Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Want to escape the crowds and the typical tourist traps?
As the city becomes more popular, Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel is a welcome retreat which lies slightly off the beaten track in the bohemian area of Sternschanze.
The neighbourhood has a real alternative vibe about it, filled with quaint cafés and trendy vintage shops.
Also be sure to check out the restaurant next door which provides delicious pizza!
Sternschanze is a great place to get to know the locals, and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
However, if you’re still interested in seeing the sights, you’re in luck! The hostel is located only 5 minutes from the metro station, a good way to explore the city by day. By night, you’re only a 20 minute walk away to the famous Reeperbahn strip!
Hamburg is an up and coming city in Germany, known for its picturesque waterways and the bustling nightlife.
After seeing all the city has to offer, what better way is there to unwind than returning to Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel!
Who stays here?
Pyjama Park is far from a party hostel, there is no real common room or kitchen to socialise.
Although if your priority is simply to chill out, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Despite having no common area, the bedrooms themselves are very spacious and range from private rooms to 8-bed dorms. Each bed is fitted with a small light, plug socket and a black-out blind for that important extra privacy!
To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you get fresh bed sheets everyday and even free ear plugs to drown out any noise. You’re guaranteed to wake up feeling well rested and refreshed!
Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel is a great design hostel in Hamburg. Yet it is not ideal for those wanting a lively social atmosphere; not your typical backpackers hostel in Hamburg (but keep scrolling, dear backpacker).
It’s perfect for those wanting to relax in a chic and modern environment – and of course, get a good night’s sleep!
You can also have a look at check Pyjama Park Hotel & Hostel Reeperbahn. It is one of the best Reeperbahn hostels.
Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel is the top hostel in Hamburg for:
This hostel is able to maintain this youthful energy with colourful social spaces and rooms with alternative designs and graffiti tagged walls. In contrast to the urban design, the hostel itself is surprisingly very clean and has all the basic facilities to guarantee your stay is comfortable!
Instant Sleep Backpacker Hamburg Hostel is full of energy, and buzz, here are some of the features that make this place unique:
Instruments and open mic nights
Free tea and coffee
1€ drinks for happy hour
Are you looking for a hostel that reflects this appealing social energy? Instant Sleep Backpacker Hostel is a perfect fit for those night owls and social butterflies.
The rooms range from private rooms to 12-bed dorms with a bonus of each bed having a light and plug socket. That is already a big plus.
The hostel also provides a fully equipped kitchen, breakfast buffet and free tea/coffee to ease those morning hangovers (yes, yes, we know…)!
The best places to meet people would be the modestly sized common area which comes with board games, a good idea for those initial icebreakers! There is also an outdoor terrace, a great place to chill out and enjoy those summer days.
During the day this hostel provides the perfect easygoing atmosphere, but it’s at night when the place really comes to life.
The common room brings the energy by offering a variety of instruments to enjoy and open mic nights to show off your skills…or lack of! Of course, a visit to Germany wouldn’t be complete without sampling the beer.
So come to Instant Sleep Backpacker if you’re seeking that lively social experience and the ultimate party!
Instant Sleep Backpacker Hostel is the best in Hamburg for:
Generator Hamburg is part of the international hostel chain Generator Hostels. It is quite surprising to us, but the hostel has a rating of less than 8/10 on Booking.com. Here’s why.
If you are a frequent hostel visitor, you may have experienced that energy of lively chaos that comes with smaller hostels and overcrowded dorms. This is great if you’re looking for a party, however if you’re wanting a more chilled atmosphere, Generator Hostel is the place to be.
This modern and stylish hostel could be likened to hotels simply because of the large building and the amount of space.
The size means you can choose to have a little more privacy, perfect for couples or those wanting to unwind.
Backpacking Generator Hostel is perfect for those searching for the mellow atmosphere of a hotel, but with the character and low price of a hostel!
Location: In the cities heart, directly at the main train station.
Generator Hamburg is a hostel near hamburg HBF. You have access to all types of public transportation here, so a very convenient location.
Of course there is also plenty to see and do outside the walls of the hostel, and the location couldn’t be better! Being directly opposite Hauptbahnhof Station, you have free reign to explore the whole city. Although, as the city is in the centre of Hamburg, you can get around easily by foot whilst being close to all the surrounding bars and restaurants.
What rooms are at Generator Hostel?
After a long day/night wandering around the city, you can rest in one of the clean and comfortable dorms with a choice of 8-beds to private rooms.
There are plenty of special touches to be found in the dorms too!
Each bed includes a light, power socket and a small barrier for that extra privacy. Enjoy getting dolled up for a night out? Female dorms include makeup benches and hair dryers, so you can leave the hostel looking like you stepped out of a hotel! There are also small bathrooms in each dorm, however you can also find bigger ones on each floor of the hostel.
As for security, each bed includes lockers underneath and there is also a free luggage storage room.
You will meet international solo-travellers, young travelers, backpackers and groups of friends.
