Overall irritating experience. Most of the staff seemed irritated by our presence (group of students), and one older staff lady was quite rude, frequently, telling us to clean up after other people, to be quiet when we were being quiet, and threw out some of our food even though it was labeled properly. They have one laundry drying machine that takes over 2 hours, but two clothes washers. This means that even if you get your clothes in early, you may experience what I did - after 8 hours of my stuff sitting wet in a pile, I asked as to the fate of my clothing. I was told they might get to it by the next day, and I said I was concerned about mildew, and could they hang it for me. They said no, they would dry it, and I took them back and hung them in my room. Then I was criticized for having a messy room. Staff have gone in to people's 12-person dorm rooms and criticized the mess (clothes only, no food or bottles or anything). There are two showers on a floor (approx 50 beds a floor) and three toilets. There is no wifi, but you can pay to use a network cable to plug in to a router in the lobby and use your laptop there. Two free Ubuntu computers at the front desk are free at least. No breakfast. The place is pretty musty, and they burn incense in the kitchen. So, if you're an asthmatic, have fun. There is a decent common room and that's about the only redeeming thing about this place.
Maybe if I were 18, traveling solo, I'd like the vibe. If you like patchouli and wearing hemp pants, and you haven't showered in a week and a half and don't plan to any time soon, you'll like this hostel. The private room (two single beds) is three feet from the entrance to the hostel so you get to hear every single person stumbling home all night, and the window opens on to the smoker's seating area outside. Noisy and smoky in that room.
I would not stay again and would not recommend.
- Also Known As:
- The Black Forest Hostel Germany/Freiburg Im Breisgau, Baden-Wurttemberg