Chalet Bob’s, oh how I miss you! This is a long, wordy review so I’ll get to the point—yes, I would recommend this place for your stay in Murren. We stayed in this quaint little chalet for three days in late June 2011. Located at the far end of town, under the Schilthorn cable car and on the road to Gimmelwald, we arrived toting our backpacks and in awe of our surroundings. On the door was a note from Kitty and Albert (the owners) welcoming us and letting us know which apartment was ours. We were given the middle floor that is entered at ground level. The door was unlocked and we found the apartment to be clean and well-equipped. Our apartment was a one bedroom with living room, kitchenette and bathroom. There was another door that may have gone to a second bedroom, but it was locked so we are not sure if this was part of the apartment or something else. Regardless, there was quite enough space for two people. The kitchen has everything you need to cook, even a few dry goods like sugar, coffee and spices. Speaking of which, if you’re coming from the U.S., take note that the oven is not in Fahrenheit in Europe. We actually forgot this for a few moments while attempting to cook a pizza (purchased from the Co-op).
A few hours after we arrived, we met Kitty who was ever so hospitable and spoke English. We learned as much German as we could, but we traveled for month in Europe and had to learn some French and Italian as well, so we appreciated that the communication barriers were lessened. Later, we heard Albert playing his alphorn from his patio. Having never heard the alphorn played, I was struck by the beauty of its melancholy melody. As Albert practiced his instrument, paragliders sailed down from a highpoint above. Coupled with a view so breathtaking that words cannot do justice (I mean, the Alps are right there out the window), I felt so overwhelmed by the beauty of it all, that I actually got a little weepy (shhh…don’t tell anyone).
There is no internet access but there is cable television with three channels in English (CNN, BBC and something else). As previously mentioned, the apartments have kitchenettes which are a blessing considering the STEEP prices in the restaurants. The average prices are about 30 francs for dinners like schnitzel or steak and fries or 10 francs for a dish of ice cream. We ate out the first night at Edelweiss but picked up groceries for the remainder of our meals at the CO-OP grocery store. This is a Swiss chain and you can find everything you need for meals there, just make sure you check the hours-- closed on Sunday and they close for a few hours in the afternoon before opening back up and operating until 18:30 on other days.
As I write this review, it is the eve before our departure. We hiked down to the valley floor twice and back up and once down from the Schilthorn (if your knees can take it, do it; it’s about a three hour hike, though, so take water) and it was so nice to have a quiet place to end the day. With that said the upstairs apartment has been vacant until about 2 hours ago and let me tell you, they are LOUD. This could be their two kids running around or it could be a symptom of thin walls and floors. Just something to keep in mind, if you’re the persnickety type. Regardless, Murren now holds a special place in our hearts and Chalet Bobs was an excellent place to stay.