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Lakelodge Iseltwald Hostel
Reviewed September 26, 2012

After looking at the online pictures from their website, I had high hopes. Apparently someone is skilled in photo editing/ framing. The lodge looked picturesque like it was alone in nature near the lake. The pictures of the rooms were also misleading. We arrived and checked into our room. It was like a flashback from summer camp, bare-bone bunk beds from Ikea with mattresses 20 years old, and no reading lamp. The room did have two lockers for four people, a sink, mirror and two outlets. The keys weigh a ton and there is one per room, read four people per room. Somehow it worked. When you leave, you leave the key in a unsecure common area. However the Slovenian staff were very nice and helpful. The internet actually worked, granted it was a bit slow. And they did offer a free breakfast which was decent, still don't know about the coffee. The free bus passes were a real help as we used them to travel to Interlaken, and on to Thun. It depends how desperate I am, if I will stay here again. The locals, esp. the ones in the service industry, read restaurant, didn't seem appreciative of our business, as we were buying overpriced pasta and pizza. We eventually stopped going to make a point not to give our hard earned cash to under appreciative people, read mean trolls. Nice location, great perks, but is that enough?

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Having spent four nights with my family in the summer of 2012 in a quatraple room in this hostel, I have to say that the place is in desperate need of renovation and proper maintainance. Moreover cleanliness is lacking, there were just one (shared) shower and a toilet per 8 rooms in each of the two floors and the shared kitchen was tiny and practically unusable, while breakfast was, well, "spartan" and the receptionist, although friendly and helpfull, was unavailable from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m.. On the positive side, the free kayaks in the wonderful lake and the resort itself which is tranquile and near most Jungfrau attractions (if you have a car).

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Lake Lodge was a nice change from the hostels right in the middle of the city. I'd spend the day off bungee jumping, or canyoning, or hang gliding, or rafting and then it was great being able to come 'home' to a more relaxing environment. Plus, the Lodge has free kayaks to use for hostel guests, which I definitely took advantage of. The staff is super friendly, breakfast is included, and even though linens aren't technically included, you still get a blanket and a pillow without paying extra for sheets. I'd definitely recommend this lodge to anyone who needs a break from the more chaotic hostels.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Very nice location in a calm area on the lakeside, great opportunity to rent kayaks for free and good facilities to cook in the kitchen (although only one cooking plate). The room was quite basic, a bit too expensive for what it was (no private toilet), but we had a sink and a balcony with view on the lake. To be recommended when staying in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

the hostel was really amazing in all aspect.the view from balcony was superb.the rooms were clean and spacious.the bathroom and toilets we clean.both the ladies were really nice and helpful.there was guest kitchen.they provide free kayaking.25 min bus journey from interlaken and last bus frm interlaken is at 2103hrs (we missed it once :( ). but the place is worth the distance.a swim in lake breinz will refresh you like anything.they provide a normal breakfast.the cabins are made of wood.

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

The Lakelodge is like a summer camp in the best possible way. Homey wooden cabin, common area with dining tables and basic kitchen with all utensils and appliances provided, free kayaking and an unbeatable view. If you're looking for total silence, privacy, and 4 star hotel beds, look somewhere else, but if you're looking for incredible staff, rustic adventure and clean accommodation, don't miss Lakelodge!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Our journey to the Lake Lodge vindicated our decision to choose it over places in the Interlaken town - the boat ride over the placid, picturesque Lake Brienz was a massage to the visual senses. The lodge is located a few minutes walk from the dock+bus-stop junction, and is on the bank of the lake, frequented by hyper-active ducks and swans. We even had to make way for a posse of arrogant swans crossing the path.
The receptionist was courteous enough at check-in, but we were not 'given' the lake-facing rooms citing unavailability. The room was simple with wooden flooring (in fact the entire lodge was wooden and a bit on the noisier side with all the movements in the corridor and staircase). There was no attached bathroom, but the common one was maintained well enough. There was an attached balcony, but the view wasn't attractive enough.
One of the inconveniences is that the neighborhood convenience store (the only one in Iseltwald) shuts down quite early in the day. We did manage to go to Interlaken to buy some groceries and utilized the kitchen facilities that the lodge provides.
However, despite all this and despite our intent to relax (we also spent considerable amount of time feeding the ducks and walking on the lake front), we did end-up feeling bored towards the late evening with nothing much to do - the location showed up as the 'double-edged sword'!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Im Feld 17, Iseltwald 3807, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Iseltwald
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Iseltwald
Price Range: $48 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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