild climate with extended periods of sunshine. Although a beautiful and internationally renowned spot with numerous hotels, restaurants, bars and elegant shops, Zermatt has never lost any of its village charm and both in summer and winter remains an ideal spot for an active, refreshing or relaxing vacation.
The 19 open-plan rooms are all unique and quirky with a 'backstage theater' theme, and range from standard rooms to Cube Lofts. Artwork adorns the walls and the rooms are finished in stainless steel, glass, walnut and fine velvet. Each has a fireplace, there is plenty of atmospheric lighting and the beds take center stage. All rooms are equipped with sofa, workdesk, a minibar, free Internet connection, shower, hair dryer, bathrobe/slippers, flat screen cable TV, DVD & CD player, iPod dock, telephone and safe. They also all have balcony.
Standard double rooms are approximately 20 m2, whilst deluxe doubles are approximately 30 m2 and have a free-standing bathtub with a view of the mountains and a separate shower.
The 45m2 Cube Lofts are designed with a glass cube in the middle of each room, into which all the functions of the room are installed. Its top acts as a second-floor loft with a double bed. The lofts also have a cosy living area with a sofa corner.
The Double Deluxe room is 30m2 with an open plan design by artist Heinz Julen that features the double bed in the center of the room with a control panel for atmospheric lighting alongside a free-standing bathtub with spectacular views of the mountains. The room is equipped with a sofa, work desk, minibar, wifi, shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, cable TV with DVD player, CD player and iPod dock and safe. The room also has a fireplace and a private balcony.
The Double Standard room is 20m2 with an open plan design by artist Heinz Julen that features the double bed in the center of the room with a control panel for atmospheric lighting. The room is well equipped with a sofa, work desk, minibar, wifi, shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, cable TV with DVD player, CD player and iPod dock and safe. The room also has a fireplace and a private balcony.
The Cube Loft is 45m2 with an open plan design by artist Heinz Julen that features a glass cube in the center of the room. The cube has two floors with a double bed making up the second floor and the WC, stove, wardrobe and shower on the lower level. The room is also equipped with a living area featuring corner sofa, work desk, minibar, wifi, shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, cable TV with DVD player, CD player and iPod dock and safe. The room also has a fireplace and a large private balcony.
The hotel has no particular children's facilities and is not a natural choice for families!
The breakfast room, the 'Café Du Théâtre' evokes the "Belle Époque" theater atmosphere of times gone by, and as well as the famous chandelier, a baroque gold mirror is noteworthy.
The spa is a must-visit experience, with plenty of video and sound installations. Day 1 is 'light', a pitch black scented steam room with a central globe which starts to light up. Day 2 is 'the separation of water and air', a hot relaxation room in which you lie down on infrared heated glass pearls and watch the clouds that are beamed onto the ceiling pass by, whilst listening to the wind. Day 3 is the 'world of plants', a humid jungle cube with lavender aromas. Day 4 is the 'creation of the planets and tides', a sauna where images of the Hubble Telescope are beamed onto the screen. Day 5 is the 'animal world', a salt-water flotation tank accompanied by whale song and birdsong. Day 6 is 'the human being' with its 'magic mirror', and Day 7 is 'rest and meditation', a meditation room with a water bed, classical music and an image of Michelangelo’s 'creation of Adam' on the ceiling.
Zermatt is part of the Matterhorn Ski Paradise area, home to 350km of pistes, with a connection to Cervinia in Italy. There’s enough to keep skiers of all standards amused. The village itself is a pleasure to explore, whether on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and historic buildings to enjoy. Exploring the mountain is also straightforward with mountain railways and some wonderful walks, whether on foot or on snowshoes. If you would like a really close view of the Matterhorn, a helicopter flight around it is truly breathtaking.
Zermatt is much more of a cultural center than many other resorts. The Matterhorn Museum is a must-see with fascinating exhibits and the English church is a highlight, especially at Christmas. Every April, the Zermatt Unplugged music festival attracts big name acts.
There are also plenty more active possibilities including the fitness center, indoor tennis and squash, gym, heli-skiing, ice skating, paragliding, stunning walking tours, gorge adventures, ice climbing and tobogganing.
Location & Directions
In the center of the village. Nearest ski lift is Gornergrat station - 4 minutes walk, Sunnegga Station is a 5 to 8 minute walk
When to go
Zermatt offers excellent conditions throughout a long season. Skiing is well under way by early December and even late November due to high altitude glacial terrain around 4000m. As the season progresses, lower runs offer great conditions too and the skiing below 2000m is appealing when it gets really cold. By April when other resorts can be knee deep in slush, Zermatt will have the best conditions in the Alps. Check out the Zermatt Unplugged music festival in April too.