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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

for bookings of groups there is an additional prepayment of 30 % necessary after booking! this is although the cancellation fee after booking.

Additional Info:

for bookings of groups there is a prepayment of 30 % necessary after booking! this is although the cancellation fee after booking.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Oldtown Hostel Otter

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Brilliant Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

This hostel is located in the heart of Zurich with a trendy café-bar where you meet locals as well as other travellers. The legendary Hotel Otter changed 2016 into a hostel right in the old town of Zurich. The hostel is above the Wueste Bar, a trendy café-bar. The top floors remain with the previous hotel standard, whereas the lower floors changed into dormitories. The private rooms keep the same services as at the former hotel times with the additional use of the common room with its kitchenette and lockers.

If you are used to stay in dorms, you will appreciate the central location with the possibility to have a great night at the bar and meet many people – locals as well as other travellers. The tourist sights are all within walking distance from the hostel. The Lake of Zurich is just 200 meters away. Although the art museum and the opera house are only five minutes walking distance and the legendary Café Odeon is just around the corner.

The hostel offers 45 beds at the Oberdorfstrasse that leads through upper part of the old town. It offers 10 dorms and 5 private rooms for moderate prices.

There is a small kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and oven to prepare some small food. Free tea and coffee is available 24 hours in the common area. We have free wifi in all rooms and although free luggage storage before check-in and after check-out in a lockerbox in the common rooms on the 2nd floor (free locks provided).

Reception is available from 9 h to 11 h and from 16 h to 18 h, After 17 h the hostel bar opens and is taking over the reception. The bar closes at midnight and sundays it is closed. If you want to check-in earlier or later get in contact with the hostel before your stay in Zurich. We might leave the key in the keybox at the hostel entrance after 18 h - the code for the box are the last 4 digits of your confirmation-number. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.4

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 7.9

  • Atmosphere 7.7

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 7.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Mar 2020
    Great place to stay in Zurich! Everything was clean and I felt super safe. The staff was awesome.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    03 Aug 2020
    Loved my stay here. Nice and chilled, good location, lovely staff. Solid hostel
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    12 Feb 2020
    Nice hostel! The location is good and near to public transportation. The hostel is above a bar so it can be noisy at night but it wasn’t a problem for me. I messaged the staff before hand requesting a bottom bunk and they were able to accommodate me :)
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    17 Jul 2020
    We had a great stay at the Hostel. Due to Covid-19 the Hostel wasn't crowded and the owner didn't fill up the rooms. We stayed in a female dorm for 6 people but only 3 or 4 beds were taken. The location is perfect for a visit at Zurich Close to the lake/oldtown, an easy 20 minutes walk from the trainstation, lots of bars, shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood. The hostel is clean, has a public area/kitchen on the second floor with tea/coffe etc. Very friendly Staff! Would stay there again!
    Austria, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    13 Feb 2020
    Very quaint hostel, perfect location! Bedroom was clean and cozy with individual lockers and sink inside. I loved how each bed had its own light. Toilet and showers were clean. Super convenient that there is an elevator inside the building. No frills breakfast was good. I would definitely recommend this place and will return when I come back to Zurich in the future!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    15 Feb 2020
    Can't give a honest review about most of the facilities as I was only there for the night but legendary location right in the middle of Oldtown!
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    07 Feb 2020
    Expensive for what you get, but that's Zurich. The hostel had everything we needed--lockers, towels, small kitchen, tea/coffee, free breakfast. Good location in the old town with access to public transportation for other areas.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    20 Feb 2020
    Good stuff, nice atmosphere, good price, totally recommended!
    Chile, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.0


    15 Feb 2020
    The staff was nice. Overall it was small.
    South Korea, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    16 Feb 2020
    Perfect location, clean, quite, free breakfast, free lockers and free towel provided. However, was ruined by incredibly rude suff.. Just wanted to ask couple of questions and the answer of the lady literally was: "what's the problem?" "everything is easy". Didn't get at all why so rude..
    Russia, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Wi-Fi