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“Good enough” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Heart of Gold Hostel
Ranked #15 of 344 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good enough”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

This hostel was not the best that we stayed at on our Europe trip (or even in Berlin), but it was good enough. I could be fine staying here again but it wouldn't be my first choice. We stayed here because we booked the day of, and it was the best one available (based on TripAdvisor reviews).

Cost - Decent hostel for the money

Service - Average. They were nice but I don't think they'd bother to go out of their way to help out. Definitely a 'you get what you pay for' kind of place.

Wifi / internet - This sucked. We got no service in our room and had to go to the lobby to connect. They did have a few computers in the lobby you could connect to for 10 minutes if needed. The day we checked out the Wifi was down completely - even in the lobby - and when I told them about it they just said 'oh well'.

Rooms - Very small room with a bunk.

Cleanliness - The rooms were clean enough but nothing special. I still slept in my Cocoon liner as an extra layer to protect me from their sheets, pillowcase, and covers.

Bathroom - I didn't feel like it was clean enough for me to walk barefoot, so I even showered with flip flops. And the shower was a pain. It shuts off every 5-10 seconds and you have to push it on again. Maybe it's the hostel's way of saving on water costs but it made for a miserable shower.

Location - Right downtown and a few blocks from a metro station.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

Clean, quiet, good breakfast, nice people.
Certainly I would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

I was on a week's trip to Leipzig and my brother booked our accomodation at a short notice for a night's stay at this extremely friendly place.We booked two single rooms and were instantly upgraded to twin rooms -a good value for money ,got even better. The place is a walking distance from few main attractions of Berlin.Staff very friendly,knowledgable,efficient and helpful. Rooms clean and tidy. Reception/ Bar area informal and one can linger on as long as one wishes. Will certainly recommend to anyone and return ..well done .Danke shun !

Dr. Shibashish Giri,Leizig University /Sanjay Kaul , Melbourne, Derby

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MOKSHA2002
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

Stayed here for 3 days in mid-June and had the most incredible time. The staff were helpful and got us settled straight away. We met plenty of people in the very hospitable common area. Amazing courtyard where we could hang out in the evenings before going out. Internet costed, but most of the time they basically let you off, which is good. Free tour which was amazing, came and picked us up from the hostel - definitely worth doing. An incredible rooftop room with a great view of the sky-line, consider yourself lucky if you get this room! Just a really well run hostel at a very competitive price. If you're young and looking to just go, meet people or explore the city, it's also in a fantastic location and there's just so much to do. Ughh, just take my word for it, it's awesome.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank samillyroy
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2011

I stayed here with friends for 3 nights during an inter-rail trip around Europe. We were on a budget and opted to stay in a hostel.

The hostel has a good reputation and I dare say one of the better hostels in Berlin. Additionally, it is good value for money.

The bar in the hostel is lively and open until late and has a good atmosphere.

If I was looking for a hostel in Berlin, I would stay here. I will recommend this place to young groups or travellers.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Progressive1978
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Kingston-upon-Hull, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2011

Stayed at Heart of Gold with some students for the 6th or 7th time at Easter. Great friendly service and basic but functional facilities. For the price, it's incredible value, especially if you take the breakfasts. Wireless internet is great for the iphone generation, and the 3 PCs are useful for us oldies to keep in touch with home.
The location is superb, only 7 minutes walk from Friedrichstrasse Station, and all sights are easily reached by S-bahn, tram and U-Bahn, or even on foot.
Aufsturz, is a cracking bar round the corner, with hundreds of types of beer, and good reasonably priced food, whilst there are numerous bars, and snack bars within five minutes.
Sights closeby include the Hackesche Höfe, Synagogue, Tacheles - great fun and inspiring for artists - and you are only ten minutes walk from Unter den Linden, and less than 20 from the Reichstag, Alex, Gendarmenmarkt and much, much more.
In short, if you are looking for luxury, go elsewhere, but if you want a convenient location and a chilled atmosphere, friendly helpful staff, a 24 hour recpetion and bar, for that matter, and plenty of buzz, then come to Heart of Gold!

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank HerrGall
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

This is one of my favorite hostels ever, great friendly staff who are on 24/7 reception, very much willing to help too. There is a bar at night too, drinks served by the receptionist themselves. Rooms are comfy and relatively big as well. Very clean toilets (though the bathtub has no drawsheet so the floor would be wet), and sheets.

Free breakfast if you stay for more than 3 nights, but it's worth the money too. Was located near the station and sights, walkable unless you're carrying heavy bags, and might probably need/want to take the tube to the station.

Lovely hostel, would definitely return again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Toyfriend
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Property: Heart of Gold Hostel
Address: Johannisstr. 11, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
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Ranked #15 of 344 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Heart of Gold Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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