Behind the graceful, shuttered facade of this historic hotel, you'll find an ideal balance between modern convenience and history in the original ceiling moldings, fireplaces, and Victorian dining hall. Alexander Seiler founded the Monte Rosa, expanding it over the years to its current size. This was the homebase of Edward Whymper when he conquered the Matterhorn in 1865, and, not surprisingly, the establishment is a member of Swiss Historic Hotels. Rooms boast impeccable, soft-toned decor; southern views go quickly and cost more. The bar is an après-ski must. The pool and health facilities are shared with sisterhotel Mont Cervin, and guests can take advantage of the hotel group's dine-around plan for an extra charge.