Let’s turn an old DDR car into a cosy bed. Or just shrink yourself like in the 80s movie „Honey, I shrunk the Kids“. Hi and Hello from Lollis Homestay Hostel, a creative, laid-back hostel, run by genuine backpackers.
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Lollis Homestay
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
Lollis Homestay is the 5 Star Hostel in Dresden, and an authentic mirror of the city and neighborhood it’s nestled in. Alternative, unique and social from your very first step inside the hostel up to the highest floor. Their common area on the ground floor is the perfect hotspot to mingle, kick-back, and enjoy a social, friendly hostel vibe.
Every single dorm and private room comes with a unique theme. Creative friends of Lolli, the owner, put in their artistic senses to bring you a giants room, a dorm-cinema and even a so-called trabbi room, the most common vehicle in East Germany.
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Now, let us have a look together why we love Lollis Hostel. We walk in, and are welcomed by a big smile behind a vintage piano, turned into a cool reception. Shall we…?
Lollis Homestay in Dresden is a 5 Star Hostel, because…
1. The non-nuclear power discount and free bikes
The Lollis Hostel opened its doors back in 2001. And it doesn’t take two glances to see this hostel puts in the special effort. Run by locals and designed by local artists, Lollis Homestay is a social hotspot for many locals and travelers.
And do you have any idea how easy it is to score a 10% discount? Let us give you a hint: Super easy.
On their website they list several options of how to get special discounts. You save 10% on your 5 Star Hostel when you can show that your home or office runs by green power and without any nuclear power or coal-burning traces. Have you ever witnessed anything similar?
On top of that: You can even stay for free. Are you able to entertain the hostel crowd for 1 hour? Then your bed is on the house. To apply for such a discount, simply drop them an email beforehand.
Following the alternative, local spirit of the hostel, the accommodation works with local, handpicked tour providers and offers a free bike rental aside. Free? Yes, free! The bikes are not high-end bikes, but road-worthy and regularly checked. Score!
Another sustainable factor is the creative rooms. Let us have a look at this right now in #2; The Design.
2. Mosaic, upcycled Piano, and fun signs
The reception desk is an upcycled piano, turned into a cool, eye-catching welcome area. And let us just say, this is only the beginning of the hostels cool design. The genuine backpacker alternative style is a mirror of the local, alternative, free spirit of Neustadt, the district the homestay is located in.
The hostel offers 17 rooms and every single one comes in a different, unique theme. The main common area can be found directly on the ground floor, while all rooms are separated upstairs. Here is an introduction to the different hostel room types.
When we heard about this concept we were absolutely curious. What’s behind each door? The 17 themes are unique and handmade. If you fancy any specific room, just mention it in your reservation. If availability allows, they’ll be happy to honor your small request.
So let us have a look into the different styles:
1. Spiral Room
Handmade wooden beds with spiral-elements and details such as a vintage lamp.
2. Egypt Room
The Egypt room is a double room with wall paintings, and handmade ballon lamps.
3. Desert Room
Painted wall in a simple desert theme and a cool wall mosaic from 1000 and 1 nights.
4. Princess Suite
5. Bubble Room
6. Orient Hall
7. 3D Wonderland
8. Movie Room
Movie lover? The movie room has a fun movie-theme, featuring a long film role all over the walls. It’s a small love story of a prince and princess, have a look at the photo below.
Another great detail we enjoy: The film striped lamp ensures the lighting in the room is special as well. Here you can find 13 more design ideas to
steal borrow from hostels.
9. Cinema Room
Many 5 Star Hostels have their very own cinemas: The We_Hostel Bologna, Backstay Hostel in Ghent, and Stay Hostel in Rhodes, Greece. However, there is a dorm which actually used to be their own small and cosy cinema.
10. Cell (single Room)
11. Bastis Room
12. Mosaic Room (with a flair of Gaudi’s Barcelona)
13. Women Dorm
The female-only dorm, for all the female travelers out there. We had a close look at all the 7 pros and 3 cons of female dorms.
14. Religion Room
The religion room is a dorm, combining the worlds biggest religions in one place.
