I liked the way the rooms were set up in an apartment style, more homely than hostels usually are. Plus the location was excellent. Annoyingly the fire alarm went off a few times - maybe some staff should be around cooking areas. Also staff had casual approach to some problems such as air conditioning/wifi not working. A/C eventually sorted when we took it in turns to complain - we eventually found the one who called the mechanic in.
This was my second time at the Berkeley, the first being last Spring. Autumn to Spring I would recommend it but not summer. The lack of air conditioning meant very uncomfortable, sleepless nights.
I had a one night stay. It was easy to get to - a 7 or 8 mins walk from where the airport bus stopped. The guy at the desk had as much English as I do Spanish but was very good at mime so we communicated pretty well. The room was clean, the ensuite was very small (ie-I think it started life as an alcove) but did the job and was also clean. Only problem with the place was that there was no kitchen/kettle facilities. More than 1 night that would be a problem.
It was a good hostel with a friendly, helpful staff. The only problem was it did not have air conditioning - my room was like a sauna,very sickening. My friend's room on the the other side of the building was ok. In the absence of a/c they really should invest in blackout blinds or some other way to deflect the sun shining in and overheating rooms. The room was also very small - it had a bed and fridge and barely enough space to put feet, let alone a bag down.
This was a great place to stay - location is excellent, it has air conditioning, a sink in the bedroom, pay by use computers in the front hall and, if you want, you get your own box of cutlery and dishes to use. As you will have to pay if you lose/break them people tend to clean up after themselves leaving the kitchen clean and tidy. Security is good and staff are very helpful. I'd recommend/have recommended already staying here.
It was strange staying in a place where some people were on holiday and others, msinly elderly women, were obviously living there but it was an excellent hostel. Breakfast was big, had dinner once ($10) also VG and hostel supplied reduced price tickets to many attractions. Each room had a ceiling fan, great at Easter but with no air conditioning could be a problem in summer. Hostel was spotless and staff were very helpful. Also 6 min walk from 2 different T stations/lines. Excellent location.
We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent. I would recommend this accommodation to friends and I would stay there again myself.
- Novice Nomad
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