Wombat’s City Hostel (Mitte)
Wombat’s is centrally located in Berlin, very close to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The place is ideal to quickly get to many of the best-known sights of the city by underground. Furthermore, the area is renowned for its fashion shops and there are a couple of nice cafés and bars for good measure, too. Guests can choose between very clean twin, 4-bed or 6-bed rooms. Even apartments are available. Especially attractive: Wombat’s boasts a seventh floor bar and a roof terrace. It’s perfect to lounge on in summer, drink in hand, and let your gaze wander across the surrounding area.
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Pfefferbett Hostel (Mitte)
On the site of a former brewery, Pfefferbett has established itself since 2008. Pfeffer brewery’s historical architecture exudes its very own industrial charm. The hostel rooms are modern and functional though. You have the choice between single, double, 4-bed and 6-bed rooms en suite as well as cheaper 6-bed and 8-bed rooms with showers on the floor. There are 6-bed en suite rooms for women only, too. Pfefferbett hostel not only scores with its moderate pricing, cleanliness and friendliness, but also with its central location in Prenzlauer Berg, in an area with many bars, cafés and restaurants. On site, guests can make themselves comfortable on the terrace or in a café – or just make use of some of the other leisure facilities.
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EastSeven Hostel (Mitte)
This is one of the most popular hostels of the city. Which is probably down to the easy-going, familiar atmosphere and the friendliness of staff. It is easy to get into contact with employees and other guests. At the same time, it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a relaxed stay and sleep well. To preserve this status quo, large groups are only welcome if they don’t consist of party tourists out on a stag night or similar ventures. The area boasts some nice places for a night out nevertheless, with a lot of bars and restaurants in close proximity. EastSeven’s bright and clean rooms have one to eight beds. The communal bathrooms on each floor are gender-specific and cleaned three times a day. A beautiful garden, a pool and a common room top off the hostel’s amenities.
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Hostel Singer109 (Friedrichshain)
The name of this hostel equals its address. And there are more reasons why the stay in Singer109 is easy: Four trendy districts are quickly accessible via the nearby underground and suburban train stations. The hostel is located in an early 20th century brick building which has been renovated extensively. It’s the large atrium which leaps to the eye, an inside courtyard with glass roof, where the café and bistro are located. Singer109 also offers several indoor and outdoor leisure and sports facilities. The rooms for one to eight persons are called „apartments“ here which seems spot-on. Many of them not only have showers, WC and TV but also a kitchenette which makes them suitable for longer stays.
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Hotel 4 Youth (Mitte)
Hotel 4 Youth opened straight on the former border strip in Bernauer Straße in 2011. It is furnished modernly and documents the history of the place with large-size photographs. Rooms are bright due to their large windows, but rather small for a hotel. There are single and double rooms, six 3-bed and twelve „family rooms“ – the latter consisting of two connected double rooms. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and toilets. The location of this hotel is a big plus: the popular and lively Mauerpark lies opposite on the other side of the street. There are numerous cafés, bars and restaurants in the area. If you rather feel like staying in, you can – for example – borrow a game console and have a nice evening in the hotel as well.
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Grand Hostel (Kreuzberg)
Located in a fine huge Wilhelminian style building beside Landwehrkanal, Grand Hostel Berlin suggests an upscale hotel from the outside. As it is, prices for the single to 6-bed rooms are on a level with standard hostel rates in Berlin. Some of the rooms have a bathroom en suite, all of them have lockers. During the restoration of the house, emphasis was put on the preservation of its old character. Expect an elegant ambience rather extraordinary for a hostel. There is a bar and a lounge area with TV and reading matter in house. Grand Hostel has won several awards for the whole package in the last few years.
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Eastern Comfort (Friedrichshain)
Whatever you imagine, you will find it somewhere in Berlin. Of course visitors of the city – or curious Berliners – also have the opportunity to sleep on a ship. The „Eastern Comfort“ lies at anchor near Oberbaumbrücke on the Friedrichshain side of the Spree. The cabins have one to five beds and are divided into three classes. Only guests in third class have to do without an en suite shower. On the sister ship, the „Western Comfort“, there are 18 further coaches. Breakfast for all ‚passengers‘ is served on the larger Eastern Comfort, where you will find the reception, too. In summer you can lounge on deck with a drink – and even spend the night in a tent. The location on the river more than compensates for the rather close quarters.
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Circus Hostel (Mitte)
Circus Hostel had already been offering cheap accommodation at lively Rosenthaler Platz for years when the big international Berlin hype broke loose. In the early days, the districts of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg were still very much the places to be in Berlin. That has changed somewhat – but Circus hasn’t suffered by the in-crowd moving on. With its friendly service and the rather extraordinary amenities, it certainly has an advantage over many competitors. They organise their own city tours and host roundtables about Berlin’s history with contemporary witnesses. And let’s not forget Circus microbrewery which was established in the basement as part of „Katz und Maus“ bar in January 2015. The beer is definitely worth a try. Concerning rooms, you have the choice between classic hostel atmosphere when using the communal bathroom or more privacy with an en suite shower.
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Minimal Hostel (Neukölln)
This hostel is a rather recent addition to the sector. It opened in the popular Reuterkiez („Kreuzkölln“) neighbourhood in 2014. When calling your accommodation „minimal“, you better strengthen your case with some inviting amenities. Here, it most certainly is the friendly and helpful service. „Minimal“ is anything but an assembly-line accommodation: two double rooms and a 6-bed dorm – that’s it. This way, the hostel’s atmosphere stays personal and you won’t be kept awake by a crowd of party tourists. The owner quite deliberately furnished the hostel in low-key Berlin style. In the rooms, the wooden elements appeal to the eye. Even beyond that, „minimal“ means „cosy“ here first of all. Room rates start at approximately 23 Euros.
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The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel (Kreuzberg)
Modern, bright rooms, wooden furniture and friendly staff more than make up for the Cat’s Pajamas being located only a few steps away from lively but not really appealing Hermannplatz. Guests enjoy a great choice of accommodation: from private single and double rooms to 8-bed or women-only dorms. All rooms have a bathroom en suite. There is also a kitchen for communal use. Further plus factors: the almost ideal transport links to the city centre, Schönefeld airport or West Berlin and the vibrant night life in the area.
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