Come to Balmers and stay in the oldest private hostel in Switzerland! Our hostel is situated in three traditional Swiss wooden chalets that surround a courtyard, terras and garden. The look and feel of our accommodation can best be described as playful, comfy and unique. We cater to active travellers that come to Interlaken to explore the Alps. After a day in the mountains, come home to our hostel where you can clean the equipment and store it away safely. In the guest kitchen, you’ll find all the amenities needed to cook yourself a nutritious meal. No need to plan your meals ahead, as the supermarket is just 2min walk away and open 365days a year. After food, it's time to relax! Treat your sore muscles in our outside jacuzzi that's free for guests to use. You can stream your favourite movie in our cosy TV room or get comfortable in front of the fireplace. Other popular spots in the hostel are the music room, equipped with two pianos and a guitar, and the hammock/meditation/yoga room. Known as the adventure capital of Europe, Interlaken is the perfect destination for enthusiasts of the outdoors. Prepare to be awed when you start to explore the stunning Swiss Alps that rise up behind Interlaken. Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau are among the most well-known peaks in the area, all summits around 4000m. Surrounding these peaks lies a rugged landscape with alpine tundra, glaciers, canyons, forest, waterfalls and glacial lakes. Our reception staff know all the great hikes, bike trails and sightseeing spots in the region. Talk to them if you want help with planning next day’s adventure or if you want more info on the activities such as paragliding, skydiving, rafting and canyoning.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.9)


Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
1 double bed
2 single beds
4 single beds
6 bunk beds
8 bunk beds
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Property practices

This property has told us they implemented certain practices across some or all of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.2
Facilities
8.4
Cleanliness
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Value for money
8.3
Location
8.9
Free WiFi
8.9
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  • S
    Scotty
    United States United States
    The feel of this hostel made it feel like I was back at home. everyone was so friendly and helpful. The staff gave us recommendations on places to hike and activities to do and everyone else staying there was very welcoming. I also love all the...
  • Renan
    Australia Australia
    Great location, very friendly staff and nice amenities
  • Paula
    Spain Spain
    it was my first time traveling alone and also my first time staying in a hostel. it was AMAZING, i met so many lovely people, the vibes were amazing, the staff was also super nice and would help you with anything you need. location is also great,...

Property surroundings

Facilities of Balmers Hostel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Shared bathroom
Bedroom
  • Linen
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Ski
  • Ski pass vendor
  • Ski storage
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
Activities
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Live music/performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Hiking
    Off-site
  • Darts
  • Games room
  • Skiing
    Off-site
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Bar
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
No parking available.
Transport
  • Public transport tickets
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • Luggage storage
    Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key card access
  • Safety deposit box
General
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Wellness
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
Languages spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

House rules

Balmers Hostel takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in

From 16:00 to 00:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in

Check-out

From 01:00 to 10:00

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children are not allowed.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

Groups

When booking more than 2 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash Balmers Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please note that guests under 18 years old can't be accommodated in a dormitory.

Please note that there are no elevators in the property.

Please note that dogs cannot be accommodated in the dormitory rooms.

Please note that the free parking is located 800 metres from the property. The property offers a free bus pass. There is a paid public parking at 60 metres from the hostel.

Please note that when booking 3 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Balmers Hostel

  • Check-in at Balmers Hostel is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • The prices at Balmers Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Balmers Hostel on this page.

  • Balmers Hostel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Games room
    • Darts
    • Evening entertainment
    • Bike tours
    • Nightclub/DJ
    • Live music/performance
    • Live sport events (broadcast)
    • Walking tours
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Balmers Hostel is 700 yards from the centre of Interlaken. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.