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“Such a fun place”
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Comebackpackers
Ranked #64 of 356 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Comebackpackers had the perfect atmosphere for hanging out and meeting people. The place is quirky and fun; a great place to come back to at the end of the day. It is located close to the U and S-Bahn--making it very easy to navigate around the city--and close to great grocery stores.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

'Comebackpackers' is ideally located in a hip, indie part of Berlin. It's literally across the road from the nearest U-Bahn station, on the same line as Alexanderplatz - the largest public transport hub in Berlin (change there for the Hauptbanhof, Reichstag, Frederichstrasse, etc.)

Immediately close by are several cafes - most of them vegetarian, at least one of them vegan - and an open-air fruit and vegetable market. However, there's no need to buy stuff here if you're on a tight budget: the hostel offers free pasta, sauces, salt, and general basics, as well as tea and coffee. That said, you could do a lot worse than browsing the fruit and veg market. Just wash your purchases in the sink in the hostel before consumption.

'Comebackpackers' is, as it promises, a return to "hostel-hostels"; defying the trend in the market to impose a hotel environment on a youth hostel. A large, open-plan common room and kitchen area act as a fantastic place to meet people, with a bar built into the reception. The dorms are huge, the toilets are not, and the showers have little security (though the bathrooms are clearly marked as male and female). This is not a glamorous hostel. This is, however, a friendly, idiosyncratic, cheap place to rest your head and make new friends. It has a large roof terrace that serves as a smoking zone, but even if you don't smoke you'll want to go outside morning or evening. A great place to have a cup of coffee in the morning.

NB that there is a ban on alcohol not purchased at the bar onsite, and that no food is allowed in the rooms. This shouldn't be a problem, given the huge living quarters, but bear it in mind when you want a midnight snack.

Staff are friendly and more than welcome to advise on tourist issues.

There's not much more to say on this hostel. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is because it could stand to improve the general hygiene in the place (clean under the beds a bit more thoroughly, for example), and the wifi - though it exists - is painfully slow. However, these are minor points, and shouldn't affect your decision. I'd recommend this place for solo travellers and groups.

Room Tip: The dorms are very big, accommodating up to 16 people. Bring earplugs and a sleep mask if you're...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Really nice and relaxing hostel. Helpful staff and nice atmosphere. Great location, kreuzberg is a super cool district of berlin! Only thing that was not so good was that the bed most likely had bedbugs, we got a lot of small red bites...

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Stayed in this hostel for 4 nights while travelling Europe, definitely one of the best hostels I've stayed in! Such a great atmosphere and so easy to meet people, would recommend it to anyone
Very easily accessible using public transport although slightly difficult to find until you know where it is

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Really cool place to meet people and hang out. There are always people in the patio or in the lounge that you can mingle with, and head out later. It is hard to be bored there. If you are looking for a quiet place with everyone going to bed at 10pm, this place is not for you. If you are looking for a good time, then consider staying here.
The facilities could be a bit cleaner, but they are ok. The slightly annoying thing is that there is basically no privacy in the showers, and the water automatically shuts of every 30 sec so you need to keep pressing the button.
Don't worry about staying in 16 bed dorm, its pretty big. Just bring earplugs.
The location is excellent, with many cheap eats and bars near by as well as a quick ride by metro to the historical center. It is also close to area where the clubs are so taking a taxi won't break your budget.
Staff is great. They are friendly, and very helpful. They know lots of good places to go around the area and will gladly direct you to what you are interested in.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

While we stayed at this place, we were really pleased. The rooms were clean, just like the shared bathroom and toilets. This place definitely has an athmosphere which I really liked. It's location is also good, in a quarter of Turkish people, full of cheap and delicious restaurants. I strongly recommend this accommodation for people who search a place to stay 3 or 4 nights as Backpackers.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

I was picky with staying in Berlin as I knew I would be there for over a week and wanted to be comfortable. Comebackpackers is definitely what it describes. It has a nice, laid back atmosphere for travelers. It has everything a traveler really needs, such as a big locker and a washing service.

It was small enough to get to know people but big enough for it to still feel like a hostel. The people that were staying there was generally really friendly and many of them wanted to meet other people. A big group would usually wind up drinking all night, some even opting to stay at the hostel rather than going out.

It is great for both solo travelers and those in small groups. Honestly, I couldn't recommend it enough if you want somewhere to chill out and meet other people.

The location was also good - it wasn't in a touristy area, which means that everything is a little far but food, etc is super cheap. Plus the trains can literally get you everywhere.

That said, there were a couple of downsides... The rooms were hot, the blinds were barely there. They really need something to stop the morning sun from hitting the windows. Even on cold mornings, it would get so stuffy in there. The showers were awkward to use as they were so hot that you would have to keep the window open... and yet because you don't get private stalls to change in, you would kind of have to get changed in the open. Plus the wifi was barely there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Comebackpackers

Address: Adalbertstrasse 97, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Region: Germany > Berlin > Kreuzberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 356 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: £14 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comebackpackers Hostel in Berlin Kreuzberg was created and is run by two friends who have travelled the world for many years. It is a hostel built by travelers for travelers. The Comebackpackers is not a Hotel-Hostel, its one of the few Hostel-Hostels in Berlin. We found a nice gap in Berlin and we changed into a place wich is now home for people away from home. The people come as guests and leave as friends.The Comebackpackers Hostel offers all comforts a backpacker needs. Beside the comfortable, well-lit and spacious bedrooms, the hostel provides a huge common room great for meeting new friends or for relaxing after a long day of sight-seeing or night of partying. There is also foosball, boardgames or a book exchange which keep you busy. The roof top terrace with a view over Kottbusstertor gives you the real Berlin Kreuzberg feeling. ... more   less 

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