Youth hostels historically have shown a habit of being hard to find and this one certainly honours the tradition -the final approach took me some lengthy hunting around the spot, even though using a GPS. This is because the site is tucked away in a leafy hilly woodland setting that looks and feels amazingly close to nature considering it is in fact within walking distance from Bonn city centre. As usual with German HI brand youth hostels, the building boasts a grand scale and such a soaring quality of furnishings it looks luxurious verging on extravagant, and I would suggest looking at this hostel as simply an excellent hotel with the comparatively small side comment that it is possible to bring the night price down by sharing a room with strangers. The website (their own, not a middleman's) quoted an already high for me price of €33 per night, but when local tax and the penalty for not being a Hostelling International member (euphemistically called "Welcome Stamp") were added to it, it came to almost €40! I am sure they had warned me about that in the small print, still I didn't like the surprise hidden charge. The price includes a German-style breakfast buffet, which is generously sized (although the Nutella did run out way too soon) but rather low in quality. No self-catering kitchen -this is also normal for German youth hostels, which are designed for, and mostly used by, very large school groups for whom self-catering would not be practical. In stark contrast to backpacker's hostels, which are typically used by young adults with social integration challenges, the market base here are successful middle class, middle age professionals and their young scions, so any socialising opportunities are, from a backpacker's viewpoint, utterly non-existent. I stayed in a four-bunk dorm with en-suite shower and WC; I hate en-suite dormitories, which I perceive as radically inappropriate to be shared by a group of strangers, but the current trend towards appears unstoppable, unfortunately. Cleanliness and quality of fixtures and bedding in the dorm were, like everywhere else, astounding. An aptly-named "Kaiser" posh supermarket nearby down the road is a great source of commodities, not least chilled bottles of lager which can be bought there for just 79 cents each as opposed to €2.50 at the hostel bistro (cash only, no cards) but you need to be good at evading detection when bringing them back into the hostel because one of the house rules is explicitly no food or drinks from outside. Lastly, WiFi is chargeable and chargeable at a ruthless €1.50 per hour, with no deals available. I am in doubt as to what overall score I should give to this hostel, which appears to say the least not budget accommodation, and therefore definitely unsuitable for me, and I would describe as tremendously clean and comfortable while also diabolically pricey.
This hostel was alright. The nearby restaurants were great and catered to my needs. The hostel was quite cramped though and at time felt like one was staying in someone else's home. Nonetheless, service was great with clean rooms. Overall good.
This is probably not that economical for a Youth Hostel but it had the cleanest, starched and ironed sheets I have seen in any accommodation for a long time. We stayed in shared bunk room of 4 and although the ensuite shower was small, it was hot and clean. Dinner and breakfast were basic but cheap and pretty good value and for cyclists we didn't go hungry. There is a supermarket just down the road if you want to cook your own food. We cycled up the hill which is long through the forest, but not a steep as the main road and it is certainly off the beaten track from the centre of Bonn. Lovely setting in a forest and great ride down in the morning.