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“Very good place with friendly atmosphere”
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Nature's Friends
Northampton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“Very good place with friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed there for 2 nights. We were in the mountains. The hotel looks very good and has alpen atmosphere. Rooms, toilets and showers were clean. You can use the kitchen and all stuff in there. Staff is very kind, helpfull and friendly. There is beautiful view when you rest on a deck chair. Thank you for nice stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We, my husband and I (57 and 53) spent our vacation in the Naturfreundehaus Grindelwald from July 7 to July 17 and had a very nice stay there. The house is a hostel. Knowing that this means simpel rooms and not hotel like facilities we were very positively surprised. The house is very clean. Everything is kept very well in order. The breakfast was a great surprise: A large variety of cereals, joghurths, juice, milk, excelent bread, jam, cheese etc. and of course coffee and tee. Delicious! Breath taking was the view from our window, streight into the mountains. Beautiful! The house is an old Swiss Chalet, very charming, built of wood. Although the walls are thin we slept very good in our comfortabel beds. The dining room is lovely decorated and has a very good atmosphere. There is lots of space to spent time with a book, or writing cards, playing games - on rainy days. But the beautiful nature all around the place calls for walks and activity. An ideal "house for friends of nature" - what Naturfreundehaus actually means.... . One remarkable point is the friendlyness and patience of the owners who helped in every situation (in English, French, German), with advice, good hints, explanations, a telephone call etc. Returning from a long hiking tour it was very pleasant to relax in the hostels garden, watching the play of changing lights on the mountain tops during sundown. Conclusion: If you are looking for a bit of luxury this is not your place. But if you are looking for an affordabel good base with a warm atmosphere for your activities in nature, clean rooms and bathrooms, good food and a friendly and helpful host, this hostel is definitely to recommend. We really enjoyed our stay there and will certainly stay there again in further years.
We will give 4 points because our experience was "very good", our expectations were more than met. The description on the hostels pages is definitely close to the facts.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

not so easy to reach without private car. there is a bus but not too often. nice view from rooms with mountain-view, we've not had it. big space in front of the house for breakfast. very helpful staff, prevented us go hiking into snowfields. its a simple house with simple rooms, but price is moderate for grindelwald.

Room Tip: take room with mountain-view if you like to stay longer than just sleep there. its simply breath-tak...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

We just stayed here with a group of seven for six days. The Naturfreundehaus is well situated on the Terassenweg and has views of the breathtaking surrounding mountains including the Eiger. A bus runs directly from the train station to the house. The rooms are basic - simple beds, thin walls, no closets, hooks on the wall to hang your belongings. The Naturfreundehaus is run privately in the style of a 'Berghuette'. Breakfast is included and dinner can be bought (SF 20 per person - the food is basic) and there is also a well appointed self catering kitchen. You pay 1 SF for 8 minutes on the hotplate. The rule in the house - and this is different from any self catering Huette we have ever been in - is that you cannot consume your own drinks - cola, beer, wine, etc., but have to buy it from the host. Prices are steep: SF 28 and 30 for an ordinary bottle of wine and SF 6 for a bottle of beer can quickly add to a substantial amount. If you bring your own car - parking is SF 5 a night. The host is moody and lets you know that he thinks he should be charging more for his facility. Because of the extra charges our trip ended up being quite a bit more expensive than planned and our rating is based on that. The setting rates excellent.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

We stayed here for two nights and the view from the (tiny) window was simply amazing. The beds were not really couple-friendly and the walls made every conversation well audible from at least one room over. However, since this is not the party hotel, the sleep was sound and unbroken.

The hotel is a bit from the center, so when the buses stop going (at about 7pm during summer) you have to walk which in this town means height difference. But it doesn't take long (10 minutes) as long as you go without your luggage.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2011

Stayed here with my teenage daughter and the place was great.
it was a bit of a trek up the path to the hotel but, no point in going to Switzerland if you are expecting it to be flat. The reward, however, was opening the window to our room and seeing the Eiger in front of us...it almost didn't look real (a picture postcard).
The owners were perfectly pleasant and very hospitable...rooms were small but perfectly okay....and breakfast was an excellent choice of breads, pastries, yoghurts, fruit, cereal...and much more. Prices were very reasonable for Grindelwald so would definitely recommend...we have been back twice since.

Room Tip: Take a taxi from station if you not feeling fit
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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 September 2010

I really have nothing bad to say about this hostel. We stayed for 3 nights while touring the Jungfrau region. Simple but clean rooms, a fine breakfast, free web access, laundry facilities - plus the view from the front garden is nothing short of spectacular! Yes, the walls are thin, but armed with earplugs we slept well. I would however echo the cautionary note of other reviewers regarding the steep walk up to the hostel from Grindelwald village. Approaching on foot is probably best avoided in favour of the bus if elderly or infirm. Great place overall.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nature's Friends
Address: Terrassenweg 18, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
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Ranked #2 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Grindelwald
Number of rooms: 71
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