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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 am 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 15h - the code for the box are the last 4 digits of your confirmation-number. After 16h, we are at the bar for questions as well (Sunday the bar is closed) View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.5

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 8.4

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Sep 2020
    Affordable and great location. Can't ask for more in Zurich. Would come back again.
    Sweden, Male, 31-40
  • 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


    16 Jan 2021
    Nice host - fantastic location in the heart of Zürich - Good value-price ratio.... I will come again! BR Alex
    Austria, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    09 Oct 2020
    Great hostel. Little touches considered - eg. Plugs in each locker with european plugs. Nice and clean. Sociable but not party. Great hostel and worth the cost.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    05 Oct 2020
    I was lucky to be able to find such a relaxing, comfortable, centrally located and economically priced hostel with some wonderful add-ons such as self-service breakfast and of course the downstairs and pavement bar with attractive reductions for residents during happy hour. The manager was a friendly, helpful and thoughtful host.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 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+
  • 8.9


    30 Sep 2020
    Very good place.
    Brazil, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    16 Sep 2020
    It's a good place to stay. Staffs are friendly and the location is perfect if you want to spend time walking around the city. People were too respectful so I definitely recommend it.
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    04 Sep 2020
    Top Lage, besser gehts nicht (dadurch am Abend tlw. laut, stört mich aber nicht). Bettwäsche und Handtücher wurden gestellt, es gab ein simples Frühstück in der sauberen simplen Küche (Mikrowelle, Toaster, Kochplatte, Wasserkocher, Kühlschrank). Schließfächer auf den Zimmern und in den Aufenthaltsräumen. Sanitäranlagen waren sauber. Kissen könnten mal ausgetauscht werden. Sauberkeit des Zimmers minimal beeinträchtigt. Problemloser Aufenthalt!
    Germany, Female, 18-24
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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