Length of stay: 4 nights
Room: Clean private room with two twin beds and a private bath. Room was small and rectangular. Bathroom was really small. Shower was barely enough space for one person to shower. Pillows were a bit lumpy.
Room amenities: Small dresser, towels, and a bar of soap.
Location: Right off of the S-Landberger Allee station. It's far from the main area, such as Mitte. However, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines are really easy to navigate and within a 15 to 20 minute ride. There is an Italian and Middle Eastern restaurant around the corner of the hostel.
Wifi: Free in the dining area.
Cost: Really cheap. Cost was 110 euros for four nights.
Overall, it was just what we needed which was a cheap place to sleep. It was also a plus that the receptionists spoke English and provided us recommendations on where to eat.
Okay, just realized that I am well out of the age demographic for this place, being in my mid-40s. I will say it is clean but the food downstairs, and the layout, is geared to a younger crowed and I could definitely hear the dance club from my room. It didn't keep me from falling asleep but if you need quite to go to slumber land, and go to be at ten eleven, versus 2 am or 3 am, this place may not be for you. In addition, no furniture in the room besides beds and a sink. It sort of felt like being in a futuristic prison cell.
So, if you are in your early twenties, I think you will love this place and yes, excellent price. If you are older and would like a few more amenities, you might want to consider paying a bit more and staying at more of a hotel versus a hostel.
In February I went to Germany for a week with my best friend and co, he being the one to take care of all the static arrangements and I filled in otherwise. I like hotels, I find them to be an important part of my holiday and I can be a proper dickhead about it, so when Eddi told me he'd booked us in a hostel, I was less than impressed.
When we rolled up on the first night I was surprised to find it quite 'hotel like' in layout and scale, a much better first impression than hostels in Milan, Manchester and Dublin I've had the displeasure of using in the past (the Milanese episode involved being greeted with the sight of a still-smoking burnt out car). The staff on the front desk were multi-lingual, friendly and helpful, and our room was basic but just what we needed for the purpose of our trip (Eddi had booked a four person room out for the three of us), and was very good value for money.
It was located near enough to where most of our plans were, with quick access to Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Neukolln. On one side of the hostel was a U-Bahn station, and on the otherside was a tram station, so getting around Berlin was easy (there was a great pizza place in the U-Bahn station, fyi)
The communal area and the bar looked like they came from a cyberpunk comic (a big thing I was in to when I lived in Germany as a kid) so that brought a whole load of godo childhood memories back. The barstaff were the most upbeat, enthusiastic people I've met all year, and they had a range of planned activities within the bar amongst guests that added to the community feel. Happy Hour was a bit of a train wreck for us on the first night - Martell was 1 Euro a shot and Jim Beam was 2 Euros a shot - the shots were 40ml rather than 25ml we're used to in the UK!
Overall, it gets 4 stars for being very, very good, and an extra star for shattering my own silly perceptions.
Pros: clean and well priced (our weekday rate was great, but our Saturday night was three times the price - a but strange). We were upgraded to a four person room for just me and the mister, which is cool but I really don't need that many beds. The private bathroom was small and the equipment was a but worn down, but I can overlook that. The staff was really nice - they have their brand down solid of being a fun place that provides everything you need but at a great price.
Cons: it's a but far from the main core of Berlin. The train service runs well so it'll get you there in about 10 to 15 minutes, but after a long day of walking around its a tiring trek back home. Wifi is only available in the main floor (really loud in the evenings), and is terrible when people start skyping or facetiming.
I didn't have the breakfasts but went downstairs to see what I was missing - bread, cheese and ham slices, with juice from the fountain. For 5€, I was okay skipping that. The dinners here were pretty good, especially if you get the 4€ coupon.
Overall it's definitely good for a budget place, and a variety of people stay here during their visit to Berlin, old and young (elevators and handicap accessibility ftw!). Front desk is available 24/7 which was awesome since we checked out at 6am. I would consider this place again, but may also look into the Mitte location to be more central.
My friends and I recently went to Berlin for a brief holiday, and having already travelled she recommended we stay in the Generator Hostel. I had no ideas to the contrary so we all agreed and paid something crazily cheap like 15 Euros per night for 3 nights. So that was the initial bonus above everything else: this place was nice and cheap!
Sure enough, after an epic snowy Sunday journey from the Airport we found our way to the hostel, which was pretty easy to find even though all the standard means of transport had stopped (with the exception of the bus we took) so that's a boon as well. The place is huge and quite punky looking from the inside, I suppose it's "down with the kids", which unfortunately reminded me that I no longer am 18. *Cry*
Nonetheless, the staff at reception were lovely and friendly, all spoke English so saved us from failing to communicate in German, and everything was in order. Our shared private room had a more comfortable bed than my own at home, perhaps this say more about my bed than theirs though, and a mini en suite. Although it really was mini the shower worked really well and hot water was instant!
The bar downstairs is decent enough, serving an array of standard spirits and lagers etc. There are lots of tables, albeit the punky metal theme continued, which makes it feel a little like a school cafeteria-cum-bar. There are pool tables for those who require a little more entertainment and the tv screens set about the place were playing a German MTV type channel incessantly. We happened to watch a delightful video of a "jingle rap" in which Santa threatens to kill people, before returning to the usual Robbie and Kylie etc! There is a noise curfew of 11pm though, and we did get told off for merely talking at a normal level around 11.15pm, so that at least ensures you a good night sleep!
