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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1861 Total Reviews
  • 65%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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The room was small, but the beds were comfy and everything was very clean! The kitchens and the bathrooms were all newly refurbished and they were very nice!


This hostel was awesome! The staff were so helpful and always gave directions and recommendations. The location was prime in the old town and near the river walking distance to everything. The only downside was the showers had no shelves to put your belongings on and the rooms only had one power point. The price seems excessive but most things in Switzerland are!


Very good location! Right near the city centre. There are so many stairs to get to the hostel, so very difficult if you have a big suitcase. The wi fi does not work in the rooms... The rooms are small and cramped. You have to pay for the sheets but they are really clean. It's quite expensive for the quality but Zurich is overall just an insanely expensive city, so it's all relative! Staff was quite nice and friendly. But... The reception always seems to be closed, even during opening hours.


Wifi only in common area, sheets paid for at sign in, limited reception hours. However, excellent location and drinking and cooking at the hostel is allowed which can save costs


Even considering that Zurich is very expensive, this place should provide much better value for money. Tiny rooms, tiny common area, and non-functioning wifi. Plus the 40 USD per night doesn't include sheets, which is just ridiculous. the main thing you pay for at a hostel is a bed, and the bedding isn't included? The hostel is in a great location, and is generally clean and acceptable for a one night stay (staff were also very friendly), but doesn't offer much more than that. Avoid if you can.

  • 8th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Good location with friendly price. The staff is very nice and helpful. Room is clean. You need to rent the sheets at the cost of 3 CHF. There is a blanket instead of a quilt, so it's not warm enough for me in the winter, and there is no quilt cover but a piece of sheet, so you have to cover one of the sheet on your body and then the blanket on the sheet. Overall, it 's value for money.


A part for being well situated, there isn't much about that place. Wi-fi doesn't work half the time, because there's to many people on, and it only works in the reception area. There is no linen provided (which should be written some where on hostelworld site). The price is pretty high for no fonctionnal wifi, no sheets, no breakfast and a not so nice owner (he's working in a backpacker, he would really need more people skills). If you have lots of luggage be prepare to climb up lots of stairs.


Nice small hostel. Great location to everything in Zurich. Wifi works well in the lobby. Staff was very nice and helpful. Not a ton of places to meet people but if you hang out in the lobby and chat someone up, youll be fine.


Close to the train station (which means it's easy to get to/from airport), great location in Zurich's prettier bar/restaurant area close to downtown. Price looks bad but if you knew Zurich prices, it could be considered reasonable. Keep eyes peeled because the front door is actually around the corner from Niederdorfstrasse. About four floors up to the reception. Squeaky floors. Staff quite friendly. Lockers are small. Cramped.


Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The price you pay for basic accommodations here will make you cringe. But the city is worth it. The location of this hostel is perfect. Just don't spend too much time here. Use the tables on the rooftop to save some money and have a meal from the nearby COOP.


If it wasn't for that hostel I wouldn't even go to Zurich. It's an expensive country, so they have to charge you if you don't have sheets, towels or if you'll use credit card (but small charges though). The reception is not 24 hours, so take a look at it before booking. Besides that, great structure, even a rooftop terrace with a great view! 3 kitchens!! In Zurich with expensive meals this is important! A lot of stairs, but for that price in that location it's alright.


Right in the middle of old town! But shower rooms were not in a perfectly clean condition. Toilet sink as well. Not bad but not highly satisfying stay overall.


The Hostel was good, but the price is expensive to the offered accommodation.


Absolutely superb location which makes up for the slightly shabby conditions. Excellent staff that were really helpful. The rooms/bathrooms/kitchen were basic but adequate. Wifi in the common room only and lots of stairs, but overall a good experience.

  • 13th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Amazing place to stay in Zurich, cheap, close to cheap places to eat. Just in the centre of the city! Would be cool if they add WiFi all around the hostel bc the common area can get very crowded at some hours.


This place is located in the middle of the tourist night point of Zurich, with many pubs and restaurants. The only negative point in my opinion is that, they don't offer breakfast and if you gonna stay there on Sunday you'll be in trouble, because in Zurich any store open and the restaurants just open about 11am. But it's a good place and I recommend it.


It was good stay


Serious lack of plug sockets and WiFi only goes as far as reception. Reception is on 4th floor and rooms are on floors above and one below - not one for people with mobility issues or lots of luggage. Key selling points are location and relatively reasonable price.


I stayed there for 1 night.Clean,Great location.Bathroom and shower was clean too.You have to pass a kitchen of a restaurant to get the hostel,it is bad because i felt hungry all the time :) Wifi is only in the lobby.And they want one frank more if you want to pay with credit cart.(Who do that anymore?) Could be a little cheaper but everything is expensive in Zurich.Zurich's old town is really small.You can visit all the places in one day.You don't have to stay.But if you want,you can stay Biber


Computer terminal usage should be free. The rates are expensive, though that seems to be par for the course in Switzerland. The location was great, and the staff was friendly enough, if not available 24/7.

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