We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great location but pick your day to stay!”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Bern Backpackers - Hotel Glocke
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Bern
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Great location, but directions from station were not that clear. Room was small and basic, with bathroom across the corridor. Would not suggest staying here on a Friday or Saturday night if you want a good sleep, as the disco downstairs is deafening - especially for oldies! The kitchen & dining facilities downstairs are wonderful, everything is provided that you require. The view from the dining room is magic.

Room Tip: Double rooms small but sufficient.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Pam S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (266)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

89 - 95 of 266 reviews

Reviewed October 4, 2013

This place is mostly a hostel, but has traditional hotel rooms on the top 2 floors. The rooms were small with sloped ceilings and dormer windows overlooking the rooftops below. Bern was a spectacular city that looks like something out of Harry Potter. Ancient buildings everywhere with clocktowers and arcades everywhere you turn. Excellent light rail integrated seemlessly into this ancient city.

Room Tip: top floor hotel rooms where great, the nice lounge looked like a great place for youngish travelers...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank happy577
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Great place for a first night in Switzerland on the way to the Alps after a long afternoon-arrival flight from the US in Zurich. There are hourly trains from Zurich airport to Bern, and then the hostel is only a 10 min walk from the train station. We had a room for two people with what in the US would be called a double bed. Room itself was small but it was on the top floor so we had a great view and it was quiet except for the church bells (though they mostly stop at night). Room was very clean and had a sink in it. Shared shower down the hall was a bit small, but not too different from most European showers. Compared to the US the price is very high for what you get, but everything in Bern is absurdly expensive. The common area and kitchen is clean and large, and the Wi-Fi worked well enough.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank sukhoi_584th
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you are visiting Bern without a car and with a budget this is where you should stay. (If you do have a car keep reading and we'll tell you what we did with our rental car.)

We are a traveling family with children and this was our first time staying at a hostel and it turned out to be the best place we stayed at in all of Switzerland!

We have 4 main criteria for choosing an accommodation:

1) Location- Backpacker's Bern is right in the middle of town. A few strides away from the clock and walking distance from everything. We rented bikes from the nearby Bern Rollt (free for the first 2 hours) and were able to see most of the old city in 2 hours!

2) Cleanliness- Everything was spotless including all of the shared public spaces.

3) Breakfast- It was impossible to find a hotel that included breakfast in our budget. Backpacker's has a fully loaded kitchen that we used to make the best breakfast we had during our stay in Switzerland. Dining in Switzerland is ridiculously expensive so staying here and preparing most of your own meals is the way to do it!

4) Value- If you are reading this then you probably know that this place has the best rates in town. Don't hesitate because it is a hostel.

Things you should know:

1) You have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the main floor of the hostel. There is a very small elevator that can be used from there.

2) They charge for towels and they are small thin towels. Our advice is to add the cost of the towels into the price of the room and just deal with it.

3) This place is in the middle of town and right above a night club. It can get very noisy! We were on the fourth floor in the back by the fire escape. We slept beautifully (we were also exhausted) but we heard from some college kids that they had a hard time sleeping at night.

4) They make you carry your bedding to your room which is impossible to do in one trip with luggage in tow. You will also have to make and strip down your own bed.

5) The internet service is free but only works in the common room.

6) If you have a car you will have to pay for parking which is incredibly expensive in the immediate area. We crossed the Kirchenfeldbrucke bridge and parked in the pay lot by the Swiss Alpine Museum at 5:00pm. It is 2 hour parking until 7:00pm and then free until 8:00 am. You will have to walk back again the morning to put money in the meter at 8:00am and then again to move the car at 10:00am. This worked well for us because check out is at 10:00am. There are a few spots in front of the hotel that you can use to load and unload the car.

We would stay again at the Backpacker's Hostel. It is very different from staying at a hotel or a Bed and Breakfast, but given the cost of the other options in Bern and the central location of this hostel it is absolutely the best place to stay while in Bern.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms with windows in the back.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank travelingfamily2216
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Working in a hostel myself, I couldn't avoid treating my stay there as an inspection and I can honestly say that I can't fault it! It is very clean and quiet. The lounge area is quite spacious and provides a lot of props for different activities (foosball table, TV, books, etc). The kitchen has been sparkling clean during my whole stay there. The room was clean and cosy and the bed was very comfortable. Although there were shared bathrooms, there was a sink in the room which proved quite handy for a morning face wash, shave or brushing teeth. The location is excellent! Very close to the train station and a couple hundred meters away from the river (which is the most beautiful looking river I've seen in my life!). The Clock Tower is right behind the hostel and for some light-sleepers it might be annoying that it "announces" every hour. But it didn't bother me. I found it quite fun! All in all...excellent stay!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Antviss
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 19, 2013

This hotel can be easily reached from Bern Train Station by walking. Just walk along Spitalgasse and Marktgasse until you see The Clock Tower or Mc Donalds. Turn left at The Clock Tower or Mc Donalds and then turn right to Rathausgasse. The hotel is on your right. Stayed 5 nights in their Single Bed Room (with shared bathroom). The room is spacious and clean, with comfortable bed, and located on the 5th floor, which is away from noises. Shared bathroom is also clean. Large common room, along with kitchen and laundry room, that open 24 hours. Close to almost every spotlight in Bern, including the train station, which enables you to travel to neighbouring cities. Highly recommended and worth the money.

  • Stayed: July 2013
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank h4r10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a good clean hostel. 4 of us stayed at our private room in end of June 2013. It is close to train station and old town center. You need to climb one floor on stairs before elevator reaching higher floors. Reception is located on second floor. It has a cosy common room and the only place to access wifi.

By the way, my day backpack got stolen in Bern train station ticket office. Watch out for your luggage!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank PngHop
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Bern hotels
0.1 mi away
Best Western Hotelbern
0.3 mi away
Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel
#4 of 30 in Bern
121 reviews
0.1 mi away
BELLEVUE PALACE Bern
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz
0.4 mi away
Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa
0.2 mi away
Hotel Metropole
Hotel Metropole
#29 of 30 in Bern
264 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Bern Backpackers - Hotel Glocke? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bern Backpackers - Hotel Glocke

Address: Rathausgasse 75, Bern 3011, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bern Mittelland District > Bern
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Bern
Price Range: $42 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our location is unbeatable! Bern Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in Bern. Big common room with a great communal kitchen, laundry, internet, TV, free tea, free WI-Fi, fussball table etc - all available 24hrsClose to restaurants, bars, clubs museums and theatres. Our hostel is clean, safe, comfortable and well equipped which ensures your stay is a pleasant and enjoyable one. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Booking.com and TripOnline SA so you can book your Bern Backpackers - Hotel Glocke reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing