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Hostelz.com's Review
The outside of Steffi's Hostel Heidelberg makes it seem a bit sketchy -- the building itself is large and brown and ugly, and the hostel is on the third floor of the building (the lower floors are occupied by a grocery store, a hardware store, and several offices -- but once you actually climb up the stairs, it's this lovely, newly appointed place.

The Location

Steffi's Hostel is very easy to find. It's located just across the street from the bus/train station, which makes it easy to get to and from other sites in Heidelberg. You basically just cross the street and walk through a little passageway with shops in it, and it's right there. During the open reception hours, you can come in through the front door, but after hours there is a side entrance with electronic key access.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are very nice, and while they're sparsely appointed, everything looks new and clean. We stayed in the four-person, female-only dorm room, which was lovely, although there are mixed gender dorms with more or fewer people per room. Steffi provides bed linens, blankets, and towels for your stay, which is very convenient. There is a bank of lockers in each room, and while we brought our own locks, Steffi also had some available to borrow. There is electronic key access at each door.

There are several bathrooms along the hallway, and there are two bathrooms that also have showers in them. We counted eight showers in total, split up by gender. The showers themselves are fine, but there's not a huge amount of room to change into normal clothes after taking a shower, so make sure you ask Steffi for a towel at the beginning of your stay.

Common Spaces

There are a number of common spaces in this hostel. Firstly, there is the social lounge, which has a large selection of books (many in German, but also a decent amount in English and a few in French), board games, couches, and free internet access, which was really nice. There's only one computer though, so make sure to share!

There is a large kitchen that guests are allowed to use. Steffi provides toast and jam in the morning -- not really breakfast, but it's nice if you just want something to grab before you walk out the door. If you come with a large group, we think that you can arrange to have a more substantial meal prepared (at an additional cost).

There weren't many people when we were there, because it was the first month the hostel was open. The people we did meet were by and large friendly, quiet, young backpackers. It's not exactly an atmosphere if you want to party (although there is a discotheque very close by), but the inviting social places in the hostel encourages interaction between guests. For those who are anti-smoke in their hostels (and who could blame you?) this hostel is surprisingly smoke-free.

Summary

Frankly, we are blown away that the hostel is so organized and professional so close to its opening. Steffi is a wonderful woman who is very friendly (and speaks fluent English). She is known for walking around with her adorable three-year-old son strapped to her back sleeping, and if you stay here, you will see them around a lot. Most importantly for us, it is very inexpensive, particularly considering the amount of perks we received (free internet, towels, bedding, small breakfast). Equally important -- for women traveling by ourselves, we felt very safe in this hostel. We give it two thumbs up!

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June 2009

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Steffi's Hostel Heidelberg Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Clean The hostel is perfectly clean and the staff is kind and helpful. The lounge room I am writing from is a modern and colourful room where you can have free access to the internet or even take a book with you and drop one in exchange. Nice location, perfect for dropping your baggage and then start walking towards the city center.  , age 22, Italy ()
4   Nice place, could use some changes... We stayed here in October 2009. Despite the brochures, this is nowhere near "center of Heidelberg." But luckily a 1 euro direct bus will take you there in a few minutes. For a hostel this size, Steffi's could use more than 1 computer, and definitely put some mirrors in the private rooms so the bathrooms don't get overcrowded in the mornings! I liked the place -- safe, and over a grocery store, and Steffi is very nice. However, be warned that the parking lot is shared with a thumpety-thump all-night disco, and you're in trouble if you want to get sleep or get up early.  , USA ()

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