Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on 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.
  • 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 ???? 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."

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

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  • 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 available for CHF 13.00 per person/day.

Reception is open from 08:00 - 11:30 and 15:00 - 21:00, night shift from 21:00 - 8:00
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 8.5

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    25 Feb 2020
    Great location. Lovely staff Fab breakfast
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    15 Nov 2019
    This hostel is fantastic! The free breakfast is so delicious! Would 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


    06 Mar 2020
    Lovely stay! The staff were so helpful-- all advice we received from them turned into a phenomenal experience. Location could not have been better as well. Our group very much enjoyed our stay. Only critiques were re: facilities -- the panel separating the shower from the rest of our room was somewhat transparent leading to limited privacy and rooms did get a bit stuffy even in the cool weather. Only other critique is that the garden seemed to be out of use since it wasn't the summer. Thank you!
    USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 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+
  • 8.6


    19 Feb 2020
    It was clean with great location. However, there was only one power outlet in my room. Plan on re-booking next year for carneval though
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    29 Jan 2020
    The bed and the shower were one of the best I`ve been in my hostel experience. I would definitely stay there again. However, I don`t think it is a good place to go if you are solo looking for meeting other people - the staff is great but the atmosphere is more from a hotel than a hostel (of course, they are a hotel too). The kitchen is ok, I could prepare my meals without any problem. :)
    Brazil, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 8.3


    15 Feb 2020
    The rooms, toilets and showers were very clean and modern. Bed was very comfortable and was ready for me upon arrival. I appreciated that a personal towel was provided for the shower at no extra cost. The complimentary breakfast had a lot of variety to choose from and there is an attached Japanese restaurant for paid meals. The location was perfect, so close to the train station. Only complaint was the in-room lockers were not user-friendly and did not lock properly.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 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
  • 6.6


    07 Mar 2020
    Pros: good location, clean. Cons: extremely loud (I could hear every conversation in the dorm down the hall) As well, they advertise the breakfast as free, but it is not! I was in the middle of eating when they asked me to pay. I asked them why the listing said free and they said they hadn't got around to changing it. I think they should at least warn you at check in if they can't be bothered to change their online info. Breakfast was not worth 13 franc fee they sprung on me. Will not be back.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
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  • Free WiFi
  • Towels Included
  • Card Phones
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities