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Luzern Youth Hostel is great for larger groups and families. It is very family friendly and affordable for this part of Switzerland. There is a lack of comfortable common spaces, but the garden is a great place for people to enjoy being away from the busy city.
Luzern Youth Hostel is located approximately thirty minutes' walk from the main train station (this is a hilly walk, but provides a good idea of the city and its residential side). Alternatively, you can reach the hostel with two different buses, which are both very accessible from the city centre. These buses stop only a couple of minutes' walk from the hostel, which is ideal. Given its location, this hostel is surrounded by greenery and gives a calming feeling.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are quite spacious and have outdoor views and windows. There are bunks in each room and a locker per guest. The lockers lock when a coin is inserted, and are quite large in size with a hook inside them. The beds are comfortable, and linen and a pillow is provided for each guest. The guest must make his or her own bed and return the linen at the end of the stay. There are several dorms located on each level of the hostel and only one shower and one toilet per gender are provided. This is ok when the hostel is not fully booked, but it can cause issues when there are many people (including families) staying at the hostel.
There are a few common spaces provided for guests at ground level and also level one (near the dining room). There is a small "kitchenette" provided for guests which has a small fridge, kettle, and microwave. There is no cooking allowed in the building -- this means no toaster at breakfast time either. Breakfast is included in the booking and is a decent spread of continental options. The dining space is well set up and large enough for a lot of people. It is cafeteria-style service.
This hostel provides guests with a Lucerne Visitor Card, which enables free transport around the city. This is great as it can save time and money and is suitable for the hostel’s location. Towels are also available for hire and there is Wi-Fi provided, but it does not work in all the dorm rooms.
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Published on 2019-09-24
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Decent hostel, not very social.
The hostel is a short bus ride from the main train station. Once you drop off your bags, its not a bad walk into town. I did it a few times while I was there. The signs indicating the hostel are not as clear as they'd make you think, so make sure you have a good idea where you're going when you get off the bus. Wifi was pretty shoddy. Only works in the lobby and the network they use kept blocking me. Lockers require 2 Francs to use. You get the coin back at the end, but still seems unnecessary.
Age 27 | America
This is a pretty good place to stay. It's nice and clean, but what else do you expect in Switzerland? Free bed sheets, free locker, free shower. It's pretty far away from everything and really hard to find -- it's on a back road around a bend with no signs on the main road. Just DON'T use the internet there! It is a TOTAL rip off. 1 Franc for 5 minutes. The computer froze when I paid for 10 minutes and the staff just shrugged and said, "Not my problem."
Luzern Youth Hostel Reviews from the Web
- location was good, not far away from center, and close to Rotsee lake and to beautiful nature
- the room is clean, but I couldn't find an available locker in my room
- the staff is fair and helpful, and quite more formal than welcoming
- WC lamp was not working
- I didn't know that I would have a visitor card free transportation when I arrive to hostel, I prepaid a day ticket because this info was missing.
in anyway you need to buy a ticket for a bus to go there, first
For a youth hostel there were a lot of families. As a younger traveler I was hoping for a more social and young demographic. The word youth is misleading. However, the space was clean and the bathrooms were alright. Not a bad stay but I would not choose it again.
This turned out to be a good option for reasonably priced accommodation in Lucern. It is a fairly standard/typical large Hostelling International hostel. Meaning it is functional, clean & well organised. Its a little out of the centre of town but the bus runs frequently.
Fine hostel for a night in Lucern. It was underwhelming and surprisingly a ton of families. Like it was mostly little kids running around. The breakfast was a nice bonus and luckily we got the 4 bed room alone to two of us. The location was fine and the bus line takes you right downtown. The staff was nice but sort of not present. Overall, dont not stay here if you want to stop on Lucern, but dont expect a whole lot
sleeping in a full booked 20 people room? not aymore
Lovely clean hostel, social atmosphere in common room, would stay again !
Good hostel. Best part was the breakfast. A bit of a walk to the lake but its not too bad. Nothing too special about this hostel, good place to stay to see Lucerne, especially with the breakfast.
Amazing! The breakfast is the best one I have had in a hostel. The building is very nice and clean. The beds are comfortable, there are lockers inside the rooms, and the staff is super kind.
Ive stayed here before and its a good place, super affordable for Switzerland. Staff are friendly and accomodating, facilities have been updated and its nice. The area is gorgeous to walk around and you can get the busses for free to/from the hostel so I think its easy to get to
My bedroom door key stopped working in the middle of night, when I went to use the bathroom (located outside the bedroom area).
There was no one for help in the property. God forbid, if something happens to you, your only option is probably 911.
No one picked up helpdesk phone. I was told next morning that their lines were down.
I ended up sleeping outside, almost all night in the lounge area on a couch.
Plz try to avoid this property, if you can.
if you want to stay somwhere that is cheap but has all that you need, you can stay here.
The Breakfast was good and in general the expirience was nice.
Cleanliness was missing. Shared bathrooms were not properly maintained.
Nice place to stay ...
But prices with memvership card are the same on hostel world with no membership... that s not fair...
The hostel is very clean, easily reached by public transportation (which is free). The breakfast is very good, the staff is helpful and kind. I really enjoyed my stay.
I wouldn't recommend that hostel.
The location of the bedroom is directly on the freeway ,cars are passing by all night and very noisy to sleep.
The smell of the room was full of weed !,I don't know how there is no control to avoid people smoking inside.
Staff is not so helpful,when you ask them a question they don't exert an effort to help you or explain though it is a hospitality sector,they didn't even highlight that lockers exists in the room neither that they need coins in CHF to use it.
Closed at arrival time. Could not book the reservation. Very far from city center.
Had good signage to be able to find it from the bus stop
Super clean, super helpful staffs!
Liked: Sufficient bathroom Didn't like: it was a little far from the subway station
The Lucerne youth hostel is a really international place. Here you will actually feel the global attraction of Lucerne, the «city of lights», simply a must for many people who travel in Europe. This makes the 206-bed hostel with its cheap options for bed and board just perfect! The functional bedrooms, most with two to six beds, are one thing. Almost more important are the meeting places in the hostel: the spacious entrance hall on the ground floor thrives on the international atmosphere of the guests. Furnished in a modern style, it provides an ideal meeting point. Guests who are just checking in hang around here, as do those who have just returned from conquering the city and want to rest for a while before sampling the nightlife. Right next door are the library with reading room. And if you fancy a snack between the generous breakfast and the evening meal, you can always get one.
• 7 rooms with 2 beds
• 4 rooms with 2 beds and shower/WC
• 4 rooms with 3 beds
• 18 rooms with 4 beds
• 10 rooms with 6 beds
• 2 rooms with 20 beds
A total of 206 beds.
Showers/WC on the floor.
Location and Contact
• From the station with bus no 18 to the ‘Jugendherberge’ stop or with bus no 19 to the 'Gopplismoosweg’ stop, then it's 5 minutes' walk to the youth hostel. Or by bus no 1 to the 'Schlossberg’ stop and 10 minutes' walk to the youth hostel. • Take exit 'Emmen Süd', travel in the direction of Rotsee/Spital. The youth hostel has a limited number of chargeable car parking spaces.
Am Rotsee Sedelstrasse 12, Lucerne (Luzern),
Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
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