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What We Love

  • Convenient location next to Hamburg’s Central Station and S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof stop
  • Wallet-friendly mix of private, shared rooms (8 or 6 beds) and female-only rooms (6 beds)
  • Community vibe thanks to frequent movie nights, game nights and “chillax Sundays,” as well as the morning breakfast service and snacks at the wraparound bar
  • Music trivia: the building was once a recording studio where the Beatles performed

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Guests aged 18 and under must book a private room and need written permission to stay from a parent or guardian
  • Towels are included in private rooms only
  • If booking a shared room with friends, note that requests for the same room can be made in advance but are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
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Storied recording studio turned hip hostel-hotel with private and shared rooms next to Central Station

The Lowdown

Next door to the city’s Central Station and S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof station, Generator Hamburg’s plum location makes it a favorite with Euro city trippers, while budget conscious travelers love the mix of wallet friendly shared and private rooms. A world away from the cookie cutter hostel model, Gen Hamburg’s bold interior style shows off a thoughtful sense of place, with a centerpiece sculpture that’s made with vintage bike frames giving a nod to Hamburg’s cyclist culture and the streamlined, space-efficient guestrooms in keeping with the city’s buttoned up (but changing) reputation. Private rooms are available as singles, twins or triples, and all come with pillows and duvets, en-suite bathrooms with power showers and towels. Shared rooms (available with six or eight bunk beds) include lockable storage units for each guest, but towels are for an extra fee and bathrooms, though private, are down the hall. A simple continental breakfast spread is available each morning and hearty bar snacks are on offer at the wraparound bar area from 3 pm to midnight.

In the Area

Explore the indie boutiques, cafes and clothing stores along nearby Lange Reihe street, or head farther afield and join the young, party-loving crowds in the Schanzenviertel and Karolinenviertel neighborhoods. Here, don’t miss Elbgold, Oma’s Apotheke and Kopiba, and, in the winter months, a few glasses of warming glühwein in one of the outdoor cafes. Also worth a visit is the busy Harbor City enclave for its raft of shops and restaurants, and boho Altona, which has a quiet, local vibe.

How to Get There

Generator Hostel Hamburg
Steintorplatz 3
Hamburg, 20099 Germany


4.0 Very Good 1697 Reviews
What hostel has no kitchen!!?
Reviewed 15 hours ago

This place has no kitchen, not even a fridge where you can leave your food. It's a really poor excuse for a hostel. If you have the time to read reviews (I didn't, sadly) check out stayinhostel or somewhere else in the area.

Reviewed 3 days ago

The location is absolutely perfect! The people that work there are very nice and helpful. The only thing is that the mattresses in the beds are not the most comfortable and clean, and the bathrooms and shower are extremely small and not very hygenic. Overall an ok experience.

My stay in Hamburg
Reviewed 4 days ago

only thing which attracts me is, 1 minutes walk from central station, any thing else like bath, rough and too small.Bath was too small, you can't bend your self to wash foot or legs. shower mixer was not good, even can't adjust on your head.if your hand touches with shower tab and water gets cold or hot, you have no where to hide, because of too small bath.

A weekend in Hamburg
Reviewed 5 days ago

Was traveling to Hamburg for the weekend and wanted to stay at a hostel so i would meet new people. Unfortunately this hostel was not what I expected. Everything cost money when it shouldn’t. They charge €4/24hr for their premium WiFi, or you can use their extremely slow regular WiFi, there was no free luggage storage and I had to pay for a locker for six hours when I only needed it for 2 as the only options were “1hr, 6hr, 24hr”. The mattress was not even made, just a sheet on a topper on a mattress. Was really not worth the price I paid for the bed.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The hostel is ok for the price. It is mostly clean and it looks nice. I had bad luck and so I got a bed with stinky bedsheets. I think they forgot to change. The good thing is they changed it after I complained.
Also my bed was shaking every time the guy above moved. It made awful noises. I couldnt sleep one minute because of the squeaking and shaking. It was a total torture for me.
I went downstairs at 2 am to complain. The hostel was overbooked so they gave me just earplugs instead of another bed. It was still awful.
This was the worst night in my life.. and actually I am very used to hostels. But this was... horror.