The Swiss Youth Hostels’ General Terms and Conditions (valid from April 1st 2020)
1) Area of application
The General Terms and Conditions (GTC) of Swiss Youth Hostels apply to all reservation enquiries and reservations at youth hostels operated by Swiss Youth Hostels.
Swiss Youth Hostels is a membership organisation. The following memberships are available:
Hostel Card Standard
The Hostel Card Standard is included in the room rate and is valid from the day of arrival up to and including the day of departure in the youth hostel in which you are staying.
Hostel Card Premium
The Hostel Card Premium can be purchased and is valid for 12 months from the issue date. Hostel Card Premium holders benefit from a discount in all youth hostels of Swiss Youth Hostels for bookings made directly through youthhostel.ch, the booking centre of Swiss Youth Hostels or with one of our youth hostels. The discount is currently CHF 7 per person per night including VAT (excluding prices for children); there are special conditions for groups and children in their parents’ room (excluding double rooms). The Hostel Card Premium also provides access to many other benefits as listed on youthhostel.ch.
3) Lodging agreement and payment
The lodging agreement is concluded directly and exclusively between the person booking (the guest) and the youth hostel at which they wish to stay.
If a lodging agreement in writing is requested, it must be returned, duly signed, to the youth hostel within 10 days of receipt. Otherwise, the reservation is invalid.
The guest must pay the price of accommodation confirmed by the youth hostel, including additional services and visitor taxes, at the youth hostel at the time of check-in.
The youth hostel is entitled to charge a premium for empty beds in a booked room.
4) Payment in advance
In order to guarantee a booking, the youth hostel is entitled to request payment in advance. If a payment in advance is requested, it must be made by the due date stated.
In the case of bookings via the online reservation system of Swiss Youth Hostels, the booking is to be paid for immediately at the time of booking.
5) Cancellation terms
The guest is obliged to notify the youth hostel booked in writing, and as soon as possible, of all changes to the agreement.
The youth hostel in question must be notified of any cancellation of a booking or reduction in the number of guests or period of stay in writing by letter or email, or through the online booking system. This notification will only be deemed to have been given once the youth hostel has issued a confirmation. Cancellations are free of charge up to 14 days prior to arrival. In the event of a cancellation less than 14 days before arrival, the total amount will be payable.
We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance.
6) Cancellation insurance
Cancellation insurance covers the cancellation costs that are contractually due if, for example, the stay has to be cancelled or ended early due to illness or an accident.
Insurance can be taken out during the booking process on youthhostel.ch or at the youth hostel directly. The insurance cover is valid from the booking date. The insurer’s terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed at cancellation insurance.
Arrival is possible during the reception desk’s opening hours. Attention must be paid to each youth hostel’s special opening hours.
Guests who have not made a payment in advance should arrive by 6 pm or give notice of a later arrival to the youth hostel.
Reservations without any payment in advance are regarded as binding until 6 pm on the day of arrival. In the event of non-arrival by 6 pm and if notice of a later arrival is not given, the youth hostel is free to allocate the reserved beds or rooms at its discretion.
8) Data protection
We do not store our guests’ credit card details. At the end of the booking process, the card details are transmitted directly to the credit card company over an encrypted connection and validated.
9) Legal jurisdiction
The legal jurisdiction is the registered office of Swiss Youth Hostels in Zurich.