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489 Rutti, Stechelberg 3824, Switzerland   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Relaxed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

The Alpenhof in Stechelberg is situated at the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley. It is a wooden house with pine interior walls, so sound travels easily! The owners are English speaking, though fluent in German also. No TV in the house and shared shower / toilet facilities, these are clean and well maintained. A huge kitchen is available to all guests and gets busy in the evening, so plan meal times accordingly. Again this is kept clean with many huge pots and pans to use if catering for a large party. Guests are responsible for cleaning up their own mess.
The Alpenhof is great value for money in a very expensive area. If you like cheap, clean and friendly this is the place for you. If you like all the mod cons, go to an expensive rip-off hotel. The Alpenhof could easily be renamed the hotel California....you can check out, but you can never leave.

In a nutshell.... Value, Clean, Friendly.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seminole, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights on our recent 8 day trip to Switzerland. We would have stayed at this hotel longer but they didn't have a room available for more days. Mark & Diane (owners) are very friendly and extremely helpful. They have a huge, self-service kitchen you are allowed to use to store and/or cook food. Mark even helped us make a cheese fondue which turned out delicious and at a fraction of the cost in a restaurant. The room is clean and very affordable when compared to all of the other hotels. We saved a lot of money by eating our own meals at their place with food we purchased at the local Coop. The hotel is located near the gondola that takes you up to Gimmelwald. From there you can go hiking or exploring on many excellent trails with amazing views. We highly recommend The Alpenhof and will stay there again on our next visit!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southwest Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

We stayed at the Alpenhof this month while visiting the Lauterbrunnen Valley. For those who want to spend their vacation dollars on the view and surroundings rather than the plush accommodations, this is the place. A bit spartan but comfortable - we stayed in a nice room with two beds and a little balcony as well. The view of the Alps was fantastic! Full kitchen accommodations available so you can prepare your own meals. The hosts, Marc and Diane, both speak English and are absolutely wonderful - they will accommodate your needs as best as they can. They even allowed us to hang our wet clothing (dryer at our previous stop had been broken after we'd used the washer) on their own clothesline. If we are ever back this way again (and I hope we will be!) we will certainly return.

Free parking - and a 15 minute walk down to the Schilthorn cable car. No internet but if you walk 10 minutes down toward the cable car station, there is a little shop on the left side of the road that we discovered has a wifi signal.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chatsworth,Ca, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

Modestly priced well run and beautifull establishment , but more can you wish.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

Best place to stay, We go often, take friends and cook our own meals in a fabulous kitchen after a day of rigorous and beautiful hiking. Hosts are helpful and friendly. Accommodation clean, spare, good communal rooms for socializing with an international group of visitors. Privacy if desired. Highly recommend the Alpenhof.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington, Arkansas
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

I loved this place, of all the places we stayed on a 10 day stay. At the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, literally, with front porch views of a huge waterfall. What a treat!
Has a kitchen for cummunal use, comes with or without breakfast. Very basic rooms met all of our needs. Clean (not posh) is my main requirement and this place is perfect for me.
Hostel-like environment, but with all ages of clients. Can socialize or have privacy.
Hosts were helpful,making us feel at home. Hope to be back someday.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 489 Rutti, Stechelberg 3824, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Stechelberg
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Stechelberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blissfully rural, located at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. 2, 4 and 6 bedrooms, shared bathroom facilities. Self catering facilities or optional breakfast. ... more   less 

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