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Ostel - GDR The Hostel

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Well, if you go on their website, they make all this stuff about how funny it is to stay in their hotel, with that old East Berlin look, bla bla bla. But actually, maybe they do this just to hide the rest ! Source of disappointments : - room on the 6th floor with only stairs : a pain every... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008

I recently stayed here for 3 nights. I had a great time, the hostel is decorated in East Berlin style, nice to have a bit of the history of the city. Ostbanhof (train station) is only 2 mins away with frequent trains to the heart of the city (Alexanderplatz only 2 stops away). Across the street there is a supermarket... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

The Ostel is conveniently located near the Ostbahnhof in the former East Berlin. This area was completely rebuilt by the GDR with inhospitable tower block buildings set on large lawns with wide streets. As such the Ostel provides a good glimpse into the neighborhood life lived by many former East Berliners, but its proximity to the S-Bahn also allows a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2008

We stayed at ostel for a weekend in January and had a great time. We found the hotel staff very helpful and the room we were given was great with the retro radio and furniture. At no point did it feel insecure and the bathroom facilities were perfect. Its very close to the station from which you can reach all... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

My hubbie and I love Berlin - it's a city we haven't got tired of yet. Although he had visited before the Wall came down, I first visited the city with him around 1990 on an Interail trip when we stayed in a slightly eccentric East Berlin hotel overlooking the Tiergarten. I can remember going to Ostbanhof to catch an... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2007

This hotel is situated in part of a converted municipal block of flats; the stairway to all the rooms opens directly onto the street, and is not visible from the reception area. I stayed there with two other friends, and together we occupied two rooms. Our rooms were robbed whilst we were out during the day, apparently by someone with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2007

I booked this hostel for the experience. That was a let down. The location is convenient, but the building is a bit bland. Screaming kids in the courtyard does not contribute to a GDR feel, it's just annoying. No elevator is only a pain when you check in and out. The haughty chicks at reception can be ignored and since... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2007

This is a modest hotel for the adventurous tourist. I had a double room with wonderful beds, lovely sheets, & good reading light. It was a decent sized room for a European hotel. I shared the bath in the hall. It was always clean & I never ran into anyone else using it. I got 2 smallish towels because it... More 

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Address: Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ostel - GDR The Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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