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Oldtown Hostel Otter

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

New hostel in the heart of Zurich with a trendy café-bar where you meet locals as well as other travellers. The former Hotel Otter changed recently into a hostel right in the old town of Zurich. The hostel is above the Wueste, a trendy café-bar. The upper 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 7 dorms and 8 private rooms for moderate prices.

There is a small kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and oven to prepare some small food. The eco 6-bed dorm beds get a basic self-service breakfast (toast, cereals, instant coffee, tea, orange juice, milk, jam, margarine) in the common room, whereas the private rooms, the 4-bed dorms and the standard 6-bed dorms get a bigger breakfast buffet at the café bar included in the price. Free tea and instant coffee 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. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.8

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.2

  • Atmosphere 7.8

  • Cleanliness 8.2

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    01 Oct 2019
    Close to city centre, clean and welcoming 👌
    Australia, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 9.4


    03 Oct 2019
    They have a great breakfast and bar at the pub right below! This location is not too far away from everything, would stay again
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    03 Oct 2019
    We really enjoyed our stay here! Met some lovely people which always makes all the difference. Location was fantastic, lots of great food and shops nearby as well as public transport and the old town (obv, hence the name haha). Staff were also helpful :)
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    02 Oct 2019
    very good location, nice place, i stayed only one night so not much to review, mi bed has no towel, but it was no problem to me, good instalations
    Argentina, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    04 Oct 2019
    I enjoyed the stay. It was decent and the location was perfect. Only thing is I believe they have bed bugs. I stayed in room 42 for 2 nights and I woke up with bites on my arms. I’ve have encountered bed bugs before and this looked exact same bites. Great place but wouldn’t stay again till I know the bugs are gone.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    01 Oct 2019
    Free breakfast. Kitchen has microwave and fridge. Basic rooms. No plug for each bed.
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    03 Oct 2019
    Bring earplugs and don’t expect to do any cooking. The hostel was ok, very forgettable. Clean enough.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 6.9


    04 Oct 2019
    Only real downside was the staff, quite rude and unhelpful. Should really learn to be more helpful especially whilst working in a hostel. Location very good, security is decent some stranger ended up in our room! Price is ok for Switzerland but I’ve stayed in much better for less. Hard to socialise in the bar as it’s full of people not staying in the hostel so hard to know who to approach, but still lots of people staying at the hostel to meet!
    Ireland, Male, 18-24
  • 4.9


    12 Oct 2019
    I stayed here for one night and got eaten alive by bed bugs. Stay away!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 4.6


    05 Oct 2019
    I stayed in a lot of hostels through out Europe and all were great except for this 1. Staff were incredibly rude. I chose to sit down stairs in the bar, I was told to leave as I wasn’t wanting to order a drink straight away. The rooms were very hot and dirty bathrooms were very old and run down. Lets just say i checked out within the hour and checked into a hotel best decision i could of made.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • 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
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Wi-Fi