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Ostel - GDR The Hostel

Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin, Germany
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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Imagine Mrs Haversham from Great Expectations ran a East German themed B&B! Nothing has changed and very little has been done to it since it was a communist apartment building except its aging of 25 years. Instead of feeling like a quirky piece of nostalgia which is a bit eye opening, controversial and educational it feels like a apartment building... More 

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Sandefjord, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Thgis is a no-frills possibility to go back in time and vist the East German GDR. Here Honecker still rules and there is no TV. But WiFi is up and running. The squeeky radio will give you Berlins FM stations. But nothing else. You simply must get hold of a Berlin Welcome Card. That way you can race around all... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Better than expected. The only negative were the stairs to the floor my room was on. They were the last thing I wanted to climb after a day of sightseeing Berlin but once in my room the warmth of the decor made it worth while. Cute, kitschy, retro, exactly as described when booking/researching you will not be disappointed! Great location... More 

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Stafford, Great Britain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Less than 5 minutes walk from Ostnahnhof station, the building is unmissable, althiugh the entrance is to the rear of the venue. A 1970s vintage portrait of Politburo member Horst Sindermann keeps a wary eye on guests checking in, although I did not encounter any other posters for which this venue is known. My small single room on the fifth... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Very easily located to the train station and supermarket nearby on the industrial estate it is on. Hostel is set in different blocks of flats we were up the 2nd to top floor and no lift which was a bit of a pain (im not usually one to take a lift but the amount of stairs involved and how many... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

We paid 69€ for a room with private bathroom when the bathroom is actually in the corridor... There's a big difference between rooms. Our friends got a spacious one with nice retro furniture while ours was small and uninteresting. retro, but it's not worth the price.

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Gdańsk, Polska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Well, from the DDR times this hostel has only wallpapers and no wifi ;) So if you'd like to visit this place just to feel like you're back in time, it is not worth it. But overall, the place is clean and quiet. No wifi in the room. But location is great, especially if you're more into east side of... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The room is exactly as described, no TV, no Wifi in the room, no bathroom in the room. the Bathroom is in the hall and you have your own key to it, but you'll need to trap your other travelers in the room to use it. The Wifi is only available in a small room near reception. The complex is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

I was looking forward to this as I liked the design approach - what a let down. Almost comically rude receptionist, which I put down to part of the Ostalgie schtick. Second receptionist much nicer. Room OK but shared bathrooms a disaster area. The one on my floor had a broken shower, that someone was coming to fix the next... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

OSTEL is located close (5 mins walking) to Ostbahnhof and therefore always a convenient S-Bahn ride away from all Berlin's attractions. If you don't want to spend a lot of money and don't bother using a shared bath room, then OSTEL is a good choice. The GDR flair adds to the atmosphere. The time limited tickets for internet access are... More 

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