This relaxing ambience is great, but if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you can step into the Helter Skelter bar for live music and the chance to meet fellow travellers. The name of the bar is no coincidence, as the Beatles actually recorded music here before they became famous!
The creative flare in the hostel doesn’t end there either. The walls are covered in cool artwork created by local artists.
Generator Hostel is the best hostel in Hamburg for:
Usually we only cover the three most amazing hostels in a place. For Hamburg, we added an extra #4. Without Superbude Hamburg, this list would not be complete.
The only reason Superbude Hotel didn’t make it to the top of the 3 best hostels in Hamburg: They only offer private rooms!
Traveling as a couple or group? Then consider Superbude.
Black and yellow, cosy and social engagement – the Superbude Backpackers St Pauli Hamburg is a unique hostel in Hamburg and Germany on many levels. During your breakfast there may be a live concert and your chair can be an actual wheelbarrow.
Superbude shows their love for the city, design, street art and music all over the place. There are lyrics printed on walls, design elements like boxes and ropes from the harbor everywhere.
At Superbude many things are different and unique.
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Hamburg?
Are you a broke backpacker Hamburg? Don’t worry! Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We even have two recommendations for cheap hostels in Hamburg.
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Hamburg.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Hamburg
Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
The hostel bar offers beer at cheap prices and even has a happy hour, 1€ for all drinks!
The hostel can get pretty loud as there are a few more bars located in the building, but on the plus side, you won’t even need to venture outside to sample the nightlife!
This isn’t to say you should limit yourself to staying in the hostel building though!
Instant Sleep Backpacker is located close to the hipster quarter of St Pauli and only a 10 minute walk from the buzz of Reeperbahn. There is also plenty to see during the day too, close to the Botanical Gardens and a short walk away from an S-Bahn stop, giving you access to the whole city.
It might be the easiest way to find a parking spot, at least for us it was super helpful.
As Hamburg is a big city, a car is not necessary and it’s a hassle to find parking. Best way to travel to hamburg is by taking the train and then public transport.
More Hamburg hostels worth a mention
We hope that by now you already have a hostel in mind and a pretty good idea where to stay in Hamburg. We listed more hostels in Hamburg that you want to look at.
Arena Hostel Hamburg
MEININGER Hamburg City Center
Boulevard Hostel Hamburg
MAC City Hostel
Schanzenstern Altona GmbH
Arena Hostel Hamburg
Arena Hostel Hamburg is in Lurup area which is known to be a great choice for backpackers interested in fish markets, nightlife and culture.
The rooms are nice and cozy. The beds are very comfortable and the common areas and kitchen are also great. The showers and bathrooms are all so clean which is important to guests.
Perks at Arena Hostel Hamburg Germany:
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Located at Eidelstedt S-Bahn Train Station. The hostel is 10 minute walk from the Barclaycard Arena and the Volksparkstadium. The nearest airport is Hamburg Airport which is 7.9 km. Hamburg Central Station is 8.3 km.
This is a perfect getaway for couples because it is so grand. Boulevard Hostel Hamburg is like a hotel in every way. It is in a historical building and everything in it is quite baroque which is cool.
The breakfast is rich. You can have breads, cheeses, cold cuts and spreads.
It is true that it is pricey compared to others but the ambience, the friendliness, the breakfast, the garden, the room are perfect!
Perks at Boulevard Hostel Hamburg:
Location: Just 600 m from the Außenalster Lake, this Art Nouveau hotel in the Uhlenhorst district of Hamburg. The Zimmerstraße bus stop is directly opposite the Boulevard Hotel, providing buses to the city centre and Hamburg Train Station in 15 minutes. Hamburg Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
MAC City Hostel is close to shopping, museums, and other activities. The location is right by the subway and bus station so it’s easy to get around.
Rooms are very spacious and modern. The bathrooms are modern and spotless. The staff are friendly, helpful, and the rooms are nice and large.
Perks at MAC City Hostel:
Location: Just 800 m from Hamburg Main Train station. Mönckebergstraße is 1.5 km from MAC City Hostel , while Speicherstadt is 1.6 km from the property. Hamburg Airport is 9 km away. There is a cash machine at the property while other banks are within a 2 minute walk.
Every morning they treat their guests with breakfast buffet. Perfect way to start the day because exploring the places in Hamburg.
The rooms are cozy and has natural light which is great. The hostel is quite clean, very quiet, and in a good location.
Perks at Schanzenstern Altona GmbH:
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Situated in Hamburg, 2.9 km from Port of Hamburg. The property is around 3.1 km from Millerntor Stadium, 4.1 km from Fish Market Hamburg and 5 km from CCH-Congress Center Hamburg. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is 5 km from Schanzenstern Altona GmbH, while St. Pauli Piers is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hamburg Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
Remember, Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel is our top recommendation for female solo-travellers for major reasons. It is clean, safe, stylish.
Are hostels in Hamburg safe?
Not all hostels in Hamburg are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Hamburg. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Hamburg?
You can find the best Hamburg hostels in this article!
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