Good value large hostel in west Berlin, located in what looks like an old monastery.
There is a large common area where you can hang out, get drinks and use the free Wi-Fi. There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms (or at least not in the one where I was staying).
It's not really in the city center, but close to the S-bahn and not too far away by foot.
The staff was helpful and bath- and bedrooms clean.
Definitely one of the better hostels I've stayed at out of the 10 countries that I've traveled to in Europe- great big common room area, decent beds (that they charge an extra 5 euro for the sheets upon arrival on top of your room rate) and a pretty good location near Potsdamer platz. The only major problems that I had with this hostel is that the room itself was a bit dirty, like they havent mopped the floors in a while, the wi-fi was super spotty in the rooms and their 6 euro breakfast was a complete dud. If I ever come back to Berlin, I may consider staying here again but I would get my breakfast elsewhere.
Random tip: They rent bikes out here for 12 euro a day and I recommend taking advantage of it! Biking through Berlin was the highlight of my time there because you get to see the city in a completely different light!
A reasonably priced hostel in a fairly convenient location. My boyfriend and I stayed in a private room with ensuite. It was priced on par with other hostels I looked at, and was clean and quiet for a hostel.
The hostel is about 15-20 minutes walking from Checkpoint Charlie, the Topography of Terror, and the Jewish museum, and about 5 minutes from Anhalter Bahnhof.
They have free wifi and a lot of seating inside by the reception and outside in the garden. We weren't very social, but it seemed like a good place to meet some other quieter travelers.
The only issue we had was with some disorganization and miscommunication with the staff at the reception. If you book online, I'd recommend bringing documentation of how much you're supposed to be paying. And check their math...
Positives: --nice clean room
--great bed with cozy down comforter
--peaceful courtyard w/tree outside the window
--no problem with hot water in showers
--good breakfast --nice staff
--Aldi supermarket block away
Negatives: --no wi-fi in rooms, so to check email you have to hang out in the lobby, with loud music blaring and drunk teenagers flirting. OK if you're 20, irritating for older travelers. No quiet option, no privacy.
--long, dark corridors to get to the rooms/bathrooms/showers. Multiple locked doors to get through them.
--hallway lights take five full seconds to turn on, then shut off three seconds later. I counted! No big deal in the daytime, but spooky at night when you're fumbling with a key. The staff seemed to think this was funny. I think it's a potential safety problem. Easy to fix, so it's hard to understand.
area around Anhalter Bahnhof isn't bad exactly, but isn't the heart of Kreuzberg either . Not a lot of people around, nowhere much to go, esp at night
-nowhere to hang clothing or towels in showers, very impractical. Put up some hooks!
Overall: my stay wasn't awful, but I wouldn't come back, mainly because the dark hallways and surrounding area generally gave me the creeps. I heard other female travellers complaining about it, too. Also, this place seems generally geared towards younger travelers who'd be into the dorm-lounge vibe of the lobby. Circus or Hostel Etage next time!
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