Balmer’s Hostel

Hostel Interlaken

Balmer’s Hostel

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Welcome to Balmer’s Hostel, the 4 season hostel in Interlaken, Switzerland. As the first and oldest private hostel in Switzerland, situated in Interlaken, right in the middle of the Swiss Alps, we have been providing clean, comfortable, good value accommodation in Interlaken for over 60 years. We are open 365 days a year.

Arrive anytime to Interlaken and be welcomed day or night at Balmer’s Hostel. Come in summer and enjoy our outdoor Biergarten and Grill not to mention paragliding, skydiving and much more. Come in winter to enjoy the log fire and cosy atmosphere after a day on the Swiss Slopes!

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  • Interlaken's best nightclub
  • Biergarten and Restaurant

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Balmer's Interlaken Hostel is situated right in the middle of the Swiss Alps

Balmer's prides itself in being a leader in the hostel industry in Switzerland; in fact it is the oldest Hostel in Switzerland and one of the very first in Europe. With more than 60 years of experience in the Interlaken hostel industry we do the best we can to offer the Backpacker all the comforts they need, at cheap, affordable prices. The warm, cozy, fun environment with our friendly service is our trademark in the industry.

Balmer's Interlaken Hostel in summer - we give you the opportunity to try Canyoning, Rafting, Sky-diving, Ice Climbing, Paragliding and more.... Entertain yourself on the many hiking trails just minutes from the hostel, or rent a bike and explore further. Book your adventures at our ticket desk and get package deals and cheap rates. We can also book you on excursions all the way to the Top of Europe!

After a day of activities in the mountains or simply strolling around town, relax and order a cold beer in our Biergarten (in summer) and enjoy the great food from our outdoor grill. We are well known for the “best burgers in town” with a great selection of meals, salads and snacks, something for every travelers budget.

Downstairs is the famous Balmers Club, the number one hotspot in Interlaken for partying. Meet a unique mix of locals and international travelers in a friendly, fun environment. Enjoy live music, international DJ’s and Theme Parties. The Club is only open on weekends during winter months so be sure to come over a weekend!

Balmer's Interlaken Hostel in winter - we can take you Night Sledding, Snow Shoeing, tell you where the best snow is for Skiing and Snowboarding, or simply point you to the chocolate shop and enjoy a chocolate making course. Free walking tours leave from the hostel daily.Let us entertain you in one of the top ten rated hostels in the world for fun.

Balmer's Interlaken Hostel Facilities

The hostel has three buildings, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, each room is unique with a touch of traditional Swiss character. We provide dormitories, private rooms and apartments. For those seeking longer term stays; with families; or simply the quieter side of hostelling we recommend Balmer’s Guest House apartments. Facilities include semi-ensuite bathroom, kitchen and cable TV.

Balmer’s Tent Village is a comfortable place to sleep in a rural setting, and only 800m from the main hostel. Waking up in the tents you can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains in the Jungfrau region. If you are looking for something a little cheaper but with all the comforts of the hostel try our tent village with hot showers, bedding, high ceiling tents, wooden floors, heating and electricity.We also offer a free outdoor pool, a hot tub, bubble ball games and a really chill atmosphere to hang out and enjoy a few cold beers. In the summer we have live bands and music too.

Let us help you turn your travels into an adventure you won’t forget!  Hope to see you at Balmer’s the best Interlaken hostel.

 

Hostel facilities

  • Free Breakfast, Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Free Local Bus travel
  • Bedding included
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Restaurant & BBQ Grill in summer
  • Biergarten in summer
  • Free Hot tub
  • Laundry facilities
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Games room
  • Bike Rentals
  • Internet terminals
  • Laundry
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Parking
  • Souvenir shop- 10% discount for guests and free engraving
  • Bar and Disco
  • Games Room
  • English Movies
  • Hammock Relaxation Room
  • 24hr Reception
  • Private key card access to dorm rooms
  • Information & Activities Desk
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Useful information

City: Interlaken
Country: Switzerland
Address: Hauptstrasse 23, 3800 Matten, Interlaken, Switzerland
Phone 1: +41 (0)33 822 1961

How to arrive

From the East (Ost) Station

With your back to the station, walk away from the station, with the COOP Center (on the left). Go through three intersections, until you get to a small COOP center. Take a right onto Metzgerstrasse. At the next corner go right onto Hauptstrasse. We are on the right hand side.

