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“Jewel Overlooking the Alps”
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Hotel Alpina
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Murren
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 27, 2013

My parents and I have gone to Mürren almost every year for the past nine years. We love the small village, with its cosy chalets, lovely restaurants and wonderful skiing. So, as a result, we got to know many of the people there, which is always a great thing.

Our usual haunt was the Pension Sonnenberg, a wonderful hotel. Probably the best thing about it was the food, cooked by the owner of the pension, the chef Steve Ambiel. At the Sonnenberg we were well catered for. We are vegetarians, and Steve accomodated our needs with delicious vegetarian meals, such as the tofu burger and the vegetarian rösti.

But, after the Sonnenberg changed its management, we looked for a new place to stay. Steve had taken up cooking at the Alpina, so of course, that is where we went.

When we arrived, there was not much snow in Mürren (unusual), and it was warmer than usual. We were completely exhausted from our trip there, and were greeted with a warm welcome from Roger. As we were renting an apartment in Geneva while we were here, we thought that we would go for the cheapest room. But no! The people who had booked the top suite had cancelled, so we got the best room in the hotel WITH WIFI for just 30 francs extra per night.

The views from the rooms are completely magical, facing the majestic Mönch. The restaurant below also has lovely views. Talking of the restaurant, I completely recommend the exquisitely delicious tofu burger, or the spiced up vegie rösti. And, don't forget about the yummy, garlicky Kaiser Fondue! We even got to see the kitchen, hidden down under the hotel.

We had a magnificent experience at this hotel, and will always come back here!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Beautiful location, well located, very close to the Murren train station and 800 meters from Shillthorn cable car station.....

Excellent staff, smiling and wonderful and very helpful people...Would love to stay again..Probably in winter !

Though rooms are little smaller, the views from the room and balcony are superb..

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

My husband and I were scheduled to stay here in June 2013. Unfortunately the weather forecast was for snow and very cold temperatures. We anticipated better weather for hiking and had not packed appropriately - we are from the US and were on a multi-week trip. The hotel staff was easy to work with when we had to cancel our reservation last minute. We appreciated their prompt responses by email (we had no phone access) and their flexibility in cancelling our reservation. We will definitely stay here when we make it to Murren.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We arrived in the beautiful town of Murren Switzerland on a sunny day in September. We quickly found (for the 2nd time) our hotel, The Hotel Alpina, just a short walk from the train station. We were greeted by our wonderful host, Roger, who remembered us from our first stay 5 years ago. This gracious man made us instantly feel at home, once again. Our room on the top floor (corner) was amazing. The hotel had been renovated since our last stay, the rooms bright and cheery. We loved our cozy room with spectacular views from every window. An incredible sight to see, stunning views of the Eiger and the alpine valley far below. Everything so neat and tidy. I loved the plush orange towels in the bathroom. Such a cheerful touch. We enjoyed seeing those white snowy mountains turn pink every evening at sunset from our deck, and we slept so well in the comfortable beds under the down comforters.
I can't say enough about the incredible staff here at Hotel Alpina. EVERYONE is gracious and extremely helpful - whether you are needing advice on hiking, shopping or just to have a friendly chat. Each dining experience, whether it was breakfast or dinner, was memorable. The views again, just awe inspiring! The morning coffee divine. We were treated as very special guests. Probably, the most impressive gesture happened just before we left. We were incredibly sad to be leaving and our train was due very early in the morning. The staff at Hotel Alpina knew we were leaving and that we would miss our breakfast. They packed us a lunch for our trip that day! I can't tell you how "over and beyond" that wonderful gesture was. We have vowed to come back. We will definitely be staying at Hotel Alpina and would highly recommend this fantastic hotel to anyone visiting lovely Murren.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We have stayed at the Hotel Alpina 4 times, most recently this September, and we just love it! We stay in room 21 with a big balcony overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley and the Monk, Eiger and Young Frau peaks. The hotel sits right at the edge of the cliff and the view is just staggering! The staff is wonderful. It is run by the family Taugwalder, who are genial hosts and make you feel you are part of the family, too. The lobby and many rooms have just been remodeled which gives the hotel a fresh modern feel without losing its cozy, homey quality. The restaurant serves a good breakfast and their dinners are wonderful. Especially the rosti with egg! The hotel is a comfortable 10 minute walk from the train station in the car-free village of Murren.

Room Tip: If possible, stay in room 21. It has a huge picture window and an L-shaped balcony overlooking the...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Both my husband and I were very pleased that we had picked Hotel Alpina for our three night stay in Murren. The location was great - a very short walk from the train station. The professional photos will give you an accurate picture of the hotel and rooms - I'd call it an older style ski chalet with updated furniture and bedding, and beautiful, modern style dining room. Bathrooms are also older, but clean with good shower pressure and plenty of hot water. The owner was friendly, and the service and food in the dining room was very good. BUT, what makes this hotel worth five stars is the amazing view from the balconies and dining room. Here, no picture does it justice. It's the closest I will ever get to sleeping and eating on the side of a mountain, looking straight out at the ever changing light on the peaks, and straight down to the beautiful valley below. Really, an experience I will always remember.

Room Tip: We liked our third floor room with a view of the mountains and valley. But a lower floor would also...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in hotel alpina. Had a very nice view of the jungfrau and eiger from our patio. The hotel was in a cliff and was close to the train station.Very comfortable rooms. Roger and his family and all the staff were very friendly and so helpful and it was like staying with family. The restaurant in their hotel was very good and convenient . We ate there atleast either lunch on dinner everyday of the 4 days we stayed there. They had a decent vegetarian options. The barley soup and hashbrown rosti and the deserts were delicious. Would definetely stay there again if we visit and would recommend to everyone.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Sridhar S
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Address: Rauft 1068 | 3825, Murren 3825, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Murren
Amenities:
Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Murren
#4 Romantic Hotel in Murren
#5 Family Hotel in Murren
Price Range: $145 - $292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Alpina 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional family-run & owned hotel with a personal atmosphere. Finest location right at the cliff with the most spectacular views to the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau as well as in to the Lauterbrunnen valley. All rooms & Apartments are are non-smoking with bath/shower/WC or shower/WC, balcony, cable flatscreenTV/radio, minibar and hairdryer. WIFI is free for our guests and is available in the rooms and in the public area. All of our guests have free entrance to the indoor-pool and ice rink (only winter) at the Sport Center Murren. (200M from us) All guests also have reduction to all the facilities at the Alpina Spa Murren and discount for ski rentals. We are looking Forward to Hearing from you. Family Taugwalder with team ... more   less 
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