Station - Hostel for Backpackers, Cologne

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A few minutes from Kln Hbf, the location is excellent! The guests are a mixed bunch of families, younger and older people. Reception open 24/7. From my perspective, the only downside is that it is not a haven of peace -- railway track noise, noise from the bar and garden on the ground floor. Also a pity that people smoke in the garden -- maybe this will be something that people will give up eventually.

Age 57 | Sweden

Pretty good hostel, great location

Very good location, very close to the train station. WIFI works only in the common areas. No bunk beds (at least not in my room). Bathrooms and toilets were not really clean and you easily get lost in the corridors.

Age 24 | FRANCE

Satisfactory (for such a large hostel)

One of the employees made a racist remark about my name, which actually surprised me. If you don't like foreigners, then don't work in an international hostel! The rest of the staff was however very friendly and helpful. The facilities were are also quite good, with plenty of lockers big enough to fit my whole rucksack in it. Also, security was pretty tight. I would definitely recommend it, provided you like large-scale German hostels.



stayed here in april and other than the dirty looking rooms and the sketchy kitchen (clean dishes were a rarity), this hostel wasn't too bad. close to the train station, it has free net, friendly staff, and a 12 o'clock check out. It lacks atmosphere.


Response from the accommodation:

Between Jan 2011 and September 2012 we have completely revamped the Hostel,with new flooring,windows,ventilation, new bathrooms and toilets.We have a key card system,including a main entrance door.Free Wi-fi is available in the Public areas.There is now and elevator for Guests.The entire Hostel is since 01.01.13 "smoke free".

Really so-so

I stayed in six-beds female dorm, next to kitchen. Unfortunately I could really hear the sound from the kitchen. Bed is average. The bathroom is a bit dirty. Good location. The staffs were bit unfriendly -- although one of the guy was handsome, he never smiles! Don't forget to bring your own key for baggage! Breakfast is cheap and satisfying.


Response from the accommodation:

Between Jan 2011 and September 2012 we have completely revamped the Hostel,with new flooring,windows,ventilation, new bathrooms and toilets.We have a key card system,including a main entrance door.Free Wi-fi is available in the Public areas.There is now and elevator for Guests.The entire Hostel is since 01.01.13 "smoke free".

The Station Hostel is an ok hostel in a good location. It's located about a five minute walk from the train station in the center of Cologne. There are a couple of grocery stores located just down the street, and the Dom (Cologne cathedral) and surrounding shopping areas are within walking distance.

The hostel is a bit sterile, mostly in the HI/prison style, and is fairly functional and initially unappealing. However the recent renovations to the bar/foyer area have done a lot to improve this. There is more socialising opportunity now at the bar (but the stools are not the most comfortable for a long session). The free internet (which is great to have!) helps to make it a popular hang out area and it's a good place to meet other backpackers. Unfortunately smoking is allowed inside, so it can get very smoky, and there is no other alternative common area for people to go if they don't like choking on smoke. Hopefully they'll catch up with the times and ban smoking inside soon. The music usually played at the bar all day and evening is fairly eclectic but great stuff, and the staff is usually quite helpful and friendly. There is plenty of information at the hostel about upcoming events and exhibitions, including up-to-date music and club guides.

Upstairs are the rooms. The hostel originally had about half as many rooms, but more were added when another wing of the building was acquired for use by the hostel. This later addition makes for a very confusing layout. You may have to climb both up and down sets of stairs and through a maze of hallways to reach your room. And the quality of the rooms and facilities varies greatly depending on where in the building your room is, with the upkeep and cleanliness ranging from average to below average. Some rooms have bathrooms en suite. Although you may pay a few euros more, the ensuite rooms tend to have better facilities than the rooms that share the common bathrooms in the halls.

As well as the bar and internet, there are laundry facilities, a decent kitchen, and free safes and luggage storage. Breakfast is not included, but is available at the bar for a reasonable price, including great scrambled eggs and bread for 2 Euro. Whilst Station Hostel is not especially inspiring, it has everything you need and can make your stay in Cologne very enjoyable.

It's also worth asking for a room in the newer wing of the building since those rooms are a little nicer than those in the older part. Be warned that this is a town that doesn't have enough hostels to meet the demand. So this hostel (and the others as well) may fill up quickly in the high season, particularilly on weekends, so booking a bed ahead of time is highly recommended during those times.

Rob Hughes

The rooms were very nice and clean, but the lobby was always very smokey. Everything was fine until they asked me to change rooms one day, which was fine. I was told to leave my bags in their baggage room (which, I was told, had security cameras). When I came back at the end of the day my bags were gone. They told me that they were "upgrading" their security system and so there weren't any cameras at the time! So I lost all of my clothes and everything I had with me, and had to start again with nothing.


This place was very bad, don't stay here. The staff were very rude to me and my friends and treated me as a thief, as I asked for my ten euro deposit and they did'nt give me it back by saying that I had got it a minute before. I had never been swindled that way. I'm not coming back to Cologne anymore, it was a very disgusting experience. My rate is half a star (only the rooms were quite acceptable).


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Station - Hostel for Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Absolutely great location if you're travelling by train and central to all major sites. Dorm and ensuite very clean and room accessible. Good bar and restaurant. Room did get very warm at night though. Also creeped out by an older couple arriving late, with no luggage who sat on the beds for about 30 minutes talking then just left and did not return.