From the West Station

Walk left out of the station, down the main street. After McDonalds turn right. From there follow the blue road signs to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Both stations are a 12-15min walk away.

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80% 01 December 2014
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What a beautiful place to come back to after a long day on the slopes. Just don't spend too long in the club like me!!! I missed a skiing day hahaha

100% 23 June 2014
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Cool Hostel, liked the club downstairs. Prices are good and the hostel is right in the centre of the city!

100% 16 July 2012
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The hostel was excellent, the staff is perfect, great location, great tips, awesome dorms.

100% 17 February 2012
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Staff was amazing! Loved the hostel- only downside was no place to lock luggage in the room, but it didn't seem to be a problem. Would definitely stay here again

100% 06 August 2011
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Awesome Staff!!!! Go if you want to party and have a great time!

100% 06 May 2011
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Very good Location, good facilities, clean, helpfull staff, nice rooms.

100% 12 March 2011
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Hostel was great! Staff were friendly and helpful. Place was well equiped and good fun. A good place to meet other travellers. Only thing it was mising was somewhere to put your luggage in your room. Luckily it was winter and pretty quiet, but I imagine if the room was full it would have been quite a hassel.

100% 12 December 2009
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friendly, helpful and nice staff, clean and warm hostel...it's a bit difficult to find the hostel by foot... but ppl over there are super nice and i'd got a free ride to the hostel... i love interlaken...

80% 14 November 2009
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Nice, comfortable place in a good location. Comfy beds except the flat pillows:-( Breakfast is included but very small. Good communal kitchen, daily movies.

100% 14 September 2009
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This place is awesome! It has nice rooms.. the beds are very close but you get over that! The bathrooms are small... but thats a minor issue too, as the rest of the place is awesome. The setting is great and the staff are very accommodating to say the least! The bar below the hostel is loads of fun too! I was intent on staying one night but couldn't leave as it was just so much fun! And the activities you can do are just awesome and well worth it!

60% 12 August 2009
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Balmer's was a great place to stay - great location, cool atmosphere, fairly up-to-date accommodations. Things I would change: 1. Bigger pillows on the bed 2. allow the rooms to be open between 10 and 4 - I realize you do this for the security of the guests, but there are keys on the doors and it's really annoying to wait around all day to get in your room / carrying all your shit with you that you might need that day.

100% 30 July 2009
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Excellent hostel. Lots of fun with an amazing view!

100% 29 July 2009
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this place is absolutly amazing, best hostel i have been in europe! clean and cosy! the famous Metro bar rocks! and staff are so so friendly and helpful!canyoning is the must!!! Awesome!!!

100% 27 October 2017
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Positive: Fantastic place to stay close to the train stations and the city centre. Rooms are spacious and the beds are comfy!. Negative: It was a little...

94% 25 October 2017
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We loved our stay at Balmers! It’s in a beautiful location and there are so many things to do. Everyone cooks together in the kitchen and it’s a great...

100% 21 October 2017
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Such a nice place!

100% 16 October 2017
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A special place with super people in an awesome town. I was here for a week, and that short time, this place became my home away from home.

97% 12 October 2017
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This was top two hostels we have ever stayed. Definitely plan on staying here again. Jacuzzi, night club, GREAT atmosphere. Definitely recommend this place...

100% 07 October 2017
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My stay was amazing, it had a lot to do with the people I met but the hostel was the perfect atmosphere and one staff member in particular really stood out,...

100% 03 October 2017
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Best hostel we have stayed in yet! Staff was awesome, breakfast was amazing, location was perfect. 10/10 would recommend

97% 30 September 2017
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Really fun hostel! The only thing is that the floors and metal beds are very noisy so coming and going from your room is always a scene. But the club was a...

100% 29 September 2017
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I've had a lot of fun in this hostel, people are so friendly and the hostel is so cool.

100% 27 September 2017
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Great place, fun atmosphere, helpful guest service, and Eric Balmer himself is even there most days! Be sure to say hi to him, he's awesome. This is the only...

