Following research, we loved what we saw about Superbude St.Pauli and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
In the German port city of Hamburg lies a community full of every alternative thought, way of life and style that we love, it’s name is St.Pauli and in that neighbourhood you’ll find some of the most vocal people on human and animal rights, fantastic selections of food for ever diet from meat eater to vegan – so perfect for us two veggies – and enough graffiti, street art and stamps (stickers) to cover a small yacht.
Our only concern was finding somewhere to stay that wouldn’t be a bleached and beige escape that tries to hide this fascinating alternative culture outside and stopping at the entrance way inside, but we didn’t want to end up somewhere that was falling to pieces like a rotting hostel best saved for shooting scenes in horror movies.
Luckily for us both, we found and fell in love with one place that has the life of a hotel, but with the heart and soul of a hostel.
By Travellers, For Travellers
From the very moment we stepped through the doorway and into the reception area of the hotel you get an immediate sense of being somewhere different, with a different agenda. At the desk itself you’re greeted by the smiling face of someone who knows how tired you are, how much you need to just drop your bags and sink into your bed. You see, the people that operate Superbude St.Pauli are people who have been there and done it too, and on asking have all taken time out of their lives to see the world the way that so many of us do by taking a year out to travel the world and it’s this perspective of travelling themselves that takes this collective team to a quality of service of the next level.
Designed With A Traveller’s Mind
We were lucky enough to spend a moment with Jörn Hoppe who is the General Manager of the two Superbude hotels in Hamburg and during our brief chat we came to learn and understand just why Superbude is a hotel with a little extra something.
Together with the design team Dreimeta, Jörn and the owner of the Superbude hotel chain decided to create a hotel experience based around a different mentality, a mentality more akin to that of a hostel and as an Around the World traveller himself, Jörn knows that the extra mile that most hotels miss out on is easily found in a typical hostel atmosphere, that of people looking to help each other for the sake of happiness and not the cash in someone’s pocket.
Hotel or Hostel?
As with any hostel experience, Superbude aims to not only present a relaxed atmosphere, but they are also aiming to be a conduit to connect people staying – no matter if they’re businessmen in town for a conference or a travelling band – with all that is on offer in the local community and with such a diverse team of people there is always someone around who can point you in the right direction, whether it’s for cheap veggie food (in our case) or the best location to see up-and-coming bands. In fact, you’ll find posters and flyers all round for all kinds of fantastic activities from Night Flea Markets (which we enjoyed checking out), to classical music nights and gigs of all genres.
Setting The Scene
As you can see the design and detail of the decor at Superbude is something really special with attention not only to include part of the buildings history in choice of colouring – the building was once used by the telecom network which uses yellow as it’s brand colour – but also towards using and reusing as many products as possible from old cable reels that were left over when the building was already closed down, but also furniture and other decorations.
On top of that, with such great ties and links to the local community you’ll also see products around this main hall that you can use – and if you love – buy nearby as well. For example, you’ll spot designer plug extensions, chairs made from wheelbarrows (as seen above) and even keyrings made from extinct skateboards.
Time For Tea (or Breakfast)
Past the two Mac that are open to public use, the comfy chairs surrounded by fashionable books and the rows of magazines that split one end of the room to the other you’ll find more than enough tables to play games, write a blog post, read your book and help yourself to the buffet breakfast.
It’s this area that we felt most comfortable with plenty of space for people to sit by themselves or to pair up and start a chat with the other people grabbing a morning coffee. There are games to play, more magazines to read and the whole area is topped off with the little details of design that you’ll find through the hotel.
In fact, when we weren’t catching up with messages home and writing posts we even had time to watch Champions League football –finally! we miss it! – on the huge screen and projector in this dining space.
Up The Stairs
Being as tired as we were it wasn’t long before we took ourselves up towards our room on the third floor, winding our way around the cast iron stairwell that also retains some of the buildings past.
To be expected, the colour scheme continues on each floor and down every corridor.
A Room At The Inn
Across the floors of Superbude there are a number of rooms from doubles, four and six-bed rooms, backpacker-style dorms and a ‘Rock Star Suite‘ for those who come with a larger entourage. For our stay we’d be staying in a double room – and its didn’t disappoint.
The room is full of light and really awakes the colours inside it such as the opposite wall covered with newspaper articles related to the city of Hamburg and the available attractions in the city for tourists.
Also, the few features that the room has are well done, either as reused items or as products used in an alternative way that gives the room a cozy character.
Into the yellow colour schemed bathroom you’ll find more details and a steamingly hot shower, but what stood out to us most was the sticker on the wall asking you to save the world.
Superbude St. Pauli
Juliusstrasse 1-7, 22769 Hamburg
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If we were running a ‘Hotel Of The Year’ award this year for the hotel that ticked every box from design, atmosphere and as somewhere we just didn’t want to leave when our time was up, the winner would undoubtedly be Superbude St.Pauli.
Superbude’s ‘Hotel meets Hostel‘ attitude feels so fresh and more personal than any other hotel we’ve stayed at since we left the UK back in 2012 and we both feel that it’s the kind of place we could spend weeks, never mind a long weekend. From the moment you walk in you feel more part of a collective than just a customer and that’s not something you often experience anywhere else, in fact, Superbude St.Pauli feels more like the beginning of a new attitude to the hospitality sector that other hotels will be trying to emulate for years to come and whilst they may try, this one hotel is going to be pretty darn hard to beat.