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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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77%

Rating
1716 Total Reviews
  • 68%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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86%

Great location, perfect ! Everything in Zurich is very expensive but was still a nice hostel.


66%

There is no wifi :(


71%

Pros: Short walk from train station and tram Staff is helpful Fairly clean Cons: Lots of stairs (you won't care about this until you have to carry your luggage up) Wifi only works in lounge area (but you'll meet new people!) I walked in to the lounge early in the morning and there was a hobo sleeping on the couch? Overall, it's a decent hostel. Stay here for the convenient location, but know that Zurich is really expensive anyway so maybe minimize your time there.


77%

Super friendly staff. I can't remember the woman's name who helped me (someone in their 30s who likes metal), but she was great. Not a party hostel, and a bit hard to meet people. No A/C either so you'll probably be hot if it's the warmer months. Far from the hardcore clubs, but not too far from the main bar district (20min). Close to the train station and water.


89%

was good hotel and the service was excelent.

  • 21st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

good atention, excellent recepcionist

  • 21st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

Clean, great location, nice common area, and the staff was great. WiFi only in the reception area, and a pretty bad connection at that. So if you want a lot of internet (or want to text your girlfriend before going to bed) that was a bit of a hassle. Kitchens were well kept, but they were very aggressive about keeping old food out of the fridge, which meant that I lost a tomato. Only one microwave in the building. Stove took forever to heat up.


71%

Hostel room was incredibly cramped and included only one outlet. Main reception is up two narrow flights of stairs and is also very small and cramped. Tiny lockers in the rooms. Great location that is easy walking distance from everything. It may be hard to beat the location, but the hostel itself is below average.


74%

The location is perfect but dont have big lockers just small! A localização é o melhor desse lugar no centro de Zurique onde tudo acontece! Só que não tem compartimentos grandes para colocar a mala mas é seguro, mas tem cofre pequeno para as coisas de valor!


83%

Nice location. But there is no elevator.

  • 18th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


51%

1) Six-beds dorm, there are only 4 plugs for power supply. 2) These plugs are far from the beds, e.g. 2 located just next to the door (Security problem). 3) Weak power supply (really slow to charge the phone) 4) No Wifi in the room. 5) Extremely small common room but people gather here for internet (extremely crowded) 6) Claims "Tea/Coffee Making Facilities" but selling machine. 7) Costly (Fair price in Switzerland) but not worth. 8) Worst hostel I've stay in my 30 days trip


100%

Perfectly adequate and great location. I stayed in the 6 bed female dorm and would stay again in a heart beat. The one down side is the wifi only works in the common room, but hey that's how you meet people. The staff was super helpful with recommendations. Everything was very clean. However, do try and pack lightly because the hostel is 4 floors up and there is no elevator.


80%

Clean hostel in good location. Reasonable price for Switzerland, but I do think it was stingy charging extra for sheets and as well as for using their computer. This has been free/included in all other hostels I've been too. Wifi only in reception, didnt work 1 day. Reception hours were not good; only until 22 and they take a siesta in the middle of the day from 12-15. As a result the poor cleaning lady had to answer all our questions and try to store luggage for people arriving before check-in.


46%

Expecting a better comment? Even so unfriendly service is not met! I drove from northern Germany. There were storms! The train does not ride!. I could not get there before 10pm. I called from Germany to the hostel, I asked for help. Having the ability to check an hour later! NO! CAN NOT BE! nstructed me to cancel the reservation and they sell this book! I did it and booked another hostel. With my credit card but the money was pulled. This is some thieving method! I do not recommend the use.

  • 11th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

A great hostel with an amazing location. The staff were awesome; helping you at every turn. Defintely recommend if you're staying in the Interlaken area .... great stuff all around here!


91%

Really close to city center! Very cheap compared to the rest of Zurich! The bathrooms were fairly clean but there wasn't much water pressure. We stayed in a 6 person female and we were the only English speakers in the room but everyone was friendly enough!


74%

Great location and helpful staff. Felt very cramped when it comes to public spaces, but in Zurich space is a premium. My biggest concern with many hostels i went to in Switzerland is charging extra for sheets and almost encouraging people to bring sleeping bags of their own, which to me is asking for cleanliness problems. Overall still had a good stay and would go back if i were in zurich again.


97%

Hostel has everything you need, a kitchen is especially IMPORTANT for Zurich - such an expensive city!! Had a very good stay with great advice received from staff.


66%

It is better to have a locker in room.


74%

Overall the facilities were okay. Only had 1 night. I find that the space was confined and we need to climb up flights of stairs to reach the reception. There was only a small locker in room hence our luggage was not able to be stored securely. Wifi was only limited to the lounge area - which can be really crowded at night. In a good way, it's an opportunity to make friends because many come to the lounge for the wifi. Direction to hostel was not too clear. But it is located in a nice area.


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