Located next to the train station and Cologne cathedral, with all the main sights in Cologne just a few minutes’ walk away, this hostel has a better location that most hotels in Cologne, for a fraction of the cost. The rooms are comfortable if spare, with good beds and strong showers. The staff is friendly and helpful and there’s no curfew. Breakfast is available (you pay only for what you eat) and you can do your laundry—everything a backpacker wants.