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“Basic & Affordable But Take Earplugs”
Review of Bern Youth Hostel

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Bern Youth Hostel
Reviewed 19 October 2011

Spent four nights in the hostel in late September while using Bern as a base to see other parts of Switzerland. Very convenient to the train station although at the bottom of a steep hill. Bonus is that it is just across the road from the Aare river.
As expected, very basic accomodation but much more affordable than pensions or hotels. The provided breakfasts and available if booked ahead dinners were home style and filling and much more affordable than local restaurants. Staff were very helpful, the hostel was clean and small laundromat handy. The only downside to the hostel is that it isn't designed to muffle noise. In spite of having a private room for two in a wing with private rooms for two to four people we were kept up three out of four nights by other hostelers who didn't appreciate the "quiet time" rules. While other guests weren't obnoxious they just didn't understand how to be considerate and keep their noise down when coming in late. The front desk shuts down in the night so it was basically self policing. The communal showers and bathrooms were kept clean but were limited in number. No issues if you were an early riser but otherwise some waiting was involved. Overall rating average as you get (for Switzerland) what you pay for.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

I stayed here for one night in late May 2011. It is a little pricier than other Swiss youth hostels, especially when you need to add the 6 CHF per night Hostelling International membership fee. However, they do provide free breakfast (a good range of cereals, breads, spreads and hot drinks) and nice spacious lockers outside the rooms.

The rooms are tidy and staff are friendly. The large communal area feels a bit like a school camp dining room, although there's a small place to relax upstairs with a TV and table soccer. It's down a steep hill, which can be a bit dark at night, but is otherwise well located. They were happy to arrange accommodation for me the day before.

I'd recommend staying here because it seems to be the best value hostel available in Bern, the free breakfast is good and overall it's not bad at all.

P.S. Free wireless only seems to be available on the ground floor (most rooms are upstairs).

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

This hostel was totally NOT our thing (read: we would not stay here again), but it depends on your needs/interests. The location is pretty good -- near the water, down a steep hill from Parliament -- and they do serve a basic breakfast that is included in the cost of your stay. Service, however, was lacking, as was the quality of the rooms. They messed up on our reservation and then told us there was only a room with bunk beds available. Then they charged us for a one-day membership for staying at the youth hostel... unexpected, but whatever. The rooms look straight out of a freshman dorm -- they're just as noisy, too. We listened to one couple chat their way through the night and another poor guy hack and cough. Walls are paper-thin, so pack ear plugs! Oh, and be prepared to pay for internet. All in all, I'd say it's not worth it to stay here -- at least in the off-season, when there are plenty of good rates/deals at other nearby hotels.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

Much like the other Swiss HI hostel I stayed in (in Zurich), this would be rated one or two stars if not for the fact that it's in Switzerland and thus has to be considered relative to the overall sky-high lodging prices there.

The hostel is clean and nice-looking, the beds are as comfortable as you'd expect from a hostel. Its location is not ideal, but has its charm. It's at the foot a plateau, with the main old-town city center on top of the plateau. You can walk up, but it's a bit of a hike, especially carrying a heavy backpack. I did it, though, and so I didn't explore other ways of getting to and from the hostel (i.e., I don't know if buses run here or what). However, it is near the river and a nice park.

Important negatives are: They make you pay for the internet, and it's rather expensive. They also don't have a kitchen available for guest use.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

The hostel is a walk away from the train station but in a nice location. The staff were polite and helpful and the breakfast were very good. However, we were on the top floor which had smaller windows, when it was 35 degrees outside sleeping was near impossible without a fan or air conditioning. Also, the internet access (both wifi and computers) is expensive.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Bern Youth Hostel

Address: Weihergasse 4 | 3005 Bern, Bern 3005, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bern Mittelland District > Bern
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Bern
Price Range: ₹ 2,745 - ₹ 13,455 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bern Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bern youth hostel is becoming worthy of a capital city: for 60 years we have been welcoming guests and friends of Bern to the youth hostel. The listed building has been completely renovated so that we can also offer you a pleasant stay in our wonderful capital in future. We look forward to the exciting time during the conversion period and even more to being able to welcome you again at the start of 2018 to Bern youth hostel, which will then be resplendent with its new finish. ... more   less 
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