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Hauptstrasse 23, 3800 Interlaken
(033) 822 1961
Dorm bed CHF 27-30
Double room CHF 74-80
Prices include breakfast
Double room CHF 74-80
Prices include breakfast
Prices are in Swiss francs and are inclusive of all taxes.
User Reviews (18)
top of europe is an understatment26 January 2006
Being a backpackers with over 300 beds Balmers is more like a little town within a town, they have their own shop with food, cloths and an endless supply of swiss army knifes, also tickets to almost anything from skydiving to skiing and rock climbing can also be bought at the front desk. The beds are extremely cosey, especialy after a long train to get there but even more so that all the bunks are right next to each other so if you dont mind making a new bed friend then youll be ok. Their bar serves up the free breakfast in the morning and other various meals during the day but most importantly its home to the evening happy hour. All up its no wonder this is rated one of the best backpackers in Europe because with room for over 300 people your sure to make some great friends anytime of the year. I only had three small problems while i was there, 1 the 30 second push button showers, 2 the dorm lockout during the day and lastly 3 having the cleaner throw all my bags and belongings out into the backyard and stealing my video camera (later reterned)
GREAT ATMOSPHERE!!! I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! :-)15 January 2006
This hostel wasn't the cleaniest I have seen, but it had the best atmosphere!! Everyone (staff and fellow travellers) were all so friendly! I have never met nicer people in my travels. Don't freak out when you see the showers (like my friend and I did) they really aren't that bad. The yard has a lifesize chess set, ping pong table, and deck chairs, so it was really fun to hang out there in the afternoons. They do have a lock out period during the day where you cant be in the dorms, but it didn't really make a difference because we were always out doing or exploring something! Even if you're not into hard core partying this place is still fantastic! If you stay here hire a scooter from next door and go on a day trip. Trust me, it was the highlight of my whole trip!!!
Worst hostel experience in Europe11 January 2006
I made reservations over 3 months in advance, when we got there, checked in and got our room. It was a major frat party going on all over the place, no worries I'm used to them after the states. I was a bartender, and love partying too. We set up our beds, and head off to "funny farm" to meet some other packers our way. Come back home, around 3 or so. And there are 2 guys sleeping in our bed, we try to wake them up, and realize there is barf all over our beds. We get our stuff, and tell the security guard, or whatever he calls himself. He tries to get them up, and tells us to sleep on the back-packing racks outside. Get up at 7 or so, by some woman that works there shaking us. Saying it's now time to get up and help clean, and go over today's possible ($$$) activities. Go to front desk, tell them what happened. And they deney our 3 day refund, since we said we wanted to leave. Literally, the worst hostel experience I went through in 5 months in Europe. And I'm american, love to party, and don't mind frats.
"Different Strokes for Different Folks"25 December 2005
I stayed at Balmer's in August of 2004 and had a wonderful time. While I am an American, I try to avoid Americans while traveling. This is not the place to do it, but still, my stay was wonderful. I'm not big on partying, but I met great people and danced one night in the Metro Bar. Just keep in mind that if you are not up for a party atmosphere, don't stay here--or at least, don't go down to the bar. Interlaken is beautiful, and Balmer's provides info on great extreme sports! This was one of the favorite places I stayed in Europe. Believe me, for those of you who think it's dirty, you can do much worse.
Party28 June 2005
this is a party hostel. keep that in mind before you get here and you'll be fine. not the place to get a good night's rest. the previous reviews are all pretty accurate. the place is clean enough. lots of noise here. one of my room's was located in the bathroom/shower area with a shady curtain and a beaming light through the window. no lie. another night it was outside that area but the wood floors are mad creaky and the steps loud. the lockout is a pain but that's what the cool activities are for. get on it! i did the skydiving which is a major dent to the wallet but one cannot put into words the feeling of jumping out a plane over the swiss alps. i heard the canyoning and ice climbing were awesome as well. a few wash/dry machines. a bunch of internet machines. plenty of lounge/social areas inside and out. this place made me think of a post college summer camp with a gang of kids from the US, it had a spring break feeling. the downstairs bar/club is cool. people bouncing back and forth between Balmer's and Funny Farm. the staff friendly enough. the dinner-grill here during happy hour is good and prices compared to around town cheap. if you don't get a room inside there will most likely be space in the tent areas outside. word is that it was a bit cold at night in the tents and bit of a walk from balmer's but doable. also heard if u stay 4 nights in a row at balmer's that 4th is free. come here knowing what to expect and it's all good.
