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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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2255 Total Reviews
  • 66%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Hostel was clean and the staff was nice, there are a few stairs you have to climb just to get to reception let along you room so be mindful of this if you have a lot of luggage. Due to reception being closed from 11 - 3 the check in time at 3 probably took longer than normal as you have to wait your turn. Switzerland is expensive as it is so don't agree with the 1CF fee to pay by credit card.


Amazing place! I loved the location! And the staff were really nice and helpful!


Right at the heart of the city. Just fyi, the reception is closed from 13 to 15. They have a nice balcony


The location is fantastic, price and staff not so much. Decently clean, you need to rent bedsheets and towels which adds to the cost. Wifi good, rooftop terrace lovely. Outlets in dorms badly placed.

  • 11th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Dirty and rooms where too small. But location is great and you get what you pay for.


There is no lift to get up to reception. But the staff is very helpful which helping us to carry our luagage.


Very good.


Not much thing to say because I just slept one night.


Hi We three doctors from India stayed in this hostel from 4th nov to 7th November.it is situated in the middle of the city with main station at a walkable distance.the supermarkets are also near by.the staffs were very much helpful.even though check in time was at 3pm and we weren't aware of that thing.we reached at 7am in the morning.it was damn cold and the doors were closed.the staff opened the door and also gave us our room by 10am to help us.there are kitchen at every floor

  • 4th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


No elevator, no 24hr check-in/check-out, shares building with other restaurant kitchens, extremely small room for 6 bed dorms and 4 such rooms on each floor with just two shower and toilet stalls. There was a sink in the room which started popping water back at night!


The lady and the guy at the reception were exceptional. They are really nice people! Zurich is super expensive so this was a good place to stay with a good location compared to other places nearby. There are wite a few stairs to the room however it was probably a good thing to work off all the party drinks. All in all a great experience.


Found staff in this hostel to be incredibly rude and unhelpful. Thought the price of this hostel was not close to comparable with the living space. Rooms were cramped, smelled, and dirty. Bathrooms could use a deep clean. Wouldn't recommend staying here if you are looking for a good hostel in Zurich.


lovely atmosphere, good staffs, and people who staying at the hostel. as all the travellers know, the city, zurich is super expensive. but this backpackers may save your budget slightly. and fill your happiness, which is what you've lost quite long time :D when the sun comes out, go up to the top floor terrace please. you will see nice view. when the sun set beyond the city, go up there again. then you will meet great atmosphere :D


Amazing location. WiFi works really well. I just spent the weekend there and it was nice.


There is no left and you have to climb a lot of stairs.


The setting of charging point is bad. I cannot charged my phone when i was lying on the bed.


good common space, great location, average price


Great having a kitchen on every floor but reception isn't open all the time, meaning long waits to check in


Nice hostel with great staff. Good central location though lacking in lockers


Right in the city center, everything was clean and the staff was nice. Only thing is there was only 1 outlet in the rooms. Overall it was a good stay.

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