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Hotels in Murren

We will be in Switzerland in mid July. At the end of a group tour we plan to travel by train to Murren for a couple of days of hiking. We are trying to decide between two Rick Steves recommended hotels: Hotel Eiger and Hotel Edelweiss. Both look nice. Edelweiss looks to have a more dramatic cliffside location and Eiger appears to be more conveniently located near the train station. The Eiger is more expensive than the Edelweiss, but not significantly so for our July dates. Any thoughts or opinions?

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Murren is very small....and spectacular!!! Nothing in Murren is too far from the train station, although it is hilly! I would choose the more dramatic location. Last year we stayed at the Hotel Jungfrau in Murren. It was small, nothing fancy but very clean and the staff was very nice. The views from our tiny balcony were breathtaking! I would recommend you take a look at that hotel as well. FYI, we were on a RS tour. Enjoy Murren!!

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And we stayed at Hotel Murren. Loved it ! We woke up each morning to the cowbells clanging outside our open windows.
The breakfast spread was massive and we ended up eating several times in their restaurant.

I would look at all of the photos on booking.com to compare all of the possibilities. Every hotel is just steps from the train.

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My hotel of choice in Murren is the Hotel Alpina; reasonably priced rooms from a single to a mini-apartment two bedroom connected by a bath. Near the train station & it is right on the edge of the cliff looking straight down into the Lauterbrunnen valley. You want to ask for a balcony room looking right across the valley to the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau for the spectacular views. Breakfast is included & you can get your room with half-board for a little more. Well worth it; great meals. The family that runs it is nice (like all the Swiss in Murren) & full of information (where to hike; how to get around, etc.). Enjoy your trip!

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I agree that the town is small, and so being nearer to the train station doesn't increase "convenience." This is particularly true because tiny little Muerren actually has 3 train stations:

Muerren BLM (the one you probably mean), where you get the train to Gruetschalp, and then take the lift down to Lauterbrunnen.

Muerren Schilthornbahn, at the opposite end of town, where you get the lift down to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg or up to Birg and Schilthorn.

Muerren Allmendhubelbahn, in between the other two and on the higher roadway, where you get the funicular up to Allmendhubel.

Note that walking from the BLM station to the Schilthornbahn station (again, one end of town to the other) takes only 10-15 minutes and is mostly level.

I stayed at the Hotel Edelweiss and had a very nice stay. The view from my room was great, and I didn't even have a balcony! I'd certainly stay there again. However, a friend who was looking to stay there found the price too high, so he's staying in an Airbnb in Muerren (basically a studio apartment in someone's house). If this interests you, let me know and I can look up the specific one he's using.

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Hi Tim, we stayed at the Hotel Jungfrau on the RS GAS tour and at the Hotel Alpenruh with the RS Switzerland tour. We returned the following year on our own and stayed at the Hotel Alpenruh again. Murren is a small town so everything is relatively close. Beautiful mountain scenery. Love Murren!

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I was totally wrong ! It was the Hotel Bellevue !

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I’m there every year and thought maybe I had not noticed a new hotel.

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Last Sept., we stayed at the Hotel Alpenblich. We had a large room with a balcony, and they had a nice breakfast buffet. The hotel is a level walk from the train station. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Just be aware that there can be a considerable amount of stairs to climb, depending on your room location.

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Tim -

Where do you stay in Murren ? We are planning another trip. We just loved this region !

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Hotel Bellevue would be my choice if staying in a hotel. We have dined there several times and the restaurant is excellent. And I prefer the views from that end of the village.

Last visit we rented this apartment, which was quite close to the Bellevue (actually closer to Hotel Jungfrau). The views from the balcony were gorgeous, and with kids and grandchildren we had plenty of space, two bathrooms and a modern kitchen.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g188084-d6588573-Chalet_Oberdorf_Murren-Murren_Jungfrau_Region_Bernese_Oberland_Canton_of_Bern.html

It is also listed on Air BnB.

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Thanks for all the great responses. Lot's of options to explore!

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All I can tell you is I have stayed at the Hotel Eiger and loved it. The views are great, and the breakfasts are fantastic.

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Also stayed at Hotel Eiger. Lovely room, great breakfast, and wonderful staff. I was recovering from spraining my ankle the week before. They kept a linen towel at the front desk, and every time I got back to the hotel they ran to the kitchen, got a blue ice pack, and wrapped it in "my" towel for me. They also drove me around in the hotel's golf cart for the first day or so; after that I started to be able to walk more.

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We stayed at Hotel Jungfrau over the weekend. It’s about halfway between the Schilthorn tram and the Train station. Great place to stay.

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Hi Tim, I really don’t think you can make a big mistake, regardless of where you stay. Try the restaurant/bar at the Hotel Eiger, nice atmosphere and great food!

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We’ve stayed at Alpina and Alpenruh on a few occasions, but the rest of the times we always stay with Denise either at the Chalet Fontana or in her private apartment. Denise makes the whole stay even better. She’s an English lady who fell in love many years ago with the area and ended up staying there. She’s an avid hiker, runner, skier and knows the place inside and out. She’s a wonderful person.

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We stayed at the Hotel Bellevue. It was an easy walk from the train station, and more central in Murren, so it's also close to everything. Our room was fabulous - it had 2 balconies with gorgeous views. The place has a definite Alpine mountain feel to it. The breakfast was fabulous, my mouth can still taste the herbed honey! If we make it back to Murren, we will definitely stay there again.

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We liked the Alpina. It is near the train station and right on the edge of the valley. If you can manage to reserve a valley side room, the view is simply awesome. Our room was tiny and awkward to get to our balcony, but once there, looking straight down for well over 1000 feet is unforgettable.

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We had a street-view, bath-down-the-hall room at Alpina and loved it -- views from the breakfast room are spectacular and you just need to walk outside to see even more.