I've traveled all over the world, and this is hands-down the best hostel I've ever stayed at. I was recently in Berlin over Christmas doing a solo-lady travel trip, and wanted to stay at a hostel, since it would be easier to meet other travelers as well as cost concerns, but also stay in a place that had decent private rooms (I'm getting too old to shrug off people having sex in the bunk above mine).
The room itself was spacious with a comfortable bed, big windows, and was very clean. The hostel lobby was great place to hang out - couple couches, a fireplace, plenty of tables and chairs, a pool table, and a bar. I also enjoyed the breakfast they served - lots of food for 5 euros that filled me up all morning.
The staff were excellent - extremely friendly and very helpful. I really appreciated them. The guests at the hostel really seemed to run the gamut - everyone from young backpacker party types to some older folks and young families. Maybe hostelling has changed drastically in the last few years, but I was a little surprised by how many people sat around idling on their iDoohickies instead of talking to other travelers. Luckily I managed to meet some cool people.
The hostel is in a great location - right next to the Senenfelder Platz U-bahn stop. It's a little difficult to find the first time you get there, so check the map on their website before you go. There was a ton of construction going on in the Pfefferberg structure when I was there, but I bet the courtyard is fun to hang out at during the summer.
--While I appreciate the environmentally-sound feature of a timed shower head, it gets annoying to have to jab it every 10 seconds to keep the flow of water on
--I thought there would be free wifi in my room, but the only internet access was via a cord (so would have been fine for laptops, but I was unable to use it with my iPad). Free wifi was in the lobby, but it was occasionally funky, and the public computers were out of order.
I thoroughly enjoyed staying at Pfefferbett, and would definitely stay there again next time I'm in Berlin.
The crew on the hotel's reception are unpolite.
I tried to obtain some information, but it's was not possible. The guy who had talked me said that no information could be supplied, so that I could have to see everything.
The staff of some of these hostels really don't know how to be polite, how to treat tourist.
So I gone home and search for another accommodation.
I really don't recommend it.
The pepper bat hostel! I loved it! Cozy, social, and affordable.
I stayed in both a six-bed with private bathroom, and a double room with a queen bed and private bathroom (bathmat and two towels included). Both rooms had hard floors and firm beds with soft, clean comforters. The six-person had bedside outlets and reading lights, room-key controlled lockers, and unfortunately, no hand soap! Also, the showers produce sort of stinging rays of water, but they're large. The windows of the double room open completely and offered an excellent view of snow descending on the trees and the city.
The lobby includes plenty of cafe-style seating, a pool table, three computers (though two were out of order during my three-night stay), and great music. Seriously, I loved the music they were playing. In the morning they offer a modest cold breakfast buffet for 5.50€, coffee and juice included, eggs available as a separate plate (2-3€). Also, there was a semi-large patio directly outside the lobby, but it wasn't being used in December.
Perhaps my favorite feature: the sofas around the fireplace, well-stocked with real wood! Grab a piece and put it on the coals, cozy into the sofa, and chat with your fellow travelers. Bonus: enjoy a hot chocolate or a selection of teas from the full bar while you share traveling stories with new friends. Drinks and libations 2-4€.
I just spent a night in this nice hostel and I really enjoyed my stay.
The interiour is modern, there is a nice lobby where breakfast is served in the morning (EUR4 extra charge) and where you have computers with free internet access (you can also access the internet with your own notebook via WLAN).
There's a metro station just a few steps away from the hostel entrance and e.g. Alexanderplatz is only 2 stops away. But you don't need to go so far: There are restaurants, bars, cafes and shops in the closer area, too.
Everybody here was very friendly, and things went really smoothly.
I wasn't really satisfied with the cleanliness of my room though: Especially the bathroom wasn't that clean, and on the floor there was some dirt.
But this wasn't that bad and so I can really recommend this hostel!
Nothing is nicer after a long journey than a warm welcome. Being relieved of luggage, offered breakfast, and given a free locker are small things that make a big difference. And the same guy had same cheery attitude every time.
Farid was welcoming, too, always very helpful & respectful & particularly tactful when a misguided employee was under the impression I was a thief. Like I told him, Nice save. Farid should teach customer service at all hostels.
The only desk guy who seemed the least bit ornery was the one dragged to our room by my roommate, Princess. Within hours of arriving, Princess demanded that desk guy completely change her bedding after an errant hosteler left a sweater on her bed.
Next morning, Princess covered the floor with the contents of her suitcase while two of us tried to sleep, and declared that she could make as much noise as she wanted after 8am. Her "no" to my "Are you leaving today?" had me dressed, at reception and in a new room in 10 minutes. My request to change was cheerfully granted. Life is too short to waste on princesses, especially she can be replaced by four hotties and an Indian girl who loves movies and biryhani. And Daniel Craig. She had to be talked into The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but now she agrees DC is a hottie, too.
At 11E a night, Pfefferbett is the also best bargain in Europe. So clean, so clearly put together by people who understand travelers' needs. rooms are ultramodern with high brick ceilings from the original brewery. Reading lights and electrical outlets equip each large comfy bed. One coded key accesses sleeping areas, room and large locker. Heat was efficient, water hot and the ensuite bathroom should be the blueprint for every hostel.
So accessible. Take the U2 to Seinfeld (Senenfelderplatz), cross the street and up the stairs. It's a short walk to Alexanderplatz, a longer walk to Reichstag, Tiergarten, Holocaust Memorial.
And the food! Tasty and reasonable, especially the chili. Make the coffee a little stronger and...perfection.
I hope Pfefferbett doesn't lower its standards by joining Hosteling International for exposure. Keep up the good work and viral marketing is bound to ensure success.
I went here for a quick breakfast on a Sunday morning before 9am when all the other coffee shops were closed. I had scrambled eggs (looked like 3), two strips of bacon, bread roll, butter, a tomato/cucumber garnish for 2.50. A tasty bargain plus friendly service.
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