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.
- 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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