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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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2331 Total Reviews
  • 66%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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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.


It was good. The only problem was having to climb too much stairs!


Staff were friendly and welcoming, and everything else was done to the basic level. Quite expensive, but then the city as a whole was.


Smart hostel right in the city centre! The hostel is expensive when compared to other hostels in other cities but for Switzerland it's a bargain! We knew food was expensive but for 25€ for a take out burger it was crazy! But the hostel had kitchens on every floor which made things much cheaper! Would definitely return! :) Switzerland was mint!


We felt the hostel was clean and in a hopping area of town. It was a bit noisy on the Saturday night we were there, but the is the price you pay for a good location!

  • 26th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel was amazing. Staff very eager to help with suggestions of places to eat/things to do ect. Excellent location, everything less than .5 km away. Highly recommend. Very fun atmosphere, met some great people!


Can't give maximum ratings but i really liked this hostel, right in the middle of Zurich. I would definitely return here. I thought there was a nice pokiness to the place


Would have been nice to have a small mirror in the room for wife. Room was simple but met all needs. Clen, secure, convenient. Very friendly and knowledgable manager.

  • 22nd Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Staff and location are the best in my opinion


The location is perfect but that is about it. The price is very high, but I expected that, because Zurich is known to be expensive. But on the other hand everything in Zurich is very pretty and clean and you feel like there is a good value for the price, except for these hostel. The rooms are small and they feel very crowded when they are full - the room for 6 could easily be for 4, but I felt like they wanted to make a lot of money and didnt give any of that back.

  • 18th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Slovenia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The location is fantastic. I really enjoyed my stay at the hostel, the only drawback is that you can't check in after 10pm. The rooms are clean, the common area is nice. All around, good experience.


I was staying there for one night,for me it was kinda good. The beds were and the toilets,shower were clean enough. The staff were kind,and upstairs there is a balcony.

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