94% 27 September 2017
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Really liked this hostel, its huge, loads of rooms and chill out areas! slight negative the Kitchen is way to small and lacking in Utensils (if your...

90% 26 September 2017
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A really great hostel. I had a lot of fun in my time at Balmer's and would highly recommend staying here. A 10~ walk to the trains and free buses was really...

83% 22 September 2017
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Positive: It was absolutely the best hostel I've ever stayed in. It looked so original and so Swiss, personal was so great, welcoming and caring. We came...

100% 18 September 2017
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Nice hostel good location!

100% 12 September 2017
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Positive: The Hostel it's a few minutes from the center, for those who like to walk, or with the free local travel pass that's given at check in you can use...

86% 09 September 2017
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I had a very pleasant time at Balmers. The only issues were the lockers - they were down a set of stairs and across the courtyard. Also there was one toilet...

97% 30 August 2017
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Great atmosphere, definitely the place to be in Interlaken

94% 19 August 2017
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Awesome hostel! The staff were incredibly helpful and nice. The rooms and other facilities were very clean. Breakfast was good and the location is great-...

94% 11 August 2017
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Such a good vibe here and something for everyone! Only downside was I had no hot water for one of my showers. Staff were super helpful and friendly.

100% 04 August 2017
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Positive: Loved the environment and all the people.

100% 30 July 2017
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Amazing hostel!

92% 29 July 2017
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Positive: I loved the hostel, it's a great place to met new people and the staff are amazing and so friendly. Negative: I didn't like how everything closed...

97% 28 July 2017
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Balmer's was the best hostel we stayed at in our European adventure. The atmosphere and night life is perfect if you're looking for something social, fun,...

100% 28 July 2017
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Awesome hostel in a beautiful place! Great vibes, super social, awesome staff, best night life, big choice for free breakfast, delicious burgers in the beer...

100% 23 July 2017
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Awesome hostel with plenty of things to do. Bar, Club, games room, Hammocks (for sleeping or relaxing), free bus ticket for the whole town, right next to an...

97% 16 July 2017
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This place was incredible!! Best hostel I'll ever stay at. The staff was incredibly friendly and the accommodations were very nice. The only thing I wish was...

100% 11 July 2017
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the best hostel ever, I can't even describe how amazing was, close to everything and so much to do, beautiful place too, come visit

97% 09 July 2017
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Amazing Stay!!!

90% 07 July 2017
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Only stayed 1 night but this was a great hostel. Staff was very nice and helpful. Lots of common areas and very easy to socialize. Only slightly negative...

100% 05 July 2017
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Balmers was a great stay! The overall demographic seemed younger and while it was a party hostel, the rooms stayed quiet and we slept very well. The...

90% 03 July 2017
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Cannot fit into 500 letters how great this hostel is. Staff are simply amazing and so helpful, and the activities you can book through the hostel are next...

100% 02 July 2017
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Best hostel I've stayed in! Loved it! Thanks for the memories!

100% 30 June 2017
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Amazing! I've stayed in 15+ hostels all over Europe and this place was my favorite! The staff are very friendly and willing to answer any questions. The...

90% 26 June 2017
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We had a very nice stay there, it is a good place to discover other nearby cities of Switzerland, the facilities were very good and had a good breakfast. I...

94% 18 June 2017
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Had a unreal time staying at Balmers. Met lots of great people. Has a great atmosphere and the staff were very helpful. The best hostel I have stayed at yet....

97% 17 June 2017
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Super fun hostel! Great if you want to party and meet new people, if not maybe go somewhere else. Washer and dryer are super fast though expensive (but...

97% 12 June 2017
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Best hostel experience so far! You NEED to stay at this place. The staff was incredibly helpful and made sure I got the best prices on activities. You can...

100% 03 June 2017
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Fantastic hostel all-around! Great energy, lots of young people, and a super helpful and friendly staff. Easy to walk anywhere in the city you need to or...

80% 28 May 2017
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Lovely place to stay free car parking about 800 meters away from hotel

94% 24 May 2017
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Had the most amazing time in Switzerland and at Balmers! Interlaken it just beautiful along with all the surrounding area and really worth a visit, had such...

