A few days back, San and I spent a few days in Hamburg to celebrate my birthday. It turned out to be one of the most interesting cities that we have seen in Europe and our trip was made even more special because of our unique rooms. We stayed in two places while we were in Hamburg – Superbude St Pauli and Superbude St Georg.
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you must have noticed that we hardly ever post about hotels or hostels. We’re making an exception to post about Superbude hostel and hotel chain because our experience was like no other. Apart from being awesome, they also offer some of the most affordable private rooms in Hamburg.
So what exactly is Superbude all about? In short, it is a hostel, hotel and lounge with décor that is fun, industrial and has a bit of color. We have stayed in many hostels all over the world and most of them are surely interesting, but Superbude has got to be the coolest hostel that we have ever seen.
No, it not only a place for young travelers but we met many families that were staying in private rooms here. In fact, I cannot think of any kind of traveler that would not enjoy staying in a place like this.
Superbude St Pauli
Superbude St Pauli is in Hamburg’s trendiest neighborhood. St. Pauli is artsy, hip and has Hamburg’s best street art. The streets are dotted with cute cafes with tables that are lined up on the sidewalk. St. Pauli is where the Beatles spent most of their time and the “Beatles mania” hit this place first before the rest of the world.
The location is awesome if you want to explore Hamburg on foot or public transport. Whether you take a bus or train (U-Bahn), you will not need to walk for more than 3 minutes. Moreover, Superbude St. Pauli is right next to Hamburg’s famous Red Light District – Reeperbahn and Hamburg’s famous nightlife spot – Schanzenviertel.
Superbude St. Georg
Superbude St. Georg is near Hamburg’s Berliner Tor train station, which is a direct airport line. This hostel is also close to the city center and if you walk for 10 minutes, you will reach it. The city center has pretty much all the major historical Hamburg attractions and points of interest.
Superbude St. Georg is also close to Hamburg’s artificial lake Außenalster where you can spend an evening watching the sunset next to the swans. This area also has a few LGBT centric clubs and bars. Personally, I like the St. Pauli area better than St. Georg but I will leave it for you to decide.
Our Private Room at Superbude Hotel in Hamburg
Our rooms in Superbude St. Pauli and Superbude St. Georg were slightly different. They were both furnished in a bizarre fashion and yet were comfortable. The design was unique with things like flip-flop for magazine holder, plungers for coat hangers and newspaper cuttings about Hamburg as wallpaper.
It was good to see a USB charging socket near the bed, a feature that surely many other travelers will appreciate. Our bed was soft and the pillow made us feel as if we were sleeping on a cloud.
The private bathrooms had everything we needed – rain shower, hair dryer, towels, toiletries, etc. Our toilet in Superbude St. Georg had a funny singing fish that we had a lot of fun playing with. Both the bathrooms had a “Moin” soap, which is a typical way Hamburgers greet each other.
Amazing Buffet Breakfast at Superbude Hotel in Hamburg
German breakfasts are awesome and our breakfast at Superbude St Pauli and St Georg was out of the world. We had a variety of fresh fruits, juices, muesli, yogurt, typical German breakfast buns, sauces, cold meat, freshly cut veggies, herbs, salad dressings and coffees.
As a result, we made our own muesli meal with yoghurt and honey, followed by salad, sandwich, juices and coffee. The highlight of the breakfast was waffles because we could make our own! Yes, we often spent more than an hour eating and enjoying our breakfast
Other Amenities in at Superbude Hostel in Hamburg
Travelers often need Internet and one of the best things about Superbude was the availability of workstations in each lounge. We could also print our stuff for free, which really helped us when we had to print our Hamburg card.
I was happy to see a free water refilling station in the kitchen area along with bits of lemon, orange and mandarin slices that we could put in our water jars.
Both the hostels feature a “take what you fancy fridge”, and an honesty bar which runs on the principle of trustworthiness. As the name suggests, you can take what you want and add it to your bill.
Superbude St. Pauli also features an Astra Rockstar suite, which is the perfect place for 4 – 6 friends to stay. This suite has everything to make a party trip epic – dance floor, massive projector TV, guitar, PlayStation, speakers, stripping pole, 6 beds and what not! We did not stay in the rockstar suite, because we were just two. However, we got an opportunity to check it out when we landed on the wrong floor. We would love to go back to Hamburg to celebrate a special occasion and to stay in this room.
Above all of this, the service standards in both the Superbude hotels are exceptional. The staff was always extremely friendly and spoke good English. On many occasions, they helped us with directions and local transport suggestions.
Final Thoughts About Superbude, Hamburg
Rooms in Hamburg are not cheap but Superbude is one of the most affordable places to stay in the city. It is definitely loved by people who stay here and for this reason is very highly rated on TripAdvisor.
Superbude St. Pauli
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