Located on a canal boat, this hostel was really quirky, beautifully decorated and maintained. I was only staying for one night which was a shame because it was a great place and would have liked to stay longer in Ghent at this hostel.
The ensuite bathrooms were absolutely tiny and not even worth using, but the public bathrooms on each floor were fine. The bland sort of atmosphere I would expect from a franchise. Stayed here because my friends had booked it but would not stay by myself, not a great place for meeting people. However, beds were comfortable and beer was reasonable. Conveniently located by Hamburg's main train station, albeit a slightly dodgy area.
Only stayed for one night so didn't really get chance to experience the atmosphere, but the facilities were good, room was large and nice big lockers as well. There was a big group of schoolchildren on a trip when I was there, but they were all well behaved and really nice so it wasn't a problem at all.
The hostel is so big, and although the decor is bright and modern, I thought it had a very corporate feel to it. The ensuite bathroom was filthy with hair, mud and even blood on the floor. There is no soap or hand towel either. The people staying in dorm were pretty foul as well, their stuff was everywhere and they were smoking in the room until the staff asked them to stop. They don't ask for ID when you collect luggage, so anyone could go in and take your bags.
I seemed to be the only person staying at the hostel so I guess it's difficult to judge the atmosphere. I was in a 3 bed room which was great in itself, but the blinds wouldn't work so there was no privacy as the hostel is directly opposite apartments. The bathroom wasn't all that clean but quite bearable. The guy who was working there (the owner's brother) was really nice and helpful.
I really can't fault the facilities at this place. I was in an 8 bed dorm, and there was a computer in the room with a really fast connection, plus wifi. The location is great,The only downside is there's no communal area, so people sit outside which is fine, but after 11pm is supposed to be quiet time but as there are no recption staff from 11pm-8am, it's up to the neighbours to ask hostel dwellers to be quiet, and if you are still making noise they may throw water on you!!