In Germany and the IBIS hotel
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After exiting the plane, it was a matter of following the signs for immigration and passing the Beeline plane.
Down in immigration, an official would sort passengers into EU and non-EU passengers (with UK passengers being directed to the non-EU lane).
The immigration process was quite simple, with a reason asked for my visit to Germany. My passport was stamped and I was started.
To the Ausgang!
From there it was through the busy baggage hall and into the public area.
I took a few minutes to get organized, then headed to the S-Bahn to catch the train into town.
Now this has been widely advised, but Germany offers €9 train tickets for June, July and August. This also includes local transit options as Germany battles the cost of fuel and tries to entice people to take public transit.
I had paid for mine online a few days before and so had an electronic copy in the DB app ready to roll.
While regional trains, buses and services are mostly proof of payment in the Hamburg region, this means you to have to prepare your ticket for inspection upon request. I’ve seen too many people get caught up in ticket checks – and face a fine.
Just pay to use public transport – it’s easier, rather than risking fines.
The train took me to Berliner Tor today as engineering work was going on outside Hamburg Hbf station. Luckily this station is connected to the U3 line – which would take me to St Pauli station.
A simple two-seater ride is never a bad thing when it comes to public transport, even if you’re only a little familiar with the public transport system.
When travelling, Germany still insists on FFP2 masks for public transport. Be warned.
From there it’s very familiar steps (to the point that I know which end of the station to get off at, which steps look familiar), eventually emerging at the head of the Reeperbahn. I took off to the right and headed for the road behind – where the Premier Inn (which used to be a Holiday Inn Express), the Ibis Budget and the Ibis Hotel are.
But no carnival here this time.
No more Holiday Inn Express. Hello Premier Inn
Normally, dear readers, we go from the Ibis to the Ibis Budget. But today I feel fancy… well, €3 extra fancy.
What does this €3 bring you?
IBIS Hotel, St. Pauli
I walked around the hotel – which was nice and very bright, with lots of space (which the Ibis Budget lacks). I found the reception – however, there was no staff. A moment later, someone appears. Using a mixture of broken German and English, I was able to check in without any problems.
Well, except with my Curve card. Considering some of the changes Curve is going through, it’s getting to the point where I’m thinking about ditching it.
Once the payment problem was resolved, I received my key card.
I headed for the elevators, remembering to press the key card to access the upper floors.
I arrived at the door to room – 312. What wonders would await me?
When entering, you have to put the key card in the slot to power the room. An important note here – when the card is removed from the slot, it powers off immediately, rather than a delayed power off. It’s a useful thing to remember if you’re loading up and going out for snacks.
The room is a simple, modular design. Front and center is the double bed (more bunk beds for yours truly).
On top of that, there’s an office looking out to the street (rather than people’s houses on the other side), the weirdest clothes hanger and storage I’ve seen.
Also, the window opens fully to allow air circulation – given how asthmatic the air conditioning system was in the hotel, being able to open the window was a godsend.
There’s also a TV and several power outlets – a welcome thing to see when you’ve got all the electronics to charge.
The bathroom unit is an interesting beast. It is an all-in-one unit that is bolted into the room, containing a sink, toilet and shower. If you have accessibility issues, it’s important to remember that there is a bad up/down step in the unit.
Nonetheless, the shower had reasonable pressure and the amenities bolted to the wall were more than okay.
In terms of sleep, this bed was pretty reasonable – I had no problem falling asleep on the stuff with this one in the middle between firm and not too soft. I had issues with my glasses falling off the back of the mattress, but that’s life.
I’d like to comment on the quality of the TV channels on offer – but if I’m being honest, I tend not to turn on a TV often these days. The world is pretty depressing online – I don’t need it to be the same in the rest of the world.
Internet connectivity was a bit of a shock, however. I’m used to German hotels offering up to 3-4MB of connectivity on their free tiers (because my wallet is stretched enough during this show). I was getting 100MB connectivity this time.
Wow. That’s a hell of an improvement.
What the real… Perfect for streaming all content in 4K.
Checking out was a breeze – at the end of the stay I was asked for my room number and key, and left the hotel.
While the IBIS hotel is a budget brand, it provided a bed, fast internet, a place to wash and clean as well, as it is a more colorful environment than a budget IBIS (this has also helped to have more outlets).
With the €3 price difference there is no competition to this or an ibis budget if I am traveling alone.
Although I missed the layered bead and hit my head on it.
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