15. Borgeouis Room
16. Giants Room and 17. Trabbi Room
These two rooms are our favorite ones. And this brings us directly to the 3rd criteria of a 5 Star Hostel: The uniqueness.
3. Sleep in a car in a hostel and re-live a movie from the 80s
A trabant (called Trabbi) was the most common vehicle in East Germany, and it’s still today a symbol for the past days of East Germany. The car was only produced until 1991, and they were extremely hard to get due to the planned economy system.
Lollis Homestay got hold of one of these rare models, and turned it into an artistic hostel room – even the lights still works. A piece of history, a piece of art as your accommodation.
Another highlight we enjoy here is the Giants Room. What’s up with that? The designers built a giant couch, chair and table, and turned them into beds. There is a double bed inside the giants table – literally! And the sofa accommodates two guests.
Do you remember the classic movie „Honey, I shrunk the Kids“ from the 80s? Well, this is how you’ll feel.
It is a great hostel to mingle with a big social heart. And it’s their fun, creative side that makes it stand out for us again.
4. No technology in the common areas (no big groups)
We noticed right away this special, cosy vibe. When entering the lounge, left-hand side of the reception, you can easily mingle with travelers from all over the place. There is a big sign encouraging travelers to keep their phones in their pocket, and laptops up in the rooms:
Please respect – computer free area!
The accommodation encourages their travelers and guests to actively get together and mingle. They also decided not to accept any big group or school classes. This is because groups can be quite attention-seeking, and it can make it hard for solo-travelers to connect.
How can you socialize at Lollis Homestay? Join the common area and kitchen, this is the place to be. Besides spontaneous events put together by the team, there are plenty of weekly events we highly recommend to join:
- Monday: Barbecue: bring your steak, cheese or veggie burger, or whatever you want to grill and socialize! (valid from April to October)
- Tuesday: „Ein Bier bitte!“. The accommodation also offers German basics in just 1 hour! (valid from April to October)
- Wednesday: free vegetarian dinner (Mr. Meat-Lover will also like this one!)
- Thursday: Night walk through the bar district of Dresden
- Saturday: Scenic Adventure Night Walk to Lilienstein, a table mountain in the National Park close by for 20 € per person. The tour starts at 3am, and you’ll go by car to the National park „Saxon Switzerland“, climb the Lilienstein to see, admire and photograph the sunrise.
- Sunday: free vegetarian dinner
The city is a true gem! Here is another list of cool things to do in Dresden.
5. Multi lingual and top-rated, the staff
Walk in and you will be greeted with a smile. The reception desk is an old piano turned into an iconic masterpiece. The experienced receptionists speak several languages, and they basically know everything about Dresden.
Any questions about things to do? Forget guidebooks, the receptionists are walking lonely planets with secret, local tips, and those cool hidden gems we all love.
As always at this point, also the online booking platforms confirm our first-hand experience. Guests love to mention the special friendly atmosphere, supported by the hostel team.
What does the hostel offer? Here we made a quick overview of the facilities you can expect:
- Free (old, but roadworthy) Bicycles
- Free WIFI and free laptop to use
- fully-equipped guest kitchen (with free tea & coffee)
- book exchange
- free lockers
- free walking tour guide-books
- laundry service: instead of doing the laundry by your own, Lollis team will take care of it and bring it back to you – pretty handy!
- 24 hours reception
- late riser friendly: check out 12pm (who doesn’t love that?!)
- tasty breakfast (it costs 4€ and it is worth it to go for!)
- For families and groups there is a full apartment around the corner
A few lines about booking
Bare in mind that the accommodation offers their cheapest prices only on their website. In addition, they have different special offers available where you can get a 10% discount or even stay for free. These offers change from time to time, so head over to the official page to see if you can score a discount.
Everybody loves to skip fees, right?
When paying for your stay, we recommend to pay in cash. Payments via credit card come with a small fee, easy to avoid with cash in your pocket. There are some ATMs around the corner.
Bed linen cost 2€ once off, but you may bring your own or use a sleeping bag to avoid this fee.
Some beds are kept available every day for people without reservations, or for those who want to extend their stay. There is definitely a chance if you call the same day or just walk in.
If they don’t have a bed available they will find one for you somewhere else – saving you an unnecessary trek.