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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

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

This hostel is located in the heart of Zurich with a trendy 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 bar. The top floor remains 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 Cafe 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. Free hi-speed 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 (locks provided). We provide bedsheets and one towel for free.

Reception is open from 8:30 to 10:00 am, after we are cleaning. From 3 pm the reception is open again, before we might be at the reception as well, After 5 pm we are at the bar until around midnight (sunday closed during summer). On the day of arrival we charge the balance due on the creditcard, if it is not paid, and leave the key in the keybox at the hostel when we close the office before 5pm - 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 7.9

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 7.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    13 Sep 2022
    It adequate for my visit to Zurich
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    27 Aug 2022
    I really liked this hostel. It is very clean, in a great location, a great place to meet new people if you are traveling alone. Even though the hostel is upstairs of a bar the bar closes relativately early so you will not have any issues with noise. All access is through a keycard so is very secured and the lockers for your belongings are very big so you can put a lot of stuff there(they even have sockets inside in case you want to leave your electronics charging).
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Aug 2022
    Excellent location and super cozy and friendly environment. I would definitely recommend the place for backpackers looking for a social hostel.
    Finland, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    21 Sep 2022
    Great hostel, best option for a stay in Zürich. It is perfectly located in the old town, close to everything but still relatively quiet. Rooms are basic but have everything you need (huge lockers, power sockets at all beds). Showers and toilet are basic but clean. Common room is small but offers a chance to have a chat with other travellers. The free breakfast (toast and cereals) is a nice touch. All in all a hostel that is basic but has everything you need in a perfect location
    Netherlands, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    15 Sep 2022
    I only stayed two nights because it was the most expensive hostel I booked for my trip, but Switzerland is just expensive in general. Great price for location compared to everything else around. The staff were great, and it was a good experience overall. Just don’t expect to do much cooking, there’s pretty much just a microwave and fridge.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    15 Aug 2022
    Good location. I arrived late but was able to get in and find my room easily.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 8.3


    26 Sep 2022
    Good value- Great location and the price is good considering how expensive Switzerland is! Quiet location.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    20 Aug 2022
    Not a very social hostel. Some congregation in the communal kitchen area, but other than that, no real opportunity to get to know people. Rooms were fine. Location was good. Average hostel experience.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.0


    17 Sep 2022
    It's a very simple hostel in an old building, not a lot of facilities. I wish it had male-only rooms because I was in the mixed room with girls and there is no place to change clothes - the bathroom is tiny and the showers also don't give you enough space to get dressed - if you bring your things in, they get wet. The price was good for Zurich though.
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
  • 6.0


    12 Aug 2022
    Amazing location with super friendly staff, however the washing service is extortionate and the whole place was disgustingly dirty. The showers were grimy, and so were the rooms, I actually found a used cotton bud on the frame of my bed when arriving.
    England, Male, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • 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