VERY close to the train station, which is nice...but a bit of a walk to the downtown area. On a nice day, though, the walk is enjoyable. The hostel had bike rentals, but we didn't use them. They charged us for hot water at the bar though, and there was no kettle or anything in our room. The shower was a little funky and got water everywhere, but the rooms were clean. We got a cool view of a canal. The breakfast is average, typical fruit, toast, yogurt, eggs and coffee. One of our favorites tho!
Not our favorite place on our trip. It's a good location, close to the central square and restaurant district, but that's about it. The room smelled mildewy and smokey and the busy street outside made for a lot of noise. The staff was friendly, but they require you leave your key every time you go out. Breakfast was a lot of white stuff - white cereal, white bread, etc. and the breakfast lady isn't very friendly. The metro is literally out the front door, so that helps. Otherwise, disappointing.
It took a while to find someone to let us into the hostel (the door was locked and no one picked up when we called the phone number provided), and when we did, the owner was a bit gruff with us, saying we'd have to wait while he checked in another couple. But he gave us a complete tour and was very helpful with museum and restaurant recommendations. The hostel is nice, our room was a bit small and cramped, but there's a good kitchen and it's easy to get to from the Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
We stayed in the early spring, and at night it got a little cold because the heaters weren't working. But the staff was able to fix it before long. There's WIFI, or computer terminals that you can use. We stayed in a dorm room that had a good kitchen, closets and comfy beds. Because it was before the tourist season, we had a 6 bed dorm all to ourselves. The staff was helpful in giving us directions, the hostel is located conveniently close to the castle and bridge, but still in a quiet area.
This is a PARTY hostel!! That much was apparent when we walked in and the ground floor was a big, loud bar. Though it seemed like many of the guests did what we did: checked in, ordered some food at the bar and took it to our rooms. The rooms are very nice and eco-friendly, which is cool, but a bit pricy. Lots of school groups seem to come here. The breakfast was good with lots of different choices, but you have to pay extra for it. We only stayed one night before going to a quieter place.
The receptionist refused to give us a discount with our Eurail passes even though we were supposed so. They're not very friendly. The set up is a little odd, with the TINY laundry and kitchen rooms in the basement after weaving through some "catacombs." The room was TINY and there were no lockers. WIFI only in the lobby. Breakfast is extra. It's a good location, right next to the train station and close to the downtown area, but the actual hotel leaves a lot to be desired.
The directions that came with our reservation were misleading and we ended up getting lost. It's a bit of a walk from the train station, but a good location for activities. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. The breakfast was one of the best we experienced, with plenty of options beyond the typical toast and cold meats. The walk from the hotel to the downtown area is very interesting and quaint. Make sure you go to Alter Fuchs for good German soul food, just down the street.
We arrived here jet-lagged, disoriented and my travel buddy was very sick. So our first stop on our Europe trip could've been bad, but this was the perfect place to land. The staff was extremely kind and helpful. The rooms were clean, the showers were hot. The breakfast isn't anything to write home about, but the kitchen is convenient. WIFI only downstairs, but there's a great bar where you can go meet people. Schonnbrunn is a good walk away, but the main train station is just down the street.