Atmospheric with enthusiastic staff
Excellent hostel with attentive and friendly staff. Bar is atmospheric, staffed by top class, lively and helpful individuals. Beds are comfortable. Decor is typical hostel plain style. Location is perfect, close to nightlife, shopping and railway station. Shower floors slightly slippy but water is warm and everything is clean.
Liam, Reis met vrienden van 3 nachten, 30 sep. 2019
The location was great! Close to the train station, restaurants, shops and cathedral. The wifi was horrible and didn't work in my room (211). I attempted to tell the one staff and he was rude and condescending, talking to me like I know nothing about wifi connecting. Reality is the wifi only works in the hallways, toilets, stairways and a little bit by reception not in at least my room. The showers are unisex with stalls, still a little weird for foreigners. There were youth students running around in the evening being loud and obnoxious. Pretty sure it's called a backpackers so didn't expect or appreciate school kids being there. Not the vibe I was expecting. Overall, not a horrible hostel but I probably wouldn't stay again.
Jess, Reis van 4 nachten, 22 sep. 2019
Popular comfortable hostel close to Main Station
I'm confused by a lot of the reviews. I assume they may be from long ago. Based on those I was was nervous about this stay.
Happy to say that most of the reviews seem (to me) to be baseless or petty.
The site is about 4 minutes walk or less from the train station and cathedral. The beer garden and rear of the hostel does face the tracks/station and so yes there is some noise but this was minor with the double glazed window open and barely noticeable with it closed.
At least during my stay there was little noise from the beer garden late at night.
Check in was easy and efficient. Very friendly staff all around.
I was in a 5 bed dorm and this was spacious and comfortable. Each bed has a light and table. The beds are open, not bunks. Most beds made no noise one in thre room squeaked a bit when the guy rolled over.
Rent towels for a small fee and comes with soap.
I carry medication that needs refrigeration and this was the first time I've been told I had to pay to use the fridge. However, it was only 2 euro a day and the fridge rented is actually a secure fridge(imagine lockers in a fridge) which impressed me for security.
There are lockers in the hallways for valuables. Bring a lock or rent one there.
The toilets and bathrooms were clean, tiled and had hooks and shelves. Lots of hot water and pressure.
The bar and staff were good fun.
Downside - breakfast is overpriced
I would definitely stay here again.
Breck, Reis van 2 nachten, 10 sep. 2019
Was close to city center and the train station. The only complaint i had was the upstairs was stuffy so that you needed to keep the windows open all night. And so i would wake up to a few mosquito bites.
Reis van 3 nachten, 30 aug. 2019
Had a great time here. Staff were great, especially the bar staff. The room was big and wasn't crowded with bunk beds, instead it was just single beds, it was great to not feel confined by having a bed above you.
Jesse, Reis van 1 nacht, 8 jul. 2019
too close to central station, lockers are not free but you cant rent out
bilal, Zakenreis van 1 nacht, 14 mrt. 2019
Great accommodation in a great environment with a great staff.
Reis van 1 nacht, 9 dec. 2018
The hostel was well equipped with restaurant-great food, the staff were lovely and helpful, cleanliness can not be faulted.
It is a busy place, a hive of activity (all day and most of the night) and a great place for those who lead an active evening and night life. Alas, perhaps best left for the younger generation. Otherwise ...Well situated just a block from the main train station and Cologne's beautiful Cathedral. Close to major shopping areas and tourist information center. An overall great place to stay if you don't mind late nights.
Georgina, Reis van 4 nachten, 5 dec. 2018
5 star hostel, great service, perfect location!
1: Location: couldn't be better!! Walk to Central train station in 1 minute and everything is within walking distance. 2: Service:professional, friendly, very helpful front desk! Better than the 5star hotel ones who gives fake expensive smiles, you get genuine friendly service:) 3:big room. A free locker on request by corridor. 4. P. S. I was lucky to have my first night almost alone, very good sleep:)
PENGJU, Reis van 2 nachten, 13 nov. 2018
OK hostel, not the worse, but I've seen better
Next to the Cathedral and the train station. Perhaps too close to the train station, if you sleep with the windows open, you'll hear all the trains. In my five beds bedroom, there were virtually no electric plug. All the beds had personnel lamps, but none of them were plugged in, which meant that people had to open the main lamp at night when coming in. Also, I had to use my battery bank to charge my phone at night. The opening and especially closing doors are noisy, not the best at night. The washroom are nice and clean in the morning, but can be quite disgusting at night, especially on Friday or Saturday night since there's a bar downstairs and people are partying. There's nice big lockers in the hall, but none in the rooms.
Reis van 2 nachten, 26 okt. 2018