The place is on renovation, so the good thing on that is you can stay in a brand new room, and use the brand new showers and bathrooms. Bad side is toilets are not enough and kitchen is still old and some stuff doesn't work very well. Main entrance door unlocked and no reception overnight I didn't like it, besides the area is very safe.
Staff is very good and facilities new and very well maintained. The lunchroom-kitchen is undersized for all the people that come down for breakfast or want to cook. Location a bit far but there is a metro station a few minutes walk and many inexpensive (for Paris) shops. Be aware of occasional "helpers" at the metro´s ticket buy machines. Drinks in the hostel are expensive.
Very good staff and atmosphere.
I liked the location; the building and the things that offers. Juan and staff are incredible welcoming and helpfull.
Lounge room is quite small, but kitchen is bigger and cozier, better place to share with people. Computer and internet use for not extra charge a plus, along with the drinks for sale, at a ok price. Is not close to what could be called Berlins downtown, but is close tothe Ubahn and Sbahn. Many shops close. Staff very helpfull and friendly overall
It felt more like a hotel than hostel, mainly because is very big so a looot of people at FD sometimes. The service at lounge bar lacks of charm. I think the really bad thing was the tiny washrooms and showers in the dorms (I stayed in 1 for 6 and another for 8); this is partially solved with the full washroom shower per floor they have, but is just 1 extra per gender. Right across the bhf station, small markets close, good cafeteria.
The Hostle/Hotel is quite big and busy, I reckon is better for groups than for lonely travellers. It seems that no having internet in the building C makes the people interact much more. Breakfast 2 thumbs up. Staff is friendly and very efficient, in particular a long-haired associate who worked in afternoon most of times I think, sorry, I dont remember his name.