Awesome!! Friendly, Clean and Fun!!!10 June 2005
This is probably one of the cleanest hostels I have stayed in. The guy that commented before probably was fired, and wants to get back at Balmer's. I went upstairs during the lock-out and I saw them cleaning. Believe me, it's better than most places. It has so much fun stuff to do, all within the shortest distance, from adrenalin filled stuff like Skydiving to just hiking or simply enjoying the scenery. The staff are great and very helpful and friendly. A real must on your travels!!!!
PARTY in NATURE6 May 2005
Balmers is definately the place to stay while in Interlaken. It has everything you would want (pretty much); Nice homie atmosphere, full kitchen, courtyard, 'gift shop,' extreme sports, TV/Lounge, large rooms, and.....a NIGHT CLUB with full bar. Definately a nice touch. If you're in the right mood and want to party while there, you will have an unforgetable time, and if you're not, you'll still have a great time, there's something for everyone. Here is a picture: http://community.webshots.com/photo/33149438/66624336lokauV
The best hostel in Interlaken23 April 2005
I really appreciate the hostel and staff and The friends I made over my stay. Its one of the best hostel and I did enjoy my birthday party over there and reccommend to every one who wants to party and make loads of friends. I say one thing go there and enjoy your stay, You will for sure love to visit it again..so will I
Amazing!!!18 October 2004
If you want to have fun and meet people this is the place to be! My friends and I had an amazing time at Balmers. We stayed 4 nights and were sad to leave. The only thing I wasn't keen on was the showers but everything else more than makes up for it! This is what all hostels should be like. Just remember not to make noise outside after 10pm! Would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes to have fun and party!! The staff were cool too and the rooms are clean. The complimentary breakfast was decent and you can buy a hot breakfast if you want. Enjoy the bar!!!
Incredible! Balmer's has everything you could want!8 July 2003
Interlaken was our favorite place in Europe! We stayed in a private which I recommend because it sounds like the dorms are packed. Also if you have a private there is no lock out. Balmer's has fantastic kitchen facilities and is close to a market. The activities offered by Balmer's are the best part, there is something for everyone. We went river rafting but if I had more money I would have gone canyoning or skydiving too. We had a great time on the river and our all of the guides were HOTTIES! We rented a scootcar from Daniels next door and drove to the falls in Lauterbrannun - it's so amazing there. I want to move to Interlaken! I'm not the only one so taken by Interlaken's hold, many of the people who live there now are former travelers who "got stuck" in Interlaken. We had friends staying at Funny Farm down the street and it was not nearly as cool as Balmers. The hostel is huge and leaves little to be desired. It is clean, friendly, and fun. Take my advice and give yourself 3 or 4 nights here at least!
It is what you make of it.4 July 2003
The experience of Balmers is worth a crack.Adventure sports such as skydiving during the day and at night time well....the sky is the limit.Go on a hike while you are there the scenery is like something out of Lord of the Rings.I heard people complaining that it is too clicky,too many Americans etc...But it is what you make of it.
College Grad- 22
Cool Place to Party, NOT to sleep11 June 2003
PRO's: Balmer's is in a great location and has OK facilities. There is a great yard to chill in and have drinks at the end of the day. Bar downstairs is pretty fun, except for the very bad music (village people, bad 80's) CON's: There is a lockout from 9:30-4:30. Basically they want you to go spend 100+ Dollars everyday on their activites. There are quite a bit of rooms right by the bar/kitchen which you will get NO sleep. There are people partying till 3 am and it is impossible to sleep unless you are trashed. This plus the 8am wakeup call make this place a bad place for sleep. Stay somewhere else and walk down to Balmer's to party, then go back and get some decent sleep for as long as you like.
you'll love it or hate it4 June 2003
you'll love it if: you want a bit of a freshman college frat scene, beer, movies, drunken teens, etc. The staff is friendly, the breakfast is lame (go around the corner to the Migros or Coop). If you have the money, go on an organized trip, etc. If that is not what you are looking for, head up into the mountains to the Valley Hostel in Lauterbrunnen, or the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald. Both are wonderful, very friendly staff, excessively clean (excellent kitchen facilities in Lauterbrunnen) and the mountains are right there. No night scene at the hostels, but go back to Balmers for that. Lots of great hiking, etc.
