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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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Although expensive, this is the cheapest you'll find to stay in the city and is worth the money. Kitchens and bathrooms/showers on every floor, book exchange, good wifi in the common area, excellent location in old town, and a great rooftop terrace. The staff was friendly and very willing to give advice and answer questions!


Best priced hostel in zurich by a mile, and is a really good hostel


Hostel well located in heart of the "red light district" of Zurich. Good parties inside with a good sleep in the rooms. 10 Min walking from the old town. Definitely recommended!


Altogether great hostel... but for wifi and size of common area


Hostel was average but good location, beware of the stairs! Only complaint would be that our room was slanted and made us feel nauseous when standing. The people staying at the hostel at the same time as us was very random.... It appeared like no one liked each other which was highly amusing.


they only work a few hours in reception, in the website says is open until 12 pm and open again back at 3pm, but when you get there they close at 11 am which is annoying, Though the staff was polite. Rooms were horrible, the floor was uneven, no space to put your luggage, was too small with to many beds. Sheets were not soft at all, Is very expensive for what you get, but considering is switzerland I guess is decent price. Well located, you can walk anywhere. Poor wifi, doesnt work in rooms


A great location - just a short walk from the main train station and near to pretty much anything you need to. Friendly staff but no real atmosphere - didn't seem to be much encouragement or opportunity to mingle with other guests. Wifi only worked in reception and was inconsistent at best. Room basic but serviceable enough.


Perfect location! Good staff, but they do not have lockers. You will have to use your onw and you will be able to hide just a few things because the compartiment is very small! Wi-fi only in common area.


room is a little bit too small


We only spent one night here passing through. The wifi only works in the recreation area and wasn't the best. The lockers are only big enough to put a small backpack inside. The hostel building is quite old so when people were arriving late and we were leaving early we were standing on creaky floor boards so everyone makes a lot of noise coming and going. Also hooks for clothing and towels while in the shower would be useful instead of putting everything on the floor. Staff were great though!


The dorms are quite small, but comfy beds. There can be noise late at night from the bars and cafes so bring ear plugs. Lockers in the dorms are great. Staff were OK, but could be a little bit grumpy.


The 4 bed dorm I stayed in was clean and had lockers but not much space, the showers were tiny and not very clean. Wifi only worked in the common room

  • 24th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


For one night it was totally fine. It's quite noisy. Wonderful roof terrace.

  • 23rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I Forget the female staff members Name but think started with letter R and was very good. THink they could re organise some of the 6 bedroom dorms & maybe get better lockers, check lights are working, more showers. I would stay there again. Peter Australia PS The hostel can contact me if they wish by my email


Excellent location, close to the main station and the old town. Someone needs to give these people some money cos the hostel is in dire need of an upgrade. No real atmosphere and fairly dirty facilities. Also, the walk up the stairs is an absolute killer, even without luggage.


It was really nice thank you location was good staff were helpful Theplace was clean and the showers were brilliant.


very noisy place


Very clean, in a great location at the center of the city, not too loud. Expensive, but everything in Zurich is expensive. The reception desk hours were a little inconvenient, especially if you arrive in the middle of the day.

  • 12th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Comfortable, good location and friendly people. I do recommend this Hostel.


Average stay. Reception is only open 8-11am, then 3-10pm. So it closes for four hours in the middle of the day, at the time most travellers arrive! Worse still, even though the reception staff were around, they refused to check us in despite it only taking ten minutes. We could chill and use wifi/leave our bags, but very inconvenient. Another negative is no wifi in rooms, only in reception. But nice place, rooftop seating area lovely to have drinks on. Decent showers. Lockers in room

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