First of all, this place has decent prices for dorm beds as far as hostels go in Switzerland.
However, BE AWARE that the advertised price you're likely to see is NOT the actual price! Not only is there an additional charge imposed by the Swiss government (around 4 CHF?), but even more annoyingly there is another 6 CHF/night/person if you're not a member of hosteling international. Membership costs something like 30 CHF. So this place is not as cheap as it may sound, and my friend and I later realised that a two bed private room closer to the town center would have been cheaper.
Which brings me to my next point- be aware that this place is a fair walk from the town center, and we usually used the bus. Luckily a stop is nearby but tickets everyday are an additional cost for travellers in an already expensive country (6 CHF/day or so).
Strangely reception is closed from some time in the morning until 3 pm when check in opens, and this was annoying. No idea what you'd do if you wanted to do something crazy like, oh, I don't know, ask a question about staying there?
Dorm rooms are pretty basic (but not unpleasant), as are communal areas, and don't expect free tea/coffee/towels/games 24/7 as with some hostels. In fact I saw coffees at cafes for less than the 3 CHF they cost from the machine in the hostel.
Free breakfast is good, but I nearly laughed out loud when they mentioned at reception that you can opt in for a 17.5 CHF dinner here! What is this, a youth hostel for young travelers on a budget or a full on restraunt? You can find better food in a nicer environment for less money. (The "coop" supermarket at the train station has cheap and good food if you don't want to dine out).
Their clothes "drying room" is a joke. It was literally the coldest room I found in the building, with no air flow at all and weird green slime stuff seemingly dripping from holes in the wall in several locations. Unsure if that was some kind of joke or something, but unwelcome regardless. Not sure how anything would ever dry here...
Free lockers were good, but require your own lock.
Shower was quite good, however the hostel had fairly few guests when we stayed and I think there would be too few for busier times of year. I'd say it'd be the same story with toilets, and both showers and toilets were outside the room. Finding them is like walking through the labyrinth- I almost expected to find a minotaur around a corner.
Automatic lights are clunky and on timers that seem too short, even in communal areas. WiFi in these areas however is fast and seemed reliable, but as with many hostels it is unfortunately not available in the rooms.
This place was definitely bearable, but if you're after a vibrant youth hostel where you feel wanted as a customer I'd say this isn't it. This had what I'd describe as a "bad vibe" where they were out to make maximum money, which is a shame given how warm and inviting some hostels can be.
- Also Known As:
- Jugendherberge Luzern Hotel Lucerne
- Jugendherberge Luzern Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stroll down the lakeside promenade, admire the splendid guild-houses in the fabulous old town, conquer the surrounding mountain peaks, meet people from all over the world and pop back to the youth hostel now and again for a rest. Lucerne has retained a great deal of the quality of life which makes its guests feel at home. Not for nothing do people go into raptures about its gorgeous location on the lake in the middle of the mountains of central Switzerland! ... more less
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