Stay in the heart of Zurich Excellent location – show map

The Oldtown Hostel Otter and its old-established Wüste Bar is a stylish place for the young-at-heart in Zürich's Old Town, about 1,000 feet from the Zürich-Stadelhofen train station and the lake.

The hostel offers beds in dormitory rooms, as well as individually furbished private rooms with access to a shared lounge with a kitchenette and luggage storage.

Surrounded by a wide choice of restaurants, bars, boutiques and international galleries, the Otter Hostel is also a very convenient place to stay.

Wireless internet hotspots are available in the entire Oldtown Hostel Otter free of charge.

The Kunsthaus art museum and the opera are a 5-minute walk away and the famous Café Odeon is just around the corner. The nearest airport is Zurich Airport, 5.6 mi from Oldtown Hostel Otter.

This is our guests' favorite part of Zurich, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Oldtown Hostel Otter has been welcoming guests since Jan 19, 2010

Property Highlights

Located in the real heart of Zurich, this property has an excellent location score of 9.4!


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4 reasons to choose Oldtown Hostel Otter

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Are sheets and towels included?
    yes, bedsheets and towel are included in the prices
    Answered on October 12, 2019
  • Wondering if you have any gluten free options in your continental breakfast inclusion?
    for covid we don't have breakfast at the hostel
    Answered on December 28, 2020
  • Do you offer luggage storage?
    we have free self-service lockerboxes in our common rooms on the 2nd floor for the day of arrival or departure
    Answered on October 12, 2019
  • Hello, are there sockets near the beds? I can't see any in the pictures. Thanks
    we have some multiplugs at every bunk bed, they have some usb-plugs as well
    Answered on February 14, 2020
  • Hello! 1) i study in Prague, do you need covid test? 2) do you have kitchen? 3) if i”ll come to this hostel on 30 december, 8 a.m. can i enter room?...
    Hello 1) we don't need a covid test at the hostel 2) we have a small kitchenette (microwave, fridge, cattle and oven) 3) you can leave the luggage af...
    Answered on December 28, 2020
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Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
Located in the historic old town

The old town's brightly painted houses surround Lake Zurich and the crystal-clear Limmat River. There are enough quirky shops and restaurants here for endless exploration.

Amenities of Oldtown Hostel Otter
  • Picnic area
  • Shared kitchen
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Baggage storage
  • Laundry Additional charge
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Oldtown Hostel Otter takes special requests – add in the next step!


3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa EC-Card Oldtown Hostel Otter accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Males who book the female-only dormitory room will not be permitted to stay and a refund will not be issued.

Please note that cash payment is not possible at this property.

Please note that no visitors are allowed in the hostel

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.

Please inform Oldtown Hostel Otter of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Oldtown Hostel Otter

  • Check-in at Oldtown Hostel Otter is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Oldtown Hostel Otter offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • From the nearest airport, you can get to Oldtown Hostel Otter by:

      • Train 20min

    • Oldtown Hostel Otter is 650 feet from the center of Zurich.

    • The prices at Oldtown Hostel Otter may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.