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My favorite hostel of my time abroad! The staff was friendly, the facilities were nice, and the location was exactly what we were looking for! Would love to come back again in the winter!
I have always been booking hostels through this website, and most hostels seemed fairly rated on the web. However, Balmers Hostel was FAR WORSE that it is rated. First, the the male staff at night was terrible. As I am Asian, I could see that he was annoyed by many Asians in the hostel. He was not friendly AT ALL. Also, the hostel needs some renovation. The shower room and bathroom are not that clean and it's inconvenient. Location was not bad, since it takes 10~15 minutes from main station.
Booked in for 4 nights after a recommendation from people.who had stayed in the past. The staff were friendly. Rooms were what you expect in a hostel and average shower facilities but still managable. The main problem with the hostel was lack of atmosphere. Place was full.of Koreans and Korean families who don't talk and leave mess in the kitchen. Good location though.
Great hostel. They provide maps and good recommendations as well as reservations for Outdoor Interlaken, which I further recommend as a provider of some great action activities that are definitely worth doing in Interlaken.
The hostel is very nice.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 41+
- (1 review)
It is bit far from the ost or west station but they give you free bus tickets! The shower booths are bit uncomfortable to use but still rooms were really clean and staffs were all friendly! Nice kitchen but they didnt have basic stuffs like oil or salt, etc :( computers are not free... Breakfast was 'ok' too many koreans though!
I had a great stay at Balmers! This hostel has a great atmosphere with a good happy hour (2 for 1) and a club downstairs! Plenty of other good facilities like a ping pong table, pool and hot spa at the tent village and a kitchen (although the kitchen was a bit dirty..). Rooms were average but it didnt bother me at all, plenty of power points and shared bathroom had good pressure and the hot water worked fine. I would definitely stay again!
Large hostel with many different common areas including kitchen, hammocks, bar, lounge area. Some staff are very helpful and great with advice, a small few are less helpful. Main downside is no light or PowerPoint near your bed, and terrible showers which is sad if you've been hiking in the rain or rafting/canyoning in cold water to not have a hot shower when you get home. Handy that you can book all activities at reception. Bar has happy hour and also offers cheap food. Bar staff are great!!
이곳 샤워 시설이 정말 열악해요. 일반 적인 샤워실이 아니라 간이 샤워실이 설치 되 있는데 배수가 잘 안되서 씻기 싫어지는 그런 시설 이었어요.
There's a bar downstairs that plays music all night that you can definitely hear in all the rooms, so bring ear plugs if you're not planning on being downstairs. The staff was great! They always helped us with whatever we needed. There's a good kitchen and big refrigerators. Lot's of good hang out rooms to meet people. No lockers but locks on every door. Balmers tent village is down the street, also a good hang out spot and there's a hot tub.
Balmers was great. The kitchen is basic (hotplates, no oils / spices provided). The hostel has a club in the basement that is live on the right nights. Friendly staff, worn in pool / ping-pong tables, and nice outdoor spaces to relax made this a great stay. Great vibe, good crowd staying at the hostel. The hostel offers access to many activities (i.e. skydiving, white water rafting) which are all very expensive.
Loved the Hostel, only complaint is the bike storage stated in the description is just an outdoors bike rack.
Noisy but great hostel. Cool atmosphere.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 18-24
- (1 review)
Excellent hostel with nice facilities and a helpful staff. The universal power outlets in the rooms are a nice touch. Good breakfast and location as well!
I can get the free bus ticket it was good. And the toilet, shower facility were divided so good
Wonderful hostel! Great location with a helpful staff. Only thing that could improve would be the kitchen closing later at night.
Balmers - stayed here back in 2011, had the absolute best time of my life at this exact hostel. Came back here a few years later, and... well, it feels like this hostel has lost it's magic over the past few years. The dirty and usually soaking wet bathrooms and showers were crowded with lines of rude people pushing and shoving every morning, the bar and club were totally empty at night, and the rooms were filled with people who didn't want to chat with you. Nice hostel, but a changed one.
Great establishment that you can tell has done this for a while! Friendly staff who are happy to help. Pretty clean but a bit older facility. Appeared to be pretty young crowd overall, which is good. However if you are a solo traveller a bit older - there weren't many other solo travellers. Location from train is about 10-15 min walk. It's not in the main area and when walking home at night, the road can be a bit desolate but don't let that deter you! Would go back.