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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1961 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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A part for being well situated, there isn't much about that place. Wi-fi doesn't work half the time, because there's to many people on, and it only works in the reception area. There is no linen provided (which should be written some where on hostelworld site). The price is pretty high for no fonctionnal wifi, no sheets, no breakfast and a not so nice owner (he's working in a backpacker, he would really need more people skills). If you have lots of luggage be prepare to climb up lots of stairs.


Nice small hostel. Great location to everything in Zurich. Wifi works well in the lobby. Staff was very nice and helpful. Not a ton of places to meet people but if you hang out in the lobby and chat someone up, youll be fine.


Close to the train station (which means it's easy to get to/from airport), great location in Zurich's prettier bar/restaurant area close to downtown. Price looks bad but if you knew Zurich prices, it could be considered reasonable. Keep eyes peeled because the front door is actually around the corner from Niederdorfstrasse. About four floors up to the reception. Squeaky floors. Staff quite friendly. Lockers are small. Cramped.


Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The price you pay for basic accommodations here will make you cringe. But the city is worth it. The location of this hostel is perfect. Just don't spend too much time here. Use the tables on the rooftop to save some money and have a meal from the nearby COOP.


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)


nice hostel


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.

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