We just returned from a weekend at the Grindelwald Hostel and we had a great time. We stayed in the newer annex and this worked out great. The annex has been nicely finished in wood so it really blends into the surroundings. The room had 2 sets of bunk beds and a sink. There was plenty of room for the four of us (husband and sons, 4 and 5 yrs). The view was amazing and the boys could play at the small playground while we watched from the room. The toilets and showers were very clean.
Like others have said, the walk up from town can be tricky if you are carrying lots of gear so try and get there in time to catch a bus. This was a bit expensive - 6chf for full fare but it was worth it! After that, even our 4 yr old happily walked up the hill. We had dinner there both nights and they were good, nothing too fancy but good. The first night there were only 7 people dining but the next there were close to 80. It can get crowded and loud so eat early if that bothers you. There were plenty of places to eat outside. Bring your own wine and beer from town for an after dinner drink because the wine there is very pricey. There were lots of people having impromptu picnics!
We found the staff very helpful and friendly! There were quite a few other families around so the children were occupied. Our boys thought it was the best "hotel" ever.
I recommend this place for anyone with a love of the outdoors but do your homework - plan on getting into town in time to take the bus there (the buses stop early - about 5ish), book your meal there before you arrive if you are getting in late, know your check-in and check-out times, and remember that this is a hostel! You are expected to make and strip your own bed, bus your tables and clean up after yourselves!
Have a Great Time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best of the Alps - have fun in the Grindelwald youth hostel! It is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable hostels in the Alps. The welcoming cosiness has remained, but modern bedrooms and practical facilities for groups and families have now been added. More than ever before, the youth hostel is a rendezvous for sport fans and young guests from all over the world who want to experience the impressive world of the mountains around Grindelwald. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jugendherberge Grindelwald Hotel Grindelwald