Welcome to Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, the awarded 5 Star Hostel in Interlaken. Ever heard of Interlaken? It is the heart of Switzerland. The Backpackers Villa Hostel is a perfect base for the tranquil traveler looking for that all exciting adrenaline kick.
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
2. How to book and compare rates
3. All room types to choose from
4. Neighborhood and location
You are going to be as impressed as we are! The new 5 Star Hostel in Interlaken ticks all the boxes of an outstanding hostel and accommodation. We like to say “it does not rain water in Interlaken, it rains paragliders”. Just keep your heads up, with a camera in the hand.
Here you can find all official 5 Star Hostels. They run on nature-made water power and feature a modern-traditional design. They will help you to try out the most adrenalin-filled activities throughout the world, whilst you can look forward to and enjoy a calm, relaxed stay at the hostel itself.
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The rooms at the 5 Star Hostel in Interlaken range between 2 and 7 beds, in different categories (here is an article about the different room types at hostels). As a basic, every 5 Star Hostel offers free wifi, a self-catering kitchen plus private accommodation as well.
Whether you prefer a private room, or a shared dormitory, the Villa have got you covered.
Interlaken is one of the most exciting, adrenalin-packed areas in Europe, and possibly even the world. The smallish town of Interlaken is known as the sports capital of Europe. Why? You can do basically every sports activity out there:
- Sky Diving
- Ice Climbing
- Canyon Jump
- large ropes course
Fact is, there is only 1 other city in the world which has just a few more options. And guess what, it is at the other end of the world; New Zealand. Here in NZ, you can find another remarkable hostel, the Hopewell Lodge in Marlborough Sounds. You can come here by water taxi and join endless activities like fishing, kayaking, sailing, … Have a look at our extended review of Hopewell Lodge.
So, join our walk through the Backpackers Villa. We will introduce you to the different areas and the tranquil vibe and we will show you why this hostel-typed accommodation is the perfect spot for you.
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof is a 5 Star Hostel, because …
1. Green in every way possible
We at Hostelgeeks always have a close look at the sustainable efforts at all 5 Star Hostels. It is a crucial criteria. Of course, the level of sustainability has a different meaning in different countries.
Switzerland is a country known for its stunning nature. In order to preserve the incredible natural landscape, Switzerland is a country with one of the highest levels in sustainability. So, no wonder, we are expecting big actions.
We were and are impressed. Since the very start, the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof aims to be sustainable and as eco-friendly as possible. In fact, the Villa is a hostel to be certified with the 100% climate neutral label of myclimate. Same as Mosaic House in Prague, the Villa produces 0% emissions. For a hostel this size, this is a big contribution to climate protection.
How do they do that? The 5 Star Hostel runs on nature-made water power. The hostel has the finest technology in order to avoid emissions and keep track of the saved energy. Although it goes most of the time unnoticed, these water saving tab installations are an efficient energy-saving installation.
Powerful solar panels are used for warm water and heating. The Mountain Hostel Tarter in Andorra uses the same technique to ensure you a hot shower!
For their new, modern building they even have a comfortable airing system. Have you experienced stifling air in a dorm? Well, you won‘t at Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof. The airing system enables a constant exchange of air without opening the windows or doors.
With the all-you-can-eat breakfast, you are enjoying local, swiss products, produced right around the corner. The coffee comes from a local roasting house, and all the foods including dairy come from Switzerland. The breakfast is included and a good idea before starting your day of adrenalin-fueled adventures.
On top of all the technology part, the social part is also important. The 5 Star Hostel supports charities. Back in 2011, they donated their old (yet good) mattresses to charity, and these are now being used in hospitals and children shelters in Romania.
2. Design: Classic meets Modern
A good hostel design reflects the local environment. And so does the Villa.
The design of the 5 Star Hostel is a quiet combination of classic and modern. The main building is the Chalet, and it is more than 200 years old. It is a big swiss cottage, a classic, beautiful piece of old architecture, giving you a classic vibe. The stucco in the hallways is also a wonderful small classic touch.
On the other hand you have the very new and modern building. The new building is directly connected with the cottage. Whilst walking around inside it is possible that you will lose track of which building you are in! The new, anthracite colored building was constructed in 2009.
The combination of both modern and traditional makes it a special hostel. As for the facilities, they match the highest standards. You can hang out in the chill out lounge, on the terrace overlooking the green garden, and enjoy pure nature. There are many different corners to simply relax.
The accommodation is certainly a mix of homely and ‚chill out‘ hostel. You can find an overview of all 7 types of hostels here.
3. Unique? Summer, Winter, and Sports
The uniqueness of the hostel is its combination. Every day you can join nearby adrenalin-filled activities: Jump out of a plane, fly over a canyon, and slide down the flume.Whether it is summer or winter, there are numerous of activities you can join!
No wonder, we even see is as the top winter destination in Europe!
Once you arrive back at the hostel, it is time to relax and kick-back. It is a great place to recharge your battery. You can meditate in the extra meditation room, catch some rays on the terrace or swing your ping-pong racket.
4. Social, cosy, home-y!
There are no organized social activities at the youth hostel. Sounds odd? Actually not really. The people come to Interlaken to enjoy nature at its fullest, and to try out sports activities you won’t find anywhere else.
When it’s time to slow down and to get back to the hostel, the easy-going, tranquil vibe of the hostel is very much appreciated. That does not mean it is boring. In fact, the hostel kitchen is always busy. Join in the cooking sessions, try out the board games or ping-pong table, and hang out at the terrace.
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This is a lovely opportunity to talk with your fellow travelers, and exchange your experiences about the things you’ve done in Interlaken over the day. Who has the craziest experience of the day? You will listen to many great stories for sure and it’s a perfect opportunity to share your own ones.
5. The staff with 1st hand experience
For the Backpackers Villa good staff is key to a great hostel. And we agree.
The staff are handpicked and very well educated. Every staff member has a vocational degree in business administration and is well experienced in giving you the best advice.
It is worth mentioning, as we are talking about hostels, where it is very common to find volunteers working there.
Talking about experience. Every member of the staff knows the area and activities you can join in Interlaken. In fact, everyone has tried out those activities themselves, which is especially good to know as the staff can give you recommendations based on first-hand experience.
The hostel is able to keep their staff for a long time (2 to 5 years which is very long term when talking hostels). We are sure this is one of the reasons why they manage to keep up their top ratings and reviews about the staff.
The Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna is also taking good care of their staff.
Very good to know: The Smart Booking
We at Hostelgeeks do not offer any booking service, you already know that. When it comes to booking we always recommend to check out the official website of the hostel. And of course the same goes for the Backpackers Villa.
Why? The official website of the hostel is usually the place where you can score the lowest price and/ or get some extras.
In this case, it means as an extra:
- Free bus ticket for your ride from the train station to the accommodation
- free cancellation up to 24h before arrival
- Thanks to Hostelgeeks: a 5% discount!
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof has some extras available for the traveler(s) making a reservation on their official website. You will get the lowest price guaranteed, and you will also receive a free bus ticket for your ride from the train station to the hostel. Pretty cool, right?
Plus, and this is also very good to know: You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours before arrival for free! We at Hostelgeeks think this is a very special, sweet deal. Take this into account when booking.
For more booking recommendations, take a close look at our 11 booking hacks for hostels.
5% Discount (only with Hostelgeeks)
The 5 Star Hostel is as well included in our eBook “Greatest Hostels of Europe“. In this eBook, we got you many discounts to the coolest Hostels across Europe.
You can get the 5% discount with Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof here. The discount will be applied automatically only through this link. Additionally, you get the benefits mentioned above. Pretty sweet deal!
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