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“no-frills hostel, but character makes up for it”
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Heidi's Hostel
Ranked #43 of 46 Interlaken B&B and Inns
Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
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“no-frills hostel, but character makes up for it”
Reviewed 8 October 2009

We chose Heidi's Hostel for its low price, so I wasn't surprised to see that it wasn't as nice as other places I've stayed at. Their six-bed "dorm" room was very tight, and the hall bathroom was sparse, but the lack of luxury at this hostel was made up for by its wonderful proprietor, Heidi. She was grandmotherly, plying us with chocolates and strawberry-flavored marshmallow candies, and she gave several good recommendations on where to eat, have a glass of wine, or get a good view of the Jungfrau. Since it wasn't the high season and she wasn't at capacity, she even let us leave our bags there during our final day, so we didn't have to lug them around with us. I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

A couple friends and I traveled through Europe this summer, and this was one of the most disgusting places we stayed at. We were there for only one night, but it was definitely an experience: the hostel is basically just an old house, the hallways are dark, spooky and cobwebby, and the room itself was absolutely tiny! We got a private room for 3 people, and with the 3 of us in the room with our luggage there was practically nowhere to stand. The bathroom was (no joke) a remodeled closet - what normally would have been a small closet was redone to accomodate a toilet and shower (the pressure was good, at least!) The sheets had a funny smell (thank god we had our own!) and the sink was broken - it wouldn't stop running no matter how hard you turned it. The place is run by a slightly crazy, but very friendly old lady who was very eager to please.

In other cities around Europe, we paid the same or even less but got much much better places...but I guess we got what we paid for, because this IS Interlaken we're talking about - everything is pricey there. Since we were only there for one night, we decided to just treat the whole thing with a good attitude and sense of humor - think of it as an adventure, etc. The fact that the hostel was awful didn't keep us from loving our day in Interlaken - its a beautiful place, and if you're on a tight budget (like we were) then of-course it makes sense to save money on the hotel and use it for the mountain adventures.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Arizona
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

This place is old and needs a lot of updating. The photos don't depict what you will find once you arrive. There was an odd smell in the hall and the place was messy and cluttered. The shower and toilet was a pre-fab box in the room and also had a smell about it. It's too bad because the owner was very nice and the place is in a great location and the price was right. If all you need is a place to stay, I would say okay..

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Essex
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Reviewed 18 August 2008

I was just looking for a hotel in Interlaken, and the reviews of Heidi's Hostel brought back terrible memories. We had an upstairs room, in I think 2006, although I may be wrong.

The room was old, but interesting. It had an ensuite toilet / shower in a cupboard that was so dirty and smelly, the first thing we did was go out and buy lots of strong disinfectant.

The hotel is pretty central, very near public transport and the lake and we had a lovely stay in Interlaken - so good, we are now planning to go back, but not to Heidi's Hostel. I wouldn't go in there if you paid me to!

The hostel is divided in two, a hostel and a hotel - we were in the hotel bit, and I hate to think what the hostel was like. It really was dusty and dirty, but we chose it on the basis of cost and we suffered for it. The only redeeming feature was the woman who ran it - she had lived in London and had lots of tales to tell in excellent English.

Avoid at all costs unless you don't mind where you sleep.

  • Liked — It was central
  • Disliked — It was dirty and smelly.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed 16 August 2007

Stayed in a double room for a weekend. The place had a good location in a quiet neighbourhood, but still close enough to walk to everything. Lots of families staying here, if you can do not get a room near the kitchen. It is VERY noisy in the morning. This place was like something out of a time warp, old furniture and stuff everywhere. Very cluttered. The room was comfortable enough, clean, the beds were fine, and we had a balcony (which would have been even better had we not been on the ground floor overlooking the entrance). The lady that runs the place is nice, but slightly crazy. Also, they offer booking for adventure sports - DO NOT let them book for you. The guys don't really know what they are doing, and you are better off to book it on your own to make sure you get exactly the package that you want. Also, make sure that you print a copy of your comfirmation when you pay - they tried to charge us more than the original quoted price. Not a terrible place to stay, but you could probably do better for the price.

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  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 May 2007

The landlady was a friendly n charming lady who spoke good English. Rooms are dimly lit but comfortable although hallways were a bit spooky.

Price was reasonable as well.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2006

We took the top floor as an "apartment" for a few days. It is an old creaky building, so sharing a bedroom meant hearing the floor each time the other person got up. One of the bedrooms had a strong smell of smoke, and although the place seemed very clean, the curtains were rather dusty. One of my party also suffered from bites - we never quite worked out whether it came from their bed. The beds themselves were good and firm, and very comfortable.

Hot water was always available, and the showers had plenty of power. The towels and bed-linen were fine. The property itself is showing its age/character - be prepared to step back in time !

The location was very good, only 5 minutes walk from Interlaken West station, and near a supermarket and the main shopping street with plenty of restaurants.

The owner was reasonably friendly and had fairly good english, but couldn't help us with suggestions for places to eat.

I would probably try other accommodation if staying in Interlaken, but wouldn't rule out this property.

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Property: Heidi's Hostel
Address: Bernastrasse 37, Interlaken 3800, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken
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Ranked #43 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Interlaken
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Number of rooms: 14
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