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“nothing outstanding, but fair enough for a city trip”

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Weltempfanger Backpacker Hostel & Cafe
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

I stayed in a 4 bed dorm with 2 other friends.
We arrived by car and had no big trouble finding a place to park the car. Guess we were lucky.

We just stayed for 2 nights and were travelling light so the room was spacious enough for us.
But we would have struggeled a bit with more luggage.
The room itself was a bit plain, but had a shelf as well as a tiny ensuite which was clean and did it's job.

Key deposits and bringing your sheets down is fairly common in hostels, so this did not bother me at all. But the whole building is not very new (which was ok). It is just that the doors and locks were aged as well and therefore the door was a bit funny. Plus no lockers in the room. We did not have valuables (luckily) and I would net bringt them along here easily.

It seemed to be very quiet when we were there. We hardly met anyone.

Downstairs was a nice café attached to the hostel. The breakfast and coffee they served was really nice and good value!

Staff was friendly. Quite central in Ehrenfeld, a bit of a walk to the city. But subway is right in front of the door.

Overall good if you just wanna stay for the night and explore Cologne during the day. Just don't expect too much from the hostel. The café was really nice though.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

I found this hostel on internet and came here during my bike-trip through Germany. It was quite okay. My dorm had an own shower and toilet, which was a big plus. On the other hand, the rooms are quite small, the corridors a bit dark and the wifi-system too complicated. Unfortunately I felt a bit ill, so I didn't try the breakfast in the morning.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

After spending 2 hours looking for this hostel on Venloer Strasse ( because a taxi driver gave us the wrong number so we walked the entire street about 3 times, including getting the Ubanh to save time) we arrived and were warmly welcomed.
You have to pay 20€ when you are given the key, and towels are 1€ each. the 20 you get back though.
You have to take you own bedsheets down in the morning, which I found a little much. We were in a double room which meant being on the top floor- after walking for 2 hours this didn't please us. Baggage you simply have to carry.
Obviously this is not a hotel, it is a hostel. But we managed the following evening in a 3* hotel for 1€ cheaper than this, in comparison this place should be cheaper, or have better beds. Our bed creaked all night, so loudly it kept me awake, and the bed was like lying on wood.
However, if you are planning on visiting this part of cologne, it is a central hostel, and for the location alone, I would recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2017
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 December 2016
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Weltempfanger Backpacker Hostel & Cafe

Address: Venloer Str. 196, 50823 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Ehrenfeld
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Cologne
Price Range: £16 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Weltempfanger Backpacker Hostel & Cafe 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear travelers:Welcome to the Weltempfänger Hostel & CaféOur backpacker hostel in Cologne presents you with all the services of a charming hostel. Ideally located in Ehrenfeld, northwest of the city center, we are easily reached by public transport. We offer comfortable accomodation at a low price. Cologne is famous for its friendly atmosphere and that's why it is our duty to provide every person friendly service to make you feel at home.Beside our enclosed café you will find lots of restaurants, a bunch of stylish and old-fashioned bars, night clubs, theater, cinemas, shopping, green parks for relaxing etc. all this within walking distance. For self catering we offer kitchen facilities in the common room. Our café provides fully breakfast with coffee, tea etc. We also serve afternoon tea with a delicious slice of cake or a relaxing glas of wine or beer with friends in the evening.Our hostel is a very good starting point to explore the city of Cologne, this might happen i.e. with one of our rentable bicycles.We are looking forward to accomodate you in our hostel!!Die WELTempfänger [Worldreceiver] ... more   less 
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