100% 14 May 2017
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Really nice hostel! Free breaky is great!

100% 07 May 2017
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The hostel was quaint and enjoyable. My first steps on to the property were in the late hours and the staff was quite helpful. I shared a bed with three...

100% 03 May 2017
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Just amazing. Location and staff are superb. Easy booking for activities. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Biergarten has great food. Would def stay again and again.

100% 30 April 2017
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Amazinggg .. Wonderful place near everything .. Magicc place really

97% 26 April 2017
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The staff was absolutely wonderful here and I was lucky enough to have a 4 bedroom room to myself both nights I stayed here. The only negative is that...

100% 23 April 2017
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Great place. Lots of young people here. Free breakfast

100% 18 April 2017
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Positive: It is my 4th time at Balmer's and it just simply never dissapoints. Great friendly staff, great place to chill and great location.

100% 10 April 2017
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Excellent time here staff were veray friendly and happy to answer and questions best hostel iv stayed in so far

100% 08 April 2017
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Liked: The helpful staff! The many common rooms. Disliked: That the terrace closes at 10.

100% 26 March 2017
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It's an amazing place to stay in, besides the staff is the best of all ❤

100% 12 March 2017
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Had an amazing time here. Well, multiple times. Would love to go back!!

100% 26 February 2017
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Positive: I love this hostel. They say they have amazing staffs, yes it's true! The woman who greeted us behind her desk during check-in was very nice and...

100% 10 January 2017
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I've stayed in this wonderful place on more then one occasion. The staff is awesome, the rooms and bathrooms are great! The whole place is very welcoming! I...

94% 17 December 2016
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Loved my stay here! I came in the winter so it's a little bit less busy, but I can't wait to come back a second time (and maybe in the summer next time!)....

89% 18 November 2016
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GREAT experience - I arrived early and checked in early. The staff were very welcoming and provided a free bus pass to get around town. You also pay a 10€...

94% 08 November 2016
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Loved staying here such a great atmosphere! I really want to come back in the summer

97% 03 November 2016
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Such a fun atmosphere. Great all-you-can-eat fondue night. Yummy breakfast in the morning. Super clean!

90% 31 October 2016
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Great place overall, only issue is the charge to use lockers here. Can't remember the cost but it's a daily fee. Great staff

80% 28 October 2016
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A great place to stay in Interlaken. They are wonderful with answering questions, and when I was feeling ill they moved me to a private room. I would...

88% 25 October 2016
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Positive: Very homy. Negative: Nothing!

94% 24 October 2016
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The hostel is just perfect. They are 20-minute walk from the station, but once you reach there they give you a bus pass. This solves the problem of distance...

94% 06 September 2016
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Great atmosphere, vibe and location.

86% 24 March 2016
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Liked: .

63% 15 March 2016
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Positive: The location of the hostel, the facilities offered (game room, reading room, piano room, restaurant) and the triple room are good. Negative:...

75% 28 January 2016
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Negative: 隔音效果有待提高!

86% 17 January 2016
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Very good hostel! I just think it would be better if they had some lockers inside the rooms. Other then this, it was a very good stay.

83% 13 January 2016
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Positive: Lovely hostel with a nice atmosphere. Jacuzzi was great, met the manager and drank glüwein with him. Friendly staff. Negative: Bit noisy, but it...

100% 12 January 2016
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Just what we needed for a few nights in Interlaken!

100% 16 October 2015
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Love this place and love the people we met here. Only downside is the curfew due to noise laws but that's not Balmer's fault, we still managed to have a...

88% 06 October 2015
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Positive: Great location, especially for adventure activities. About halfway between the two train stations. Lovely common areas, and standard breakfast....

76% 26 September 2015
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Positive: Room mate. Negative: Tax paid separatly. Deposit for your key card which will limit your schedule flexibility because the reception is not always...

92% 24 September 2015
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Negative: The room is next to the WC, smells horrible at times. Very noisy throughout the night as people going in and out the WC. The ceiling is low I...

91% 24 September 2015
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Liked: Lots of area to hang out, good game room, decent sized kitchen, lots of activities that can be booked at reception, and great wifi all over the...

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