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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1893 Total Reviews
  • 64%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 69%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 65%Facilities

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If it wasn't for that hostel I wouldn't even go to Zurich. It's an expensive country, so they have to charge you if you don't have sheets, towels or if you'll use credit card (but small charges though). The reception is not 24 hours, so take a look at it before booking. Besides that, great structure, even a rooftop terrace with a great view! 3 kitchens!! In Zurich with expensive meals this is important! A lot of stairs, but for that price in that location it's alright.


Right in the middle of old town! But shower rooms were not in a perfectly clean condition. Toilet sink as well. Not bad but not highly satisfying stay overall.


The Hostel was good, but the price is expensive to the offered accommodation.


Absolutely superb location which makes up for the slightly shabby conditions. Excellent staff that were really helpful. The rooms/bathrooms/kitchen were basic but adequate. Wifi in the common room only and lots of stairs, but overall a good experience.

  • 13th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Amazing place to stay in Zurich, cheap, close to cheap places to eat. Just in the centre of the city! Would be cool if they add WiFi all around the hostel bc the common area can get very crowded at some hours.


This place is located in the middle of the tourist night point of Zurich, with many pubs and restaurants. The only negative point in my opinion is that, they don't offer breakfast and if you gonna stay there on Sunday you'll be in trouble, because in Zurich any store open and the restaurants just open about 11am. But it's a good place and I recommend it.


It was good stay


Serious lack of plug sockets and WiFi only goes as far as reception. Reception is on 4th floor and rooms are on floors above and one below - not one for people with mobility issues or lots of luggage. Key selling points are location and relatively reasonable price.


I stayed there for 1 night.Clean,Great location.Bathroom and shower was clean too.You have to pass a kitchen of a restaurant to get the hostel,it is bad because i felt hungry all the time :) Wifi is only in the lobby.And they want one frank more if you want to pay with credit cart.(Who do that anymore?) Could be a little cheaper but everything is expensive in Zurich.Zurich's old town is really small.You can visit all the places in one day.You don't have to stay.But if you want,you can stay Biber


Computer terminal usage should be free. The rates are expensive, though that seems to be par for the course in Switzerland. The location was great, and the staff was friendly enough, if not available 24/7.


it was good place All staff are so kind i had a great time :)

  • 23rd Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


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

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