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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 8.4

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 7.9

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 8.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    01 Jul 2019
    the hostel is located at a walking distance from the lucern main station which was perfect for us . we could just walk to the lake and the sleeping lion monument. everything was at a walking distance . staff is really nice and brealfast was included and nice too. i will definitely recommend this hostel.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 May 2019
    An overall amazing hostel!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    25 Jun 2019
    Super fun hostel. Loved the prison theme the garden was nice. Staff was awesome. Sadly I was there during a heat wave and no ac. But that's pretty typical of Switzerland
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    15 Jun 2019
    Barabas Luzern was great! Almost everything was within walking distance (train station, sightseeing locations, etc). Mt. Pilatus was just a bus ride away. We had a lovely view of Lake Lucerne on our walks back to the hostel. Barabas provided us with clean beds, bed linens, & towels. We also received our FREE Lucerne Visitor's Pass granting us access to public transportation & etc. a few days before we arrived. Breakfast was decent and FREE. Buffet style: Bread, eggs, cheese, & more.
    USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 8.6


    07 Jun 2019
    Nice stay in a unique building. Used to be an old jail/prison and many details in the place are reminiscint of that. We booked a 3 bed private bed/ shared bath (private for the 3 of us). My only issue is not feeling 100% secured. No options for a deadbolt or chain lock once inside the door and I found I was able to enter my room with any of my credit cards as the door does not secure or latch properly. This specifically was room 119. I let the staff know on checkout. Hopefully their is a fix.
    USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 8.0


    07 Jun 2019
    It was an interesting hostel. The prison schtick was really neat and unique, but underwhelming as well in my opinion. It is easy to tell it’s been newly remodeled, but there are unfinished areas that are easily accessible, like a room with no purpose or the emergency exit stairwell...whereas a normal exit has a misleading keypad lock that has no purpose. The garden was also lacking, but convenient! I’d stay here again, just with less expectations.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    14 Jun 2019
    A good hostel in a great location in the old town, near trendy cafes and shops, & with extremely friendly & helpful staff. The rooms were okay, with basic metal bunks. Could certainly do with lockers in the rooms rather than out in the halls, & more power outlets - my bed was next to a nest-like mass of devices charging from a single point. They've a good breakie though, & the bathrooms are clean. Not very social. Feels a bit rapid transit, though that's probably Luzern.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    09 Jul 2019
    This hostel was expensive (because of the area), yet there were not plugs at every bed. Some loud construction going on during my stay in July. Many families, less of a youth hostel than expected.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9


    09 Jul 2019
    Got bitten by bedbugs. The locker was outside of the room which was a bit inconvenient.
    Finland, Male, 18-24
  • 5.1


    05 Jul 2019
    Got bitten by bedbugs. Staff refused to take responsibility when I told them. I was moved to another room but they didn’t inform the rest of the people in the dorm, which seemed irresponsible at best.
    USA, Female, 18-24
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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