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Haus der Jugend Frankfurt

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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - Frankfurt - Haus der Jugend Hostel is not new, but it is well maintained and impeccably cleaned, so that it has an almost-modern appearance. The dorms are roomy and usually quiet. This is one of the best hostels for getting a good night's sleep we have stayed at. The dorms at the front of the hostel have a great view over the Main River.

The Location

The hostel is located on the south side of the Main River and the walk from the center of the city is about two kilometers. To get to the hostel from the airport, take the S-Bahn line S8 or S9 to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). From the train station, take bus #46 to Frankensteiner Platz. The bus passes the hostel just before it stops, so walk back a few buildings, and you're there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are one-, two-, four-, and eight-bed rooms with different prices (and those under twenty-seven years of age get a discount). The rooms are large with plenty of space between beds and have large in-room lockers (use your padlock or borrow one at the reception against a deposit). The doors have locks that are opened by a magnetic card (you leave your youth hostel card at reception at check-in as a guarantee that you'll return the card).

All rooms have sinks, and rooms with toilets and showers are available for an extra charge. The common showers work well, have an ample flow of hot water, and have hooks for hanging clothes. Each shower stall consists of two compartments, one with the shower head and the other with hooks, a shelf, and room to change clothes. All showers have soap dishes. The showers, like the rest of the hostel, are very clean.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are probably this hostel's only negative. The small common space in the reception area has limited seating. There is an adjacent bar with tables, chairs, fast-food and beverage service, and a TV, but it feels a bit sterile. However, in good weather hostelers may want to use the spacious outdoor garden patio or one of the smaller patios, one of which has a giant chess set. There is also a small game room. All in all, the common areas, except for the largest of the outdoor patios, are not ideal places for engaging other hostelers in conversation.

The dining area is large and serves excellent meals. Breakfast, included in the price of an overnight, features several types of bread, cold cuts, and sliced cheese in addition to the usual cereal, milk, coffee, tea. Fantastic lunches and dinners are available for a modest price and include the main course, a salad bar, dessert, and a hot beverage. The dining area borders the largest outdoor patio, so diners can eat outside in good weather. There is no hostelers' kitchen.

Internet and Wi-Fi connections are available for a price. If you buy time on Wi-Fi, be aware that the clock is ticking on your usage whether you're logged on or not.

Summary

This is not a party hostel. It's a great place for those who want comfortable, secure sleeping quarters; good food at low prices; and a location on the beautiful Main River. The rooms can be a bit pricey for those over twenty-seven years of age, but the comfort, safety, and quality of the food make it worth the price. The hostel is easy to get to by bus and is within walking distance of the city center for those who prefer to get a bit of exercise.

by Jack Quinn
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
August 2011

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Very good place to stay in Frankfurt hey I can't say much, but I can confirm that I have been there since 1990 I know very very well the hostel and people there are wonderful. Mr Stefan in the reception and Jean pierre we can t find people like that in germany they are very helpful and gentle. try that hostel and you will see. nice stay in germany.  , Algeria ()
5   Very good i thought this hostel was so good and i have stayed in quite a number of holidays after back packing around europe! it was so nice and clean and the breakfast was really nice too! the bar also offered really cheap drinks and food! it was a very good location also! I would recommend staying here!  , Irish ()
5   Fantastic! great place to stay, lovely staff, very clean rooms with excellent view on the river, if i will go again to frankfurt i will go there.  , Italian ()
2   Ok but prefer to stay elsewhere Ok it's clean and safe. That's about as good as this HI gets. Its full of school groups who make too much noise (including the worst music you've ever heard), the bar is too small and too smoky. It's not particularly sociable. All in all, it's a pretty boring hostel, much like Frankfurt itself. As for location, it is on the river and it is near a nice area full of cafes, but really it's not that good of a place to stay, it's just too boring, sterile, and full of kids. Like I said, much like Frankfurt itself.  , Australia ()
4  It was my second time to stay this hostel. I like this hostel because the location was convenient, room was very clean, and breakfast was delicious. But a lot of school groups were staying there. they made so much noise until midnight. Thanks to them, I couldn't sleep first night!  , japan ()
4  Overall I enjoyed the stay here. Our room was nice, it was reserved for a two-person room but they gave us a four-person room, which was nice especially the extra room. Other than that it was a very clean and well-maintained hostel. The location wasn't too bad either, although most landmarks were walk, none were too far. The only negative I can give is that it mostly catered to school groups. There was very few people above the age of eighteen (mostly sixteen or seventeen). They have a little bar which was ok but closed very early.  ()
4  I passed three days in Frankfurt and i found this hostel great! nice common spaces, very quiet near the room but with a lot people ready to have fun downstairs in the common spaces. There's the 2 a.m. curfew but actually we said that we wanted to come back later and the staff was ok with that, when the bar is closed you can ask for some beer also to the front desk and party in the terrace without annoying so much other people. it's a little bit far from the centre, but very near to the Main river in a part that is like a little town full of pubs and restaurant, and walking along the river is beautiful. go there, guys!  ()
5  I stayed here for six nights in June. The hostel itself is probably only worth four stars. I'm giving it five stars because of its fantastic location. It's located next to the Main River in an area called Sachsenhausen. Absolutely brilliant for cafes, restaurants and pubs. We hardly left the area! I must recommend Sam's Sports Bar which is almost a small hop, skip, and a jump away. The hostel was pretty packed, it took us forty minutes to check in but everything was good after that. Breakfast is provided, the rooms were good enough. The WC06 Fan Fest was set up pretty much outside the hostel's front door so that was really good as well. Only downside, we were close to the main road so there was some noisy traffic about. Minor gripe though.  ()

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