The Best Budget Hotels to Book in Hamburg

Check into the Motel One Hamburg Altona for a cool, stylish and wallet-friendly getaway in Hamburg
Check into the Motel One Hamburg Altona for a cool, stylish and wallet-friendly getaway in Hamburg | Courtesy of Motel One Hamburg-Altona / Expedia
Matt Charlton

From quirky independent boutiques to global brand big hitters, these excellent lodgings across the diverse neighbourhoods of Hamburg provide great value for money – and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

The principal port city in Germany has boat loads of maritime history and brilliant architecture and is buzzing with live music, museums and a vibrant, multicultural food scene. You needn’t break the bank to have a comfortable weekend here, either. These excellent hotels manage to be light on the wallet, while remaining well-stocked in the comfort stakes.

1. NH Hamburg Mitte


A bed, desk and chair in a bright and modern hotel room at NH Hamburg Mitte
Courtesy of NH Hamburg Mitte / Expedia

Completely renovated only a few years ago, the clean lines, bright spaces and beautifully finished rooms of the NH make it the ideal base for a Hamburg adventure. The cool bars, cafes, restaurants and shops of trendy Schanzenviertel are just a stone’s throw away, and you are only two U-Bahn stops to the Hamburg exhibition complex, three to the Gänsemarkt public square and four to the Jungfernstieg shopping promenade. Hamburg is a cycling city, so be sure to take advantage of the bike rentals at reception.

2. NH Hamburg Horner Rennbahn


A bed, desk with chair and glass doors leading to a balcony in a hotel room at NH Hamburg Horner Rennbahn
Courtesy of NH Hamburg Horner Rennbahn / Expedia

This ever-reliable and classy chain delivers another winner here. More traditionally furnished than its Mitte sister, the Horner Rennbahn NH is so close to the Horner Rennbahn racetrack you can almost hear the hay being chewed, let alone the thunder of hooves. Decide to go for a flutter and you’re well placed to splurge your winnings, as the hotel is just a 15-minute journey into the centre of the city, where a parade of bars will welcome you with open arms.

3. Apartment Hotel

Hotel, Apartment

Cosy seating and shelves along the wall in a sitting area at Apartment Hotel
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If you’re looking for that home-from-home feeling in Hamburg, this literally named aparthotel should do the trick. Every room comes complete with a slick kitchenette equipped with a fridge and microwave for rustling up a late-night snack. It’s also conveniently located for the centre of Hamburg, the Hamburg exhibition complex, the harbour with St Pauli Piers and the historic Speicherstadtmuseum, theatres and many other key attractions.

4. Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Centre


A multi-coloured couch and white and pink bed in a guest room at Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Centre
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Mixing the informal feel of an upscale hostel with the sophistication and high-quality finish of a boutique hotel, the Meininger has a unique appeal. The minimalist, stripped-back feel of the rooms is in keeping with the industrial vibe of Hamburg, and the friendly staff are on hand to help you rent a bike, provide a packed lunch (or breakfast) or point you in the direction of somewhere good to eat in the Sternschanze quarter, a short walk away.

5. Superbude St Pauli

Hostel, Hotel

An industrial-style hotel room at Superbude St. Pauli, with a headboard made of a net and a yellow wood bed frame
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Encouraging you to “Conquer Hamburg St Pauli like a local”, this hostel ticks the boxes for anyone looking for a no-frills base from which to explore. The rooms of this budget Hamburg hotel are simple, but very clean – with nice little design touches and marks of quality (such as Casper mattresses) that makes it feel boutique rather than budget. Downstairs, a budget buffet breakfast is on offer, and the entertainment offerings include a lounge with magazines, a projector screen and, most importantly, a bar.

6. INNSiDE by Melia Hamburg Hafen


A bed and a table with two chairs in a modern hotel room at INNSiDE by Melia Hamburg Hafen
Courtesy of INNSIDE by Melia Hamburg Hafen / Expedia

The rooms here are a delight and come equipped with a large king-size bed, flat-screen TV, safe and Nespresso coffee maker, as well as a mini fridge, high-speed wifi and an open bathroom with rain shower. A bright, modern restaurant area downstairs, a location close to the harbour and key sites such St Pauli, St Pauli Piers, the fish market, Jungfernstieg shopping promenade and the Elbphilharmonie concert hall make this a no-brainer for those looking to enjoy a high-spec stay without spending big bucks.

7. Ibis Hamburg Alsterring


Two single beds and a wood wardrobe in a hotel room at Ibis Hamburg Alsterring
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Just 15 minutes on the U-Bahn to the exhibition centre and the harbour, and eight minutes from the main train station, this highly rated economy offering – located in Wandsbek, a peaceful district of Hamburg – provides the ideal budget base to explore the harbour city. With clean, modern rooms offering all the usual facilities, the reliability of the brand will give you peace of mind, allowing you to concentrate on other things, such as gallivanting around this fantastic city.

8. Prizeotel Hamburg City


Two pillows on the bed and a blue geometric piece of artwork above in a hotel room at Prizeotel Hamburg City
Courtesy of Prizeotel Hamburg City / Expedia

Bright and stripped-back, but certainly not lacking that signature Hamburg design flair, this economy design hotel clocks up some major points for its attention to detail and relaxed atmosphere. With design by New York-based Karim Rashid, the space-age surroundings provide a unique and welcoming atmosphere. Positioned close to Hamburg’s main station, you are never far from things to do, and the buffet breakfast is extremely good value.

9. Pyjama Park St Pauli


A bed, chairs and artwork on the wall featuring a guitar with wings in a guest room at Pyjama Park St Pauli
Courtesy of Pyjama Park St Pauli / Expedia

Pyjama Park describes itself as “a small boutique city hotel for business travellers, young design freaks and city-loving individualist”, so you may already have an idea of what to expect when you step through the doors of this eccentric hotel. Rooms (known as Parking Spaces here) are bright, tastefully furnished and individually decorated by a local urban artist. The excellent location means that the hippest quarter of Hamburg, with its countless shops, cafes and restaurants, is right on your doorstep – making it a perfect choice for a budget hotel in Hamburg.

10. Motel One Hamburg Altona

Motel, Hotel

A double bed with two duvets and a desk with a chair in a modern hotel room at Motel One Hamburg Altona
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Cosy, warm, friendly and surprisingly cool for a chain, the Motel One Hamburg Altona puts the port, the world-famous Reeperbahn and the fish market right on your doorstep. With its proximity to the water, the nautical theme throughout should come as no surprise, while rooms are beautifully finished and well equipped, with a rain shower, flat-screen TV and pillow menu. Breakfast costs extra, but is good value.

Looking for more budget-friendly properties? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Hamburg, bookable on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Ilze Ievina.

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