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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on Hostelworld.com it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • Hostelworld.com are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 2 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Any cancellation made more than 28 days prior to the arrival date will incur a booking charge of 10% of the total booking value. This charge will be deducted from the monies received and the remaining balance will be refunded within 28 days.

No refunds will be due for cancellations made within 28 days of the arrival date.

No cancellations or changes will be accepted by telephone.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Please make sure all group members are made aware and we will require you to sign the below form.

Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere in the buildings (except for the smoking room). Fine: CHF 200.-

Please keep the noise down in rooms and hallways to respect other guests, especially after 10 pm.

Check-out time is 10am. All rooms are to be left in decent condition, with all rubbish inside the bins and sheets brought to reception. Late check-outs will be charged a penalty fee of CHF 10.- per hour per person.

In the event of a fire alarm, alert everyone to evacuate the building and assemble at the assembly point, indicated on the fire escape plan in each room.

In case of failure to comply with the house rules, management reserves the right to evict a group member or the entire group (without refund of any remaining nights on the booking) or to charge a fine after prior warning. The instructions of the staff are to be followed at all times. For violations of house rules or staff instructions you will be charged between CHF 50.- and CHF 200.-

Please note that the group leader will be held responsible for any damages/ breakages caused by any member(s) of the group.

A cleaning fee of CHF 50 will be charged for any soiled mattresses/ rooms.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, Business Trip If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

When booking for more than 9 persons, different policies and additional supplements may apply

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

As the first private hostel in Switzerland we have been leaders in mastering the art of making your time in Interlaken unforgettable. Set in-between two crystal clear blue glacial lakes and at the base of the majestic Jungfrau mountain range, it is hard to beat for a more scenic setting.
With this in mind, Interlaken boasts some of the most adrenaline and scenic adventure activities. In the summer months one can enjoy skydiving, paragliding, canyoning, rafting, bungy out of a gondola and thousands of kilometers of hiking trails (which you can bike too).
In the winter months the area transforms itself to a winter wonderland, with sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, outdoor ice skating and of course skydiving and paragliding too!
When night falls and most activities are over you can enjoy some drinks (and why not some party dancing) in Nightclub/ Bar where you will meet like-minded people and boast and share your adventurous days away.
Come and join us and experience what pushing your comfort zone feels like! There is something for everyone to do! All bookings can be made at our reception - don't forget to ask for our package deals!

A continental breakfast can be purchased for an additional 8 CHF per person per night and is served from 7 am until 9:30 am. The breakfast buffet includes a choice of yoghurts, fresh bread, jam, butter, fresh oranges, cheese and cucumbers, fruit juices, 3 types of cereals with milk and of course teas and coffees.

Please note this Hostel is not a family-friendly hostel and as such has a no under 18 policy. View House Rules

Overview

Balmers Hostel is your base for chilling out in a hot tub or partying all night after getting your adrenaline pumping with the activities Interlaken is famous for. In summer, you can skydive, paraglide and bungee out of a gondola, while in winter it's all about sledding, snowboarding and outdoor ice-skating. We also have a friendly bar and free Wi-Fi so you can relive the evening by checking out all the vids you got tagged in. Our regular live DJ events and fondue nights are pretty legendary, too.

Location

We're at the bottom of awe-inspiring Jungfrau mountain. Pull on your boots and head up to Harder Kulm viewpoint, where you'll get views of Interlaken's bright blue glacier-fed lakes. To get to us, take a 10-minute walk from Interlaken West train station or 20 minutes from Interlaken Ost. It's around a 90-minute journey from Bern Airport – you'll need to get a bus to Rubigen, then change for the S1 train to Bahnhof Thun. Switch to the 1C61 train to Interlaken Ost and you're walking distance away.

Rooms and Dorms

Our private rooms, plus the mixed and female-only dorms, all have shared bathrooms with hot showers (you can borrow a hairdryer from us for afterwards). Bedding's included, and you'll also get your own handy locker for when you stock up on Swiss chocolate. Key-card access amps up security while making it easy for you to get into your room. 

Extras and activities

Our set-up is a traditional Swiss chalet with an outdoor terrace – complete with hammocks – and indoor common rooms full of plush sofas. There's a café and mini-mart on site, plus a kitchen if you're keen on spicing up your usual recipes with some delish Swiss cheese. We also do barbecue nights throughout the year if you don't feel like cooking. After dinner, check out our games room for a pool or foosball tournament. 

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.9


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    04 Mar 2020
    I love this hostel. I came solo and made soooo many good friends. I came in March which Is the dead season but I will come back in the summer. Amazing atmosphere. Fantastic staff. Great kitchen and hangout areas, surprisingly lots of free food. Cheap supermarkets for food and drinks close by. Amazing but wayyyyy too expensive adventure opportunities all around. Lots of fantastic hikes: Harder Klum, Rugen, Lauterbrunen and Grindlewald I did and loved. One of the most beautiful places I’ve been.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    29 Feb 2020
    We had a great time at this hostel! It exceeded all expectations! The showers and bathrooms were spotless and the staff was very helpful. I would recommend this hostel to everyone.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    30 Dec 2019
    Balmer’s was the perfect place to stay for my Switzerland adventure! So much so, that my friend and I extended twice! The staff was extremely helpful in providing information to set us up for success with day activities and Ilse especially, provided great recommendations for places to eat as well as best practices to save money along the way! I will definitely stay here again!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Dec 2019
    I enjoyed my stay at Balmers! Lovely atmosphere, comfy beds, good location and good people. Would surely stay again!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Dec 2019
    Absolutely wonderful hostel! Despite being large it never felt impersonal or hard to meet people! There’s plenty of space in the kitchen, the place is well decorated and cozy with tons of common areas. There’s pool, table tennis and table football. There’s a hot tub and a cozy fireplace. The place even has its own club! The staff are super friendly and helpful as well. This was one of my favourite hostels I’ve been to and I’d love to come back in the summer when it’s packed. 10/10
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    06 Mar 2020
    Balmers is an Interlaken staple and an integral part of the history of backpacking tourism in Switzerland. When the hostel is full of people, it is super fun to meet people from all over the world, go to the Balmers Club with them, cook dinner in the free kitchen with them, and enjoy the night together chatting. Perfect for study abroad students.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    16 Jan 2020
    Balmers Hostel is a great place to stay. Can easily get to the snow from the hostel, it is cozy and comfortable but you can also party if that's what you are into. The reception is helpful when trying to book activities and in helping you get around.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    16 Jan 2020
    Some of the most fun we had on our Europe trip! The property is so neat--there are multiple areas to hang out and we're hoping to come back when it's warmer out. Imperfections mostly come from the age of the building, such as creaky floors and thin walls. We also know that the great people in our dorm ensured security, otherwise lockers are kind of far. But overall a very fun time in a really unique place with a chill and helpful staff.
    USA, Couple, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    29 Dec 2019
    Hot tub was nice, fireplace was great especially in winter after a day skiing/sledding, big kitchen, super helpful staff helped me plan my 2 days very well. THREE pianos to play and a guitar, ping pong, foosball, etc. Only major complaint was no hot water for showers which was a big bummer, but the cold water tasted delicious. The breakfast is not worth it, but everything in Switzerland is expensive. Also the outlets don’t hold the plug, i had to tape mine to the power strip, which is minor.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    13 Dec 2019
    A pretty good hostel really- and with a pool table! My only issue is that we couldn't have a hot shower the entire time we were there, though I think they're trying to fix it.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Hot Tub
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


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