In this day and age, travel is more affordable than ever. There are countless programs and opportunities to do so in even the farthest reaches of the Earth. For those looking to satisfy their wanderlust on a budget, Berlin has you covered. Here are the ten best hostels and budget hotels around the city.
Wombat’s City Hostel is located right in the city center, just around the corner from Rosa Luxemburg Platz, making it accessible for many popular tourist destinations including Alexanderplatz along with the hip neighborhoods along Torstraße. The cost of staying here starts at just €12 each night. On the top floor there is a bar, and each guest is allowed one free drink just for booking. Plus, it’s easy to meet likeminded, friendly individuals at the bar, as many guests flock here for the fantastic view. They offer plenty of other amenities including free wifi, laundry facilities, kitchen access and a breakfast buffet for €4.50. Wombat’s City Hostel Berlin also won the award for Cleanest Hostel Worldwide – twice.
Citystay Hostel is an affordable, family-friendly accommodation in Mitte. They are known for their friendly, helpful staff and their commitment to protecting the environment. In addition to offering the usual recycling facilities, the hostel itself is powered by environmentally friendly generators. They are happy to provide coupons and discounts for various attractions and restaurants around the city, and children under 14 can stay for 50 percent off. They also work in conjunction with multiple different tour companies, which makes planning excursions that much easier. They also provide a breakfast buffet for €5.50, and many of the offerings are organic certified. They even provide a great selection of local craft beers in the evenings.
The Circus in Mitte is a hotel and hostel in one. They also have private apartments for rent, which can comfortably accommodate up to six people, making this one of the most versatile budget options in the city. As its name suggests, it is a lively and colorful hostel decorated in circus-themed art and graphic design. The philosophy behind the hostel is one of equity and a rejection of the idea that quality travel experiences ought to be reserved for the wealthy. They also support and promote charities throughout Berlin.
ONE80º Hostel Berlin Mitte
ONE80º Hostel Berlin Mitte is a well-established accommodation located in the heart of the city. They offer comprehensive guides about the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Therefore, the knowledgable staff as well as the hostel website are great resources for travelers. As for the rooms, it is possible to stay in dorms with up to eight beds, or in private rooms that are ideal for groups of two. Most rooms also come with en suite bathrooms, free wifi, bike rental, and breakfast for a discount if you book ahead. The rooms, bar, and lounge are decorated in bold urban styles.
Generator Hostels are one of the most well-known hostel chains in Europe. They have two locations in Berlin: one in Mitte and another in Prenzlauer Berg. The hostel in Mitte is situated very close to Berlin’s Museum Island, while the one in Prenzlauer Berg is set in a leafy area between two large, beautiful parks in a former East Berlin apartment block. Generator Hostel is another good pick if you’re looking to meet other travelers in the city as they offer a great social environment, complete with a bar and well-appointed common areas.
EastSeven Hostel Berlin
EastSeven Hostel Berlin is located in Prenzlauer Berg’s trendy Kollwitzkiez. Situated close to the Berlin Wall, they offer shared accommodations as well as private rooms. The rooms are homier than most hostels as each one has a timber floor and access to a sunny window. The hostel also has a beautiful garden courtyard complete with wooden terraces. The hostel is near many of the city’s biggest historical attractions without being located in an overly hectic part of town. Alexanderplatz is just a short walk from the hostel, as is Hackescher Markt and Kastanienallee.
U inn Berlin Hostel
U inn Berlin Hostel is located in Friedrichshain, a hip district that is popular with the locals. From this vantage point, guests are in proximity to many of the best stops on the nightlife scene, including Berghain and Renate, and near Boxhagener Platz, which holds one of the city’s best weekend markets. This is an excellent place to stay for travelers who would like to see Berlin’s edgy, authentic side, which is essential to getting an accurate feel of the city. Appropriately, the staff are fit to direct guests to places that are in line with this kind of travel experience, rather than sending you unwittingly to ‘the next best tourist trap’.
Grand Hostel Berlin
Grand Hostel Berlin offers another great escape from the typical Berlin experience as it is located in Kreuzberg. Points of interest nearby include Checkpoint Charlie, Prinzessinnengarten, the Jewish Musuem, Berlinische Galerie, and the Bergmannkiez. The hostel itself is located in an historic building dating back to 1874, a rarity for Berlin in itself. Many of the rooms are decorated with a mix of historical details and modern finishes. Single rooms go for as little as €29 per night, while a stay in the dorms come for under €10. Rooms have en suite bathrooms, and many overlook the River Spree. Often, they also hold live DJ sets in the hostel bar lounge.
Fjord Hotel Berlin
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Fjord Hotel Berlin is a budget hotel that is also located in Kreuzberg, just a short walk from Gleisdreiek Station. The rooms are airy and minimalist in style, each featuring a flat screen TV, a desk, an en suite bathroom and more. For a small surcharge, they also offer parking and buffet breakfasts. Guests have access to a leafy outdoor terrace and a trendy bar. It is a stylish and inclusive hotel offering quality rooms for low prices. There is a continental breakfast buffet available every morning in a comfortable, clean lounge. Fjord Hotel is also located near the lovely Tiergarten and many other attractions.
Hüttenpalast is one of Berlin’s quirkier budget hotels, located in Neukölln near the thriving Landwehr Canal area. It is decorated in eclectic furnishings and located in a converted factory, which gives it a very Berlin touch. The designs of some of these unique rooms located in old RVs and lofts have been the product of artist commissions, which certainly gives it a boutique-style feel. Most rooms have vintage décor, while others are simple and minimalistic. The hotel also contains a garden, sauna, and café.