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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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2141 Total Reviews
  • 68%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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Clean, comfortable hostel. Helpful staff. Central location


Great place to stay !!! Shared bathroom and kitchen both very clean and well equipped, the staff are amazing. They will wash and dry your clothes for a small price, isn't a party hostel but perfect location in the middle of Zurich, close to the train station and food. Would recommend and stay again!

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Thank you very much for the awesom review! Kind Regards


Hostel was a little hard to find, but the location was really good. Stayed in a 4 bed females dorm. Other than the noise outside from all the restaurant entertainment, the room was good! Would have liked more power plugs, since 4 people had to share 2 in a rather inconvenient location of the room.

  • 12th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel was in a great location near to lots of bars/restaurants a supermarket and the train station. The hostel was very clean, the shared bathroom was clean as were the rooms. You can rent towels and bed sheets. The hostel has a top terrace where you can sit and socialize which we did most nights. The male manager was very helpful and approachable. We shared a room with 4 other girls and we had no problems. Only one small locker each to put valuables in.

  • 10th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great location and staff is very friendly and helpful. Did not like how sheets were not included in the price.


This hostel is on top of a Italian restaurant and you have to walk right by the kitchens to get to the reception. The location is good, but it was very loud. The woman checking me in seemed like she really didn't want to be there. Not my favorite hostel ever.


The hostel has a nice location, only 10min walk from the main station! It's quiet at night and the room is clean. It's a nice accommodation for a short trip :)


Aside from the 6/7 flights of stairs I had to climb to get to my room, this place was fantastic


I wouldn't ever recommend anyone travel to Zurich but this hostel was located in a good area when passing through.


Stayed in a female six bed dorm for two nights. Got a good impression. The staff was really nice. Average clean. Unfortunately there was no staff at the hostel between ca 11-15, so we had to sit and wait with our luggage outside the reception and couldn't leave it anywhere safe. The rooms had only small lockers, enough for hand luggage; bring your own lock!

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Hi Thank you for your review. Two hints: 1. We provide padlocks for free at the reception. Just ask for it when you check-in. 2. Reception is closed from noon to 3 PM. If you arrive during lunch time ask the housekeeping crew to lock your luggage. They will help you. Kind Regards


Probably the worst hostel I ever stayed in (and I travelled a lot around the world and stayed in hundreds of hostels). The noise from the street was so loud that I could not sleep all night. Also the reception closes at 10pm, so make sure you arrive before that time. They also make you pay extra for bed sheets where you cannot even put the blanket inside. Common room is very small, no real hostel atmosphere at all. The facilities are not very clean and not spacious at all. Same for the rooms.


Staff were really friendly, explained everything to us upon arrival. The lady on reception cleaned and dried a full basket of our clothes for 10 francs. Great location right on the Main Street with only a 10 minute walk either side to the lake and main train station. 2 nice roomy showers and toilets on each floor which were always clean. Nice common room area. Bedrooms were spacious and comfy. Would stay here again!


24 hour reception would be nice


It will be good if they could up grade the kitchen facilities and also provide bed sheets without paying extra.

  • 1st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for your input. We check the kitchen equipment a bunch of times a year and refill what has disappeared.. :-) Kind Regards


Apart from the location, I didn't find anything else up to the mark at this hostel. Overcrowded small rooms, unclean toilets and a rude lady at the reception who was apparently cleaning the toilets at the same time as checking in guests. Had to wait a long time every time I went to the reception.


Great location for a decent price, the Swiss Army knives are a great deal!


arrived and was upgraded for free. great location bit hard to find at first but so central to everything . rooms were clean and the rooftop terrace was awesome ! would defiantly go back . wifi worked well in the room and even on the terrace didn't cut out once :)


Staff was so nice. Location is great.


Very handy placement, comfortables mattresses, the staff was efficient, but I didn’t like the fact that you have to pay extra in order to get the bed linens.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review. The purpose why the bedlinen are not included is to give the backpackers the chance to save some money due to many of them still travel with a sleeping bag or bedlinen. If you travel for months you can save a lot of money by bringing your own linen.. Kind Regards


Sheets not included in the price, which is definetly not the lowest in the world, poor internet connection, poor shower facilities. When I'd just arrived to Switzerland and had no swiss francs, I was asked to left my passport as a deposit to have the possibility of visiting currency exchange point and pay for my bed in a dorm. Amorphous, unhelpful staff

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