photo: HappyGoLucky Hostel
With all the stories depicting Berlin as a modern day Shangri-La (which we can be innocent of spreading a little bit), you might be one of those happy-go-lucky expats arriving here with very little idea as to where they’re gonna rest their bones after their tendency to doze off at a club becomes rather a nuisance. But scoring a place of your own is no easy feat in the super competitive Berlin real estate market. When all your struggles have been in vain and you still haven’t found a flat, always asking your one night stands for a sleepover, it’s time to temporarily let down your arms and check out some affordable hostels before fortune finally smiles back at you:
Heart of Gold Hostel
Don’t get fooled by the corny name – Heart of Gold is just another proper low-cost Berlin hostel. Probably most suitable when you’re still an innocent Berlin virgin and haven’t got tired of the tourist locations like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Museum Island.
Heart of Gold Hostel, Johannisstraße 11, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Tel: +49-30 29003300
photo: Heart of Gold Hostel
The only downside of this colorful hostel might be that with Berghain along with a bunch of other (a tad less exclusive) party temples being in its immediate vicinity, you may end up feeling like a place to sleep isn’t that necessary after all.
Sunflower Hostel, Helsingforser Str. 17, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Tel: +49-30 44044250
photo: Sunflower Hostel
The optimal choice for when you’re still hesitant as to which district should become your ultimate shelter. Crashing at Singer 109, you’re in a strategic point that provides you with a convenient access to a wide range of Berlin’s blessings: Mitte’s museum, PBerg’s Mauerpark, Friedrichshain’s nightlife, and Kreuzberg’s hangovers.
Singer 109 Hostel, Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
Tel: +49-30 74775028
photo: Singer 109 Hostel
The Circus Hostel
Within a walking distance to Hackescher Markt, The Circus is centrally located but at the same time invites you for some wild times around Kreuzberg and Neukölln that you can easily get to with the U8. If you’ll miss some more comfort, they also run an actual hotel on the pretty Rosenthaler Platz.
Circus Hostel, Weinbergsweg 1A, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Tel: +49-30 20003939
photo: The Circus Hostel
Eastern Comfort Hostelboat
While Berlin might be infamous for the naive newcomers sinking down fast in its sea of limited mental capacity and general looseness, make sure you stay safe floating on the Spree with the Eastern Comfort Hostelboat. The ship provides cheap shared accommodation and some amazing Oberbaumbrücke sunsets.
Eastern Comfort, Mühlenstraße 73, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Tel: +49-30 66763806
photo: Eastern Comfort
Happy Go Lucky Hostel
It becomes obvious at first sight that this hostel is channeling the inner craziness of Charlottenburg, which is otherwise not really apparent in this district. Such a colorful facade might be tolerated in Kreuzkölln, but in the current location, it’s actually frowned upon. If you want to enjoy it before the threat of its disappearing becomes a reality, check in to this fun, artist-friendly location.
Happy Go Lucky Hotel & Hostel, Stuttgarter Platz 17, 10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Tel: +49-30 32709072
Located right on Schönhauser Allee, this hostel provides you with an instant access to PBerg’s low-key gaudy nightlife. Get a dorm bed at as cheap as 20 euros per night, and off you go! Just try not to scare all the moms and dads dropping the kids for school on your way back!
Alcatraz Hostel, Schönhauser Allee 133A, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Tel: +49-30 48496815
As if the immersive cultural experience that Berlin is known to provide on an everyday basis wasn’t enough, this hostel invites you for a low-cost time travel straight into the East Germany. Get ready for the 70s and 80s designed in a reality dominated by the USSR – that means dubious color combinations, kitschy lamps and garish wallpapers.
Ostel Hostel, Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Tel: +49-30 25 76 86 60
photo: Ostel Hostel Berlin
A modern, convenient place tailored exactly to the needs’ of a vagabond desirous for adventure. It’s located right in the heart of Mitte, which encourages exploring. They have a cool rooftop bar that will instantly boost up your Instagram game with a great opportunity to take plenty of the signature Hauptstadt shots featuring #thattoweragain which just never get old.
Wombat’s Berlin, Alte Schönhauser Str. 2, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Tel: +49-30 84710820
photo: Wombat’s Berlin