Switzerland is very expensive. And hostels are for school excursions, party trips and backpackers under 20. But today, at least for the duration of this article, we can happily debunk both of these myths.
The reason is a new hostel in Gstaad, that famously pricey destination in the Swiss Canton of Bern. Located in the village of Saanen, it takes all your preconceptions of youth hostels and turns them upside down.
Gstaad Saanenland Hostel was built with eco-friendly materials, and designed to look like a sleek refuge from hectic city life. Raw concrete and lots of local wood make you feel like in a fancy design hotel. Most of the rooms have mountain views. And speaking of rooms: They have nothing in common with your typical, nightmare-inducing dorms that you might remember from that Euro trip 10 years ago. Instead, most rooms are double or family rooms and come with an en-suite bathroom.
Every night, a 3-course-dinner is on offer, prepared using only locally sourced ingredients. There's a big terrace to soak up sun in the summer, and a fireplace for those cold, Swiss winter nights. Prices start at 127 CHF (which is around 104 € and 140 USD) for double rooms and include breakfast and Wi-FI. A steep price for a hostel, you say? It's a steal for Gstaad! If you want to go even more affordable: One night in a small dorm with 6 beds is a steal at only 40 CHF (around 33 €/44 USD).
Click through the slide show above to see for yourself.
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland // Spitzhornweg 25 // Saanen // website