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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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77%

Rating
2142 Total Reviews
  • 68%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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89%

Good hostel - it's not cheap (but it's Zurich, nowhere is), but the location is excellent and all the staff were fantastic. The rooms are small and lack power-points. Everything else was good though - a roof terrace, good kitchen facilities, and a friendly atmosphere for meeting people each evening. Ended up staying again a week later & equally good.


83%

Not enough powerpoints in the rooms!


63%

Great location in the Old Town. It is a very expensive city therefore you do not get much in the way of accommodation for your money. There are lots of stairs to climb and no lift. The kitchens are good. There is no air conditioning in the rooms and with the window open at night, the street noise from the restaurants below can be irritating. Overall a mediocre place but considering the cost of living in Zurich it is to be expected for a hostel.


100%

Fantastic hostel! Hidden in the narrow streets of old town, yet still made very easy to find. The building is fantastic, with a great little roof deck with a great view of some of the city. Tons of great restaurants right around the corner, as well as the water is about a 30 second walk away.


60%

Everything is just ok. but price is not worth to be.

  • 12th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


80%

Great location, facilities were clean but nothing special.


63%

Overpriced, as anything is in Zurich. Could afford staying here for 1 night only. Everything was barely okay. There are boardgames in the common room. Can play cards against humanity (we did). Black cards are missing, don't bother looking for them. You can find random black cards online by using wifi.


63%

Good value for the location within Zurich. Lockers were too small, only just big enough for a 20l day bag let alone your luggage. Room.was very hot and small and you could hear a noisy courtyard. Cooker was broken and utensils/cups kept dissapearing to other floors and were sparse. That being said, wifi is very good and location is excellent despite the noise.


80%

The staff is nice, the location is a convenient spot.

  • 3rd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


83%

It was nice place for backpakers, clearly as the name suggest. Good place to sleep for a 3/4 hours a night.


69%

The hostel overall is good. The internet can be slow or down but I'm finding that to be normal in Switzerland. Everything is Zurich is expensive so even though this place was more than other cities it's kind of relative to the cost of the city. I just didn't find Zurich a place that I would want to visit again but the hostel was not the problem.


57%

Terrible hostel for two reasons: 1. The girl staff member is awful and I heard so from multiple other guests as well. An attitude and attempts to help you with nothing. 2. Hostel totally nickel-and-dimes you every step of the way. 3 Francs for sheets?! Explanation was that some ppl come w sheets and it costs that much to wash--um no, extremely few travelers allocate space for sheets and you can wash 25 sheets for 3 francs. This is just a way to make money off your guests. Nice terrace.


40%

- bad smell of paint inside the building. - to reach the reception you need to walk up many many stairs. - typical fake-Swiss style-greedy attitude of the receptionist charging for every single thing - payment by card, towel, sheets... even the internet connection (if I wanted to spend lots of money I would rather stay in a 5 star hotel, not in a youth hostel). - the only computer available in the hostel was broken.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

The lady on reception was lovely and very helpful but the building below us was having some major refurbishment and the first three floors were covered in dust, smelling of paint and very dangerous because the power cables for the workers were laid across the steps. The work started at 7am and finished at 6pm and was extremely noisy. Hostel World should have warned us about this because they had plenty of time as we booked in advance and I would have gone somewhere else.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

I only stayed one night, but this was an excellent hostel. It was quick and easy to find and well marked. The staff was pleasant and helpful and was a nice place to crash. I would have certainly used the rooftop area if I had been staying there longer. It is quite a few stairs to the floors occupied by the hostel, so my rolling bag wasn't the most convenient, but doable. Would stay again. :)

  • 27th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

I enjoyed my stay here. Great location right in the old town, super helpful and friendly staff. Only few things, theres construction work down stairs so mornings were noisy and they need more bowls and spoons. I had to keep going to different kitchens to find what I needed as every floor has it's own kitchen and bathroom. No point whinging about price, it's Switzerland. I'd recommend it .


94%

Great location in the heart of zurich and close to the train station.


71%

Certain employees were very helpful. But the office closes at 10 pm making it difficult or impossible for late arriving guests to register. Management sticks an extra charge on cc purchases which is a violation.


83%

As unjustifiably pricey as most things in Switzerland, but an excellent location.


69%

Air conditioning would be nice


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