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“Murren's friendliest hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chalet Hotel Alpenruh
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Murren
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Murren's friendliest hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I stayed in Hotel Alpenruh almost 15 years ago, whilst on a family holiday and it always stuck in my mind as exactly how I expected Switzerland to be. Fast forward to last month and I decided to stay a couple of nights in there with my girlfriend whilst on holiday. The entire way there I was nervous that my childhood memories would be ruined but I'm very pleased to say that the magic I remembered is still well and truly in the air. Of course Murren itself and the entire Lauterbrunnen valley have to take a fair bit of the credit for this as the area remains one of them most stunning places I've ever been to, and I'm quite well travelled.

That said, Hotel Alpenruh itself stands out from the crowd of boring, larger hotels in the village simply by having a genuine atmosphere. The timber framed building looks like a swiss chalet should, the staff are all so smiley and friendly and you really do get a personal service. The restaurant is charming and the food hearty and delicious, made from local ingredients, just what you need after a day's hard hiking/skiing/boarding. I was there on a couply holiday with a bit of walking and we had a fabulous time all in all. I'd imagine it would also be perfect for ski tourists who want something more genuine than the faceless chain hotels.

Tip 1: They have a deal on with Piz Gloria (the rotating restaurant atop the Schilthorn) to swap one of your breakfasts in the hotel for a breakfast there. Take them up on it! You have to pay for the cable car up there which isn't cheap (though nothing in Switzerland is) but you won't regret it. We had breakfast there and it was one of the highlights of our whole trip

Tip 2: Get one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the valley. It's so so worth the extra you pay. Best balcony view I've ever had.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Lovely Hotel in the Swiss alps. No cars allowed. Arrival in the village of Murren via Train or cable car. Hotel staff very welcoming and helpful. Beautiful views of the mountains. Excelent choice of Food which is well cooked and presented. Plenty of choices for simple walks or for the fitter hill walking. Recommend the breakfast on Schildhorn - but needs to be a good clear day to enjoy the most.This can be booked through the Hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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55 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We liked:

- the (male) owner. He was really helpful and seemed to care that his guests were having a good time. he recommended the Schilthorn breakfast trip but warned us to check the webcam in our room first (Channel 1) as without the views it would hardly be worth it. We went on a cloudless day and were entranced. The breakfast was a huge hot and cold buffet (including waffles) and was delicious. We sipped coffee and stayed for almost three hours, watching the mountains as the restaurant revolved and spending time outside on the viewing platform.

- the outside terrace. It was a great place for coffee or tea or evening drinks.

- the food. Both breakfast and dinner were excellent. The latter was on a half board basis and was five courses including soup and pudding.

- the fridge in the room

- the girl who served us - blonde with glasses. Very sweet and helpful.

Not so keen:

- the cramped room (but it was just a standard double) looking across to the street. It was very stuffy but if you opened the windows the nets opened too and everyone could see you from the street a few feet away. We just had to remember to put a dressing gown on.

We would go back there but probably pay for a better room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stayed here 4 nights in mid June. Rooms were large, clean and quiet. Breakfast was very good. Bread and rolls from the local bakery. meat from the local butcher. Great views of the mountains from the balcony and the restaurant. This is a very good place to stay if you are in Murren.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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51 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

I really miss Murren and Alpenruh. The views from our balcony was one of life's most memorable moments. The owners were really nice and the half board was really delicious and of good portion. We also enjoyed the hot sauna after the very cold and windy day in Murren and up in Schiltorn. We did not go up to Jungfrau as Schiltorn offers incredible views with a fraction of the cost. Murren is our family's favorite place during our 10 days travel in Switzerland. We would definitely stay in Alpenruh again for our next visit to Murren :)

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Key West, Florida
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126 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to this hotel. The front desk was nice, happy, and a joy to speak to. Dinner was good. Priced right. Breakfast was standard for switlherland. I mentioned to the owner that a few sweets would have made a better time for me but I did say that this to more of my taste rather than his style. He did listen to me and for that this the place to stay in Murren.

Rooms were clean , new, and quiet. This was off season. Anther large hotel recommended this hotel because they were closed. That speaks well.

PS. THE VIEW is 5 star.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We visited at the end of May when Muerren was experiencing snow over the weekend. Staff extremely friendly and helpful both in reception and in restaurant and rooms clean and in typical Swiss style! Location is perfect for taking the cable car up from Stechelberg... the hotel is literally the next building to the Muerren cable car building. Breakfast deal at the top of Schilthorn was recommended to us for Monday morning and what a fantastic judgement call that turned out to be - blue skies and fantastic views. and taking the early morning first cable car felt almost like having the mountain to yourself and the buffet was great. We took all our meals at the hotel on an a la Carte basis... yes this is Switzerland therefore prices are higher than elsewhere in Europe but quality, taste and service are great and the atmosphere cosy! Will use this hotel next time!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Chalet Hotel Alpenruh
Address: Eggli 954B | Schilthornbahn AG, Murren 3825, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Murren
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Murren
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chalet Hotel Alpenruh 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chalet-style holiday hotel with comfortable rooms, stylish restaurant and large sun terrace. Arrival by car via Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg (big parking area). Then take the cable car to Murren (Schilthornbahn). Arrival by train via Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen and there by post bus to Stechelberg's cable car Station (Schilthornbahn). Then take the cable car to Murren. The Hotel Alpenruh is located only one minute walking distance form the cable car staion Murren. ... more   less 
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