Over the past few years I've made it a point of stopping in Interlaken whenever I can - either as part of a summer vacation to Europe, or at the end of a business trip. This stay was for the later; after 5 days of meetings I dumped my suits at a train station locker, and headed out to Interlaken.
This was my 4th time staying at Balmer's, and the 3rd at the tent village. I much prefer it to the hostel building, as it has better security - years ago I woke up to some stranger off the street robbing us, as there were no locks on the door.
This time I had a bunking tent with 6 beds; loved the new hot tub that was added to the area - as amazing as Interlaken is, that's nothing to soaking in a hot tub on a cool day/night, and staring at the surrounding mountains!
The staff is always friendly and fun too - I really can't say enough! Always good conversations, and willing to help out with any questions/problems. I ended up getting moved around a few times due to double-booking, but didn't mind when I was given a few free drinks.
Location is outside of the city, but I never minded walking there. It's a good walk with a beautiful view, and only about 5 minutes away from the main hostel building where they have a full breakfast. Not sure why some people commented the breakfast was lacking - they do have a full breakfast at the main building, where they have kitchen facilities.
You still get full access to the main building as well, although there are showers and washrooms on-site, that have been greatly improved since the previous year.
All in all, if you're not visiting Interlaken - you should. And when you do, stay at Balmer's Tent Village!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balmers Tent Village is specialty accommodation, large tents with double beds or bunk beds inside set on wooden flooring. Fresh air and mountain views outside. We have funny bikes you can borrow, slack-line, hot tub, swimming pool, badminton Bubble ball games and more....We have a great location close to train station, with lots of parking and open space. You can even land with paraglider or skydive in the field next to us!We offer a free barbeque area and there is a large supermarket across the road. New summer 2016- Check in is from 17:00 to 22:00 , and enjoy a late 12 noon check out :-)Bedding not included but availabe for hire. Bring a sleeping bag if you have one! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balmers Tent Village Interlaken/Matten Bei Interlaken