This is a lovely old mountain house at the end of the valley at Stechelberg, about 20 minutes on the bus from Lauterbrunnen. It provides basic but very clean and comfortable accommodation. The log burning stoves throughout the house keep it lovely and warm.
The owners, Marc & Di are brilliant, nothing is too much trouble for them. They make you feel very welcome.
They can provide breakfast or you can do your own catering using the basement kitchen, which is massive and has everything you need to self cater. We stayed for 4 nights recently but didn't eat out once - mainly because it's too expensive with a family of 4 to feed and water, but also because it is a really nice experience coming back to the house after a busy day on the slopes, to prepare a simple family meal and eat in the dining room. A couple of beers afterwards in the cosy lounge area finishes the evenings off nicely.
There's loads to do in the surrounding area, we've only ever been in the winter and just done sledging, but that's great fun. The cable car to Murren is only 10 minutes away down the road, or pop to Lauterbrunnen on the bus and you can get to loads of really nice places from there, although Lauterbrunnen itself is rather nice.
There's a hotel less than 5 minutes walk away if you do fancy eating out, and a little shop a bit further, but we got our supplies from the Co-Op in Lauterbrunnen.
I have been here 3 times now, but this latest trip I also took my wife and children. My wife was a bit worried that it would be a little basic, but she loved it and wants to go back as soon as possible. She was even fine with not having an en-suite. The toilets and showers are never very far, just down the hall on each floor. Again both are spotlessly clean.
It really is a great place to stay. I can't really find any negatives, maybe the only thing I didn't like was the pillow on my bed. It wasn't the best pillow I've slept on, but I just put a blanket underneath it and I slept fine. We are going to drive there next time from the UK, so we'll just take our own pillows, or at least I will 'cos I'm fussy!
We would highly recommend the Alpenhof for it's all round comfort, location and value. No doubt there are some nicer places to stay, but as Switzerland is so expensive we didn't want to blow all our budget just on a nice hotel. This place suited us perfectly, and will do so again for sure.
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- Blissfully rural, located at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. 2, 4 and 6 bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. Self catering facilities or optional breakfast. ... more less
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