Great location if travelling by train or want to be central

The only down side was it was noisy with party groups in the street and then the rubbish bind being emptied early in the morning


Everyone was super friendly here - highly recommend the location if you need to catch an early train and want to go to all the tourist destinations. Security wasnt the best in terms of ways to lock up your valuables but key cards for the building and room made it feel relatively safe. The bed/bathrooms/location are really good for the price point and it was easy to meet people!


Soooo many creepy people in this hostel. All creepy old men pedos. Do not go here if you are a woman. Do not go here if you are below 50. Only stay in the hostel if you are a perverted old man.


The hostel has absolutely no kitchen, or a place to prepare food, or a fridge, or even a dining table. Half the reason why hostels are convenient is because they have those things.

Not very clean either and the shower was broken.

The location was great.


Great location, easy check in with friendly staff. The rooms are very basic but its cheap. Our big back packs didnt fit in the lockers but we just padlocks them shut and had them under the beds. The rooms were hot as there was no air con.


Room was extremely hot. No ventilation. Even open windows hardly helped. Windows faced the street beneath which was super noisy at night. Toilet and shower were alright, the one I used were clean.


Very cheap. Allows for free luggage storage the day of check in and the day of check out. No in room lockers, very limited showers/ bathrooms. Very spacious room with 6 beds, all single beds, no bunks.


Very good central hostel for a couple of days, staff were friendly, room contained a sink, and there was a secure luggage room to leave bags during the day. Toilets have a poor smell, but nothing too terrible, and given the very favourable price of this hostel in an expensive city, this was not a major problem.


Good location, nice beds etc. there was no kitchen so we had to eat out which wasnt the cheapest, good for a place to crash


Location is good, but limited facilities with no bathroom or shower in the actual room. Also, lockers are very small and didn't feel safe just leaving things in my room. Bar workers were really cool, but the people in the room made me uneasy.


Disappointing :(

Luggage lockers are in a different room to your bed and you need a padlock for them. If you don't have your own then you have to pay for one.

The bed wasnt very comfy and its very noisy outside because of the central location. The breakfast was alright but quite overpriced - really not worth it.

Very little social atmosphere, people don't talk outside their own groups.

There are plenty of much nicer hostels for about the same cost. I don't recommend staying here :(


Sorry to say but harsh atmosphere, no community feeling at all, also not very clean :/


In itself the hostel was okay. It had a good central location, and was a place to sleep at night. The bathrooms smelt a bit vile, but aside from that it did the job.

Compared to others, however, it missed the opportunity to foster a sense of community and allow travellers to meet others. There was a restaurant and bar, but nowhere free to pass the evenings. It was very hard to meet people who weren't staying in your own room, and that detracted from the experience.


Not enough facilities, nowhere to cook a meal. Bathrooms and lockers could have been cleaner. Overall quite shabby hostel but okay value for money and fairly central.



the whole atmosphere of the hostel, rooms is rather not so cozy.

i dont think it is cheap though to pay like 24 Euros per night for that quality.

cleanyness of the room was ok.


wifi was quick

it is 2min from the main station.

atms are close as well.

Would be cool if hostels would remind people to stay out of dorms if they snore.

1 person ruined the night for the whole room.


Good value and location if youre just needing a nights stay. It was reasonably clean however the place is run down. I would not spend more than one night here in Summer as the rooms are terribly hot with no fans in the rooms (which is something most hostels offer) which resulted in having to open the windows all night, and having the listen to the sound of the trains screeching brakes all night. You get what you pay for.


Decent but not much more than that. Clean, safe but limited facilities - not sure if there was a kitchen? If there was, I wasn't told. Staff are a mixture. Guy on check out offered to store my bags, guy who checked me in send annoyed that I didn't have a euro deposit for the keycard and huffily announced that Germany was "still a cash economy".


Location is great, right around the corner from the Dom. However, it was very noisy. So many bachelor parties with shouting people. But that is to be expected with this combination of location and price.


Not great. Location is amazing right next to the train station and very close to the cathedral etc. but cleanliness of the hostel was not good, not many toilets one of them blocked and out of use everything felt like it would fall apart



The Hostel offers free internet, laundry, bike rental, public phone, walking tours, free city maps, free lockers and a comfy sofa lounge.
It's really worth making an effor tto visit this city, not least for the famous music and club scene. Though almost completely destroyed in WWII, Cologne was quickly rebuilt, and many of it's old churches and monuments have been meticulously restored. Cologne central station is the most important railway station in Germany today, trains running directly to Amsterdam (2,5h), Paris (4h), Berlin (4,5h), Prague (8h), Munich (5,5h). Cologne airport is the new hub for budget airlines with one-way flights from 20,- € to Berlin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Vienna and Paris.

Location and Contact


• Colognes original Backpacker-Hostel and Budget Hotel, in the very heart of the City.
• Located just 150 m from the central train station and world famous cathedral "Koelner Dom".
• Find Us
• Take the main exit of the central station where you see the famous cathedral (DOM) to your left and an offic-building with a ROLEX-commercial on top to your right.
• Directly behind this office-building you turn right into Marzellenstrasse where you will find us after 100m on the right hand side.



Address: Marzellenstr. 44-56, Cologne (Köln), North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Phone Number: +49 (221) 912 5301
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons



24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Cultural Tour/Class



Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental


No Bunkbeds

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Walking Tours

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 7 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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