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“Home of the Neuköllner Bahnhof Homeless”
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2A Hostel
Ranked #75 of 357 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Reviewed January 8, 2013

After asking for an alternative to our room that a 60 year old man with only one outfit (yes, my view throughout the night as I was kept up by his contented, but unbelievably loud snoring, was his butt-crack, which fit neither in his underwear nor under the cover) moved into the room in the middle of the night, my 20 year old sister and I were moved to the dorm offered to us as the only, but "terrible smelling" alternative that we didn't have to pay for. On my sisters way out of the old room a different 50 something year old man asked her if she lived there and then told her that he did indeed live there, "but only for the night". We moved next door only to discover that the source of the terrible smell the hostel has been trying to rid the room of for weeks, was the shoes of a man who possessed one outfit, a small empty-ish backpack, and a beer and one extra pair of shoes in a plastic bag.

I have slept in hostel rooms with men before, but they were always under the age of 30, actually traveling and the situations were never uncomfortable.

If this hostel wants to house those in need of housing through the cold of the winter, they should really keep a separate room for "men over 40 in possession of only a tiny backpack".

Since this hasn't yet dawned upon them, 2A hostel remains the "halfway" hostel - a gem for Berliners who are homeless, and an unpleasant experience in a characterless, sterile atmosphere. 2A should not be advertised as a hostel.

Though the staff here is very friendly, they aren't very helpful or flexible in what has been a very uncomfortable situation.

The clean facilities and the hottest hostel showers in Germany also don't make up for the remainder of the experience.

Go to Plus, Wombat or Saint Christophs for international young people, good company, new acquaintances, and fun - i.e. the experience the word "hostel" suggests.

Cheers!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We were in Berlin for the New Year's durong four days. The hostel is located side by side with a tran station what makes a lot of noise, but makes it easy to catch the train. The windows were good and kept the noise out during the nights. There was no WiFi in the hostel - free, only paying. The room was clean, but under the beds there was a lot of dust. The staff cleaned changes the toilet papers everyday, but one they did not and we had to go to the reception. Once we had trouble with noisy neighboors and they solved it at once. The bar is 24/7. The heating system is good - at the floor, and there are more plug-ins than beds in the room.

To sum it up, I would recommend it. It was not the best hostel ever, but far from the worst.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The hostel itself is clean and cosy. Personnel is friendly and helpful. Cool bar on the ground floor. The hostel is located in not so much attractive neighbourhood where mostly Arabic and Turkish people live. Not so much to see there and it's quite far from the main attractions but you have 24 hours S-bahn ring line just over the corner which makes your transportation easier than you could imagine. There is Real supermarket also over the corner - you'll always easily find anything you need. I would rate the hostel with 5 but deduct one point due to location far from interesting places.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Probably one of the best hostels I have been. I got a bed in a 6 bed room, we had a toilet inside the room which was nice. The room was quite nice, not only was it big, but you also get a (quite large) locker for yourself inside the room; there's also a small table and some puffs if you just feel like relaxing and talking with your roommates. The beds are okay, and the bed linen was provided at the reception; everything was very very clean and tidy.

On the reception floor there's a TV with a sofa for you to watch a football game or just to relax, there's also a bar where you can have a beer and where breakfast is served in the morning (prices are reasonable).

Everyone at the hostel was super nice, always pretty informal which I liked and helpful in giving advice on how to use transports and where to go.

Now for the downside: the hostel is quite off-centre, which you should suspect as soon as you see the price per night and read my previous comments. It is also literally next the and S-bahn station (don't remember which one right now) which gets you to the centre of Berlin or the Schoenefeld airport in about half an hour, this might sound good, but it isn't very nice to have the trains passing by until late in the night and early in the morning (you can get earplugs at the reception though, for free!)

In my opinion, I would certainly stay there again and recommend it, as transports in Berlin are not that expensive and run 24 hours on weekends, it's not such a big deals to stay away from the centre.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 25, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 4, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 2A Hostel

Address: Saalestr. 76, 12055 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Neukolln
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #75 of 357 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: $17 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — 2A Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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