As cool as the other side of the pillow26 April 2003
Many of the "bad" reviews of Balmer's mentions lack of culture. I can't imagine you are going to pick up culture at the other hostels. I thought the dinner (good portion) and the movie showing afterwards is a nice time to unwind. Plus, the staff was very helpful and nice. The atmosphere is very cool. Many things to do if you do have money and if you don't. Just ask the staff and they will assist you accordingly. The bar at night is a lot of fun. Great place to meet people. The beds are nice and the showers are very good. Balmer's is a great time, whether you want to party or not.
Great place with a few drawbacks29 March 2003
I stayed at balmer's for 4 nights this past summer, and overall I was quite happy with it. When I first checked in and was told the only room available was a 30 bed dorm room I was a bit scared, but it turned out to not be a problem at all. There is a lockout period during the day when they throughly clean all the rooms...it's not like you are going to spend much time in your room anyway you're in switzerland. The bunks in the 30 bed dorm are very very close together....There was maybe 2 inches between me and the person next to me, but that's not really a big deal either. Everyone in the dorm was very quite when coming in in the middle of the night. THe bathrooms were relatively clean and there was plenty of hot water. The breakfast was nothing spectacular, but it was free and you actually got some cheese and hot chocolate along with the typical bread and jam.... Balmer's is a party scene, but the great thing about interlakken is the noise violation laws which basically require any dance clubs to be below ground, which is the case with Balmer's. Every night Balmer's had some theme for their dance club downstairs and cheap drinks make this hostel great fun to stay in, yet still very quiet in all the rooms. One thing that's not often mentioned in these reviews is that Balmer's also has a full kitchen that serves good hearty food. The food is realitively inexpensive, especially for switzerland....and it tastes good and will fill you up. I went to the funny farm one night to check out the scene there, and while it is much more relaxed then the party atmosphere at Balmer's it is filled with mostly pot heads and they don't enforce a no weed smoking policy like Balmer's (in case you were wondering, like amsterdam, switzerland also has relaxed marijuana laws..although much less publicised) overall, a stay at balmer's will guarantee a good time if you are in the 18-27 age range...frat boy types are common but easily ignored. If you want a quiter time I've heard good things about backpacker's hostel, although you may not meet as many interesting people there....
Strange Hostelling Experience28 February 2003
After traveling around Europe for 2 months in 2002 and staying in 15 or 20 different hostels, I have to say that staying at Balmer's was my single strangest experiance. First of all, you probably shouldn't go to Interlaken unless you are a drunk college kid with too much money who wants to go skydiving or mountain climbing or whatever the hell it is people do there. I was just passing through the country on my way from Germany to Italy and thought that I would spend one night in the mountains. I had actually never heard of Interlaken ( I know) but that seemed to be where all the backpackers were going so I went along. The area is absolutly beautiful, but if you're looking for culture you could probably do better anywhere -- ANYWHERE -- else in the country. Anyway... I check into Balmer's and the guy books me into the big dorm. There might be smaller rooms with 4 or 6 beds, I don't know, but I got the big dorm. I find the room and see that it is divided into sections, two small ones for the men and one big one for the women. I put my bag on the rack and find my bed and am surprised to see that it is a huge double bed, which is fantastic until I realize that each side of the bed is numbered. That's right, THEY EXPECT YOU TO SHARE! Eight guys in four beds. The most uncomfortable moment in my life is now going to bed alone and waking up next to a complete stranger. "Good morning. I'm the man you slept with last night." Weird.
Balmer's TENT is the place to be in Interlaken!29 January 2003
Balmer's is fabulous--it's a ton of fun people, fun stuff to do & there's always something going on. They put us in the "TENT", which we weren't sure if we'd like, but it ended up being even better! You can hang out with all the canyoning/rafting guides and party all afternoon during happy hour--they are from all over the world and are hilarious! The tent has more relaxed rules and a really fun atmosphere. And whenever you want to head over to the main Balmer's, somebody will drive you over in the free shuttle. Balmer's was one of our fave spots in Europe--sure, it might not have a lot of "culture" but it's a great break and a great place to party!