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“never again” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Schlafmeile Hostel
Ranked #484 of 633 Hotels in Berlin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“never again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

I have never written a review and am generally satisfied, but this time I have to make an exception.

Our flight is late, we arrive at 11:15pm and reception is closed. We are told by a patron to wait and see if they show up. We wait until 2am, then end up having no option but to stay at a hotel. This is understandably not their fault, but the drama ensued from this.

First thing next morning we check in and they tell us the room has ben given away. The hostile worker then says "ok maybe you will be lucky" and takes us to a room. We were "lucky" and were given 2 beds.

that night we return after a day of sightseeing and the beds have been occupied. The occupiers tell us that they had checked in that night. As we have already paid for our beds and could not afford the steep price of a hotel again, we have no option
but to sleep on the floor.

Next morning, another hostile worker says it is our fault we checked in late and another worker didn't write it down. We are again given two different beds.

That night, one of the beds was occupied so again, one of us slept on the floor.

3rd day, we are told to leave by 11 and come back at 3 because the bed I had slept in the night before was booked and I had to change rooms. so, we are left with our bags, waiting around until 3 when we may have a place that WE HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR. I told the man at the desk that we one of us had not had a bed for the past few nights and he shrugged and said move your stuff out by 11.

The only positive thing I can say about this hostel is that the rooms are clean. The staff are hostile and unwilling to accommodate, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

Stay at wombats or at christophers, it will only be an extra 6 euro per night that you would spend on trains per day to commute to the centre.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank rebecccy
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

This hostel has everything you need - clean, nice wide beds, great location, friendly staff... And for the price they charge - it's brilliant value! Really recommend. Bit annoying that since there is only ever 1 person on duty, sometimes you can't find them - but that's a small price to pay for such a bargain. Bring your laptop or smartphone - they've got good WiFi, but only 1 computer to use.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ness_Smidre
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Nottingham, England
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2011

I've been to Berlin five times (it's my favourite city) and I have always stayed at this hostel. Why? The prices are very reasonable, it's very close to the U+S Bahn (it's far from the centre but it's only 10 minutes by U-Bahn), it clean, comfortable, plus a great place to socialise in the common room and there are enough places to go out eating and drinking nearby.

But, more importantly Glen (the owner) and his staff are so friendly and helpful. For example on my second visit, I had booked for four nights but there was a problem with my booking and was only booked for two nights. However, Glen got on the phone and sorted out the remaining two nights at the nearby AO Hostel (nice but not as good).

I cannot visit Berlin again and not stay at this hostel, it's like a second home to me.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BrezUK
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England
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2011

Myself and 3 others visited Berlin for the weekend and stayed here as it was recommended to us by friends. We arrived just after midnight and luckily the kiwi restaurant next door was open so someone could let us in. Unfortunately our booking had been taken down wrong and they had us down to arrive the next night, but after very little fuss we were allocated a room (see photos). The rooms have a private entrance out onto the street so people can come and go as they please. As others have said there is a tram that runs past the hostel and that can be a bit noisy. Apart from that the hostel is very clean, has nice hot showers, good cooking facilities and a lounge with TV and free wi-fi to relax in. There's also fixed computers to log onto. Glen (the manager) was friendly and on hand to recommend where to go. There are plenty of places to eat in the local area and the U-bahn is about a 5 minute walk from the hostel which runs straight into Alexanderplatz. I would definitely recommend heading up the TV tower (you may wish to book online beforehand to avoid the queues). It allows you to get your bearings whilst taking in a great view of the whole city. Also head down to the Brandenburg gate and join one of the free walking tours. It lasts for 3-4 hours and you'll learn a lot. You only have to pay what you think the tour is worth. All in all Berlin is great city and you can do all the major touristy bits in a weekend. Further out of the the city is Potsdam which other travellers said was worth a visit. This was my first time in a hostel but based upon the experience I will definitely look at them as an option for travelling in the future.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hills86
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Reading, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

I stayed here a year ago with my friend on a clubbing/sightseeing holiday. The staff were very nice and the owner especially is really good at his job(such a funny guy). The beds were comfy, room was clean, nicely decorated and the bathroom was reasonably sized. The kitchen area was well equipped so we used this a lot to cook our own food. The social area is also good and never seemed to get overcrowded. It felt like someone had put a lot of effort into making the hostel nice.. i would definitely stay here again/recommend it. The subway isn't far (10 mins walking) and the area is mostly quiet with some cool shops around.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank paperlily3
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

Only stayed one night but seemed like a really nice place - there is a communal kitchen/common room which is great for meeting people and hanging out. Everything was very clean, the beds were comfy and the room was a good size and had lockable cupboards as well and lockable boxes for valuables.
The bathrooms were also clean although there were only two showers which weren't separated from the rest of the bathroom so you had to hope there was no-one else in there when you got out of the shower!
As we weren't there for long it's hard to know exactly about the location but heard from other travellers there was good nightlife nearby, and to be honest Berlin is so spread out you have to get the UBahn/SBahn everywhere anyway so where you are doesn't make too much difference. The hostel is less than 10 minutes from the UBahn so convenient in that sense.
I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AliceAdventures
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Perth
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33 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2009

We chose to stay at Schlafmeile Hostel on the basis of their good prices and positive reviews. We were not disappointed with the hostel itself - the rooms and bunks were quite large, the staff hospitable and it is located very close to lots of cheap places to eat and drink. It's also close to several supermarkets for self-caterers.

However, this hostel is a long way from the action - about 7km by foot to the main sights such as Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. If, like us, you prefer to walk for the exercise (who doesn't need to work off all those beers and pretzels!!) and to save on transport costs, it is about a 1.5-2hour walk each way. By the 4th day we were exhausted and gave in to getting short trip train tickets some of the way in! There are metro stations close by though so this is not a major concern.

Bathrooms were clean though the ladies' showers seemed to get flooded on a daily basis. By the evening when we returned it was always mopped out though. If privacy is a concern, guests should note that the showers only have a curtain - it is a not a cubicle where you can leave your clothes and get changed in afterwards. This problem could be solved by getting changed in a toilet cubicle.

Breakfast is not included in the price; however the hostel is attached to a restaurant that is run by the same people where a great breakfast is served each morning. For just under 4€ it's all-you-can-eat rolls, cereal, toast, spreads, cold meats, some fruit and vegies, juice and milk. This is great for making yourself up some rolls for lunch too!

Finally, the hostel is located on the ground floor of the building and dorms open out directly onto the street. This is great for access day and night, but you do get the VERY noisy trams until late at night and from early in the morning.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KatieLM
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Property: Schlafmeile Hostel
Address: Weichselstr. 22-26, 10247 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Friedrichshain
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Ranked #484 of 633 Hotels in Berlin
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Number of rooms: 219
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