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
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
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Storied recording studio turned hip hostel-hotel with private and shared rooms next to Central Station
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.