We visited the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof. It's a remarkable hostel, receiving many different awards. The Backpackers Villa Hostel is a perfect base for the tranquil traveler looking for that all exciting adrenaline kick. Follow our foot steps through the hostel. We even brought back an exclusive 5% promo code.
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Central! You cannot be more central. You are directly in the center of the town. The providers of the activities offer pick-up service. This means: Sit back and wait in the common area for the pick-up. Simple as that.
There are a couple of bars and restaurants around the corner. If you have enough energy left after a long sports day, this is the place where you can get a drink.
Right in the front of the hostel, there is free parking.
The public swimming pool, the casino, and mini-golf is in walking distance. Don't worry about the location. It's the best located hostel in Interlaken!
Other than the hostels location, obviously Interlaken is THE place to be for sports activities. We highly recommend to check out all the possibilities there. BUT: hold your horses for booking the activities. Those always depend on the weather conditions. We recommend to book your activities upon arrival. Ask the reception team. They actually tried these activities themselves, so they can give you 1st-hand experience. We go into detail in the full review.
Full Address: 📍 Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, Alpenstrasse 16, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
The building runs on nature-made water power and features 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.
The rooms at this Youth hostel in Interlaken range between 2 and 7 beds, in different categories
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.
Okay, you may not care about this right now.
But it is seriously a relief once you are there and experience it in person.
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 accommodation 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.
The Design: Classic meets Modern
A good hostel design reflects the local environment.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The hostel is especially popular among Asian travelers as well as solo-travelers from USA and Europe.
Stay here and mingle. If you are looking for some party-time, head over to Balmers Hostel.
It is only a short 5-10 min walk away. Here you have a full bar, good prices and more party-ish atmosphere.
Head back to the Backpackers Villa for a tranquil, relaxing night.
Is this hostel family-friendly?
Yes, no doubt! It is high-quality hostel.
They offer as well family rooms. As it is also a tranquil accommodation with NO parties, many families love to come here. There is even a special kids-room to play – loaded with plenty of toys.
That is not to say there won’t be drinking and a bit of party going on. For the ones looking to party a night out, find your party-buddy at the backpackers villa and then hop over to the nearby party hostels.
This is the best combination ever to have a night out.
For the 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.
“Great staff is key to a great hostel”
– Catherin, Manager
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.
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 here.
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! (valid for stays until end of 2019)
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.
We recommend to stay at the very least 2 nights in Interlaken.
Pack your best sports wear and jump out of a plane. Highly recommended is seriously the hand-gliding as well as the Canyoning.
In a nutshell
Everything is up to a top standard. Especially for Interlaken, this hostel is the perfect choice. It is super clean, friendly, professional staff, plenty of facilities, top location … this list could be endless!
As for the activities, ask the staff once you arrive.
Bear in mind, you can only apply the 5% discount for Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof on the official website.
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