As any seasoned backpacker will tell you, the best way to travel while on a budget is by staying at a hostel. As an added bonus, you get to meet interesting people from all over the world. Here are the best hostels in Hamburg, some of which are perfect bases to explore the city, others great for partying, and some that are even suitable for couples or families.
Boulevard Hostel is a hostel and hotel rolled into one, offering single and double rooms as well as dorms, thus attracting backpackers, solo travelers, couples and families. The rooms are basic and small, but if the consistently good reviews are an indication, that doesn’t bother anyone. The wonderful location, right in the center near River Alster, free daily cleaning, Wi-Fi and parking more than compensate.
Arcade-Hostel promises the comfort of a hotel at the price of a hostel. It offers private single- and double-occupancy rooms, which are more modern and stylish than you would normally expect from a hostel, and each one comes with a shower. Conveniently, the nearest bus stop connecting you to the railway station is a just few steps away, so it’s easy to get around. At €7 (£6.20), breakfast is plentiful and great value for money, especially since guests don’t have access to a kitchen. As an added bonus, it offers free parking, which is certainly a rarity for hostels.
MEININGER Hamburg City Center wins over young hearts at first glance, thanks to a casual, contemporary vibe and cheerful pops of color across all of its rooms (both private and dorms) and common areas. In addition, it’s located in a cool neighborhood close to all the major attractions of the city. One of the most popular hostels in Hamburg, this place is ideal not just for backpackers but also for school groups and families.
Schanzenstern Altona offers among the highest number of room choices in town, with single, twin, double, triple, four-bed, five-bed and seven-bed rooms, plus two-bed and four-bed apartments up for grabs, each including a bath. Remember though, only the apartments have access to the kitchen. Guests especially rave about the lavish breakfast spread, made from fresh, organic materials and available at a very reasonable price of €6.90 (£6.10).
If you’re in town to make new friends and party, Backpackers St. Pauli is the perfect hostel for you. It’s right in the middle of hip bars and clubs and right across the street from a movie theater, so you have plenty to do with the new friends you make at the cheerful hostel bar. The dorms (mixed and all-female) are basic but clean and cozy. You can opt for breakfast at the hostel (at a surcharge) or save money by cooking your own meals at the communal kitchen.
The recently-renovated hostel Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel pleasantly surprises backpackers with its super-stylish, almost designer décor. From its location in a happening neighborhood to the sleek, beautifully lit private rooms and dorms, everything about Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel is superior to the typical hostel experience. Each dorm has a common area inside, so you can literally socialize in your pajamas, and make plans about which of the endless series of bars and clubs to hit up.
Generator is a hot pick among backpackers, and understandably so. It’s right next to the railway station and close to all major tourist attractions in town, making getting around Hamburg a breeze. It’s also so snazzy you’ll barely believe it’s a hostel, with an inviting bar and stylish common seating spaces. The rooms (single, twin, double) and dorms (four-, six- and eight-bed) are spotlessly clean, airy and spacious.