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Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland

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1892 Total Reviews
  • 64%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 69%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 65%Facilities

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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


The Hostel in the very city center so the location is great! Also the staff was really kind and efficient and gave me a couple of things I needed (such as a padlock or an adapter) as well as good advices. The room I was in was very noisy and I had to buy earplugs. Also, there is wifi only in the common room (very small, so expect it to be hard to find a seat) and the connection is really bad. Overall, I would say that it offers a fair deal for what you pay (Zurich is VERY expensive)


The hostel was a bit difficult to find at first, you had to know what you were looking for. The primary issue I found was that the wifi was only available in the common area. Instead of folks sitting in the common area looking to talk/meet people, they spent the entire time on their phones or laptops. Security was excellent and the kitchen was nice. Staff was friendly enough, but were only available during certain hours.

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