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A&O Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place is like a hostel/hotel combination. It's very close to the train and bus station, they offer breakfast for an extra charge but there is a McDonald's 50m's away. The 6 bed dorm room was average and again no chargers near the beds, the bathroom in the dorm was old looking but for the most part clean and linen is provided at an extra cost. Although it is close to the train and bus stations it is about a 10 - 15 mintue walk from the city centre.

I stayed two nights here, one night in a dorm and one night in a private room. It is very close to the main station, everything works and is clean... the bed was very comfortable. The only negative is that the sink in the ensuite bathroom of the female dorm drained very slowly, but that is all. It did everything it was supposed to and I would stay here again when I am in Karlsruhe in the future.

Strictly budget hotel. Very welcoming staff, explained layout of hotel all in English. Basic rooms, no aircon in bedrooms. Clean and tidy. Parking on site for an extra fee. Breakfast was limited but of a decent standard. Bunk beds in rooms for children. This hotel was fine for our brief overnight stay, passing through.

Stayed here twice and found both times to be very pleasant stays. The staff were friendly and the rooms were nice and also clean. The location is perfect if you are travelling as it is located by the Hauptbahnhof and the bus station. If travelling into the Karlsruhe inner city it is just a short tram ride to get there. Overall, an inexpensive place to stay that was of a decent standard for a hostel.

Booked and paid online for a bedroom for one night on the 28 March via Expedia. on arrival I was charged a second time. I informed the employee at reception of the error, who was unable to reimburse me directly on my card because his manager wasn't there. I have since called their customer service/booking team several times. After an initial mess up, they told me I would be reimbursed within 10 days. It has now been over one month and still no sign of the reimbursement. My recommendation avoid this hotel chain at all cost. Incompetent staff and unprofessional customer care service.

The hostel is also a hotel. I booked it as a hostel and it felt a little awkward when there were people in my room worked the night shift and wanted quite AND to sleep all day. Kinda weird. Otherwise the rooms were large and bright and clean. Breakfast was great and the majority of the staff was very helpful (check in staff was awful. But everyone else made up for it) . Literally directly beside the train station and good wifi so it was ideal for my short stop over and to get my future trips organized.

rightn next to bahnhof. simple rooms, nothing fancy at all, but clean, and a place to sleep. great if catching early train. prices are good. again, it is very very basic, but ifyou want an inexpensive place with a clean room, this place works fine.

We had a family room on an upper floor that was bright and clean, with a surprisingly roomy and well-lighted bathroom. We had a double bed and bunk beds for two adults and two children. The room was reasonably priced and I believe breakfast was included. Breakfast was typical continental fare. The hotel is steps from the station, a major tram hub, and the zoo (which is also great). Our room faced the train station, so we did hear some trains passing overnight. It was not bothersome to us, but we are not light sleepers.

Like every other A&O it looks more like a hotel than a hostel: little atmosphere and everything costs money. Why the small guest kitchen is locked (you need to pay a deposit to obtain the key!) and on a different floor is beyond me. It's either a rather nice 15-20 minute walk to the town centre, or a short tram ride. Still a decent hostel if you just need a place for the night.

This hostal not hotel is located right by the main train station with lot's of local transportation at your door step, a small but nice zoo, and a short walk to anywhere in Karlsruhe. Modest but clean and nice room size, friendly staff. It's however very noisy in the rooms due to traffic on both sides. The back has less motor traffic but a horribly loud ventilation system. When we were there it was pretty hot and it was unbearable without open windows so we didn't get any proper rest for 4 nights. Not the hostals fault but not good. I would have given an excellent if it was not for the noise, in spite of which it's a hard to beat deal.

Bahnhofplatz 14-16 Karlsruhe BW

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour front desk

Located within a 5-minute walk of Karlsruhe Zoo, A&O Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof is within a mile (2 km) of Messe Karlsruhe. This 104-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and coffee/tea in a common area. Located centrally in Karlsruhe, it's also near Karlsruhe Theater and Europahalle.


For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM. At the end of the day, relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 104 rooms feature desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

At A&O Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and express check-out. Self parking is offered for EUR 8.50 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free newspapers and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Family Room for 2 Adults and 2 Children

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

38% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 107 reviews