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Heart of Gold Hostel
Ranked #14 of 349 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Decent stay”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Nice enough hostel to stay in.

Group of 7 lads so had a whole dorm to ourselves which was very good as then may not disturb others.
There was a good bar which had various German beers for sale at a reasonable price and friendly enough staff throughout the day. Quite quirky too which is good or bad depending on different peoples tastes.

Good links to different parts of the city with plenty of attractions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs to visit

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Great place to stay in Berlin! Central location, friendly staff, relaxed and fun atmosphere, and great prices. Loved the common area with bar and pool table and chillin music. So easy to meet people and make your trip that much better! Rooms are spacious and clean with good lockers (bring your own lock!). And great breakfast buffet! Loved our stay here!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hostel is great, from the moment we walked in the staff were super helpful. We had two beds in a 6 bed dorm which was fine, big spacious rooms which were quiet & clean and have lockers (you can hire locks from reception).

The downstairs bar/reception area was always lively (and you can take your own booze in there!) with cheap beer & good music.

Location was pretty good, just around the corner from Berlin's most overlooked attraction, the Ramones Museum!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed in this hostel as a large group and there were 4 nights but our group increased and decreased in size but the staff were extremely helpful and did us a good deal on a room rate for all 4 nights so we didn't have to pay too much or have to change rooms.

We had an 8 person room which was not 'hitch hikers guide to the galaxy' themed as i was expecting but it was clean and the furniture was of a nice standard. The linen was in good condition and there was nothing wrong with the beds. There was even electronic blinds to block out the light from the floor to ceiling windows.

The location was very good overall, the staff were very helpful and friendly (mostly) and the bar downstairs had a good atmosphere.

If I had to criticise something I would say that I didn't like the communal hallway between the rooms on our floor where there was a sofa, table and chairs - our neighbouring rooms came in extremely late and continued their party in this space and we couldn't sleep! Also, they kept leaving the security door open and we felt a little nervous about the security of our room... The other thing was that our shower head was hung by a wire coat hanger... strange.

I would stay again because the place was generally good but if I had screaming, shouting, singing neighbours again at the early hours then they would get my boot up their backsides! ;)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Really nice hostel with a very friendly staff and nice open bar breakfast! We really enjoyed the stay in the hostel and we would recommend it for any traveller who's on a budget, clean showers, a lot of tips to do in Berlin, friendly and helpful staf

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2012

The room was standard hostel. Free wifi in lobby. Free breakfast.... knowledgable staff that soke English and gave us recommendations for things to do. Great place to meet people, very freiendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Three years ago in December we stayed at the Baxpax hotel in Berlin and it was excellent. This year we wanted to go back but it was full so we booked to the Heart of Gold Hostel for 4 nights. In three words it was terrible. We had a two person rooms but were surprised with the two separate beds, while the smaller and cheaper one person room has a queen size bed. Not nice when you go as a couple. We paid extra for a shower in the room and assumed to have a toilet as well. Unfortunately no toilets in these rooms either. There are only for toilets (2 for man and 2 for female) on each floor including the shower. Since our room was close the these fitly toilets we did not only have the pleasure of smelling the pleasant aroma in our room, but also all night constant screaming of mainly adolescents using the toilets or vomiting from drinking to much. One night one of the irresponsible quests broke the shower tap and did not bother to tell the staff. As a result we were woken up at 3am by, again loud noises in the hallway, and not only was the hallway all flooded, after I turned on the lights three meters into our room was filled with 2cm (nearly 1 inch of water). Luckily this night I stored our luggage on the chairs so only a few unimportant items were wet. Thus in the middle of the night I was wiping the floor dry with some pathetic towels. The guy who had the night shift was sorry, but the following day not even the management had the courtesy to apologize or asked whether any of our things were destroyed. Last but not least we had a very early check-out at 5:30am and we checked the front desk whether they could call a taxi. According to them this should not be a problem and taxis usually arrived within 5 minutes. Well upon checkout the front desk had only one number that did not seem to be answered. Therefore we were sent to the street and had to carry our luggage for more than one kilometer to find a taxi after 20 minutes, ... we barely missed our flights whom. Did you know that you are officially not even allowed to consume a drink or food in the rooms and that they will fine you? Not even the most luxury accommodations that I stayed have this ridiculous policy. Avoid this place and most certainly do not call or compare it to a hotel because it is far from that and the money that you pay is not worth the stay. On a positive note the staff was friendly.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Heart of Gold Hostel
Address: Johannisstr. 11, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
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Ranked #14 of 349 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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