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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? 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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Barabas Luzern

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Welcome to Barabas Luzern, Switzerland’s first jailhouse hostel. You don’t have to book an expensive flight to San Francisco to take a look at an ancient prison. Just come to Lucerne! To begin with it’s much cheaper and second you’ll have the unique opportunity of staying overnight, plunging into the ancient times of bad boys. But with a restful sleep.
Unlike earlier, our guests will find a completely renovated building with a lot of conveniences and most importantly: comfortable beds. We take care of your physical well-being, put away bread and water and replaced them with various delicacies. Well, that’s self-evident, isn’t it? Get locked up right now!

The Barabas Luzern hostel is located in the old town of Lucerne, not even 10 minutes walking distance from Lucerne main station. You can reach all important sightseeing spots within a few steps: Chapel bridge, old town, city centre, lion monument, city wall, the Reuss river and the bay of lake Lucerne. Shops as well as bars and restaurants are located nearby.

The Barabas provides 60 different prison cells. We have multibed rooms with a shared bathroom; but also single, double and family rooms with a private bathroom. The library, offering a large amount of crime novels, is also bookable as a bedroom.

Barabas Luzern Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 48 hours before arrival.

Check in from 15:00 to 23:00 .
Check out before 11:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash (CHF or EUR), credit cards, debit cards (EC Maestro, V-Pay, Postcard).
This property may pre-authorize your card before arrival.

Taxes not included - occupancy tax 4.00 CHF (Kurtaxe) per person per night
Breakfast included.

Reception is open from 07:00 - 23:00.
No curfew.
Pet friendly.
Non smoking.
The maximum period of stay is of 14 days. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.6

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Sep 2019
    I really enjoyed my stay. I found the whole hostel to be very clean, the breakfast in morning was great.. they even had soya milk! The location is absolutely perfect so central you can go to all the main sights in the town by foot. The girls in my dorm room were friendly enough, a couple of us went out for dinner a few times.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    15 Nov 2019
    This hostel is fantastic! The free breakfast is so delicious! Would stay again!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    14 Oct 2019
    I really enjoyed my stay here. The staff is helpful and friendly, the rooms and bathrooms are clean, and the complimtary breakfast was great, too. The hostel is right in old town Lucerne walking distance from absolutely everything, I was able to get around so easily. Although Lucerne is small, there are a number of day trips you could take around there, so the hostel was a great base for me. Would recommend, and I would definitely stay again!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    26 Oct 2019
    Great place to stay, but a little expensive. Great location in the Old Town, fantastic breakfast, and very helpful and friendly staff. I wasn’t expecting the dorm kitchen, but that was very helpful to save money. Mattress and pillow were comfortable, but the bunk beds were very creaky, especially for a newly renovated place. Overall, would stay here again.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    28 Dec 2019
    The hotel is in a great location. The staff was friendly. The common room was clean and convenient. The room was very small (it is a former cell after all) and the bathroom walls are pretty see through. Overall a good place for a short stay.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    27 Sep 2019
    Staff was very friendly and had recommendations for where to eat and what to do. Lockers were small- I had to unload my whole backpack in order to fit everything which was a hassle. Very clean rooms, comfy bed and really nice showers and bathrooms. The vibe in the common area wasn't great. Part of the reason I love hostels is because I get to meet people, but no one was in the common space because it felt very cafeteria-like. If they added couches and more amenities the vibe would be better.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    16 Sep 2019
    Facilities were great, the bathrooms were kept clean and tidy, the showers were really good! Friendly staff, great location in the old town, and not too hard to find or get to from the train station with my heavy suitcase. Appreciated being able to leave my bags there until check in opened too. Not the easiest hostel for meeting other travellers but I’d stay again.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    19 Sep 2019
    Lockers too small to store your belongings, but overall very clean and friendly staff!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    18 Oct 2019
    Staff was very welcoming, bedrooms were great. Huge downside was that there weren’t plugs at each bed and my reading light was broken. Storage lockers are not large enough to fit your bag, so you have to keep it on the floor. Breakfast was delicious and the hostel was only a short walk away from all the main areas of Lucerne.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    20 Dec 2019
    Not many options in this city so this one is the best in my opinion. I was off season so if was quiet but I guess during summer the social area is fun and busy. The breakfast was great too. It's not cheap but that's just Switerkand.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Towels Included
  • Card Phones
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities