I had a lengthy stay in this hostel and finally can say now I will never have to look at the place again. I have so many bad things to say im going to do it in bullet points...
-The staff were ignorant and had no respect for any people staying there
-Common room (with sofa's, tv, foozeball) was closed to the public and was made for staff only
-The kitchen was disgusting and only open for a few hours each day
-The breakfast was stale and not worth 3.50 every day
-The smell that arose every morning out of the toilets/shower was nothing short of horrendous, I dont know if the staff all used the facilities at the same time or what it was but every day without fail I had to open the windows really wide
-No security in this place at all, anyone could walk in through the main door and have access to every floor and the doors to each room would be very easily opened with little force
-The day I arrived I had to wait for half an hour whilst they cleaned the room I had booked, and I arrived at 3pm so it wasn't even like I was there early
-The computer (if you want to call it that) stalls if you try to load more than 2pages at a time, and im convinced it has keyloggers installed on it. I had to make sure to change all my passwords after really needing to check my emails and not having ease of internet access.
Right now onto the rooms...
-The room had a constant terrible smell, I had to have the window open almost all the time
-The walls had remnants of dead bugs on the walls, and not just a few there was multiple bug entrails visible
-Most plugs did not work in the room
-Walls seemed to be made out of paper, sound travels extremely easily throughout the entire building
-Heating was mostly non-existent during the day and was on regularly at night time meaning the radiators had to be turned down or off so it was possible to sleep
-Bed sheets are not included in the price, they have to be paid for separate!!!!
-Carpet was disgusting, I had to wear my shoes at all times due to very very suspect stains and dirt
Overall I hated this place completely and would never advise anyone I know to even consider staying here...ever. I mean this place should be shut down for good for many reasons. It is the closest thing I can imagine prison being like, even down to the hired guards (working-staff) that look at you strangely when you walk past. Couldn't trust them at all.
Please heed my warning...AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!! There are many other places that you can stay for a similar price and with a fraction of the trouble of this dump.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visiting Berlin? Why not have a stay at our 1618 Hostel Berlin. It's centrally located in Friedrichshain which is on the Berlin public transportation ring. Just right for a short or even a long stay for sightseeing or visiting while having a good nights rest in the peaceful atmosphere of the peninsula Alt-Stralau. Many guests enjoy their stay with us, esspecially our very reasonably priced rates. From the Hostel you can reach any attraction in Berlin within a short amount of time, be it the East Side Gallery, the Alexander Platz, the Brandenburger Tor, the Potsdamer Platz, or the shopping streets Friedrichsstrasse or Ku'Damm. ... more less
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