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City Backpacker - Hostel Biber Reviews

Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1518 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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A great place to meet other travellers. Close and easy to get to from the station and the staff were extremely lovely and helpful with any questions or queries. We were shocked to have to hire sheets. Bathroom facilities were small and squishy and hard to have a shower. The atmosphere and friendliness of the people is what made it.


You'll definitely feel how expensive Switzerland can be. There's nothing special in this hostel, and it costed me three times what I payed in a much better hostel, for example in hamburg. I know you all have heard about Switzerland's prices, but I was expecting much more from this place to be honest. Btw, they charge you for the sheets!


The location is the best and staff is very helpful and friendly. It is also clean, simple and cozy, what makes it easier to talk to people and find new friends.


Good location. Showers are very small and have nowhere to hang your things


Good hostel.


Location cannot be beat. In the heart of Zurich with easy access to trams, many nearby bars and restaurants, and a short walk to the main train station. It is a bit expensive, but it was the cheapest bed I was able to find in Zurich for the weekend. There wasn't anything special about this hostel, just a place to sleep for a night or two. There is no free breakfast, but there is a kitchen available for the guests to use. You can rent sheets, but not towels.


A good choice in Zurich city center.


Staff were so helpfull and friendly. Would definately use this hostel again!


Nice hostel, clean, good facilities. The rooms are a little bit tidy, but it's not a problem. Good value for money in Zurich.


I have really enjoyed stay into your very nice hostel even if only for one night !!! It is likely I'll come back if visiting Zurich again!!! Greetings!


This hostel is expensive, but it's still one of the cheaper options in Zurich. The location is convenient, the staff are really friendly and the rooms/bathrooms are clean. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here. 2 issues to note: They charge extra for sheets and the outer door is unlocked during reception hours. However, it's possible to enter the hostel hallways/bathrooms without walking past reception or using a key, which seems like a potential security problem.


The hostel is the only one in Zurich. It's quite expensive same with everything in Switzerland. But the staffs are really nice. Downside, there are not enough outlets in the rooms. I had to go to the common room or kitchen just to charge my devices.


Zurich is a too expensive city so this hostel was the best quality and price relation. The staff was very gentle, is a old strutture, but is ok. The internet wasn't working at my room, so I needed to use the internet at the lobby.


Good hostel, pretty average but just fine. In a really great location - short walk to main train station, right in the center of the city and on a lively pedestrian street with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars. I appreciated the lockers in the rooms. No sheets or towels provided or internet in the rooms (only in the common area), also not a lot of common area space. Bathrooms not that nice but everything was clean enough. It was far too hot in my room (heating was turned up way too high).


The hostel is situated at a very convenient place and is considered value for money as nothing is cheap is Zurich. We got a private room for 2 and sheets are provided for free. Room is on the small side and amenities were very basic, 2 single beds with small wardrobe, and a sink for washing up. There is a shared bathroom at every level. However, the stairs leading up to the reception and your rooms can be abit of a challenge and deterring for those with big luggage.


Although more expensive than most hostels in europe, the price is not too bad for switzerland. Would have liked internet to be available throughout the building instead of only in reception - but it was fast! Good bathrooms, showers have hot water :) theres a kitchen on each floor and staff are friendly. Just a warning to those travelling with large suitcases - there are several flights if stairs just to reach reception and probably more to your room.


Zurich prices are overall fairly high, this hostel included when compared to hostels in Germany and elsewhere. The staff were nice and helpful. The rooms were quite comfy. Common space was a bit crowded at times, but with a kitchen on each floor of rooms cooking was easy and comfortable


Nice hostel to stay in. Rooms could use individual lamps for each bed to avoid the main light being used which disturbs others. Liked that there were lockers in the room for valuables.


Small hostel. There's a common room where you can talk to other guests. The building doesn't have an elevator, so if you stay in the 4th floor it can be a problem.


What an awesome hostel! I thought it was kept pretty clean, props to the cleaning lady. The staff was extremely nice and helped with suggestions on places to go, how to get there, and also offered good conversation. Wi-fi only available in common room, but it definitely forces you to come out and meet people. Met so many amazing people staying at this hostel, definitely keeping in touch with all of them. Someone in my room had stolen and used my towel, staff gladly gave me a new one :)

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