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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - Zürich Hostel is an excellent hostel with top-of-the-line services, but it is extremely institutional. If you stay here then you have everything you need, but you also feel just like a number.

The Location

The hostel is quite a far way out of town -- about a ten-minute tram ride -- so do not stay here if you're planning on walking into town. However, we bought a three-day transportation pass that covers every mode of transport offered in Zurich for seventy-two hours -- tram, bus, boat, cable car (we're not joking!), and others. We would definitely recommend that. There is a cafe and a couple grocery stores on the same street, so you won't starve while you're there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel is huge -- four floors of rooms. You never have to wait for bathrooms and showers, as there are eight of each per floor. Breakfast is included with your stay and is amazing! You do have to wake up early though, as it ends at 9 a.m.

Common Spaces

Internet is available, but be prepared to shell out the big bucks -- ridiculous, but that's the price of most things in Switzerland. There is a very large dining room, a lounge with a TV, and a sitting area in the reception with chairs, couches, and books.


This is a social hostel, but not really a party hostel as Zurich isn't party city. If you want a place to stay with all the comforts of a hotel and you don't mind paying a high price for the privilege, then you'll love this place!

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April 2010

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Nice hotel-like hostel Big hostel. Reception and common area feels a little bit like a hotel. Very clean. About 15-20 minutes from the city center by tram. No internet in rooms and bad internet in front of the reception.  ()
3   Nice hostel -- bad Internet Very nice contemporary hostel but it is the 21st century and no one likes the fact you can only access Internet from the middle section of the lobby -- it's time to invest in some routers and I think you can afford to put the Internet on ever floor when you charge $50 a night including the dumb $6 a night membership fee.  , age 22, United States ()
5   Great hostel Staff were very helpful and didn't mind speaking english (fluently). Breakfast was fantastic. It was expensive, but it was also the cheapest one I found and it really is value for money.  ()
4   Good accommodations, nice staff The staff here were nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and the food was good. It's a little pricy, but most places in Switzerland are ... overall a good experience and I would stay there again!  , USA ()
3   Large IH hostels are big busisness ventures and feel like it. I stayed at this one for two nights to get the feel of zurich, which i must warn is about three times north american pricing. its a standard international hosteling hostel, not much fun but clean, efficient, and in a reasonable location. Directions -- Exit station on right hand side when leaving from a platform. cross road and head towards mcdonalds. the street before (with a tram line) is the number 7. buy a ticket. those undercover ticket guys are everywhere! take tram about fifteen minutes until it turns hard right then left. exit and go up the hill in the direction of the rear of the tram stop. about a five-minute walk. it's a purple building with a flag, kinda hard to miss if you're going the right direction from the tram.  , Canada ()
5  quiet location but it is very convenient to get around thanks to the extensive tram network. i recommend taking the s-bahn as it is a much easier walk than climbing the steep slope from the train station. the rooms are tight but the beds are firm and the sheets smell nice. i particularly liked their quilted blankets! i've travelled around asia and north america, and i must say this is the most luxurious hostel in which i've ever lived.  ()
5  Awesome place great food and super beer.  ()
4  It's a good hostel, the transportation is nearby and the best thing about the hostel is its culture. I say everyone should try at least once to see the atmosphere here.  ()
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