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A&O Berlin Mitte
Ranked #265 of 358 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Reviewed June 30, 2011

A&O Hostel was a drop off for the Busabout route so we thought we'd give it a go... bad descision.
The place is in the middle of the very run down outskirts of the city (next to some kind of anarchist commune). It's a long walk in a scary area to find any restaurants, metro stops or convenience stores.
We stayed in a private room. We'd booked a double bed, but the gave us 2 singles. The beds were hard wood with a thin piece of foam as a matress. I hardly slept the 2 nights we were there. It was like a rock. Having said that, the room was clean (Germany after all) and the private bathroom was good.
The breakfast rooms were busy and like being on a school camp. masses of people lined up trying to get their hands on some pretty terrible food.... wait... I just remebered... there was a school camp there! 3 busloads of teenagers were staying.
There was no free wifi, it was a coin operated system in the bar.
Overall a pretty sad place - spend the extra money and stay somewhere closer to the action, or at least with a decent bed.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

This A&O Hostel & Hotel Berlin Mitte is in good location but in calm and quite area. It is ten minutes walk from Ostbahnhof DB station which is the originating station of most of the DB trains. It is multistoreyed buiding I stayed in a private ensuite room. Private rooms are very small and attached toilet is very small. Price is quite high according to room size. It's door locking system is excellant and quite safe. No restaurants are nearby. Famous Berlin Wall is near to the DB station. Berlin tower can viewed very well from the bridge near the Hotel. Breakfast is very good but purchasable (4 Euro). Location wise very good as people can go anywhere of Berlin through S-bahn trains as well as long distance trains by DB trains.

Room Tip: It is very peaceful area and noise is around
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  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

We booked a double room on the "Hotel" part of the building.
The Hostel is quite near from the U and S-bahn, but even if it's officially in "Mitte", it doesn't have a very central location. That said, it's not far from the animation with the subway.
Room was clean, but staff attitude was disapointing, especially for Germany: quite rude guy at the reception, and the lady that cleans the room entered twice our room before check-out time.
For the same price, I know it's possible ton find better in Berlin

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

This hostel is fine if all you want is a cheap bed for the night, but it isn't personal or friendly so if you want to meet people, look elsewhere. They also charge a lot for extras - internet was slow and very expensive and sheets are 3 euros extra. It is part hotel part hostel and feels very industrial, there is no personality at all, but the rooms are a good size and have a big locker for each bed. You can also block additional beds in a dorm if you want it to yourselves.
The bathroom was nice and cleaned everyday, and the location was not bad, quite central and 5 minutes from the UBahn station.
This hostel is good if you're travelling in a group and want to keep yourselves to yourselves, but if you're a lone traveller I would recommend the Schlafmeile Hostel in Friedrichstain.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

The hotel/hostel is fairly easy to find – 400m or so from Heinrich-Heine Strasse U-bahn stop. The area is fine – it’s mostly populated by students and it’s only further down the road in Kreuzberg that you hit the cheap food joints of the Turkish district – not Arabs, as someone mentioned in earlier reviews. Amenities are pretty good in the locality, and Alexanderplatz is quite close on foot.

The A&O is pretty much no-frills. The staff were ok. The room was bare with just two twin beds, a TV, a wardrobe, a wooden chair and a small table. The bathroom was surprisingly well-equipped, however, with a soap dispenser, toilet-seat changers, sanitary bags and a terrific shower.

Yes, there are lots of kids and it can be quite noisy, but for one night, it did the job superbly well and I’d happily stay there again if I’m in Berlin for just one evening. However, a longer stay and I’d opt elsewhere since the amount I paid - €39 – is pretty pricey for what I got. Breakfast was €4 extra, as is internet, wi-fi and practically everything else....nothing seemed free of charge. There’s an ATM machine on site, as well as a stamp machine and a bar, canteen for dinner. But for all the added-amounts, I’d stay at a B&B.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

The hostel is brand new so smells of Ikea and a few of the lifts still dont work. Got woken up one morning by the noise of construction! Very vibrant atmosphere with lots of young travelers staying here. Staff are not as bad as people are making out, was very helpful to us with directions. its a 10min walk from central station which you will need to get around Berlin, although the city centre is only 2 stops away on the train. Rooms were very basic, but very clean and the TV has english channels! Internet in the hotel is a rip off same with drinks etc but overall if you need a place to stay for a few nights in Berlin its an okay place!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

Located in a wasteland, staffed by ugly, unhelpful staff, so hot you cannot breath in the rooms. I had to buy a fan and have it on full day and night. Then they sell you water at exhorbitant prices. I booked the hotel at Friedrichshain but when I arrived at 11 at night they just told me that they were full and sent me to this hell hole without even an apology. Atmosphere here is like a prison only if prisoners had to live like this there would be a riot.. I get out tomorrow. It should be the last place you ever consider booking. Just watched Germany knocked out of World Cup...absolutely delighted!!! Who sya there's not a God?

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Koepenicker Str. 127-129, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #265 of 358 Specialty Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: $21 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — A&O Berlin Mitte 2*
Number of rooms: 479
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The A&O Berlin Mitte is the largest of our houses in Berlin with modern rooms in various categories. The A&O Berlin Mitte is located in the Berlin district of the same name and is just two underground stations from the Alexanderplatz station and 10 minutes by foot from the Ostbahnhof station. With its central location the hostel is easy to reach by car, train or public transport and is the ideal starting point for excursions into the metropolis Berlin. ... more   less 
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