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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1738 Total Reviews
  • 68%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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We only spent one night here passing through. The wifi only works in the recreation area and wasn't the best. The lockers are only big enough to put a small backpack inside. The hostel building is quite old so when people were arriving late and we were leaving early we were standing on creaky floor boards so everyone makes a lot of noise coming and going. Also hooks for clothing and towels while in the shower would be useful instead of putting everything on the floor. Staff were great though!


The 4 bed dorm I stayed in was clean and had lockers but not much space, the showers were tiny and not very clean. Wifi only worked in the common room

  • 24th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


For one night it was totally fine. It's quite noisy. Wonderful roof terrace.

  • 23rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Excellent location, close to the main station and the old town. Someone needs to give these people some money cos the hostel is in dire need of an upgrade. No real atmosphere and fairly dirty facilities. Also, the walk up the stairs is an absolute killer, even without luggage.


It was really nice thank you location was good staff were helpful Theplace was clean and the showers were brilliant.


very noisy place


Very clean, in a great location at the center of the city, not too loud. Expensive, but everything in Zurich is expensive. The reception desk hours were a little inconvenient, especially if you arrive in the middle of the day.

  • 12th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Comfortable, good location and friendly people. I do recommend this Hostel.


Average stay. Reception is only open 8-11am, then 3-10pm. So it closes for four hours in the middle of the day, at the time most travellers arrive! Worse still, even though the reception staff were around, they refused to check us in despite it only taking ten minutes. We could chill and use wifi/leave our bags, but very inconvenient. Another negative is no wifi in rooms, only in reception. But nice place, rooftop seating area lovely to have drinks on. Decent showers. Lockers in room


The Hostel in the very city center so the location is great! Also the staff was really kind and efficient and gave me a couple of things I needed (such as a padlock or an adapter) as well as good advices. The room I was in was very noisy and I had to buy earplugs. Also, there is wifi only in the common room (very small, so expect it to be hard to find a seat) and the connection is really bad. Overall, I would say that it offers a fair deal for what you pay (Zurich is VERY expensive)


The hostel was a bit difficult to find at first, you had to know what you were looking for. The primary issue I found was that the wifi was only available in the common area. Instead of folks sitting in the common area looking to talk/meet people, they spent the entire time on their phones or laptops. Security was excellent and the kitchen was nice. Staff was friendly enough, but were only available during certain hours.


위치도괜찮았고 스탭이 매우 친절해서 기분좋았습니다ㅠㅠ♡ 가격대비 완전만족했습니다.

  • 2nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Hostel was dirty, bathrooms were unclean, really basic facilities and terrible wifi. Was fine for a night but any longer I wouldn't have been okay with.


The hostel is in a great location with everything close by. There is also a communal area with wifi access, which brought all of the travellers together. There were plenty of leaflets and information available as well as games for entertainment.


it was in a good location but zurich is a very expensive city! and be prepared to climb a lot of stairs to get in/out of hostel. hostel was nice enough, met some cool people but atmosphere is a bit odd as you can only get wifi in the lobby which turns that room into a zombie phone club. shower was small and room I stayed in was also small but you get what you pay for. the host was really nice though and made sure everyone was OK.


The hostel offer what you essentially need,and no more.but for the price we paid it was absolutely enough.i recommend it for young people visiting Amsterdam.


Great location for the heart of Zurich. Staff was laid back and helpful. Lockers were good, beds were nice. Had to pay for sheets and towels. Nice rooftop hangout spot, yet it should stay open past 10pm. The stairs just to get to reception is a trek. If you have rolling luggage you'll regret it. Home to the most awkward meeting room because it is filled with people, yet it's silent. Everyone is crammed into a relatively tiny room just for the wifi. Definitely a sight to be seen. Overall A-.


average hostel. wifi only "works" in common room which is tiny and then still i could only connect twice in a three night stay. staff helpful and good location but reception closes for 4 hours during the day which isn't ideal if you arrive before check in and wanna store luggage


Too expensive. Wifi only in main lobby. And a very cramped atmosphere. Sheets aren't even included!


Located in an excellent locality in Zurich. Very close to the main train station. The bathrooms were not clean. Overall a good hostel in general.

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