July 27, 2001
It turned out to be the perfect place for us. Neither me or the guy friend I was traveling with were wild about co-ed dorms, and the Backpacker''s Villa had the option of separate mens & womens dorms. The dorms were really a 6 person room with 3 sets of bunkbeds, a locker (with a lock) to put your stuff in, a sink and toilet (the shower was free and down the hall), and a beautiful view of the Jungfrau mountains. I shared a dorm with two Australian women in their mid-20s, two other American college students and a Canadian girl who was taking 6 months to travel around Europe.
The villa has internet access in the common room, it was about $2 for 10 minutes or $5 for a half hour as I remember. The villa also had a fully-equipped kitchen in the basement for those cooking their own meals, and breakfast was included each morning. Outside there is a big lawn with a volleyball court set up, as well as a pool table and ping-pong. It also has a small "meditation room" on the top floor, with Bibles in different languages. It turns out the hostel is actually associated with the Swiss Methodist church.
Hands down, this is THE BEST hostel I stayed in anywhere during the two months I was in Europe. I highly, highly recommend it, and will definitely stay there again the next time I am in Interlaken. For more information, reservations or more pictures visit their website, Backpacker''s Villa Sonnenhof
From journal Lovely Interlaken