Generator Hostel Hamburg is a bright, modern lodging option where rooms start at €25. Photo: Courtesy of Generator
Finding an inexpensive hotel or hostel can sometimes be a challenge in Hamburg, but we have found five incredibly cheap options that range from €14 to €25 per night for a bed in a shared room. Best of all, these five spots meet the important criteria that every Cheapo holds dear: affordable, clean and centrally located.
Every hostel on this list offers free Wi-Fi for its guests along with a few other fantastic perks at little or no extra cost. Solo travelers, couples and small groups will all find pocketbook-pleasing options in this list, including private rooms at low prices.
But as with every bargain that’s not too good to be true, you’ll want to book early to get the best prices and save yourself from last-minute disappointment.
Here’s our overview of our favorite centrally-located hostels and hotels in Hamburg:
Outdoor seating with a view at Jugendherberge Hamburg. Photo: Facebook
Alfred-Wegener-Weg 5 (Map: A)Rates: From €20 (shared room / person); €70 (private double)Booking and Reviews | Official site
Jugendherberge Auf dem Stintfang is one of Hosteling International’s (HI) premiere properties. The hostel’s 8-bed panorama dorms offer a harbor view at a bargain price. Expect the amenities typical to most hostels, including facilities for cooking and communal public spaces for leisure activities such as foosball or TV.
Small print: Breakfast and linens here are included at no extra charge. Non-HI members are charged an extra membership fee per day, and adults over 27 also pay a €4 daily surcharge. Credit cards accepted.
Room decor at the Hostel Kiezbude is the wildest of the hostels on our list.
Lincolnstraße 2 (Map: B)Rates: From €25 (shared / person); €56 (private double)Booking and Reviews | Official site
Hostel Kiezbude has the wildest décor of the five, with rooms befitting its location in the heart of Hamburg’s red light district. Kiezbude has a few 4-bed hostel rooms for solo travelers, but offers a good value to couples or groups seeking private accommodations.
Small print: Note that towels and linens may be charged separately and breakfast is not included. Cash only.
An artsy wall at Generator Hostel Hamburg. Photo: Melissa
Steintorplatz 3 (Map: C)Rates: From €18 (shared / person); €25 (private)Booking and Reviews | Official site
Housed in a former recording studio the Beatles once used, the Generator Hostel Hamburg has beds in 6- or 8-bed rooms, and women’s-only rooms are available as well as private rooms. The design is very modern with bright colors popping around every corner. Especially notable is the airy lobby with a cafe and bar that is a welcoming place to hang out.
Small print: Inexpensive laundry facilities are available on site. Bed linens are included, but continental breakfast is an additional €4.50. Note that special conditions apply for anyone under 18, and that all guests must show photo ID at check-in. Credit cards accepted.
Each room at the Pyjama Park has been individually designed and screams urban cool.
Reeperbahn 36 (Map: D)Rates: From €22 (shared / person); €55 (private double)Booking and Reviews | Official site
Pyjama Park Hotel and Hostel doesn’t toss travelers together like most other hostels. Instead, it books rooms of various sizes, more like a hotel, making this a great deal for couples and small groups. The design screams urban cool, and each room is individually decorated with a unique Hamburg theme and comes with a flat-screen TV. Each room has a sink, but WC and showers are communal.
Small print: Linens are included, but the breakfast buffet is an additional €9. Credit cards accepted.
Meininger Hotel has efficient rooms starting at very low prices. Photo: Courtesy of Meininger
Goetheallee 9-11 (Map: E)Rates: From €14 (shared / person); €30 (private double)Booking and Reviews | Official site
Meininger Hotel City Center is located near Altona train station and offers 8-bed hostel accommodations in mixed or women-only rooms; doubles and group rooms are also available for great prices. Meininger has laundry facilities for guests and offers bicycle rental.
Small print: Bed linens are included (towels extra), and breakfast is an additional €6 per day. Credit cards accepted.