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City Backpacker Hotel Biber
Ranked #8 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Zurich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Avoid this place”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

The hotel has a good location (close to the station and in the middle of the old town), but the interior is off-putting. I stayed there 1 night only. Without an exaggeration, I have to say it was the worst hostel I have ever stayed in (and I am quite an experienced traveller and a non-demanding person). I stayed in the female dorm; late at night I had been awaken by the swarm of bed bugs wondering on my sheets and biting me... Avoid this place, it is smelly, dirty and infested with bed bugs!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2011

Stayed here for one night in a private double room and had a good stay. The room was clean and had enough space for 2 persons with their luggage. Our room was in the first floor (1 floor below the reception) and there was a shared bathroom/shower in the floor which was spotlessy clean and had hot and cold water. Although the hotel was full, we never felt that it was crowded or faced any problems using the shared facilities. Regarding the location, the hotel is in a very central location with 5 min walk to the main train station and the shopping area. Also, the street where the hotel is located is a lively street full of bars & restaurants.
The only drawbacks of this hostel is its reception hours and the lack of A/C. The reception is closed from 11am to 3pm so when we arrived we had to wait for more than an hour doing nothing just to be able to check in or even leave our bags somewhere. Regarding, the A/C, although switzerland doesn't get many hot days, unfortunately, the day of our stay was very hot so the room was really hot & we couldn't open the window while sleeping because of the street noise.
All in all, this is a very convinient hostel in a very central location with an affordable price in a very expensive country, and I would definetly stay there again if I come back to Zurich.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

Hotel Biber isn't a hotel at all. It's simply an overpriced hostel. The location is great, however the directions to get to the hostel were very poor and the cabbie had no clue where the place was located. We got lost, but in the end found the place. This place isn't extremely clean and breakfast isn't included. For the price of the place they should have had more helpful staff. We asked about fun bars in town and the girl at the front desk could barely direct us to any good places. Similarly, you have to pay for your own towels. Overall, the place isn't that great for the price.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2011

The service we got when checking in was very friendly!
I stayed here one night with my boyfriend and our private double room was very nice! It was clean. The beds were comfortable and we had a nice vanity area and closet.
The location was unbeatable! It was not far from the train station, within a seconds walking distance from restaurants, shops, atms, and sightseeing opportunities! The hostel had a lot of cute souvenirs, snacks, cold beer, and helpful brochures full of information on Zurich and the surrounding area! The bathroom on the floor was kept clean and was nice enough.
I liked most that this place was in a great location, was very comfortable, and was probably the cheapest place in the city!
One downside is that, since it is in the heart of the city, on nice nights people stay out in the streets talking at cafes and restaurants outdoor seating areas. It can get loud, but it's also kind of white noise.
About the stairs...my boyfriend and I are fit and didn't have a problem walking up the steps with our packs on our backs. For those with huge suitcases I can see how I could be a pain.
A couple weeks later I stayed on my own in a girls dorm. I was just as pleased with my stay! It was a little hot at night though, because there is no AC, like most of Europe.
Side note: a computer is available for money; if you have a laptop wireless is free.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

Cheap place to stay in Zurich but not a great hostel. Rooms are ok and staff were very helpful but really noisy. Loud music and people shouting outside every night until about 3-4am. Had some rather loud and inconsiderate roommates but that's not really the fault of the hostel. Good place to stay if you're trying to save money but remember to take some earplugs.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Manila
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

Don't even bother staying here if you have a lot of big and heavy luggages with you. There is no lift and you need to take the stairs to get to your room. We were huffing and puffing and dripping with sweat by the time we got to the reception after carrying all our stuff. And we had some difficulty locating the place after walking from the hauptbanhof since there was just a small hotel signage. The clue that we were near was the Spaghetti Factory which is also located in the same building. In fact, you will get to see the staff of this restaurant preparing the meals as you climb up and down the stairs.

Zurich is very expensive so we opted to stay at the Hotel Biber. The location is very nice since it is in the old town with lots of shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby. However, this could be a problem for those who have sleeping difficulties since it could get a little noisy outside. Be sure to bring earplugs.

Finally, the staff is great and very helpful, but the place can use some upgrading and refurbishing.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2011

We arrived in Zurich exhausted and had to walk around quite a bit from the train station to find this place. It's off a street so you have to look out for a small sign. This place is also connected to the Spaghetti Factory so at times you'll walk up the stairs and pass by the open back kitchen. Overall, great for the fact that there is free internet, but it's only in the lobby. The washrooms were pretty clean and the location of the hostel is pretty central. Note: You'll have to walk up a few flight of stairs everytime to get to your room and to the lobby.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: City Backpacker Hotel Biber
Address: Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
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Ranked #8 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Zurich
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Number of rooms: 17
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