The EastSe hostel (Schwedterstrasse 7) where I stayed in Berlin was a particularly fortunate find. It’s my kind of hostel – cheap, clean, near the metro (3 minutes walk), quiet, free WIFI and right in the hip part of town. When I say cheap I mean €30 for a private double bed, but without a bathroom. Who needs a private bathroom anyway? You get a big room with a nice comfy bed (check out the photo to the left), that’s all you need. ven
And while the hostel may be a little out of the centre of town (Alexanderplatz), that is actually just 2 stops away by metro or 15 minutes on foot. Besides – when you’ve got cool bars and restaurants, not to mention boutique shopping, nearby – staying within the city’s centre itself is less important. On Sundays, the Arkonaplatz and the Mauerpark markets (which I mentioned here) are a short walk up the road.
For those who prefer to cook their own meals, EastSeven has a kitchen – just like most hostels these days. During your downtimes, chill out and relax in the lounge room where you can drink the hostel’s very cheap beers.
I do have a couple of little gripes, however. The first is that there is no lift. If you have a big luggage, I’m afraid you’ll be huffing and puffing all the way up to your floor. I was on the third myself but luckily my big luggage weighed in only at 20 kilos, so it wasn’t too bad. The second – not really a complaint, more of a warning – is that EastSeven is not your typical hostel. It’s no Wombats! Don’t turn up and expect to see one big party atmosphere. In any case, this city being Berlin, there’s a few other party places around to choose from. Finally, if breakfast was served in this place, even with an increased price, I’d consider EastSeven possibly the best hostel I’ve stayed in, ever!
Recommended for single travellers or those who prefer a little more quietude in their hostel accommodation.