My fiancé and I stayed here for two nights in September. We had booked a private double with en-suite and we were pleasantly surprised upon entering our room – I’ve stayed in many a hostel in my time and this has to be one of the nicest (and cleanest!) rooms I’ve stayed in.
The hostel is conveniently located close to the S-bahn and is a short walk away from Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Tor. There is also a supermarket within a block and plenty of restaurants/cafes in the area.
There is a large common area downstairs near reception with dining tables, couches, booths and some pool tables, they sell drinks at reception (you can’t bring in your own alcohol) and this is also the only area where the wifi works and where they provide a buffet breakfast for 5 Euros – however we had brought our own food with us – so we didn’t try it.
Our room was large in size (the site used to be a convent – so the rooms have high ceilings) – the building itself has some character (yes it’s a little old & rustic) but that just adds to the charm and certainly doesn’t distract from its comfort. The bathroom was also large in size and was spotlessly clean; towels & linen were provided. The walls are quite thick (an unusual characteristic for a hostel) but fortunate for here as there tends to be many school groups passing through – while they were a little loud and distracting in the common area (teenagers!!) – once we were in our room, we couldn’t hear them.
There are two reasons why I didn’t give it 5 stars: Firstly – the staff (unhelpful, unfriendly and barely raised a smile) make a concerted effort to (sternly!!) remind you not to smoke in the building – yet they proceed to smoke in the doorway (not 3m or further from the door but in the actual doorway) – you have to literally squeeze past them (& their smoke) to get out, – this also resulted in a great deal of smoke wafting into the common area and Secondly; the kitchen – which was a mess. It is apparent that the kitchen is only cleaned once a week – but the state of the fridge and the amount of unwashed dishes was off-putting. They have signs up asking people to clean-up after themselves, but a hostel this size (with a high turnover of clients) should be able to hire someone to spend at least an hour a day in the kitchen keeping it clean.
Convenient and cheap if that is what you’re looking for, otherwise a lot of missed potential that could be tapped to make it a more enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Three Little Pigs Hostel Berlin shines with its central location directly at the Potsdamer Platz. Surrounded by Berlin's most famous sights as the Brandenburger Tor, the Checkpoint Charlie and the magnificient boulevard "Unter den Linden", the Three Little Pigs Hostel Berlin also offers short walking distances to several places of cultural interest and museums. Berlin's young and multicultural district 'Kreuzberg' - in which the Youth Hostel is placed- is well known for its awesome concerts, night clubs and typical Berlin Life. A recommendable place to find out, why Berlin is so en vogue! At our youth hostel guests sleep in a former nunnery with a unique atmosphere. Due to our quiet location, it is easy to switch off from city hustle and bustle, it is even possible to hear the birds singing - right in the middle of Berlin. Stay with us! ... more less
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