Berlin is the city for all-day wanders between coffee shops and galleries, and all-night parties. Finding things to do is never a problem. In Berlin, you can visit the Holocaust Memorial, tour one of over 170 museums and see historic landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie all before rewarding yourself with a German pilsner. What are you waiting for? Hop on cheap accommodation site HostelBookers and book a Berlin hotel or hostel. Here are eight options that won’t break the bank, that I’ve either stayed in or have been recommended on the HostelBookers website.
Alex Hotel, Prenzlauer Berg: Occupying a 19th-century townhouse, the hotel offers fab budget rooms for up to four people, as well as apartment-style rooms with kitchettes. Modern furniture and styling from young Berlin designers features heavily in the decor, as well as internet access and TV. There’s a buffet breakfast til noon, and free hot drinks are on offer until 10pm.
Akzent Hotel Kolumbus GmbH: Lichtenberg-Hohenschönhausen: Found in the north-east Berlin suburb of Lichtenberg-Hohenschönhausen, Akzent Hotel Kolumbus GmbH is just a 15-minute tram journey from Alexanderplatz in the city centre. The 222-room three-star hotel has a daily continental breakfast, a sports bar and a bistro for evening meals. Rooms are modern and spacious, with satellite TV.
Hotel Hoppegarten, Hoppegarten: Situated in the south-east of the city, a half-hour journey from Alexanderplatz, the four star Hoppegarten Berlin has a business centre, a modern spa and a restaurant and bar. It’s the perfect place for those on business trips to unwind away from the city-centre: take advantage of the Turkish bath and sauna, or blow off steam at the gym. Smart, spacious rooms have satellite TV, internet and mini-bars.
Heart of Gold Hostel, Mitte: The Heart of Gold hostel owes its decor inspiration to ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, right down to the Chesterfield sofas in the common room. Located in vibrant Berlin Mitte in the centre of the city, it’s a short walk to some of the most popular tourist sites including Alexanderplatz, the TV Tower, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.
Plus Berlin, Friedrichshain: This is one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, with artsy cafes, vintage stores and galleries on every corner. Plus Berlin is in the middle of all of it, housed in a 100-year-old neo-gothic building. It’s certainly not your average hostel – the modernised interiors boast an indoor swimming pool, sauna, courtyard lounge, Italian restaurant and a cocktail bar. Both private rooms and dorms are available to suit all budgets.
Gay Hostel, Schoeneberg: Found in smart West Berlin, just south of Zoo Train Station, Schoeneberg’s Gay Hostel sits at the heart of the city’s gay scene. Head to Mann-O-Meter, Berlin’s main gay community centre, to get a heads up on what to do in the city. It’s a short walk from here down Motzstraβe to find a range of cool bars, cafes, boutique shops and nightclubs. Berlin’s famous department store KaDeWe is also on your doorstep. This men-only hostel has dorms and private rooms complete with flat screen TVs.
Three Little Pigs, Tiergarten: This hostel is located near Potsdamer Platz, which has a mix of cinemas, theatres, shops and cafes and attracts thriving crowds every day of the week. The elegant building used to be a convent, and has a beer garden. You can book a private room or a dorm. Other things to visit in the area include Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Pfefferbett Hostel, Prenzlaur Berg: Pfefferbett Hostel occupies a mid-19th century former brewery, and you’ll find some beautiful architectural remnants of this in the vaulted, original beamed six-meter-high roofs and open fireplaces. There’s a beer garden and a choice of smart, modern dorms and private rooms. The area itself is pretty, safe and central, and a short walk away from Berlin Mitte.