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“Very basic but OK for a short stay”
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Black Sheep Hostel
Ranked #20 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Cologne
Brussels, Belgium
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“Very basic but OK for a short stay”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

A bit basic hostel though still OK for a short stay. No towels and very basic breakfast offer however there are some shops & fast food proviers just around the corner. Public transport in the near.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

I met a friend who was also traveling through Germany for a weekend in Cologne. Black Sheep was inexpensive but covered all the basics: clean rooms and facilities, a nice breakfast, and a friendly staff. The hostel is situated in a good location with access to public transportation. Every room has a different theme, which is amusing.

My only complaint was that our room looked out over a tram line, which made things a little noisy at night. Bring a pair of earplugs and you should be set.

Overall, I was pleased with my stay and would recommend Black Sheep.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

Nice little hostel, fairly close to the main touristy areas of Cologne. We had a private twin room which was quite big and roomy - the shared bathroom was immaculately clean and the common room was really comfy too. Best of all there was free (& reliable) internet access which seems to be quite hard to find in Germany!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

I spent a few days solo in Cologne to hit up the famed Christmas markets. The Black Sheep is a pretty great hostel as far as things go. It's located a little out of the centre of Cologne, but nothing is further than 20mins walk and there is the subway which stops across the road which is 4 stops away from the central station - perfect for when you have luggage. Aside from the location, the only other downside is the thin walls, you can hear your neighbours quite clearly. But, with a pair of earplugs, there's nothing that can't be fixed. Otherwise, the hostel was very clean, great facilities with an awesome common room/kitchen area. Free breakfast, nice staff, linen provided, small locker with a 1euro deposit. For a short stay in Cologne, I definitely recommend the Black Sheep.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed October 26, 2009

While i was visiting Cologne i've stayed in Black Sheep Hostel. I had no problems with connecting with them by emails, got all needed info and was told how to get to the hostle from the airport. It's located near the center of Cologne (when i was leaving it, i even went on foot from hostel to the main railway station - it took ~15 min), so it's always easy to start any trip from this place.
When i arrived i've been welcomed by a very friendly staff. I'm not speaking German, but i met no problems with speaking English with anyone in the hostel, including guests from all over the world (including Europe countries, Australia, USA and myself - i'm from Russia). I got a little discount as i decided to spend one night less, than i booked - i was told that it's ok and that night just won't be paid.

Every room is different, has its own unique style and design. I had a "Circus" room and i was very very happy wth it.

The hostel also offers free breakfasts with toasts or cereals. And free spaghetti 24/7 - a great offer if you are low on money.

I would point everybody's attention again to a very friendly staff and guests. Meeting everyone in the kitching in the evening is really great. Thanks, Black Sheep Hostel, my next visit to Cologne - i'll stay with you!

Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

This is not a place to stay if you are not a 'hostel person'. I really felt that I was staying in a fairly ordinary hostel at Black Sheep. There was nothing particularly wrong with it at all, it just wasn't particularly fantastic.

On the plus side: Free pasta, breakfast (cereal and toast, tea and coffee) was provided, great location, free internet access, decent bathrooms.

On the negative side: Linens not included, a bit dingy, security an issue - no door locks. Building (hostel on the 1st floor) accessed through security pass-code an ground floor but after that no locks. (there are lockers in the rooms)

Overall, I would stay at the Black Sheep again as it had everything I needed - a place to sleep, the ability to self-cater, a good location and a decent price. However, if you are not really the type who copes well with hostels then this is probably not for you.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Black Sheep Hostel
Address: Barbarossaplatz 1, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Neustadt-Süd
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Ranked #20 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Black Sheep Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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