This trip to Berlin was a gift for 30th Birthday from my girlfriend who'd looked up Riverside Lodge on sites like this... Good choice I reckon.
On arrival we were greeted by the incredibly friendly and helpful owner. He sat us down with a map and talked through some of the stuff we might like to see while we were in Berlin. He suggested a bunch of great places to eat (including the restaurant next door, where I got an AMAZING steak), less-touristy places to go out drinking and loads of other curious and interesting places dotted around Berlin. He was also pretty clued up on events happening in the area, urging us to go to a local live music event which I would have loved to go to had I not underestimated the strength of German beer and been embarrassingly pissed by 10pm that night.
As we were staying as a couple we opted to stay in a private twin room which was in a 2 bedroom apartment next door to the hostel... As it was off-season we got the whole apartment to ourselves. The bedroom was nice and clean and the bed huuuge. The bathroom was really clean and everything worked and there was also the kitchen which had everything you would hope to find in a kitchen... again, it was really clean and tidy. The owner pointed out that the table was missing from the bedroom when we were first shown in to the apartment, he said he'd nip to Ikea and get a replacement as soon as possible, sure enough, when we got home that night there was a brand new table in the room. Really amazing service.
The area in which the lodge is located is really nice and leafy, located just next to a canal, there is a really good market selling all manner of stuff really cheap most days of the week, the quality of the fresh produce puts fruit and veg markets to shame here in England. There are a bunch of small bars, cafes and bakers all within 2 minutes walk. There are a couple of U-Bahn stations within a few minutes walk too.
Overall, the service and quality of this place was so good I could've easily just stayed there... I really felt like not coming back. Berlin as a city is amazing too, so when I go back i know where i'll be staying. The hostel really added to the trip.
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