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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 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 8.4

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    31 Mar 2022
    Super clean, good for socialising.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    28 Apr 2022
    Maybe a bit expensive for the quality of the facilities (the beds are a bit old, the sheets are worn out and there is only one toilet and two showers per floor), as there are cheaper hostels but further from the town center. Location is great, and it was key for my stay, so I was aware of that when I made my booking. Quality/price, a bit too expensive, but it’s okay if you need to be in the town center.
    Italy, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    24 Apr 2022
    The staff are so friendly and kind and I loved how small and cozy this place was. As a solo traveler, it was super easy to meet tons of people especially in the kitchen and at breakfast. It’s definitely a bit old but great location and price for Zurich.
    India, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    16 Apr 2022
    very conveniently located in an ideal location close to all the must do and must sees in Zurich. Hostel itself is extremely clean and comfortable with friendly and a welcoming owner. Great value for money for a hassel free and safe stay.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    15 Apr 2022
    I had a lovely experience here! Met great people and the hostel is in a good location!
    South Africa, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    09 Apr 2022
    Amazing location, great atmosphere and very friendly staff. The only minus for me was that bathroom floors are not the cleanest, but just bring your slippers and that's not an issue. Overall a lovely place.
    Finland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    29 Apr 2022
    Amazing location, and actually looks a lot better than in the pictures. Everything is super pricey in Zurich, including this hostel for how it looked online but was super quaint and nice! Employees were super sweet as well
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    20 Apr 2022
    good hostel, the staff is very friendly and willing to help. You can see they care about giving a good service
    Venezuela, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    18 Apr 2022
    Located in the Old Town area where everything was easily accesible (restos, grocery, train, tram) and walkable. Staff was present and helpful. Area was clean. Only thing I suggest to change is maybe to change the bunk beds to newer ones. They are shaky and made noises. Would come and stay again, if possible.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    06 May 2022
    Overall a good hostel. Perfect location right in the middle of the city.
    Canada, 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