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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1864 Total Reviews
  • 65%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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Great Hostel. Great location, clean and friendly. Thank you for a good few days.


+ good location, cheap (considering prices in Zurich) - the front door only locked / secured during night, wifi only working in the reception, only one electricity outlet in room (and none in the bathroom), strange atmosphere


Great location, nice staff, highly recommend!

  • 16th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Can't check in later than 10pm and only check-out 8am onwards. Not much flexibility for people who is "just to find a place to sleep and leave"


They asked us if we had packed our bed sheets with us???! Really? Who goes backpacking and brings their bed sheets? And then we got charged for using their sheets. The kitchen facilities are ridiculous too. Microwave and kettle on one level and the stove on another level and there was pretty much no pots or pans. The Wi-Fi ONLY works in the reception lounge which is really annoying. The location is good though which makes it ok but really not worth it.


I think its ridiculous to pay $40 to share a room with 5 other people but I guess Zurich is the most expensive city in the world. If you dont like stairs do not stay here.

  • 13th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


The worst hostel i've ever stayed. Really poor entrance which goes through a kitchen of a cafe, wifi is just around lobby, it is impossible to fit the room which is for 4 people. The only good thing about the hostel is its location. Never stay here.


Only one outlet per room, and rooms felt very cramped!


If you are used to high standards by other great hostels around Europe, you can't be satisfied by this unacceptable hostel -apart from its great location in Zurich centre. Shortly: - there is neither a personal light over each bed, nor a power plug - lockers in room are too small and you need your own lock - reception is not open 24/7 - bath & WC are awful - reception is on the 4th floor (rooms start on 3rd) but no lift is available - WiFi only in reception Totally a waste of money


The common rooms needs to be able to sit more people or have a tv or bar to create a better atmosphere , especially if it's the only place to have wifi. Since it's so small wifi should be accessable around the entire hostel


Everything excelent. thanks a lot and the staff are the best. The wifi is only good.


The stairs were horrible. It's inconsiderate to put the reception so high up. Lunch time for the reception was too long. Staff did not bother explaining anything when we first arrived, a brief intro would be nice, wouldnt hurt to just smile to your customers. Overall didn't feel welcome by that particular staff. Hair dryers should be provided, and more plug points in the room please.


Considering that everything in Zurich is overpriced, this place is not reasonably priced. The hostel is located about 10-15 minutes walk from the train station and is within walking distance from the Grossmunster. Lots of restaurants and shops around the hostel as well. Shared bathrooms and the rooms are quite clean. The only downside is that wifi is only available in the main area, which can probably sit only 12 people. I guess they want to encourage people to mingle.


There was a problem in our reservation and the staff was not very friendly at the beginning to help solving it. There are too many stairs, which makes difficult to carry your luggage. The internet works very poorly in the hall. Wouldn't recommend.


This was a basic but pretty good hostel. The WiFi is pretty bad even in the common area so that's the one downside. But the bed was decent and the kitchen was stocked with cooking equipment. There are a lot of stairs to climb which is difficult especially with luggage! But the location is perfect and central. As a bonus, I found the other people staying there extremely friendly and considerate!


The hostel is quite clean and neat. Staff is helpful and security is good. Located near the city centre. Main flaw is that the 1st storey is 3 storey up from the road level. So, practically have to carry the luggages 3 storeys before even reaching the receptionist by stairs. :( Toilet is not that fancy as well.


There were too many people in one room and not comfortable, but very close to the station. It's hard for me to find the hostel.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great location! Staff were friendly. Very cool roof top! There was only 1 plug per dorm room (6 bed bay) so you have to charge it in the common room. the shower drains were clogged so the shower water filed up during a shower. It was expensive but everything in Zurich is expensive. They charge 3 frank per sheet and per towel so bring your own if you can.


Lovely stuff


The kitchen was alway smelly and there were no enough spoons, forks, plates, etc. There was some drunk guy sleeping in the hallway. And it was too expensive when compared to other hostels in Switzerland.

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