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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We slept there in the month of June 2012. Overall, I think that this hostel have to be upgraded. The beds are old, in metal, noisy... Bedroom doors do not lock! We always had to put all our stuff in lockers. There was no A/C, the room was humid and extremely hot. There is no breakfast available. The wifi didn't work very well. There is no eletrical outlets next to the beds. The reception is not open 24h. However, the bathrooms were out the bedroom which is a good thing. This hostel is relatively cheap for switzerland and very well located in front of a beautiful park.

Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank san15
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

This is my 4th time back at this hostel. I come to Lucerne often for seminars (I am a PhD student, and my supervisor is based at Uni Lucerne). I generally do not write reviews during my frequent travels, but this place is terrific! The staff is cheerful, helpful and courteous, the rooms are ALWAYS clean and the beds are so comfortable. I really love that every room has a balcony and the lake is right across the street. Also, there are heaps of magazines, games etc..a nice touch and amusement for those dreaded 'rainy' days. For my last trip to Lucerne my employer told me just to choose a hotel, so I decided to be adventurous and go with a a much more expensive "theme" hotel. Never again. Although I could choose almost any place I wish, I always chose to stay here now. For less than half the price of other accommodation I get lightning speed wifi, a spotless restroom and shower (which the other one certainly didn't provide) , a desk to work from (didn't have that either- a MUST for me), comfort and ALWAYS a smile when I head out to work at the Uni. Simply great! If you come to beautiful Lucerne (as everyone should once or twice), make this your place to stay! You won't regret it!

Date of stay: October 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank Anke M
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

This hostel is a great place to stay for those laid-pack travellers and families. This is not a party hostel.

Checking in on Sunday the only thing I could say is that you need to pick up your dinner or groceries from the train station on your way in. There is one grocery store nearby but it closes early. The walk to the hostel is a little long, but well marked and fairly safe at night. I would mention that just after the bridge, there is a bench that homeless like to hang out on, no problems but if you are alone maybe walk the street side furthest from the lake.

The hostel is plenty big with two kitchens and two common areas. The laundry is reasonably priced and they have drying racks for those who don't like to fluff dry their laundry. The rooms themselves are quite spacious with lots of storage areas. The beds are fairly comfortable, a little firm but I didn't have any issues. You cannot brig sleeping bags to this hostel.

Families are allowed to stay at this hostel, so sometimes you will hear the odd child running around, but not a big deal.

All in all I would say this is a great base to explore Lucerne.

Date of stay: October 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank thisbrogan
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

2nd time to this hostel. Will definately come back again. Rooms are to die for. Clean rooms, towels, bedsheets etc. Good showers and toilets. Close to good restaurants and cheaper food stalls/shops. You can walk to just about everything in Lucerne, enjoy a wonderful city and everythiong it has to offer. Good job!

Date of stay: October 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank CornelisS
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

My husband (age 33) and I (age 28) stayed at Backpackers Lucerne for 3 nights in late August. This was our very FIRST hostel experience. We typically stay in very nice (4 or 5-star) hotels/resorts when traveling so this was very new to us. This specific vacation meant we had to skimp because we are Americans (whose money isn't worth much in Europe) and wanted to travel for a month.

With that said, we are probably not typical customers to Backpackers BUT if you are like us and are on the fence over whether to save money and stay at this hostel I'd say BOOK BACKPACKERS LUCERNE. My husband was especially reluctant to stay here as he is very concerned over cleanliness and was not excited to be sharing a bathroom. He didn't LOVE it but we both agreed we'd stay here again if it meant we got to travel for as long as we did.

Backpackers was quite a bit of money for what it was ($85 USD/night) but Switzerland is an expensive country so keep that in mind when considering this hostel. We had a PRIVATE double which was 2 twins pushed together. The hostel provides linens but you have to make the bed yourself. There is a small sitting table in the room, a set of lockers and bed side tables with reading lamps. You receive 1 towel each (we asked for a new towel after 2 showers but the front desk said it would cost 1 euro for a fresh towel). Good thing we weren't here for longer as that is relatively skimpy.

The hostel is in a safe neighborhood and, as others have mentioned, is a 10 minute walk from the train station and sits across from the lake. The directions the hostel sends you in the confirmation email were easy to follow and we did not have trouble finding Backpackers. There is also a sign at the train station that points you in the direction of Backpackers.

The bathrooms were kept clean and the shower was bigger than a lot of other non-hostel places we stayed at throughout our European trip.

The hostel did have WiFi, although, it was a bit spotty at times. It did work more often than not so I can't complain too much.

Their website states check-in after 4pm and we arrived at 1pm (after 3 plane rides and 1 train ride); many reviewers have stated they were not allowed to check-in early. When we arrived at 1pm the desk at the window was closed but staff was on-site. I believe that someone is staffed in the morning (to clean) so you can still get in contact to check-in early if your room is ready. We were luckily able to do so without any problem at all from Backpackers.

I'd recommend Backpackers for anyone on a budget or looking for cheap accommodation. My 3-star rating in the sea of 4 and 5-star reviews isn't a poor reflection on this hostel at all... but Backpackers STILL is a hostel afterall.

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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