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“So much fun, and a view”
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Funny Farm Hotel
Reviewed October 21, 2011

This hostel is a short bus and walk from Interlaken Ost. The hostel itself is historic, it almost feels like going back in time- and that's not a bad thing. We truly enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are clean and ours had a spectacular view of the Jungfrau. The walk to town is short and charming. The staff is friendly and helpful. Free internet access in the lobby and a bar onsite. The only thing to steer clear from is the 10CHF all you can eat breakfast buffet in the mornings. It's all you can eat of about three items. Not worth it. Otherwise a very nice stay indeed.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

Stayed here as it was one of the very few places in Interlaken that had space on and around Swiss National Day.

It was super basic - basically beds in a bare room. But the rooms were very clean, and it has access to the wider Mattenhof resort which has several pluses - an outdoor swimming pool, nice lounge bar and restaurant, free Wifi.

The toilets and showers were basic and needed a lick of paint. Although the showers didn't look that appealing, they were powerful and actually very good.

Location wise, it's great for all the major activity providers (Alpinraft are on site, Swiss Alpine Guides next door, Outdoor Interlaken across the road), and Interlaken's main drag is 10 mins away.

On Swiss National Day there was a big party with fireworks until the early hours, so little chance of any sleep.

Room Tip: If it's a party weekend, get one away from the pool
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We have been to FF many times over the years. We keep coming back to Interlaken for the nature, activities, food & paragliding. We keep going back to FF because we love it and always meet interesting people there.

It is also a reasonably priced hotel (for Switzerland) with all the trimmings we need. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, burgers, rösti, beer, wine, cocktails, shots, coffee & beer are all available, just order at the bar.

Having a nightclub (Caverne) in the basement is another stroke of genius! We have seen Lord Bishop do awesome Jimi covers, seen the Whalers (of Bob Marley fame) cruise the place for college girls (with success). All this we have done with interesting people from all over the world over a couple of drinks. Fun.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

The Funny Farm strictly goes above and beyond just being funny. The staff has a great sense of humor and they are very easy going and relaxed, yet the place is just beautiful. The rooms are clean, with a gorgeous view of a ski resort in the Alps. There is a lovely garden in the back and one can sit outside in the evenings and have a drink and enjoy the temperate evening weather. Although backpackers have to pay for the breakfast, it's only 5 franks and provides a variety of different types of food and beverages. Just be careful of the walking directions from the western train station. They can get a little tricky.

Room Tip: Ask for an empty hostel room.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

We were supposed to be camping but due to heavy rain needed to find somewhere to stay. The Funny Farm was perfect - a 4 bedded hostel style room with bunk beds and one of those funny (airline style) plastic bathrooms. Functional and clean, we had a large balcony.

Large grounds with pool, which we swam in despite the rain. Comfortable bar with pool table. Mainly backpackers staying but we did not feel out of place, kids loved the huge St Bernard Dog that lived there.

Only criticism is that the hotel is need of a lick or paint and the grounds could do with some updating.,

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

We expected the funny farm to be a hostel but we got our own room between three of us. It was about 125 francs per night so it was not cheap - but the hotels in town are more expensive. Checkin was quick and they were helpful in booking us an excursion. The rooms are very stale and the comforter and pillow stunk like something very funky. The beds were dank and moist and not at all comfortable. We did have a great view though!

Despite having booked a triple room, we got only two towels. We asked for a third and were told that if we wanted a third we would have to pay for it. How ridiculous?
The breakfast is a huge rip-off. You are better off walking to the supermarket and buying your own breakfast.

On our last day, we were woken up to the sounds of drilling at 7:45 AM. We went out into the hall and asked the staff to stop. They stopped briefly but resumed around 8:30. Then the drilling became drilling and hammering. That was lovely. We spoke to the reception and voiced our displeasure and all we got was an insincere "I'm sorry" with a horribly rude smirk. Drilling and hammering any time before 11 is not appropriate. This place is poorly run.

Stay elsewhere but I would still recommend that you visit the Guinness tent in the back of the Funny Farm. Jelly, the eastern european born bar-tender back there is great fun and it is a good place to just chill with other backpackers.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

This place is awful. I only stayed here one night and never want to go back again. The place looks nice enough, but it's all a mask.
During my stay one of my friends and myself woke to find ourselves covered with bed bug bites and the little creatures walking over the bed. I'm now covered with bites, because the hostel doesn't know how to clean and disinfect beds or there rooms. When asking for a refund, we were given the cold shoulder even after showing them proof of the bugs. Stay away from this place if you can and look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Hauptstrasse 36, Interlaken 3800, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Interlaken
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Ranked #20 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Interlaken
Price Range: $41 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
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