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Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald

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Hostelz.com's Review
One of our coolest experiences was staying at Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald -- it's settled in the middle of the mountains in Switzerland with gorgeous views and an amazing atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and speak good English.

The Location

The hostel has an amazing, beautiful location -- it's right in the middle of the mountains and has the most pristine view. It does take a while to get up to Gimmelwald. Take the Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen train. Take the Lauterbrunnen - Stechelberg bus. Take the gondola to Gimmelwald, it takes about five minutes. All of that takes about an hour and a half. There aren't any grocery stores in town, but it is a small farming town so you can walk around to any of the farmhouses to buy the basics -- cheese, milk, butter, eggs.

Rooms and Bathrooms

It's not that big of a place with only five rooms, which are nice and rustic-looking with comfortable beds, but not too spacious. There aren't any lockers or locks on the doors, but there is a very safe and homey feeling in the whole place. There is only one bathroom in the hostel, and it's on the bottom floor -- the rooms are on the top floors, so two floors separate your room from the bathroom. There are five showers (which have a charge if you want it warm) and six toilets in the bathroom.

Common Spaces

There is a huge common room where everyone hangs out, eats, and socializes. There is a nice-sized kitchen with everything you would need to cook a full meal. They also do have a restaurant and bar with sitting area but the meals and drinks are quite expensive. The hostel is family owned and you definitely get that comfortable, happy feeling. There are also tables to sit at outside. Laundry is free. There is one computer in the hostel but there is a charge for internet usage on the computer and Wi-Fi.

Summary

The positives include an amazing experience and gorgeous view. On the negative side, it's very expensive and the weather can be tricky. Make sure to ask for a 40% coupon if you want to go up to the top peak of the mountain!

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Spoilt by noisy guests Stayed here one night, summer 2008. Clean, cheap, reasonably well-equipped, beautiful location. But the place was dominated by people whose only response to their surroundings was to drink as much as possible and make a lot of noise until at least 3 a.m. No intervention by staff. A total contrast to our experiences in the mountain hotels and huts of the region. At this hostel, on that day, quieter guests just could not relax or sleep, or get into conversation with one another.  , U.K. ()
3   Fun -- not a good night's rest This was a place that was highly recommended to us by a friend. We had a great time here in the evenings, chatting and playing cards with others in the main room, but when it came time to sleep, it was very difficult. I do not consider myself a light sleeper, but in our room (the "lovers" room) there was one guy who was snoring (which is ok as something you cannot control) and there was a different guy who farted (loud farts) all through the night. It was tough too because there are four beds all pushed directly up against each other, as someone else said, with no space between them. Summary -- great atmosphere and fun to meet others; not a good place to stay if you are wanting to sleep.  , American ()
5   The best place i have ever been, ever This hostel is an absolutely brilliant place, the best place i have ever been in my life. you cannot really describe how awesome this place really is. the staff are great (the best people you will ever meet). if you stay in the mountain hostel you will never forget it. the only negative i have about the place is when you go home you just wish you were still there. if you stay here or you have stayed there you will know what i mean. The atmosphere is perfect, the views are stunning, the hostel is kept clean and tidy. it even has a free wood heated hot tub, and pool table! It Has free internet access and has a bar serving food and drinks. you'll never stay anywhere like this i promise! If i had the choice between the mountain hostel and a five-star hotel, honestly i would choose the mountain hostel every time!  , English ()
5   Highlight of my trip I had a great time at Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald. I originally planned to spend seven nights here, but after some trouble with trains, I did not hesitate to book three more nights. You meet so many awesome people in this hostel and the staff are very friendly. I plan to come back in the future.  , USA ()
5   Paradise on earh I was in gimmelwald for three nights. sorry Petra and family i couldnt stay longer. too bad i had to catch the plane back home. i'm sure i would have stayed there for the rest of the summer. I cant believe that people could be unhappy with this place. it's absolutely wonderful. i loved that place, that's all that counts -- and i will be back for sure.  , USA ()
5   The most Amazing place ever! I booked here for two nights and we have now stayed three weeks. The staff are great and the most beautiful people that we have met on our trip. The beds are changed after every guest, the owner responded to the fire alarm in a flash, the showers cost because of the high cost of fuel and accessibility to the area to get the fuel here. This place is amazing, no words or pictures can really describe it. You just have to come here yourself and check it out.  , Australia ()
5   Best hostel in Europe This hostel is amazing -- I was just there! The hostel was clean and petra and her Staff are so helpful and friendly. By the way the showers are five minutes. I am sure it's the best hostel in Europe. I travel with a budget of $30 a day so the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald is the place to stay. I will be back next summer for three weeks! thank you petra for keeping such a great hostel!  , american ()
1   Absolutely disappointing Well they say its a once in a lifetime experience, never have they been so true! This hostel was the worst part of my traveling around europe. I can't see how people say petra is friendly, as soon as we got there we were given the cold shoulder. And what's more is that there was some stupid cow who thought she owned the place! And also thoroughly insulted the british and americans in front of them! She would even go as far as to see where you'd cooked on the cooker and maybe spilt a little water onto the hob, and ask you to clean it even though others are still cooking on it. The building is in a great area, with fantastic views and amazing guests, but the staffing was appalling and i will never recommend people to stay here, but only to not stay! Even during a fire alarm going off, no one came to check if everyone was ok, it was left up to whoever was bothered to check if everything was ok (including to see if there was a fire!). And be prepared as if you click onto the dorm bed photos, it only shows two of the eight, yes eight beds that have nothing between them, they are mattress to mattress, and the "fresh" bedding is only if the previous guest has bothered to change it, and you're not allowed to use your sleeping bag either! So if you want an unfriendly welcome, pay 1franc (=$1) for three minutes in one of the three showers, have snotty know-it-all people treat you like dirt and have staff that don't even check on anyone if there's a fire alarm then i guess this is the place for you! If not then try interlaken, murren, or even another hostel in gimmelwald, which will give you so much more for the same money! Extremely disappointed with this place, was expecting it to be the highlight, but it was far from it.  , British ()

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