Quite possibly my favorite hostel that I have ever stayed at. It's got character and personality that so many hostels these days do not have. For me, it came at the perfect time in my trip--I'd been backpacking around Europe for a few weeks, and I wanted (maybe even needed) the chance to get OUT of the city and see some truly beautiful nature. Chalet Martin is perfect for that. Absolutely breathtaking views from every angle in and around the hostel.
I mentioned the atmosphere already. It's very homey and welcoming. And comfortable, relaxed. We were greeted by one of the owners, with his 1 week old baby strapped to his chest when we checked in. There was no key to our hostel room, no lockers in the room, and as far as I could tell, the front door was never locked either. But I felt 100% safe and trusting there. At least when I was there, staying at Chalet Martin felt like it was one big family living there. (I think in the summer, there ARE quite a few people who stay long term and get to know each other).
The kitchen has everything you could want--tons of refrigerator space, 2 ranges, 2 sinks, counter space, every utensil, pot, and pan you could want, spices for community use (for a donation), just everything. There are 2 big game rooms, a book exchange, a movie room, and an awesome patio with a ping pong table and a fire pit--which DOES get used!
We only were able to stay for one night, but if (when) I get back to Europe, I would love to plan a much longer stay and really take in all that the Chalet and Gryon have to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Martin was established in Gryon over 12 years ago. Located at 1180 meters high up in the mountains, our hostel offers the unique chance to experience the Alps in true Swiss fashion. Our guests are backpackers,Climbers,Walkers and outdoor folk coming to relax and enjoy the great mountain views from our sundeck in the summer or our wood fire in the winter. We'd love for you to join us in our authentic Swiss Chalet offering a cozy atmosphere, just like "home." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Martin Hotel Gryon