We spent one week in the town of Murren during June 2007 and spent all our time at the Hotel Eiger which we really enjoyed.
The Hotel Eiger is an intimate, family run hotel that provides excellent value for money. We requested a non-smoking room and were allocated room 107 which we would thoroughly recommend. It is very generous in size and included a seating area complete with couch, coffee table and chair. The bathroom has recently been renovated and was also very generous in size. There was plenty of storage space for our luggage and clothes and the room included a balcony with views of the Eiger.
We took the half board hikers package which meant we had breakfast and dinner included in our package each day, as well as the Schilthorn 6 day transport pass. The food was excellent and included several options for the main course every night. The layout in the restaurant was conducive to meeting other guests and every Thursday night during summer, the owners provide pre-dinner drinks for all guests in the bar which also provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other guests. As most of the guests were English or Japanese, we had limited experience to interact with natives of Switzerland which would have provided the opportunity to learn more about Swiss culture.
The hotel has good facilities which include the restaurant, a terrace with views of the Eiger, a bar, indoor lounge and indoor pool with accompanying wellness centre. There is also a computer in the hotel foyer with Internet access available for a small charge. Like all hotels we visited in Switzerland, the TV in our room only had a couple of English channels which normally would not bother us, but given the dreadful weather we had, it would have been nice to have more variety. However, the hotel did keep a daily stock of English newspapers which was a good alternative.
The owners (the family Staehli-von Allmen) were extremely welcoming and very hands-on which gave the hotel a real family atmosphere. All staff members were very helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had a pleasant stay.
The town of Murren is a car free resort in the Bernese Oberland region and is easily accessible through the public transport system. It is probably best known as a ski resort, but offers great hiking opportunities during the summer season. The town is fairly small, and being car-free is very quiet. It offers wonderful views of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger and you can also access the top of the Schilthorn by cable car where the views are out this world and well worth the trip. We spent one week in the village for the sole purpose of hiking and unfortunately were plagued by dreadful weather – lots of rain and poor visibility.
The hiking in the Murren area appeared to be good, although given the poor weather we experienced, it was difficult to really explore the area. We did have one glorious day in which we took the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn and hiked back down to Murren and this was certainly one of the best hikes we completed during our nine weeks in Europe. As an alternative to hiking, we did visit Interlaken on rainy days which was a pleasant diversion.
Overall, we really enjoyed our time at this resort and hope to visit again when the weather is better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Eiger in car free Murren - the perfect hideaway for some days in the mountains situated on a sunny plateau underneath the Schilthorn (James Bond location). Only 1 1/2 hours from Bern-Belp and 2 1/2 hours from Zuerich and in the middle of the Swiss Alps. We offer charming rooms, an indoor pool with sauna and massage, panoramic restaurant with tasty options, free WLAN and conference room for you next summit meeting. The Hotel Eiger is owned and personally managed by the young Staehli family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eiger Hotel Murren