I am planning a trip to Switzerland in the month of June and have decided to set up base in InterLaken for four nights. In my search for good and low cost accomodation, I came across several options using the Travllerspoint web site:
1. Harder Minerva, Harderstrasse 15, 3800 Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
2. Mystery Hostel, Unterseen Kreuzgasse 1, CH 3800 Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
3. Funny-Farm, CH 3800, Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
4. Hotel Blume, CH 3800, Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
5. Hotel Rugenpark, Rugenparkstrasse 19, CH-3800, Interlaken, Switzerland
6. Happy Inn Lodge, CH 3800, Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
7. Hotel Bellevue, Marktgasse 59, Interlaken, Switzerland
8. City Hotel Interlaken, Marktgasse 6, Interlaken, Switzerland
9. Balmers Herberge, Hauptstrasse 23-25, 3800 Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
I would like to know if any one has any specific recommendations or experience at any of these places because there isn't much information available on-line. Any response would be greatly appreciated
balmer's typically gets quite good ratings, as long as you don't mind being in a buzzing beehive...
...additionally, there's lots of information (including ratings by travellers) on www.hostelworld.com
enjoy your trip to the alps!
WOAH! stop! Nice question and a worthy post.
As a veteran to european hostels - i can honestly say that Interlakken was an assault on my sense of style and culture. I was there last summer and suffered one of the worst hostel experiences.
U may enjoy the summercamp - spring break - get drunk-and play with soapersoakers ...but personally i was in hell...me (american) and my friend (canadian) both. The Hostel (Balmers Herberge) was an American/Canadian Frat house with a college style club/bar/hookup spot downstairs.
Seriously though, I dont need someone in pink spandex telling me how to have a good time so we left the outdoor festivities and tried to find somethin of local culture in the North American Provincial Swiss town....One local bar and an Indian Restaurant was the only escape from the American Party House.
well - the next morning - we woke up at like Stupid-O-clock to the loud speakers playing "Holiday" and some Happy Camper tellin us to "Get up early and enjoy the nice day!"
ARGH...we "enjoyed" the next train to Austria.
hope this helps - sorry for rambling but..
Interlaaken was one of my favourite places when I went last year, so call me biased Anyways, I stayed at Blamers and had a great time. The only problem we had with it was that they had a lock-out period during the day, so we couldn't get anything from our rooms until 4:30 (if I remember correctly). As for cleanliness, it was like an average hostel, not nice-air-conditioned-hotel-clean, but not icky-what-is-this-stain-on-my-pillow-dirty.
If you want to shy away from the frat-house type atmophere, which wasn't as frat house as Jeff makes it seem, although to each his/her own, don't go to Funny Farm. We stopped in because some fellow travellers we had met before hand were staying there, and let me tell you there was a constant aroma of weed in the air. It was like a hippy frat house. Suffice to say, I'm glad I picked Balmers.
We didn't mind the waking up early because we all had activities planned (if you go to Interlaaken, you have to do an extreme sport, it's known as the extreme sport capital of the world! I went paragliding and there's nothing like flying over the swiss alps feeling as free as a bird! ) The town is small, but you meet people fast and its a great experience. We were there on Swiss Day (Aug. 1) and we saw fireworks and a bonfire in the main town park. I know you're going in June, but I'm just starting to ramble now.
Hope this helped!
hmmm - a little too late - I suppose.
Just booked a four person private room at Balmers. I suppose I will have to make do with that kind of crowd though I will be with a couple of senior citizen i.e. my parents.
Or do you folks think that it is worthwhile cancelling the books and looks for a better (and a little more expensive place) which is will quiet???
Yes mtlchica, good point - it is an extreme sport hangout.
And when i travel the only extreme thing i do is drink and party so Interlakken was abust for me. But im sure its a great place for everything else.
But i strongly recommend Harish that u cancel those bookings and get a hotel or BnB.
BTW I have one night in Zurich - before flying out to London.
Any tips for that city - my first review of hotels/bnbs/hostels and they are very EXPENSIVE
Yeah, Im so sick of these cultural snobs bashing a good time. What culture are you refering to JeffG? "boozing and partying?" Well, for the record Interlaken is one of the most accessably prestine places on the planet. Ofcourse commercialization will take something away from the beauty, but it sure beats my backyard, or the polluted ravine near my house. Balmers is just good people having a good time. Yes, they will wake you up early to enjoy the outdoors, thats the point. really, its a shame that the wake up music isn't so cool techno music to blast your brains away...Balmers is for down to earth people who like the outdoors. It can be rowdy, but not overbearing. Hope you enjoy your trip, There is more then enough to keep you occupied in Zurich for the day. enjoy!! disclaimer- I do not work for Balmers.
Zürich IS very expensive.
Check the City-Backpacker. It's very downtown, a 10 min walk from central station (from there: 10 min by train to the airport) and it's about as inexpensive as it gets in Zürich.
it's a small hostel in Old Town of Zurich. Busy neighbourhood, lot's of things to see in walking distance, and if it's not a hot saturday night it's quiet after midnight.
I'm right there with JeffG about Balmers. It's a totally US/ Canadian frat house. If you keep
yourslef busy with all of the outdoor activities it's great but expensive.
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