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A&O Berlin Friedrichshain
Ranked #228 of 358 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Reviewed August 4, 2013

So, good things first. Good location and pretty big rooms. Quite a nice patio. I'm not a person who complains and i don't expect luxury, i just want to enjoy holiday, but... when we entered the room, it was SO dirty, there were empty bottles, cigarettes and condoms (!) everywhere on the floor. We asked politely at the reception if a cleaning lady could do something with this mess, because apparently it has been like this for 2 days. What we heard is that it's not the fault of the staff. There are no curtains in the showers so it was a bit stressful and embarassing to use them. I mentioned a nice patio, which is really nice, shame that the staff came every evening at 10 p.m. and asked people to be quiet (although it wasn't really loud, people were just talking and enjoying the evening). We also wanted to prepare a meal in the kitchen, which was quite a challenge, because it's necessary to pay the deposit to use the kitchen and there's nothing there, no cutlery, pots etc. To sum up, the place definitely has a potential, but some changes would be nice. I stayed in many cheap hostels and i liked them all, so i don't exaggerate,

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Great location - next to all the trendy bars and restaurants of Simon Dach Strasse. Lots of Flea markets close at hand. Lots of inexpensive bars and take away food cafe's. Can get huge handmade pizzas a few doors down for 4EUR. There is a large Lidl supermarket up the street. The Hotel is above a Whole foods health supermarket. There are lots of bakeries with sit-in cafe's selling all sorts of delights. Lots of inexpensive bars. with seating outside - was there in winter but imagine in summer it's quite busy and vibrant. Area reminded me of Camden London, before it got over-commercialised. My mum thought it reminded her of New York. Avoid the centre stay in a more authentic area of Berlin. The hotel is on all tram routes and U-Bahn routes - takes mins to get anywhere - never seen a transport system like this! fantastic! No complaints - apart from when we checked in - we had booked through booking dot com a quadruple room - for use as 2 people as it was the same price. When we got there, after travelling across Europe, we were told 'this was not allowed' and we would have to be put into a double room - and pay EXTRA as it was all booked up. After kicking up a huge fuss they let us keep the room - but the reception seems to be run by snotty arrogant kids.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

I stayed in the hotel room which I found to be very clean. The hotel is cheap and in a good location (takes about 20 mins to get to the centre by subway). The rooms are basic but you get what you pay for. There are a few inconveniences, for example, having to pay 20 euro deposit for use of the kitchen, having to pay for wi-fi after the first 24 hours (but still cheap for 5 euro per 24 hours), and not having any tea or coffee facilities in the hotel room. The breakfast is standard, nothing special. I would stay there again simply for the cleanliness, cheap room, comfortable beds, and location.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Epiclady
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

despite my small complaint letter that I left at reception on the day of my departure, I have no answer or explanation, well, just someone had a working visit, I advice not take this hotel, especially at night in the corridor and even in your room you will listen to the sounds of one love, especially if your room next to the reception and parking, people talk all night with their bottle of beer .

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank mohamed j
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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

The fact that A and O is a hostel, it is sometimes very noisy.great breakfast but lunch and dinner are almost always the same everyday.what I liked about it is the location, within a walking distance from the Hauptbahnhof, makes moving around Berlin very easy.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Two of us stayed here in May 2012. We had a private twin room with private bathroom. It was basic but very clean and comfortable. Two single beds, wardrobe, mirror, desk and chair. Good shower and hairdryer. Cleaned daily. We didn't eat there so can't comment on breakfast. Staff were friendly and helpful. It's also in a good location - 5 mins walk to a tram station so all of Berlin is easily accessible. Would definitely stay here again as it's great for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Marike make my C/I and offer me an early CheckIn. All the Staff were very kind and helpful.
The room is very clean for a younghostel.
I appreciate the kitchen, the bar, the front office team.
I didn't like the housekeeper who came early in the morning in the room making nose but...

Good place, I recommand and I will return at this place!
Danke am ganzen Team

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank BaptPack
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Additional Information about A&O Berlin Friedrichshain

Address: Boxhagener Str. 73, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Friedrichshain
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #228 of 358 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: $21 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A&O Berlin Friedrichshain 2.5*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The A&O Berlin Friedrichshain opened right by the central intra-city Ostkreuz train station in the popular student district. The former factory building features 233 rooms with modern furnishings. The A&O Berlin Friedrichshain is located right in the middle of the trendy district of the same name. With just five minutes by foot to the Ostkreuz train station, the hostel offers optimal connection to all Berlin's highlights. It's central location makes the A&O hostel easy to reach by car, train or bus. ... more   less 
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