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Standard Double Room | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Superior Twin Room | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Standard Double Room | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Superior Twin Room | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Barabas


3.0 star property

8.0/10 Very Good

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Pet friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Housekeeping
Löwengraben, 18, Lucerne, 6004

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationChapel Bridge4 min walk
  • Popular LocationKKL Lucerne9 min walk
  • Popular LocationLake Side Promenade9 min walk
  • AirportZürich (ZRH)57 min drive

Room options

About this area


Barabas is located in Old Town Lucerne, a neighborhood in Lucerne, and is near a train station and near the boardwalk. Rosengart Collection and Natur-Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Lucerne Ferry Terminal and Stansstad Ferry Terminal. Richard Wagner Museum and Kanuwelt Buochs GmbH are also worth visiting. Explore all the area has to offer with rock climbing, cave exploring, and hiking/biking trails. Guests appreciate the hostel's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Lucerne Town Hall - 2 min walk
  • Mill Bridge - 2 min walk
  • Chapel Bridge - 4 min walk
  • KKL Lucerne - 9 min walk
  • Lake Side Promenade - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Lucerne (QLJ-Lucerne Train Station) - 9 min walk
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) - 53 min drive


  • Phanat Thai - 2 min walk
  • Brasserie Bodu - 2 min walk
  • Heini - 2 min walk
  • Mill’Feuille - 3 min walk
  • SONG PI NONG - 3 min walk

About this property


3-star hostel located in Old Town Lucerne
Take advantage of a terrace, a garden, and a restaurant at Barabas. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge), tour/ticket assistance, and luggage storage
  • An elevator, smoke-free premises, and bicycle tour information
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the helpful staff and location
Room features
All 60 rooms include amenities such as free WiFi.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Heating and fans
  • Showers and free toiletries


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–10:30 AM: CHF 9.50 for adults and CHF 5.00 for children
  • 1 restaurant

Restaurants on site

  • Izakaya Nozomi

Things to do

  • Bicycle tour information


  • Elevator

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Elevator
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Fan
  • Heating (climate-controlled)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - anytime
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of CHF 10 per pet, per night
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees
1 per room
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city and collected at the property. Exemptions or reductions might apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: CHF 3.40 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 12 years of age.
  • Tourism fee: CHF 1.10 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: CHF 9.50 for adults and CHF 5.00 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: CHF 10 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests traveling with a service animal must contact the property prior to arrival.

Property is also known as

Barabas Hostel Lucerne
Barabas Hostel
Barabas Lucerne
Barabas Lucerne
Barabas Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Barabas Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Lucerne

Frequently asked questions

Is Barabas pet-friendly?

Yes, this hostel allows pets (limit 1 per room). There's a fee of CHF 10 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.

How much does it cost to stay at Barabas?

As of Feb 3, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Barabas on Feb 8, 2023 start from $90.79, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Barabas?

This hostel doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at Barabas?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - anytime.

What time is check-out at Barabas?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Barabas located?

Located in Old Town Lucerne, this hostel is steps from Lucerne Town Hall, Mill Bridge, and Hertensteinstrasse. Rosengart Collection and Saint Peters Church are also within 5 minutes. Lucerne (QLJ-Lucerne Train Station) is 9 minutes by foot and Lucerne Station is 9 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Barabas and receive a full refund?

Yes, Barabas offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Barabas cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.



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Rating 10 - Excellent. 52 out of 166 reviews" "
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Rating 6 - Okay. 17 out of 166 reviews" "
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Rating 4 - Poor. 7 out of 166 reviews" "
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Rating 2 - Terrible. 6 out of 166 reviews" "
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
It's really one of a kind - it is a former prison turned into a hotel. Quirky but charming. Please be aware that since it used to be a prison some amenities are a bit lacking but the superb staff and location more than make up for that. Recommend it most highly.

8/10 Good


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
We had to get our room changed to a proper hotel room as we felt very claustrophobic in the Jail Themed room. The jail room have very little ventilation and was quite hot inside. The bathroom was small and the door was a bit fiddly too. People would really like to experience the jail atmosphere should be fine with this. I did read about the jail theme before booking and thought i would be ok but I would say the photos are much brighter and fancier than how actually the room was. We spoke to the manger and he was kind enough to move us to a different normal room (Japanese room) at an additional cost and that new room was excellent. Did not opt for the breakfast as there were loads of places to eat around the area The location of the hotel was great and central.

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

2/10 Terrible

Hyun Jin

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
It was horrible literally. Room is so small and I cannot even take a shower properly. There is no air conditioning in the room, the only way to cool down is to open a small window on the top of the room. A tiny fan on the desk smells burnt when I turn it on.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent

Gail, Dublin

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent

Mee Hong

Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
My second stay
Cool rooms and corridors. Fun younger vibe. I'll be back.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great location and staff. Cool place.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

8/10 Good

Randolpho, Spring Hill

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
It's a converted 19th century prison, and yet it's well apportioned. The only real complaint I had was that the hotel does not have air conditioning, and of course we visited in June. They provided a fan, however, which was great, but there were 4 of us in one room and only one fan, so some people had to swelter. That said, it's a fun experience to take the family, and of course Lucerne is a great town to explore!
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 1 night in May 2022