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Zermatt Youth Hostel
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I had been in this hostel 3 times and each time it was great. It is more hotel than hoste with good service, all is clean, staff is very helpfull. I love Zermatt but it is very expensive around there and this hostel is good option how to enjoy it. You can choose from room with shared bath and many beds up to two beds rooms with private bath. It was also great that I get dinner and breakfast in the price so I did not have to shop anywhere else.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

I stayed here in an 8 bed dorm for 7 nights while do a ski training course. The hostel is really well run and clean and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The price is very reasonable for what you get and this includes breakfast and evening meal. The quality of the food was superb and the portions are big enough to fill up any tummy. The walk from the station is a pleasant 15 minute stroll through the town with a steep bit near the end of it and its only a 10 minute walk to the bubble lift. Free wifi was included and there is a drying room for boots and ski storage. Really glad I stayed here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank Nick A
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This place is on top of a hill and the way up to the hostel is very steep. If you are carrying a lot of luggage, you may want to consider taking a bus or taxi. From the train station to the hostel, there is only 1 sign “Jugendherberge“ in the town that tells you the way. It took me 30mins to find and reach the hostel.

From the train station, walk up the street to your right once you leave the train. There is a “bucherer watch shop” not far on your right if you are on the right track. Continue your journey up until you see a church. Turn left and walk in front of the church until you see an old Zermatt restaurant on your left side. Walk past it and you will see the 1 and only sign to the hostel. Turn right, follow the road and walk all the way up to a steep slope and you will see the hostel up on your left hand side. Do take note that this hostel does not have any lifts.
The reception counter only opens at 4pm. There are lockers in the public area for you to lock your luggage in between the closing time.

I stayed in the 4 female dorm for 3 nights and the room view was awesome. The window is directly facing the matterhorn. The room is clean and spacious. There are big lockers in the room and it uses a 2 francs coin to lock. It is refundable. The toilets and showers are really clean as well. The hostel does frequent checks and maintenance as I saw the guys going around checking the windows and doors twice during my stay. Breakfast and dinner is included in the price. Please remember to clear your own plates. For the price, it is value for money.

To go to the matterhorn cable car, go down the road staldenstrasse where the bus stop is. Walk past the residential houses. Reach a small junction,turn left to Luchernstrasse. Reach the end of the road,you should see another hostel call matterhorn hostel or Sparky bar. Turn left then go straight up the road, you will reach the matterhorn cable car station. Don’t take a detour by going down the stairs where you come up from the train station because you will have to walk all the way up the same road from the bottom and pass the sparky bar/matterhorn hostel.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the main building facing the matterhorn.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank lpypeiying
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

The hostel was basically a hotel, evidenced by the fact that a ton of families were staying there.

Zermatt can at times be prohibitively expensive, and staying at this hostel is a great way to cut costs. It's clean, cheap-ish, well located, and a has a great social atmosphere (two thumbs up for the ping pong table). If one considers that a) the price of the hostel includes breakfast and dinner and b) it's impossible to eat our for less than 30 francs in Zermatt, then the Youthhostel proves an incredible value.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ross S
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

On the top of a hill this is not handicap friendly. But if you're staying in the Zermatt region, don't pay for an expensive hotel, this hostel is clean, tidy, serves great food, still very close to shops and walks and has the BEST views of Mount Marmott!
The meals served are of excellent quality, soup, main, salad bar and a dessert! Or breakfast of just about anything. If you have a family, stay in a 4 bed room and you'll all have a great time. The staff are friendly and helpful and they have a good laundry service.

Room Tip: A lot of luggage? Take a floor closer to the ground as they have no elevator.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Zermatt is very expensive especiallly for family of four. We took a chance because all hotels weds booked and this wasn't. We had a 4 bed room to ourselves. It was 2 bunkbeds which the kids loved. Beds were super clean and comfortable. They give u nice clean bedding. A plus for us was built in meals. With kids it made it so easy and food was basic cafeteria foood but u get a lot and can have seconds. This place was very. Very clean including bathrooms. Location is less than 10 minute walk to glacier paradise. U get 10% off rentals at interdiscount. There were all sorts of people here from families with small kids like us to singles to groups of men hikers. Nice terrace with view of mstterhorn. Very quiet at night. Suggest reserving ahead. Reception does not open until 4pm for checkin.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not next to bathrooms because of noise. Rooms on backside of main building are very q...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Location
1 word: upslope!
The hostel is about 15mins walk from the Zermatt train station, but be prepared for an uphill journey. The hostel does state the uphill walk in its website; its just that the slope is tough when you have a heavy backpack! To add to the slope, there's a fleet of stairs right before the hostel! To finish it off, the hostel has no lift and you have to use the stairs to get to your room. If you think you can't manage all these, take the electric taxi or the bus. Zermatt is a car-free town. :)
However, all these upslope has a good side to it. The dining room has a view of the Matterhorn (the mountain on the Toblerone packaging). So you can enjoy the view as you eat breakfast and dinner there. After spending 2 nights there, I can understand why its the most-photographed mountain. Very dramatic and majestic.

Room / meals
The room is rather small, but comes with a convenient wash basin (the water up in the alpine region of Zermatt is super refreshing - taste it!) Common toilets and showers are kept in great condition. The same can be said for the dining area. Everything in this hostel is clean and well-maintained. Great job to the staff!
This hostel provides breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is nice and nutritious - bread, cheese, ham, fruits, etc. I particularly like the Ovaltine spread with my bread. I wonder why I don't see the Ovaltine spread outside of Swiss. Dinner comprise salad, main course and also dessert / fruits. Very rewarding way to end your day after expending much energy climbing or trekking the entire day. :)

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Friendly and helpful. No complaints.

Overall, a clean alpine hostel with nice breakfast and dinner, which also comes with a great view. The only thing to watch out for is the upslope location.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sheep1918
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Additional Information about Zermatt Youth Hostel

Address: Staldenweg 5, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Valais > Zermatt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Zermatt
Price Range: $64 - $294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Zermatt Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The world-famous Matterhorn, lovingly called "Horu" by locals, can be seen directly from Zermatt Youth Hostel. Every day of the year, the Youth Hostel offers a charming alternative for all those guests for whom a luxurious hotel room is not necessary to enjoy the Zermatt mountains. ... more   less 
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