Yoho is the abbreviation for the 'Youth Hotel' and it's located in Hamburg. I'll admit that when I was told to book it for a visit earlier this week, I did worry that it might be like a youth hostel. Perhaps before I checked out in the morning they would make me clean my room or wash the dishes. Fortunately neither was the case, and despite the strange name, I found a rather charming modern hotel located in a nice old historic building. The main criteria by which they justify the name is that they offer slightly lower prices for guests who are under 26. Sadly nothing I can benefit from any more. It's not - so far as I can tell - in any way linked with the Yo! Sushi brand so that may be a relief to some and a disappointment to others.
I went to the hotel with two colleagues from our Bremen office and we arrived quite late in the evening. The hotel was in a pleasant area of the city with lots of nice old buildings around, including the very pretty Jerusalem Hospital which stands right opposite the Yoho. I'm told that the area is close to the University and an area called something like the Schanzenviertel which one colleague described as 'young and lively' and another as 'likely to get you killed'. I can't comment on either claim but the area around the hotel was very pleasant.
We found space to park on the street outside but there did seem to be some kind of car park behind the hotel but we couldn't find out how to get into it. Entrance is up a flight of stone steps and through grand high glazed doors. Directly in front of us we found a large dining area which seemed to be full and looked like it was hosting some kind of Christmas party. Reception was tucked off to the left and the bar/bistro was to the right.Check in was quick and easy and because I'd checked on the hotel's website beforehand, I knew they had free internet access (my favourite type) and so I asked for access codes for the three of us. I took the lift to the third floor and found my room which was located on the back of the hotel and was exceptionally quiet.
The room wasn't enormous but was entirely big enough. The bed was only a single, but seemed to be a wider than normal single. There were two big fluffy pillows, one large, one small, and I struggled to interpret quite how they were to be used. There was a folded quilt and a fluffy blanket draped across the bottom. There was a small slightly old-fashioned television, a desk with internet cable, a built in wardrobe and a small lump of wood beside the bed that served as a sort of bedside table. It was large enough for my book and my alarm clock but not much more. The bathroom was tiny but stylish and equipped with an expensive-looking sink unit. The curtains were thin and not very light-proof but I was barely in the room during daylight so that wasn't a problem and the windows had louvred shutters which were a nice feature. So in summary, a small but comfortable room with just the basics that you really need.
Internet access wasn't as straightforward as it should have been as someone had unplugged the router under the table and I had to go through two cycles of "switch it off and switch it on again" to get it working.