It can be hard to resist the opportunity to stay in Zermatt's first hotel. Named after Switzerland's highest mountain, the historic Monte Rosa originated as a simple wooden chalet in the earliest days of mountain tourism in 1839 (its guest list included Edward Whymper, the first man to summit the Matterhorn). Today's luxury historic hotel at the heart of the village was built on the original foundations in the 19th century. With its distinguished red-shuttered façade and exemplary standards, it seamlessly merges old-world atmosphere and nostalgia for days gone by with modern amenities. Tradition-steeped, timelessly elegant interiors draw a loyal clientele. No two rooms are the same—some are decorated with rich fabrics and antiques, while others have a more contemporary feel. Some of the deluxe suites boast Matterhorn views.