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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 1744 Reviews
Reviewed 19 hours ago

Great location, staff friendly (Which doesn't seem the norm in Hamburg), Good effort to reduce noise considering this is a central location, so a good night's sleep. I needn't have worried about noise from other guests. Ensuite shower room is tiny but clean. I went through a last minute booking agency and paid well over the odds, so get in early otherwise you'll feel, like I do (that you overpaid, which is a shame. If you get a good deal on price them this is a great place to stay.

Good enough if you only passing through.
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed there to take the train the morning after. The location is great if you need to catch a train. Would stay there again because of that. If you are staying longer - its okey but not special. SMALL bathroom

Good value
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good hostel, clean and in a central location. Bar was well stocked and the table tennis outside was a good place for lads to meet and pre-drink. For a hostel this was comfortable and I'd recommend, though for those expecting a hotel, there is an 's' missing!

Nice place, central location
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place in a central area, walking distance to most attractions! Rooms nice but the shower inside the dorm was quite small. Also the sink did not work perfectly but I guess nobody reported it anyway

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps I was misled to believe that Generator was a normal 3-star hotel with clean corridors, enough decent bedroom and bathroom space with daily cleaning service which included towel replacements. The dorm-type facilities is a good business idea which attracts young noisy guests and the price I paid is not worth it at all. I will be very careful using booking.com from hereon after paying €1,000 for a place like that. I found out my friend paid €70 for a couple room (same date) which I still find overpriced for the unclean and below standard environment and service.