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The Circus Hostel
Ranked #3 of 361 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Thoroughly recommend Circus Hostel to anyone traveling through Berlin. As a female traveling on my own, it was fantastic. The staff especially Rene were so lovely - anything they could do to help. The location is great across the road to the metro stop. Great eateries and shops all around. Rooms were clean and tidy, spacious and great rooms. Why wouldn't you!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Now I just stayed in Berlin from 18 dec to 2 jan 2013 in the Circus Hostel and I want to share my wonderful experience.

1. Nice affordable prices, considering its superb location. Just north is Prenzlauer Berg and just south is the Hackescher Markt.
Tram stop literally standing outside the hostel door. Going to Museum Insel? Just hop the tram which takes you there direct.
Train station (U-Bahn Rosenthaler Platz) literally 6 meters from hostel door. Getting to and from Tegel airport is a breeze.

2. Hungry? No problem. The hostel itself serves cheap, good food. Nearby is the Schlemmer Buffet, literally 8 meters from hostel door. Opposite is a 24h mart and a Back Factory, selling great, cheap pastries and sandwiches. Up the road is that Swiss restaurant Nola am Weinberg.
What I m trying to say is, this hostel is in a great location, not just for public transport but also for food.
Don't believe me? Check the lonely planet for Germany, or just check the food recommendations on this here website. Notice how there are so many recommended eats from both sources that are actually quite close to the Circus Hostel! Notice that the restaurants listed above were ALL listed in lonely planet and/or tripadvisor?
Can I give you more examples? Ok. You heard of W der Imbiss? Yeah just take the tram one stop up the street. It's right there. Or you heard of Konnopke Imbiss? Yeah just take the tram 3 stops up the street. It's right there. The location of the hostel is just too good for eats, just do some research on good eats and see for yourself!!

3. The shopping in the area is ok. Some interesting shops in the area like a huge comic shop, a shop selling DDR memorabilia, a shop selling classic or old school vinyls etc. worth a look. You want the FLEA MARKET AT MAUER PARK? Babe just take the tram 3 stops up the street and walk some 200 meters. You're there. Did I mention the hostels location is too good?

4. There is a LAUNDROMAT in the vicinity. Literally ten meters from the hostel door. Opens at like 6 or 7 am and closes at 11 pm. Went there twice to wash clothes. Cheap, soap powder provided, ok more or less friendly service. Open Sundays too.

5. Bedroom was cosy? Everything was clean. Clean sheets, clean pillow. i had the single bedroom. Keep your own room clean, I don't think they clean your room daily, hence the low price you pay. Bed was ok. I could sleep. I had to use the common bathrooms, which were quite clean!! Thank god!! And the shower cubicles were like separated by walls and doors that can be locked. Total privacy. Once again, thank god for this, I was so afraid it would be like the common bathroom they have in the barracks or in prison lol, where everyone showers together on the same stained, dirty, mildewed floor. Thank god it wasn't like that. Toilets and bathrooms are cleaned everyday at 9am or so. Bring own towel and bathing supplies, or just get a towel from reception.

6. There's even a nice discotheque, or whatever the young ones call it, in the basement, with dj and everything. Cool place for young people from all over the world to hang out.

7. Facilities they provided were outstanding. For public transport, these kind people at circus hostel saved me some money. FYI, you can buy transport tickets at train station machines that give you unlimited train, tram and bus transport in Berlin zones A and B. 5 days is like 29.50 euros. I asked the circus hostel people about this, and you know what they offered me? A similar unlimited transport ticket for, get this, 4.50 euros a day! Now multiply that by 5 and you get 22.50! Yah I know wtf right? Just give them a 20 euro deposit (refundable when you return the ticket to them) and you can rent this cheap transport card from them! Save 7 bucks, which is 2 doner kebabs from Schlemmer Buffet. Just 8 meters away :)

They also rent out bicycles for like 3 euros an hour? I think. They also have a Segway, which is 12 euros an hour. Yeah. In the summer you could just rent a bike and hit Prenzlauer Berg up north on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
They even provided international power adapters, which was cool. 5 euro refundable deposit.

8. Staff was just so friendly and helpful. Any questions on berlin? Just ask them. Yo, even if they DON'T KNOW they would gladly google search for an answer to your question. Amazing service.

9. For those of you on a shoestring budget, circus hostel also provides free food/drinks everyday of the week. For example, when I was there, it was like free pasta on Thursdays, free glühwein on Fridays, and free stuff on the other days. or something like this. Free food yay!

There, that's just some of the stuff I can remember. All in all, I really hope I've convinced some of you to give the circus hostel a try. Low price for a good location close to not one but two forms of public transport, with highly recommended restaurants in the vicinity, complete with facilities like a nearby laundromat and bicycles for rent, clean room with clean sheets, along with friendly helpful staff......forget hotels, I'll be staying at this wonderful hostel whenever I'm in Berlin now.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

I've stayed in hostels in most major cities in Europe, most of them top rated.
But this one is the best of the bunch, it ticks all boxes.
Clean, quiet; dirt cheap, great straff, fantastic location.
I've stayed in Circus 4 times so far and I'll be back again.

Tip about Berlin; do a lot of research before you go. There's soo much that you can't miss, so coming unprepared and you might miss out on a lot of fantastic experiences.
If you think that the location is too far from Kufurstendam you're in the wrong city. Go to London instead (or Tokyo if u can afford it).
Berlin is alternative and the eastern part is where you want to be.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

I thought staying in a hostel was beneath me. I need hotels--give me comfort, people to bring me whatever I want...awful American! So when I was switched from the Circus Hotel to their Hostel I was more than apprehensive, I was out for blood. Sadly, none found.
The Circus Hostel is terrific. I found I was not too jaded, too expectant, or too much a jerk to not really love this place. I had a room with a fabulous view, everything I needed, friendly guests, and a staff that is truly beyond compare.
My only complaint: every staff member speaks perfect English so I couldn't use my German...or you couldn't stand my trying? Circus Hostel: simply wonderful.
And a fews meals in the Circus Hotel across the street, perfect too.

Room Tip: No TV or AC, but it doesn't matter. Great WiFi.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Stayed in the two bedroom apartment in December when the weather was cold and snowy.
The apartment was a reasonable cost, spacious, clean, comfortable and most important, warm. Can't complain about a thing - the lift worked, the place was quiet and the reception staff most helpful. The location was super for exploring Berlin with trams and metro on the door step, allowing for ease of access to all over the city - the hostel offered for a cheaper cost an all transport ticket for a period of time, a most innovative thing. There was a variety of eateries nearby and within a ten minute walk, a supermarket for supplies. Don't go past it for accommodation in Berlin.

Room Tip: Top Floor is quiet.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is the first time we have stayed in an hostel so we were a little unsure what to expect. We stayed in 1 of the apartments so maybe not a true hostel experience. The apartment was great, very roomy with a nice balcony, living area with a bed kitchen and bathroom. The apartment was very clean, comfortable and quiet, even with all the fireworks going off for NYE. You can also get breakfast for only 5 Euro in the cafe, which was great value.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

A great central location takes you immediately into the heart of Berlin. I stayed in a single room what was suprisingly large with incredibly high celings that don,t make you feel like you´re in a box as some single rooms do. Although it can get a little noisy at night, that is not the fault of the hostel but of the loud party revellers arriving from the clubs at 4am. The staff at the Circus were incredibly helpful and answered all questions with professionalism and ease they also contribute to the funky and youthful vibe of the place. This is a great place to stay in Berlin for first timers and and eperianced travellers alike.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Weinbergsweg 1a, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #3 of 361 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: $28 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Circus Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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