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“Comfortable & Good Place to Stay”
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Downtown Lodge
Fairfax, Virginia
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4 reviews
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“Comfortable & Good Place to Stay”
Reviewed 6 August 2012

The setup was very typical hostel. The place is probably a good 10 minute walk from the train station. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and you are given sheets. You don't need to bring your own lock as they give you electronic keys. The bathrooms are the shared by guys and girls and then break away into same sex showers. Make sure you bring your own towel because you are not given one! You are given breakfast in the morning which is a standard European breakfast; granola cereal, bread, and jams. The staff is also very friendly and were extremely helpful when working with me to decide which hike to do.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

The hostel's location is excellent, right in the centre of Grindelwald, barely 5 minutes from the train station - it's located just off the main street and has car parking. The accommodation is basic but clean and spacious. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included in the price (a continental buffet) and we also received a pass for free travel on local buses. The hostel has free wi-fi and some computers available for use. There is a bar (which serves reasonably priced food in the evenings), kitchen where you can prepare your own food, pool table and TV room. I was travelling in a group of 3 and we were able to book a 4 bed room and pay to secure the 4th bed for a reasonable fee. The room was absolutely huge, the decor was very colourful with random mismatched furniture. The only down side was that the bathroom and shower was quite far from the room, through the bar, right next to main reception. At night, as with most hotels and hostels, noise carried through the corridors so one inconsiderate person could disturb everyone's sleep, but generally it was quieter than some of the more expensive hotels I've stayed in.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

This hostel located at Grindelwald which is a town on the way to Jungfraujoch (top of europe).From Interlaken there is a train to Grindelwald and then have to change to one more train at Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch. Hostel is considerably good location. about 10 minutes walk from the train station.Good scenery, surrounded by mountain. Price is good..get a good package with train to Jungfraujoch..Switzerland is very expensive place so this hostel is considerably good worth for money. Clean toilet, shower and room.Have to share.Kitchen at the main building which is not so convenient but still ok..get a free local bus service with your stay here. and also free service to gym and sport center at Grindelwald

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Fort Bragg
1 review
Reviewed 19 June 2012

The staff was very friendly. It has everything that you need for a short stay. There is a restaurant, bar, and a room to watch movies. The rooms are clean. The hostel is located within walking distance of train, hiking, restaurants, city center. The view is incredible and you find a cheaper place that is this nice in Grindelwald.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Switzerland is notoriously expensive, so for your money, you can't beat this place. The reception staff were lovely and the accommodations were basic but very neat and tidy. It will take you back to your school camp days. Breakfast is included in the price (standard continental) and there is free wifi throughout (you get the best reception in the main dining lodge). They offer a standard snack menu - pizzas, burgers, soups etc which seems pricey at first, but then you realise how expensive the rest of Grindelwald is! Great hiking spots branch off not far from the lodge and there is a gym/pool about 5 minutes walk away (near the station).

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

It was so easy to find! We got off the train and walked straight (around a few bends) and voila! It was very nice. The reception was very nice and helpful. The breakfast was good - cereal, bread, yoghurt, etc. We went in the summer so it wasn't very busy which was great. The kitchen was nice and everything was easy to find.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Suisse romande
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

We went to ski two days with friends. We chose this hotel because it was not expensive. We regretted not having paid a higher price.

- No service.
- Dirty.
- Very noisy.
- Poorly heated.
- Unpleasant staff.
- Evacuation of showers blocked.

Cheap, but far too expensive for what it is. Avoid it!
Bad image for the Swiss hotel business.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Downtown Lodge

Property: Downtown Lodge
Address: Dorfstrasse 152, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Grindelwald
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Downtown Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a beautiful natural setting, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau to Grindelwald, the glacier village presented. Our lodge is located in the center of Grindelwald and is the ideal starting point for all activities. In a total of five lodges with nearly 300 beds, we offer large groups and individual tourists a comprehensive infrastructure with an interesting price. ... more   less 
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