At the end of April Christiane from vegan B&B Green Haven in Hamburg, Germany let us test her B&B for a review. Hamburg is a very cool and green city (who needs Berlin, right?) who welcomes vegetarians and vegans alike. You can read about that in this blog and this blog from August 2014. Some months after our stay Green Haven, a vegan B&B, was opened… wow! How cool is that! We stayed one night in the Captain’s suite and we turned Hamburg upside down to find all new adresses for you: vegan/vegetarian/sustainable and fair. Read on…
On the top level of the B&B there’s an apartment suitable for 1-3 persons staying and with a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet for personal use. On the first floor there’s the captain’s suite (the one we tested) with a 2 person bedroom and a 1 person bedroom adjoined and it is possible for a fourth person to sleep on a matras on the floor. There are also a 1 person bedroom and a 2 person bedroom available on the first floor. On the 1st floor you can find a shared bathroom with a toilet and a bath with a shower and there’s another shower available for shared use. In the backyard, there’s a ‘Bauwagen’ available, suitable for 1-2 persons. On the ground floor an extra toilet is available, a kitchen, and a large living room for joined use. Very cozy if you want to meet other green minded travellers. It’s very homey and personal. Christiane, the owner of the B&B, really styled the place: basic and practical but very beautiful and hip with the nautical theme and some furniture made from scrap wood.
It’s a given that you cannot use any animal products in the B&B, so no milk, eggs or cheese let alone meat or fish. The trash is separated in different bins and the towels are fair trade and sustainable. There are lots of books, dvd’s and games available if you are bored, and plenty of information about Hamburg and it’s vegan lifestyle. You can also buy some products at the B&B (like skincare, wine and some food) and breakfast is served in the morning for 6 euros per person. You can choose between a few dishes. Christiane gave us a vegan guide to Hamburg when we came in. This city has so much to offer when it comes to being green, veggie and vegan that you could stay for a month and would have still not tried all the places to eat.
Want to cook yourself? That’s also possible. Organic supermarket Alnatura is just 300 meters from the B&B. It’s kind of like Ekoplaza but much bigger and it has lots of vegan stuff available from different kinds of cream cheese, to different kinds of coconut yogurt, to chocolate, bread and ice cream. If you want to go cheaper, Lidl (next door) and Edeka are also possible. There are also some fast food restaurant in the neighbourhood that serve vegan food like a wrap or noodles. The S- and the U-bahn are also just 300 meters from the B&B in the main shopping street and in about 10 minutes you’re in the city centre (or at the airport if you go the other way) without changing trains. Buy a group day ticket if you are with 2 or more people because it’s cheaper even if you just go to the city center and back.
Christiane has been a vegan for five years now. Before that she was a vegetarian for 9 years. She started the B&B at the end of 2014. Since january this year it’s her fulltime job and she loves it. She also hosts meetings with different kinds of vegan themes.
Our opinion about the B&B? We really love the interior design upstairs. The nautical theme works really well. We have different opinions about the matrasses: one of us slept really well and the other one tought the matrass was a little too soft. Too bad the 1 person bedroom does not have a black out roller blind. From about 5.30 am the room baded in sunlight. While everything was squeaky clean we are not really fans of a shared bathroom/toilet. Next time we will probably choose to stay in the apartment upstairs which has it’s own facilities. The shared living room is really cozy and a definate plus for solo travellers who want to meet some likeminded people. The location of the B&B is perfect: it has a direct connection to the airport and the city centre with the U- and S-bahn, it’s only a 300 meter walk to get there and to Alnatura and you can park for free in the neighbourhood. Are you veggie/vegan/open to animal free living and are you looking forward to exploring the really amazing city of Hamburg? For a really good price this is a great place to stay. We definately recommend it!
Green Haven B&B
Mühlenstieg 3, Wandsbek, Hamburg