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“Friendly, homey, comfortable and dazzling scenery to boot”
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Chalet Fontana
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Murren
Reviewed August 26, 2013

This small hotel is a gem of comfort and hospitality. We rented two rooms for our family and it was still the most reasonable price of our whole two week European extravaganza. And, Murren is the one place we are definitely hoping to revisit from our trip. Even though every place we went was fun and interesting and beautiful, the Swiss alps on a glorious blue sky day are impossible to beat. Denise, the host, is very thoughtful and helpful and made us feel right at home. The village of Murren is tiny, easily walkable, has enough restaurants and a little grocery store - we loved walking around it and seeing the little gardens, the ENORMOUS rabbits (never seen a bigger rabbit), and the sheep grazing on steep hillsides. We ate fondue and rosti (basically an extra yummy hashbrown) at the place across from the hotel - warm, hardy, and filling after hiking all day.

Oh, almost forgot to mention the impromptu alpenhorn concert that took place in the middle of the street one evening. We heard lovely music begin to drift in the window about 10 o'clock one evening and looked out to see Alpenhorns (think the instruments in the ricola commercial) in the middle of main street playing what sounded like Swiss lullabies. Magical.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If I could rate this 10 stars I would. We had a great stay in the apartment. The apartment was great, very comfortable and well appointed. It was in the perfect location close to the co-op for food and numerous hiking trails. The view is amazing. Denise was so helpful, kind and helped us with daily plans. We would highly recommend it to all!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

There were three of us, myself and my two teenage daughters. They had never visited Switzerland before, but Chalet Fontana was a terrific introduction. The location is amazing, with stunning Alpine views from each of our rooms. Denise, the proprietor was extremely helpful and kind. The chalet was comfortable, safe, quiet and even though it was full we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Breakfast, of course, provided a good time to meet the other guests and share travel tips. We hope to return.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We stayed at the Chalet Fontana for three nights and wish we could have stayed longer. Denise is a fabulous host who knows and loves her town. She was very helpful with everything from choosing a hiking trail to pointing us to the best place to buy hats when an early cold snap almost derailed our Alpine hiking adventures.

We had a large double room with outstanding views of the Jungfrau. There are only two bathrooms in the chalet which you share with the other guests, but our room (and maybe every room?) had a sink and hand-towels in it so we could brush our teeth, wash up, etc.

If you're there in the summer months, the Chalet Fontana is a B&B. Denise lays out a delicious breakfast spread each morning and will even start things earlier if you need to make the early train out of town (she also has the train schedule memorized!).

Location-wise, it's a 5 minute walk from the tiny train station or just around the corner from the cablecar. There's an ATM and a small grocery store just across the street, so you can get CHF and pick up supplies as well.

I cannot recommend Chalet Fontana highly enough. I wish I was there right now!


And one semi-related thing: I highly recommend going paragliding over the valley. Denise has contact info in the kitchen. Paragliding is not cheap but it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Room Tip: One thing of note: if you are tall, watch your head! The lintels are a bit short upstairs. I think t...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

***YOU CAN'T DRIVE TO MURREN*** Just an FYI :)

Take the cable cars up the mountain out of Stechlberg for the best views! We had the "small double room in the back" - just a heads up, it is not "small" by any means, and it even has a little room with a twin bed off of it that has a window looking out the front of the chalet. No problems at all with sharing the bathroom with other guests - everyone was quite friendly and only waited once for the bathroom.

Denise is wonderful - met us at the cable car station, introduced us to the chalet, prepared breakfast early for us when we had an early morning excursion, and chatted with us during breakfast! You can tell she really loves her job. We felt like fast friends. She also recommended a Swiss Folklore night at the Sports Center that ended up being really awesome!

Murren is a little slice of NatGeo heaven. Please, PLEASE, stay at Chalet Fontana. It is truly an incredible experience. Oh, and it had the softest pillows ever.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Chalet Fontana is not only an incredible place to stay with indescribable views, it has a fantastic host who is so nice and makes your stay especially memorable. Thank you Denise. Will definitely stay there again if I have a chance to visit Switzerland again. Stay longer, make it your base, you will not regret even if you have to move a bit more. And get ready your camera. Try paragliding with Airtime from Murren down Lauterbrunnen Valley, very safe and not scary at all, with fantastic pilots and awesome views. Have to thank the gentleman who told me about the paragliding, so glad that I met him and his wife at Chalet Fontana over breakfast. Try it, memory will stay with you for a lifetime.

Room Tip: Request for a room with the best mountain views.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is a great place to stay 1/2 mile up in the air. Getting here is an expedience in itself, riding two gondolas up from the valley floor. This guest house is rustic and very comfortable. Very clean and functional. The best part is the atmosphere of the place, set by Denise. Everyone feels welcome which leads to lots of interaction among guests at breakfast and in the halls. A very good, affordable place to stay in Murren.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chalet Fontana

Address: Buhl, Murren 3825, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Murren
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Murren
#3 Family Hotel in Murren
#3 Romantic Hotel in Murren
Price Range: $30 - $34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chalet Fontana is situated in the middle of the scenic, car-free village Muerren, at 1650m. The local area is ideal for hiking in summer, skiing in winter. Fontana is a traditional Swiss wooden chalet and each of the bedrooms has its own character. Most have washbasins and good mountain views. In summer the chalet operates as a B&B, in winter the chalet and self contained apartment are rented by the week. ... more   less 
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