At a glance
- Sits at the end of the 8km Ventina red run from Plateau Rosa - intermediates can ski to within 50m of the hotel
- 1-minute walk to the gondola station, 10-minute downhill walk to the ski school meeting point and resort centre
- Beautiful views of the Matterhorn
- Spacious lounge and bar area
- Great value half-board basis with wine, water and soft drinks with evening meals
- Free WiFi in the bar and reception area.
While the rooms are a little basic, they are clean and comfortable, and have all the necessities for a great base during your holiday. If you want to wake up to stunning views over the surrounding mountains and town, make sure you choose a room with a mountain view.
The friendly and sociable bar and lounge are just the ticket for sharing tales of your day on the mountain, or gaze out over magnificent Matterhorn views. Often hosting quiz nights, or just to play pool or a family board game, the evenings in the hotel are sure to be great fun.
This excellent value half-board option is great for keeping costs down and offers home-cooked hearty meals each day. Begin with a hot and cold buffet breakfast, then round off your day with a 4-course meal accompanied by complimentary wine, water and soft drinks.
- 1-minute walk to the cable car and gondola
- 10 minutes' downhill walk to the resort centre with shops, bars and restaurants
- Intermediates can ski back to within 50 metres of hotel
- At the end of the Ventina 8km red ski run from Plateau Rosà
The Petit Palais is in a great location for getting out on the mountain in a morning. The main Plan Maison gondola and cable car are just 50m from the hotel. For those in ski school, the meeting point is just a 12-minute ride up to the top of the gondola – not far with the kids’ ski equipment each morning. From the top of Plan Maison, you can explore the wider ski area, and is a great way for heading over to Zermatt. The town centre is a 10-minute downward walk from the hotel. You’ll find a great selection of bars, restaurants, and for those looking to party – Sound and Gasoline nightclubs too.
All rooms have a TV and hairdryer.
Twin room - sleeps 2: twin room with head-to-head beds, private shower, WC and balcony.
Twin room - sleeps 2-3: twin beds, extra single bed when booked for three people, private shower and WC.
Twin room - sleeps 2-3: twin beds, extra single bed when booked for three people, private shower and WC with mountain views.
Quad room - sleeps 2-4: twin beds, two extra single beds when booked for three or four people, private bath, WC and restricted views.
- Buffet breakfast
- 4-course evening meals with wine, water and soft drinks included
- Afternoon tea and coffee
- Reception area
- Dining room
- Spacious and comfortable lounge/bar with magnificent views of the Matterhorn
- Free WiFi in bar and reception area
- Equipment hire shop within the hotel
- Extra charge for bathrobes and slippers
Good to know
This hotel is currently being fully renovated. Some of the images shown are artist’s impressions. The renovation work is due to be finished before the start of the Winter season, and we will add new images when it is complete.
With lots of narrow streets, coach access in Cervinia can be limited. When you arrive in resort, the coach will drop you off at a central location in resort. From here, you’ll leave your luggage with us – we’ll sort out all the logistics of transporting your things to your accommodation – before heading off on a 10-15 minute walk up to the Petit Palais. Make sure you wear some sturdy shoes and warm clothing - it can get a bit snowy underfoot.
Tourist tax payable locally
An approximate fee of €1 per person per night.
"Italian hospitality and international skiing beneath the awesome Matterhorn"
- High, snowsure and sunny slopes, lots of them long and gentle
- Linked to Zermatt in Switzerland via the Plateau Rosa
- Beautiful picturesque scenery and views of the Matterhorn
Cervinia is fast becoming one of Italy’s hottest ski spots, thanks in part to its excellent snow conditions and long hours of sunshine. Most of the slopes are wide and cruisey – ideal for beginners and intermediates – and the area pass links to the more challenging runs of Zermatt in Switzerland. Just grab your passport and ski over the border to explore the Swiss side of the mountain. Cervinia itself sits at the top of a long valley off the Aosta Valley and has a lively après ski scene with lots of bars, ranging from the laid back to the more bustling.
