Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof - Hostel Interlaken



The Review

For four consecutive years, Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof has won the Hoscar Award for best hostel in Switzerland. You only need a one-night stay in the hostel to prove that they indeed worthy of such an award. The hostel has a very convenient location, great facilities, and very helpful and friendly staff members.

The Location

Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof is located within ten minutes' walk from Interlaken West train station. It is very easy to find the hostel from train station even without the help of any map, as there are signs on the street guiding you to the hostels. From Interlaken West, you can either walk or take bus No. 102 to the hostel. The hostel gives a clear guide of its location on its website and on its confirmation email as well. The hostel is also near to the casino and the city center.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms, decorated with typical Ikea furniture, are very comfortable, although they may not be very spacious. Bed linens and towels are provided for free and guests can collect them at the reception upon arrival. Toilets and showers are exceptionally clean. The hostel also offers some rooms with toilets and showers that are wheelchair accessible.

Common Spaces

There are a lot of common spaces in Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof where you can meet and mingle with other travelers. Upon arrival, guests are given two tokens per person per day, which can be used for the coffee machine, computer, and laundry. The coffee machines are in the lobby area, which is also where guests have their free breakfast in the morning. In the lobby area, guests can also find a lot of brochures containing information about the different activities in Interlaken. Guests can also ask the staff at the reception for more information and to buy the famous Jungfraujoch ticket. You can ask the staff anything about Interlaken and you will find that the staff members are very patient and helpful in handling your questions. Moreover, guests should pay special attention to the small cards placed on the breakfast tables, as they often offer information about the daily promotion.

There are is a kitchen and dining room as well as table tennis, foosball table, and children's playroom in the basement. On the ground floor, there is a terrace area with benches and BBQ pits. Outside across the hostel, there is a playground available for children. Free Wi-Fi is available anywhere in the hostel area and has good connection. Other than these, you can also use several items for free, including adapters, hairdryer, binoculars, alarm clock, games, table tennis rackets and balls, fondue set, and DVDs. Lastly, guests are also entitled to free use of the public bus, and free entrance to public indoor and outdoor swimming pools and mini golf course.


Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof is indeed a worthy recipient of the Hoscar Awards and it has certainly maintained well the quality of its service, as well as the cleanliness and the comfort of its facilities and environment. This hostel is not only a great place to meet a lot of other fellow travelers, but also to have a good night's sleep. Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof offers more than just bed and breakfast -- it's a whole-rounded experience in Interlaken. The facilities and the complimentary services it offers are excellent, and these are topped with the friendly service from its staff members. We highly recommend this hostel to anyone coming to Interlaken!
by Leonny Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof - Hostel Interlaken" at Alpenstrasse 16.)


Alpenstrasse 16, Interlaken, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
46.684470, 7.861833 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+41 (0)33 826 7171
+41 (0)33 826 71 72
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94% Guest Reviews

Clean, comfortable, with breakfast
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff are friendly and welcoming. With free transport and breakfast. Definitely a great choice.
Age 51, Australia
Clean sheets, great location, friendly staff!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The breakfast was generous, and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The room and washroom were very clean!
Age 34, Canada
Best in the world
This hostel is up there with the best of em. Multiple kitchens. A movie room. Awesome breakfast. The staff are sincere and extremely helpful. I wish I remembered the guy's name. But c'mon, who gives you the opportunity to do FREE laundry? Nobody. This place rocks.
Awesome hostel!
Very clean room and facilities. Great breakfast and good location. Helpful staff. Enjoyed the ping pong, pool tables, tv, and kitchen. Awesome common areas.
It is amazing!
The stay was amazing. Except that you need to walk a little while from either Interlaken Ost or West. Other than that, it is very clean and the staff are knowledgeable about the activities around Interlaken.
Eng Kee
Good facilities
We slept in a big, six-bed dorm with big lockers in the room. If this is not enough there are also lockers in the corridor, which you can use for free. They were renovating the hostel, they are building a building next door. To compensate this, they give you coins with you can use for the coffee, washing machine, or the internet. There was a big kitchen, fully equipped. The breakfast was ok, not as extensive as the breakfast at the other hostels. Everything was clean and there was a nice atmosphere.
Very helpful, friendly, and hospitable
A home away from home. Friendly, courteous staff, and adequate cooking facilities. Breakfast was simple with bread, nutella (which tasted better in Switzerland than anywhere else in Europe), juice, and cereal. Perhaps, hostel can consider some addition to the breakfast -- for example, cheese, ham, and a variety of rolls and bread. Centrally located and within walking distance of all places in Interlaken. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
Chris Beh & 6 Malaysians
(Malaysian - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia )
Good juice for breakfast
checking in was kind of a shock because this is an expensive hostel! reception is closed until 4, so if you come any earlier bring a lock and use their free lockers. this hostel has a quiet kitchen, organized and clean rooms (everyone gets a locker), and a typical hostel breakfast. they were renovating at the time so we got some free internet/laundry token and a souvenir pen which is nice but i'd rather have a couple euros knocked off the price instead. rooms have good views, but is there a bad view when you're in the middle of the Swiss Alps? come on, now.

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