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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 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb 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 open only few hours in the morning from around 8:30 to 10:00 am due to covid-19 situation. Please write an e-mail for questions. On the day of arrival we charge the balance due on the creditcard if it is not paid yet, and leave the key in the keybox at the hostel entrance at around 14 h - the code for the box are the last 4 digits of your confirmation-number. After 16 h, We are at the bar for questions as well from 5pm to midnight (Sunday the bar is closed) View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.7

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    19 Nov 2021
    Stayed for 3 nights and it was amazing. The owner or main worker was very polite. The place was very clean. It’s in a great location downtown where you can get lost in little shopping ally ways, walk up to the park, uni, or high end shopping center. Highly recommend.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    12 Nov 2021
    Awesome hostel in the old Town of Zürich, friendly staff and great people!
    Austria, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    31 Oct 2021
    Oldtown Hostel Otter is the BEST HOSTEL IVE EVER STAYED IN. The host was so friendly and accommodating. The hostel was clean and the rooms are beautiful. Location is right in town and surrounded by great views!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    31 Oct 2021
    It's very good.clean,staff is nice,free coffee 24 hrs
    Philippines, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    26 Oct 2021
    The best hostel I’ve ever stayed in, in the nicest city I’ve ever visited! Can’t wait to come back!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    20 Nov 2021
    Conveniently located in Oldtown, which is close to all the restaurants. Only thing to note is that the pillows are so thin it’s basically like not having one. Not a huge problem if you can bring your own, but if traveling from abroad, it was a bit challenging.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    19 Nov 2021
    This is possibly the best hostel I have ever stayed at! The rooms are bright and big with large lockers, and towels included in your stay. The bedding is comfortable and the facilities clean. It's a perfect location, right in the heart of the city with easy walking access to most anything you could want to do. Plus, a free simple breakfast in the morning and free coffee/tea 24/7! Would stay again in a heartbeat.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    19 Nov 2021
    The hostel is super well located. It is clean and it offers what you need. They are flexible with check-in times when you let them know in advance. Not a party hostel but there's a bar in the first floor and the location is just great. Prices are cheaper than Swiss standard (but of course higher than other European countries). Recommended.
    Colombia, Male, 31-40
  • 8.3


    18 Nov 2021
    Nice place overall, central location made it easy to stroll around the downtown. Room was ok, hostel did not seem very crowded at the time. And pub downstairs also convenient.
    Finland, Male, 41+
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    31 Oct 2021
    To be honest, there aren't many other options in Zürich for you to choose from, at least in this price range. Seems like it caters mostly to laborers, so don't expect much of that genuine hostel/travel vibe. Otherwise pretty much bare bones place, with basic facilities, cramped up rooms, and virtually no decent place to hang out. On the plus side: terrific location, fairly clean and gets quiet after 10 pm if you need a good night's rest. Owner/manager is an easy going and friendly guy.
    Slovenia, Male, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Flexible NRR
  • 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