Its sad, but true!
We chose this hostel, cos it was the cheapest we could find near Montreux & the location looked decent.
We knew chk in was only 2 hrs from 5--7pm, so we planned a longer stay at Zermatt in order to reach by 4.45pm.
The owner arrived at 5pm & chk in was smooth. We paid a huge amount for 6N & were surprised when he gave us 4 beddings & told us to do our own beds. In no other hotel or hostel in Swiss or anywhere in Europe did we have to make our own beds. We felt like school kids at a camp!
There are a whole lot of rules & regulations pasted at the entrance which U must follow, just like a boarding school.
Chk out is ONLY from 7--10am & chk in ONLY from 5--7pm. So U have to mn take this fit into ur itinerary.
Breakfast time is fixed & they offer a good FREE breakfast with 5 types of coffee, berry yoghurt, FRESH FRUITS, egg & cold cuts. Also, a warning that U got to pay ( @CHF 3 for each sandwich) if U make or pack sandwiches!!!. Never seen this anywhere in Europe or the rest of the world!
U also have to pay extra for small packs of soap & shampoo..With the price the charge (CHF 159 per night for 2 bunk beds in a tiny room, up a steep stairway with NO attached bath or toilet) they shd have at least given soaps free.
The bathroom light goes OFF after 5 mins, so U got to grope in the dark to switch it on again
The shower stops after 2 mins (to save water), but U can press it on again
A very small room, with 2 bunk beds occupying most of the space in the tiny room, which is up a steep stairway with NO attached bath or toilet
Only 1 small window for ventilation. But if it is open, U will hear the train noise at night
On chk in, U got to carry ur own beddings up a steep staircase & make ur own beds.
On chk out, U got to remove the beddings & carry them down.
No housekeeping or room service. (its a hostel, remember!)
On the positive side--
The bathrooms & toilets are out in the passage & quite clean with no queues (when we stayed)
We enjoyed the buffet breakfast & capucchino (free with breakfast only & then chargeable for the rest of the day/night).
They offer a good FREE breakfast with 5 types of coffee, berry yoghurt, FRESH FRUITS, egg & cold cuts
The owner was friendly & explained why he has such limited timings & staff. Its because labour is so expy in Montreux, that he has no other option, in order to keep costs down & make it the CHEAPEST place to stay in Montreux.
So, he is actually doing us a favour & making it cheaper for backpackers, by not having to pay a receptionist or keep the reception open for more hours!
The location is a 7--10 min walk from the Territet bus stop down a lot of stairs, so AVOID if U got heavy bags to carry.
They have 6 large coin operated lockers (CHF 2) to store bags after chk out. U shd block these in advance if U need to store ur bags, or they will be taken by others.
U can use the large breakfast room or common room to heat & eat your own dinner. The chargeable hostel dinner is too early @6pm
They also have--
Stand up & use internet in the lobby
A small common room with books, few games & a TV
A strong laundry boy to help U carry ur bags up. (if u request nicely)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being up to date is (virtually) everything in Montreux, the most chic spot, full of tradition, on Lake Geneva. And the youth hostel is up to date. You just have to be here! The dining room jazzy, the seating corner classic, the foyer rustic, the day room busy. French esprit combined with sophisticated flair, makes many hearts beat faster in Montreux. Just like the leisure possibilities on the "Waadtlander Riviera" - oh-la-la! ... more less
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