A friend and I (2 girls in early 20s) stayed here in September 2011 over a weekend.
It has an amazing location - just opposite a u-bahn stop, close to some very reasonable restaurants (we got pizza for EURO 3! and amazing sandwiches from a deli across the street for that price too!)
It may have been a bit extreme, but we are young and fit, so we actually walked from the hostel, meandering through the streets, all the way to Brandenburg Gates, Holocaust Memorial and to Checkpoint Charlie, and then back to the hostel. It really didnt seem that far of a walk, and lots of sights/monuments to see on the way. We only bought a metro card on the second day, in order to get to the East Side Gallery and back to the Hautbahnhof train station. So excellent location!
Then you can buy internet time - cant remember the price. BUT there is also a free intereactive website showing sights, clubs, restaurants in the different areas of Berlin. very useful.
The hostel also loaned us a Berlin guide book to take out with us for the weekend.
There is a great breakfast cafe - very yummy muesli, yoghurt, fruit, rolls, ham, waffles, nutella! very good for a hostel.
There is also a pub downstairs which had quite a vibe going on the fri and sat night , and we got a 2 for 1 special drink voucher.
Now for the accommodation part - the price you pay is really reasonable because it is a CLEAN hostel, with big beds, lots of space in the dorm rooms, seriously! we were really lucky to have a balcony on the first night. There are coathangers, plugs, nice duvets and pillows, and the best- the lockers next to your bed have plug points inside so u can safely charge your phone/camera while out/sleeping.
The lifts are card activated, as is the door to your floor and your room door, so good security.
Then during the day there are massive lockers in the basement downstairs where you can leave your bags during the day/ on your departure day til however late you need. this was really helpful. this locker room is also locked for added security.
The bathrooms were clean- very basic showers etc and it was nice your clothes didnt get wet when in the shower as the room has a shower door.
There seemed to be a small amount of showers/toilets for the amount of rooms on the floor, but we never had to wait and hardly ever saw anyone else in the bathroom. the door signs are really funky- that was cool.
Our only mishap- but its a fact we have now learnt- is that we booked for a room of 4 or 5 girls, but when we got back after midnight, discovered boys shoes in our room. when we complained they said unfortunately the hostel was full and it was late-they couldnt shuffle around. so we got a free internet voucher and free bfast voucher in apology.
however, our roommates turned out to be these awesome guys from kentucky who we befriended, so that was actually a blessing in disguise.
then on the second night they said we would be in a 4 pax girls room, however when we went inside it was a 10 girl dorm- lots of clothes and craziness. so we just went to tell reception they got it wrong again. she was very apolgetic, again it was late and the hostel was full, but she could put us in a 4 pax room with one other guy. we chose this and we actually never saw the guy, he was asleep when we got home and left before we woke up. he may have got a fright to wake up with 2 girls in his room! but anyways, again this all worked out well and the hostel charged us the cheaper rate as if we were in the bigger dorm room. so def very accommodating of them.
basically what we learnt is when it comes to unisex hostels, dont expect to be in a single sex small room, if it happens its a bonus. so book for it ,but be open to it not working out. our experiences turned out well :)
and try check in your room during the day- both nights we only asked about our other dorm people way late in the night, so there was not much they could do about it then.
Met awesome people there, everyone was really friendly, modern, clean, location is great!
Don't even think about staying anywhere else BUT circus!!!!!
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