We often hear favourable reviews about A&O Hostel and the Hostel Sleepy Lion both of which are close to Leipzig’s Central train station (the “Hauptbahnhof”). These are clean, cheap and cheerful options with English speaking staff. Both have dorms (from €14) and private ensuite rooms.
A&O Hostel has nice looking ensuite singles that will run you about €40-55 per night and Sleepy Lion has self-contained apartments for groups. Of the two, the Sleepy Lion has the slightly better location for nightlife and visiting the Zentrum.
The Ibis chain have two brand new places in the Zentrum. They are side-by-side near the Höfe am Brühl shopping mall. One is an Ibis Budget (€40 single) the other is a regular Ibis with larger rooms and nicer furniture (€50-60 single). If you’re willing to spend a bit more Motel One is a top mid-range choice. Two superb locations on opposite sides of Nikolaikirche square. A super comfy room here goes for as little as €65 or double occupancy for a tenner more (bargain) – this is where I recommend visiting friends stay.
The new InterCityHotel is a solid mid-range business stay choice. Stay here if you have a car but want to be near the Zentrum. In the €65-125/night range Hotel Markgraf would be our pick for those wanting to be in the thick of the bars and restaurants of Südvorstadt. Hotel Markgraf cuts their prices significantly in the low season (winter).
Leipzig has several high-end hotels. The Westin and Fürstenhof come to mind. However, if we were going to splurge on a luxury room it would have to be the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof. These rooms would be three times the price in London, Amsterdam or New York. If you’ve ever fancied staying at a uber-posh hotel here’s your chance – downtown next to Marktplatz.
|Hostel Sleepy Lion||Zentrum-West : 1 Jacobstraße +49 341 9939480|
|A&O Hostel||Zentrum-Ost : 2 Brandenburger Straße +49 341 250794900|
|Ibis Budget||Zentrum : 19 Reichsstraße +49 341 14939420|
|Motel One||Zentrum : Nikolaistraße +49 341 3374370|
|InterCityHotel||Zentrum-Nord : Tröndlinring 2 +49 341 3086610|
|Hotel Markgraf||Südvorstadt : 36 Körnerstraße +49 341 303030|
|Steigenberger Hotel||Zentrum : 6 Salzgäßchen 6 +49 341 3505810|
Finally, probably the coolest “alternative hotel” is the Meisterzimmer Pension. This place is a bit out in trendy Plagwitz (tram 14 or S-Bahn S1 from the Hauptbahnhof) but it’s part of a very nifty project called the Spinnerei. The Spinnerei might be a place you’ll want to see during your time in Leipzig, so why not stay there too?
Loads of private apartments are being offered for nightly and short-term lettings. Many are on Booking.com and Wimdu. Also check 9flats. Quality, options and prices vary hugely but I’ve noticed OK looking apartments in the €30-45/night range. People short-letting apartments like this almost always speak some English.
City Apartment Leipzig is an established company with six serviced apartments on Johannisplatz in the Zentrum-Ost. All are 2-bedroom units up to 60m2. As well as nightly and weekly rates they offer discounted flat monthly rates.
City Park Apartments offers a selection of serviced apartments in locations outside the Zentrum – be sure the location suits you. Another serviced apartment company worth checking out is Trinom business apartments. And Studio44 have three apartments for rent in central areas of Leipzig.
Finally, a funky little serviced studio flat, available for rent by day, week or month and in a great location on the ‘Karli’ in Südvorstadt, can be found at www.karli79.com. Friends stayed here a few nights and thought it was a cool pad.
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