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The Lazy Falken Hotel & Backpackers
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“the worst experience ever”
Reviewed 13 September 2012

We booked it through booking.com. The booking was for 2 rooms with attached bath and toilet. When we reached the hotel at 3 PM, we had to wait 1 hour to check in.To my utter shock, the 2nd room has no bath and the room is nothing more than the size of a toilet in a small US hotel. There was niether air conditioning or a fan in the room when the temperature is around 35 C during the day. The check in guys are the real consolation. They are both extremely nice and helpful and even volunteered to get our clothes laundered ( for a small fee, though). The stay would have been a disaster but for the wonderful yourng man and woman who managed the front desk. The common toilet in the 3rd floor did not have a light and even after telling the guy at the desk, he did nothing until our checkout.A very tiny staircase on which you had to lug your bags 4 flights up. I would never have booked it if I knew half of the problems with it.

Room Tip: Never ever go to this hotel unless this is the last place in the world.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Great big rooms, clean bathrooms, free internet, great location (close to the train station) and a really awesome breakfast. Also the staff are amazing, extremely helpful and they are full of great suggestions! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Salvador, BA
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

positive points: good price, quiet hotel, free internet computer, there is bathroom and TV in the room, it is 5 min by foot from west train station, there is supermarket near.

negative points: basic breakfast, they charged me 4 swiss francs per night(I stayed 4 nights) due to the payment by card(it was the only place among 4 hotels I have been in Switzerland that charged the payment by card), check in 4 pm(which seems to be common in Interlaken), it is forbidden to eat in the rooms

In general is an excellent place, with very good cost-benefit relation

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Great experience staying here for our 2 day stop over. Great and helpful staff and the best possible view to knock back a few on the rooftop terrace.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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usa
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

First and foremost, I enjoyed my stay in the hostel. I can only give it a "3" for reasons I'll list shortly. I liked the desk staff. Very informal, college dormitory feel to the interaction and they are mostly British and Australian, so they speak English and Swiss German. I am over 50, but hostels have figured prominently in my travel plans for years and this is the most at ease I've been in any of them. The kitchen was accessible and clean and there were cooking pans and tools and plates and silverware. Just a 10 minute walk from the train station, it was conviently located and, on sunny days you can lounge on the slightly cluttered (a kayak, some weeds, some lawn chair, a broken table and an ash tray) roof top and drink a local beer and gaze at the Alps
The down side: Mildew in the showers, you can't eat in your room, the beds are just a little uncomfortable and I imagine it could be noisy during the high season (I was there in September)
Despite my average rating, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

After about 2 minutes in the Swiss Lodge, it's clear you're going to have a good time. Terry and Judith, the owners, speak exceptional English and are accustomed to a wide range of travelers from around the world. Not only did they offer a very tasty breakfast (included in the price of the hotel), but also great suggestions for dinner, hiking, skiing, and other local activities. We felt immediately at home at this warm hotel. Also, they're ideally located. A few blocks off the main drag, they offer easy access to all the local hot spots, while also providing a quiet, secluded place to unwind. The rooftop terrace is an especially wonderful place to have a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the alps and this cozy town. We will definitely be back. Thanks guys!

Room Tip: Though some rooms say they have a "bathroom down the hall," Terry ensured we had an ensuit...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Lea, Karen and Terry! Great staff, give good advice on tourism and are fun to talk to.
I stayed there for 2 nights from 13th - 14th Sep 2009 in a 6 bunk bed dorm for CHF27/night (bf incl).

Facts:
- Very good price considering the prices in interlaken.
- great helpful and friendly staff
- Basic breakfast: cereals, milk, ovaltine, coffee, apples, butter etc. But nice breakfast lounge. There is a kitchen where you can use.
- Rooms are a bit tight due to the bunk beds. But I had the opportunity to see a double ensuite room which is really good for 2 people.
- It is in a good location not far from the main road in interlaken across the river but only 10 mins walk. and closer to the West train station.
- Don't be misled by reading that it is in unterseen, it is still interlaken.

~~~Keep in mind to confirm the check-inn and out time as it may vary with seasons. and note that Interlaken closes early in the night except for eateries and restaurants.
- Nice place to socialize and interact with other tourists.
- Internet can be used in an annex building infront on 2nd floor.

Shared my room with 4 jolly irish youngsters (college students) backpacking across europe. There is an ensuite bathroom in the rooms.

It was my first trip to Switzerland and I fell in love with the whole country just because of this beautiful town and its gentle and sweet people.

I plan to return to Interlaken and would love to stay at this place again, but this time in the double room.

I certainly recommend and do plan to return.

Room Tip: If you are 2 or a couple then choose the double ensuite room.
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Property: The Lazy Falken Hotel & Backpackers
Address: Spielmatte 8, Unterseen, Interlaken 3800, Switzerland (Formerly Falken & Backpacker Interlaken)
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken > Unterseen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Unterseen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Lazy Falken Hotel & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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Falken & Backpacker Interlaken Hotel Unterseen
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