The resort centre is fairly modern, purpose-built, compact and traffic-free. It can be busier at the weekends with visitors from Turin and Milan, but otherwise the lift queues are rarely long and the sun-bathed slopes are usually quiet.
Easy runs and nursery slopes are plentiful at Plan Maison, which is also the meeting point for ski school. Get there by taking the gondola or cable car from resort and you can always come back down the same way on your first day. The small Campetto and Cretaz chairlifts serve a wide area of sunny blue slopes, leading down to the resort centre. Under the tuition of the fun and friendly Italians at the fantastic Ride 'Em ski school, beginners make fast progress and are soon moving up to the higher, long, wide, undulating runs from Plateau Rosá and snapping the Matterhorn on their way down.
Cervinia is an ideal choice for the intermediate skier - long sweeping runs with an occasional mogul field to add extra interest. Not to be missed is the Red 7 (Ventina), an 8km run from Plateau Rosà right back into Cervinia town. Choose a sunny day for a ski away day to Zermatt where a selection of runs and lifts link the two countries and their ski areas. Red intermediate runs will bring you across the glacier and back into the Italian side from the top of the Klein Matterhorn.
With no less than 7 marked black runs there is plenty to satisfy the better skier in Cervinia. The long Red 29 off to the right of the Pancheron chairlift and back to the bottom is not for the faint hearted. And for the experts amongst you, don't miss Black 59 off to the left with its significantly steeper wall-like drop and mogul field thigh-burning middle. On the Swiss side there is plenty of challenge including some very steep runs under the Furi cable car.
The Theodul Glacier, located on the Klein Matterhorn in between Cervinia and Zermatt, is known to have some of the best snow in the region on its 23km of runs, which are predominantly wide blues and reds. Getting up to the glacier is done via the impressive Klein Matterhorn cable car from Trockener Stegg - an experience in itself as the highest cable car and cable car station in Europe. Some of the pistes run back to Cervinia itself and you'll even find the highest terrain park in Europe on the Plateau Rosa, the Gravity Park.
Rack up your mileage with a Ski Away-day to Pila. Just a 1 hour bus ride away from Cervinia, you’ll be able to weave through long tree-lined runs, race down well-maintained piste and admire the panoramic views over 4 of the highest peaks in the Alps, all in one day. With your Valle d’Aosta local lift pass, you get 1 free day to let loose on the fabulous terrain. This Ski Away day is not available on the Cervinia/Zermatt area lift pass. The bus will drop you off in Aosta city, where customers will then catch the ‘Pila Ski in the Sky’ gondola up the mountain. If there are non-skiers in your group, they can also take advantage of this excursion to explore the city of Aosta instead. Speak to your Crystal Rep for more details.
You'll be glad to know that, in Cervinia, there are very few drag lifts - just one coming back from Valtournenche, and, if the Klein Matterhorn cable car is closed, it's a long couple of drag lifts back from Switzerland. The resort is great for beginner and intemediate boarders, with lots of wide piste, and experts can let loose on the incredible terrain park, the IndianPark. You have to wear a helmet to get into the park - which is said to be the longest in Italy at 400m, and has lots of features for all abilities including rails, kickers and jumps. For the little ones, there's a small park near the village which has obstacles more suited to them. There are a couple of flatter areas across the resort to pick up some speed on, such as lower down Blue 5 coming into resort, Blue 85 from the Klein Matterhorn down into Plateau Rosa, and Red 35/36 crossing over into Valtournenche.
Ski two countries
Grab your skis or snowboard (and your passport) and make your way to Switzerland for the best views of the Matterhorn, challenging runs and some of the best mountain restaurants in the world. From Cervinia, reaching Zermatt is pretty easy, and what's more, you'll be accessing over 150km of slopes by crossing the Swiss-Italian border. Confident intemediates will no doubt be itching to get over there as soon as possible, and it's also possible for beginners, if you take the right route. The Furi-Riffelberg gondola makes the journey a lot quicker, but take note that lifts on the Swiss side can be quite slow, and there'll be queues to come back to Italy in the afternoon, so give yourself enough time to get back.