Where to stay in Hamburg: Generator Hostel

Posted on 13. Nov, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Germany, Reviews

During my Eurail.com stint across Northern Europe, I had pretty much everything planned to the mili-second.

What I hadn’t planned? A  mean ass cold. So when I was on my way to Amsterdam from Copenhagen, and I had to switch trains in Hamburg, I knew my body couldn’t take any more for the day. So when I got out the train station and saw the Generator Hostel in front of me, I knew it was a sign.

Generator Hostel Hamburg: The Location

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The hostel is directly in front of the train station - it’s impossible to miss!

There are many restaurants in the area, including the legendary Jim Block for hamburgers. I also noticed bars, groceries and pharmacies. The touristy city center is also within walking distance, and is definitely worth a detour if you get the chance.

Generator Hostel Hamburg: The Hostel


Having already stayed in two other Generators, I already knew what to expect, which is perhaps why I was relieved to be staying in such a great hostel. And indeed, I wasn’t disappointed.

The hostel really offers what any traveler might need, at a more than reasonable price, all with a welcoming smile, every time.

  • The hostel is massive, with over 7 floors, and a choice of bed dorms or private rooms.
  • The common areas are lively, clean, colorful and welcoming
  • There are many facilities available: laundry room, breakfast room, bar, travel shop and a chillout lounge
  • The continental buffet breakfast is worth the expense
  • The employees are super nice and easygoing
  • Free wifi in all common areas and dorms

Generator Hostel Hamburg: The Rooms

I was lucky enough to be assigned a dorm room all to myself,  meaning that I was able to experience the most popular type of room and still enjoy some quiet time to get over my cold.

The rooms are a bit on the small side compared to other Generator Hostels I’ve been to, including the bathroom. But to make up for that, there are lockers under the bed, power sockets in each bunk as well as a reading light. On another note, the rooms are ultra-modern, nicely decorated and absolutely spotless, which, let’s be honest, is the most important factor in any type of accommodation.

Also, some rooms face the train station, which is a pretty nice view!


I can’t recommend the Generator Hostel Hamburg enough. With such a nice staff, welcoming common areas and cozy rooms, I don’t think hostels can get any better. Honestly!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Generator Hostel Hamburg. As always, all opinions are my own.


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