Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

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
Read all reviews

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

Check Availability

Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.7

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    14 Sep 2021
    Great place to stay. 10 min walk from the train station. Right in the old town, close to the lake an many restaurants and parks. People were friendly, rooms were clean, and there was a place to put stuff before checkin and after checkout as well.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    11 Sep 2021
    I was only going to stay here for 2 nights but I loved it so much I ended up staying for over a week! The people there are so fun and the hostel is in such a convenient location! The owner is really nice and fun to talk with! I can't wait to come back whenever I return to Zurich!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Sep 2021
    Great hostel located in the center of the old town in Zurich. Rooms and shared spaces were very clean (bathroom, showers, etc…) and the people were all great to talk to. Each bed had a locker that could fit a good amount of luggage or personal belongings, I fit 2 backpacks and a tote bag easily. Overall, if you’re looking to stay in Zurich on a budget, this hostel is definitely worth it!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    14 Oct 2021
    A great little spot with a nice bar down below. It was great for my one night stay in Zurich.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    12 Oct 2021
    Just a neat place with a staff that is helpful and informative!.The location in right there in the thicket! Stay there if you can!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    04 Oct 2021
    Great place. Very clean and easy to find. The ideal hostel. I've been during autumn so not sure how it is during summer.
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    24 Sep 2021
    Location was really excellent! Restaraunt downstairs offered discounted beers to guests of the hostel. Pretty good atmosphere as well! Staff was helpful and room was pretty good.
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.7


    28 Aug 2021
    Good hostel. Only stayed one night and it was very similar to the other budget hostel I had stayed at in Zurich 2 years ago. It is expensive for what you get but it’s Zurich lol. Comfy bed, Great location - 10-15 min walk to the train station. Noisier than I expected bc of bar for sure but slept through it.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    20 Oct 2021
    First hostel where I’ve had a fridge in my room. It was great to stay for a couple of nights, location is central to everything. 24 hour reception would of been amazing but self check in worked just as easily!
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    04 Oct 2021
    Nice hostel - a bit expensive, but hey it's Zurich. I'm not sure if it's possible to use seriously use the word "cheap" in the same sentence.
    USA, Male, 18-24
Read all reviews


  • 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