Now to the breakfast, since that's the main thing that occurred each morning. Wow! Breakfast is included and it is copious. Everyone queues with their tray and has a choice of three different kinds of cereal, bread rolls, bread slices, jams, hams and cheeses. You can of course be a pig and take four rolls if you like, but I happily found a bowl of cereal and two rolls sufficed until lunch. Free apple juice, orange, tea and coffee are thrown into the mix and all in all it's a delightful arrangement.
That the stay was so cheap, and yet so generous in terms of breakfast, are definitely the pointers that nudge me into a four star review. I would recommend to any weary traveller or group of friends!
This place is quite popular. It's one of the most crowded hostels that I've been to. The environment and vibe that they setup is on-point for a hostel.
The rooms are good and clean. They have a very vibrant bar with black lights and all. I went to an organized pub crawl. The organizer did a great job and the bars we went to were fun enough. The group were very sociable.
The breakfast was decent as well. I highly recommend this place when staying in Berlin. Also do go on the pub crawl. Berlin awesome!
I stayed at the Generator in 2008. It was AMAZING. the hallways had all neon lights, the rooms were clean, and the staff was friendly.
the downstairs bar was INSANE. i had a great time drinking lots of alcohol and dancing h ahahaha. memories.
breakfast was only 1 euro the next morning and i don't remember if it was all you can eat but it was definitely enough to fill me up. I would go back again and will be back again the next time I stop in Berlin.
I found this hostel to be very good value for money. Yes, they do have a policy not to change bed linen or give new towels everyday, however if you request it they have no issue providing these services for you.
Beds are comfortable, location is perfect, the happy hour in the bar is very happy indeed. Unlike the previous review, I found the staff very helpful. On my last day I lost my keycard and was quite panicked over it, as places I've stayed in the past have either charged me or given me a telling off. Yet, the man at reception was very friendly and understanding and assured me it wasn't a problem. They also posted some postcards for me, saving me the bother of searching for the local post office. To me they seemed very accommodating for the guests.
Of course, as with any youth hostel you have to expect a certain amount of youths gone wild rowdiness, especially with the young american travellers who are too young to drink in there own country. This does make a fair bit of noise, but is totally forgiveable considering I paid 16 euro a night for a private room.
I stayed on the bottom bunk at the Generator, and one of the first things I observed upon arrival was that someone had carved "suicide" into the bed above. Which was, as some might say, Not A Good Sign. The entire room was orange which is literally never okay, and the whole hostel was just really disconcerting. The canteen area freaked me out, everything was a bit unclean, and just the sheer SCALE of the place made me feel like I was in a Goosebumps novel. Or a juvenile detention centre. Sure, I've never experienced either of these things but hey, I've got as good an imagination as the next man and I want you to trust me when I say that R.L. Stine would have snapped this place up as plot material in a SECOND.
However, I'm making the uncharacteristically generous decision to give it 2 stars because a drunken friend who we irresponsibly packed off to the Generator in a taxi on her own without so much as a second thought distinctly recalled the next day being escorted somewhere by "men dressed in lime green". So unless she'd drunk herself into a hallucinatory state I am going to hazard a guess that these were hostel staff, in which case, well done guys, shame you couldn't have recovered her phone as well but hey, we can't have it all. You done good. Shame about the human experimental facility you're working in.
This Hostel is cheap but this does not mean the staff cannot be helpful. I arrived with a friend in a wheelchair and told them one of the tyres was flat! I needed advice about where to get an inner tube. The staff suggested a shop, which was handy and we fixed the problem, but the staff showed no concern for my friend. There was no asking about what his needs were. We was allocated a room on the 7th floor! What if the 2x lifts had broken down? There was a disabled loo on ground floor but was out of action and lock broken. Pictures of this are here for all to see. Not once during the 5 days did ant member of staff help or talk to my friends about his disability. They did not show him the stair lift and how it works either.
We could not go to our room because they said it wouldn't be ready till 2pm. We got to the hostel about midday. Later that evening when we pulled back the sheets it was noticeable that the sheets had not been changed! There was 3x different coloured hairs in mine! The next day the cleaned our room after i requested it.
The breakfast was ok. Just rolls meats,cheese & yogurt plus fruit juices & hot drinks.
The evening meal was just BBQ fodder really with a simple salad cabinet.
The average age was 18. The hostel was constantly loud. The youngsters were rude and didn't think anything of it to pinch the lift of my disabled friend!
The staff were very young and untrained. It was worthless to ask them about trains or suggestions for day trips.
the bar was lovely but very loud! I might not be able to judge ages well but I did feel they were serving booze to underage hostel users. And put it this way I wouldn't send a 14 year old virgin daughter here on a school trip. I think the reader can guess why.
Some more pics will be downloaded when I get them develped.
A great place for a short stay. We are 'mature' travellers and although a lot of young people stay here, we felt quite comfortable in the place. We had a twin bedded room with a small en suite. Perfectly adequate for those who just need a place to sleep at the end of a busy day touring the city. So much to see in Berlin, we didn't want to spend much time in the hostel. A lot of school parties stayed there and a lot of the entertainment, etc was geared for the younger ones. It has a nice bar and 'happy hour' was very reasonable. The small beer garden leading off was pleasant. The room decor was rather striking, in-keeping with the bright green and blue of the communal areas - not everyone's taste but can be lived with. The breakfast was adequate and one bonus was that cooked food was available in the evening. There was easy access by different modes of transport into the city centre. For the price, I consider that it was good value for the money - you only get the Ritz if you pay Ritz prices.
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