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Bildungshotel im Bfz-Essen
Ranked #49 of 67 Hotels in Essen
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65 reviews
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“Clean and friendly”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

I stayed here for a month as a part of an exchange program and it was a great experience. Staff was really helpful. I practiced my German by asking for a light bulb, batteries and change to use on the washer/dryer.
There is a sauna in one of the buildings, but I did not use. I saw some girls in the sauna having fun so I decided not to interrupt them. There is a basement that you can use to have parties 'if you get the permission from the front desk' (nothing crazy or too loud). Quiet time is from 10 pm until 6 am. I know this because we got kicked out of the kitchen a few times for being too loud after 10 am. I stayed in a single-room bed. It took a while to get used to it, but is comfortable enough. You only get one set of clean sheets a week. Check the posting on your floor to find out which day they clean it. On the day you get room service, make sure you put your pillow case, sheets, towels and everything that you want new, neatly arranged on the floor otherwise it will not be replaced. The water from the kitchen sink is safe for drinking. There is stove in the commons' kitchen, but you have to use your pans.
Since a lot of students stay here because it's close to the University you might students from all over the world. It was a wonderful experience meeting people from Korea, Syria, Turkey, Mexico, Russia, etc. A lot of times they get together in the kitchen to make plans to go out. Don't be afraid to talk as mostly everybody speaks English and are very friendly.
The atmosphere is very calm and the surrounding areas are pretty safe, even though it might not look like it. One time I had to walk from downtown (Essen HBF) to Bildungshotel as there are no subways available after 11'ish pm. I thought about getting a taxi, but I thought 'what the heck' and I walked. The walk was about 20-30 min long, but pleasant. There are some areas that don't look very safe, but nothing really happened. I walked at night a few other times and I saw some other people walking too. You can take the tram from Katzenbruchstrasse and be in downtown in 5 minutes or take it to the main station so you can hop on a train and go anywhere in Europe. I loved it!!! I loved going to Essen hbf and buying those German bratwurst.
There is a Lidl store (like neighborhood walmart) where you can get water, food or anything else you might need. They close around 8 pm and don't open on Sundays. There is a bakery down the street that sells fresh pastries.
Overall is a really great place for the value. If you know your way around it's good place to stay and save a few euros.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

I stayed here as part of a business trip to Essen. This is one of the most unusual places I've stayed in. This hotel (if you can call it a hotel) is one of the few places that have very low prices but are also immaculately clean and not sketchy. The location is relatively close to the train station and a somewhat long walk to downtown Essen (a little scary at night, but I didn't run into anything, fortunately).

It is more like a school + community center + art museum + dorm, so the rooms are furnished as dorm rooms. Thus, they are very spartan, with the bare minimum of basics, but I found that I did not miss the extra luxury items. I was really pleasantly surprised at how clean the room was, as normally for something in this price range you start to wonder if it is really worth the low price. In the building there are classes and meetings going on, so if you wind up wandering around the complex you may find yourself passing by a photography class.

Breakfast was outside in the tent, where you could do all you can eat or pay for items, and it was kind of fun ordering from the cases while listening to Bavarian music. The coffee was awesome. The staff at the food tent were very patient with my inability to speak German and were helpful in deciphering what I was trying to ask them.

Some of the staff did not speak very good English, but for the most part they were all very patient and tried hard to help.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay, and great if you are on a budget, and open to a slightly unusual lodging!

Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

This is all about value.
The hotel is in fact part of a student/cultural affairs complex (be sure to fhave the address on you: taxi drivers don't seem to know where it is).
It's exactly what you would expect of a nice Northern Europe student residence/hotel. The rooms are functionally furnished in light wood, but everything is there (including a small fridge: for 43 euros/night, get the single-occupancy double room if you are alone), and there is free wifi. If you are a big breakfast person, the 7 euro buffet is worth it. Otherwise, you can pay for what you eat (as in 1euro 20 for tea and toast).
It is within walking distance of the center of town, such as it is. It's a bit scary walking home at night (deserted post industrial urban landscape) but apparently safe. You will find Germans eager to help, as a sort of matter-of-fact thing to do.
Essen is trying to rebadge itself as a cultural center, but the industrial "glory" is still there (Thyssen-Krupp chimneystacks still dominate the landscape), and has a nice pedestrian/restaurant district in which the prices are surprisingly low (if you like pseudo-Italian). A German meal for 7 euros is copious, straightforward, and the ingredients will be fresh.
Don't be fooled by the astronomical rates posted on Tripadvisor, though. Actual rates (outside special events) are much cheaper. And you can always stay at the Bildungshotel for $200 less.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Bildungshotel im Bfz-Essen
Address: Karolingerstrasse 93 | Hoteleingang in der Blücherstr.1, 45141 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Essen
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Ranked #49 of 67 Hotels in Essen
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bildungshotel im Bfz-Essen 2*
Number of rooms: 227
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