Although we had a reservation for 3 cabins for 3 nights, we did not end up staying on the Eastern Comfort. We arrived by car and drove along a long stretch adjacent to the river (and the remains of the Wall), across from which was block after block of vacant lots where buildings had been torn down - quite an industrial looking area. The entrance to the boat was also through a rocky dirt construction lot, which had been mentioned on the website, I must admit. We arrived one hour before check in time but our rooms were not yet ready, although there didn't seem to be any other guests around. Although a bit put off by the location, we waited until the rooms below deck were ready and we were allowed to see them. There was a very strong smell of disinfectant cleaner masking what would otherwise have been a musty smell. It was raining very hard out, so perhaps this had something to do with it.
No one in our party of 6 felt very good about staying in the musty rooms in a location that didn't feel very safe. Perhaps the neighborhood has been developed since we were there in 2007 and is better now. The boat is located, if you continue further up the river) just 2 blocks or so from a busy area of Kreutzberg, which seems to have much ethnic (Turkish) flavor and decent U and S Bahn service. It was just the immediate area around the boat that was undesirable.
I must say that the girl who greeted us on the boat was very, very pleasant and, although we had to pay for 1 night of rooms due to the late cancellation, she offered that if we had problems finding rooms elsewhere (which we did - there was a tourism conference in the city that week and nary a room to be had for miles, which was how we ended up booking the Hostel Boat in the first place), we could call her and the rooms would be available for us.
If the neighborhood has improved since March of 2007 and the boat has had steady enough traffic to keep it a bit fresher, it could be an interesting and fun place to stay.
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