ibis Bochum Zentrum

ibis Bochum-Zentrum

72.25 EUR


4.6/5 Pros

  • Great location next to the main station
  • Own parking lot
  • Interesting studio room
  • Kind staff

12th March 2024 brought me to Bochum in the German Ruhrgebiet. The city hosted my very first Rock of Ages show in 2024. As there were two shows in a row and I wanted to work during the day, I needed an affordable stay, not too far away from the venue, which is offering late check-out. That allowed me to work the second day. I went for an Accor option and chose the ibis Bochum Zentrum (“City Center”). Here are my thoughts about the hotel.


ibis Bochum-Zentrum – Location

The hotel is indeed centrally located. It is right South of Bochum Main Station. There are some simple restaurants and small community shops right next to the building. Of course, the main station itself adds a couple of helpful services. The Deutsches Bergbaumuseum (German Mining Museum) is not too far away, as well as the Bermuda-Dreieck (“Bermuda Triangle”), a famous party area in the Ruhrgebiet. Even to the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, home of VfL Bochum or RuhrCongress and Starlight Express Theater, you could walk, but I would rather recommend some way of transportation.

Due to its location, multiple national, regional and local train lines as well as public transport give a good connection to the ibis Bochum-Zentrum. It is almost impossible to list them all. The hotel, however, also comes with a nice feature: it runs its own car park as well (fee per night: 7 EUR, in and out). You could use the facilities of the train station, but this is obviously much more handy.


ibis Bochum-Zentrum – Room

I booked a standard room at the ibis hotel. Including breakfast, the flexible rate was 72.25 EUR, with a nomoinal value for the breakfast of 12.25 EUR. On top of that, there was a 20 EUR fee for the late check-out (until 17:00). I got upgraded to a so-called studio room on the top floor. In fact these are two small rooms combined, which are real treat. I never had a touch of suite room before at an ibis – but this one was very handy and comfortable. The work desk was also very large and I could use one of the beds to place some items next to it. ibis hotels are typically a bit of short of power outlets – but with having in fact two rooms, there was no issue about it was well.

The bathroom situation was rather funny. One bathroom was used for its purpose. It was rather narrow and I had some issues squeezing myself out of the shower, but overall, it was fit for purpose. The bathroom was a bit of cold, so that I loved that they installed a (timed) additional heating there. The second bathroom has been transformed into a walk-in wardrobe – something I never had in an ibis hotel before as well.



ibis Bochum-Zentrum – Breakfast

If you order breakfast at arrival, the charge is 17 EUR. However, based on the nominal 12.25 EUR of my booking, breakfast at the ibis Bochum-Zentrum was really nice. They had quite a nice variety of bread items, preserves and cold cuts as well as cereals and similar items. The hot dish options were limited to meatballs and scrambled eggs, though. Overall, I liked the lounge and breakfast room of the hotel.

ibis Bochum-Zentrum – Service

The staff was really kind. Only at check-out, there was some uncertainty, whether I am billed for late check-out or not, due to my status. Unfortunately, the receptionist could not reach the manager on duty, so that I paid the fee, which was on my reservation anyway. This is a bit of weird, as the receptionist at check-in explicitly waived it. As I had video calls, I paid 6 Euro for the unlimited high speed internet. The free standard connection felt to be very performant as well – so that might have been unnecessary. At the reception desk, there is some drink and snack vending.


ibis Bochum-Zentrum – My View

I did not expect an overwhelming stay, as the hotel reviews of ibis Bochum-Zentrum were rather mixed. However, based on my experience, I feel that the hotel is a really good value for money. The location is excellent, the services are nice and the rooms are ibis design. Housekeeping felt to be good as well, so that I really enjoyed my stay there.



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