I lodged three nights at the Arena Hostel. The staff was friendly and helpful. Clean with large, secure lockers. The kitchen facilities looked good, but I did not use them.
Arena’s location is probably its biggest weakness. It is just 15 minutes or so by tram from Hamburg’s center but there is almost nothing around Arena. It is located in a light industrial area; it is unclear to me why anyone would locate a hostel there. I had to walk a mile for an ATM, grocery store, or decent restaurant or take the tram to find those things. We’re talking the middle of Nowheresville. And the hostel has an institutional feel to it, right down to the plastic flowers that line its windowsills. When I stayed there in May 2014 there was noisy construction going on around it during the daytime (see photo). I did not find the bed that comfortable. The 6-bed dorm room was uncomfortably warm (+29C) and humid during my stay and Arena does not have air conditioning; but why does it not have oscillating fans? Room fans would definitely help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arena Hostel Hamburg is open since in January 2012. The Arena Hostel Hamburg is a brand new facility located directly next to the S-Bahn-Station Eidelstedt. You can reach us by foot in just 2 minutes. The Arena Hostel Hamburg offers low-cost overnight accommodation for groups and individuals. From double rooms to 6-bed rooms in a pleasant well-kept atmosphere. The S-Bahn can take you in 12 minutes to the heart of St. Pauli or to the famous Reeperbahn Street and in 15 minutes to Hamburg's city center. In the Arena Hostel Hamburg you can have a quiet night's sleep after experiencing the day's hustle and bustle in the city. Our Check-In time is 2pm-7pm. For early arrivals, luggage storage facilities in the hostel available. Check-Out time is 11am. ... more less
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