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“Worth it” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jetpak Alternative Hostel

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Jetpak Alternative Hostel
Ranked #45 of 344 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
“Worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Hostel is not called alternative any more, but flashpacker. The location is the only handicap of the place, but it is not that bad thanks to extensive U-Bahn system. Within 20-30 minutes you can either be at the heart of Kreuzberg or Mitte area. It is small cosy ğlace with perfect facilities. Very clean bathrooms, perfect Internet (except the last night of my stay), computer stations to work, and very very friendly staff. They are really cool and helpful as they e-mailed me privately to ask if I need help for directions etc. The price is reasonable too (18 Euros per night) but it has also breakfast in it! Just for all those, it is worth to stay there regardless the distance.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Really nice hostel also if you are travelling alone. You will meet new people very easily and there is always someone to take you out. Btw the showers are really good and clean and the breakfast is nice i really liked the personal baristas in the morning they made my day.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

i love this hostel. the staff are all brilliant, fun and friendly and the rooms are very very clean. the wifi reaches all rooms and the breakfast is free in the mornings. the beer is only a euro which is always a good thing. the location can sometimes be a turn off but its not intimidating or scary just a lot of street art and multiculturalism. would definitely recommend to travelers.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Both the workers and hostel-goers were incredibly nice. They had a decent sized commmon room with a fully-stocked beverage fridge available at anytime for cheap. Rooms were clean and there were two computers that were pretty much always available. Only drawback was the weak wifi that sometimes didnt even load. Also, the neighborhood is very hipster and there was some cool nightlife nearby.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We really enjoyed staying in JetPak alternative hostel. It was extremely clean and seemed somewhat safe. It was sort of far from the U-Bahn stop but it was a nice walk. Tons of people like to hang out in the common area which was great for making new friends. The only thing that was an issue was trying to check out earlier than 8am. We went to check out at 8:05 but the main building was locked. We had to catch our train at 8:40 which we barely made it to because we waited for the desk person. They make you leave a 5€ deposit for the electronic key when you check in. So basically because the desk person wasn't there to check us out, we had to suffer losing 5€ even though it wasn't anything we could have helped. A lousy system it seems. Communication wasn't their strongest trait.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

My friend and I (both female and in our early twenties) stayed in a mixed dorm at Jetpak Alternative a few weeks ago.

As a few other reviewers have mentioned, yes, you do have to walk a little to the nearest S/U-Bahn stations but it's not that bad at all and we felt that the location of the hostel was perfect - we absolutely loved Kreuzberg (in our opinion it's where the fun is!). Yes, the park across the road is full of some interesting characters and I can almost guarantee that you'll be offered substances of some description if you chose to go there but it's all part of the fun and we didn't feel unsafe at all, even late at night.

The hostel itself is clean and spacious and we loved the decor in the common room/kitchen area - it was very comfortable and much better than we expected. We didn't realise that breakfast is included so that was a nice surprise, especially as there was plenty of choice however it's only served from 8:30 to 10:30am and, given that the hostel is in an area known for its bars and clubs and encourages guests to make the most of the nightlife, I think it'd make sense to serve breakfast a little later than 10:30am!

The only thing that I felt unfortunately let Jetpak down was some of the staff. The German man who works there (can't remember his name sadly!) was always friendly, made an effort to chat to us and was very helpful with recommendations. However, the other staff we encountered barely acknowledged we were there, let alone spoke to us. One staff member in particularly came across as blunt and rude when one of us asked him a question and really seemed as though he didn't want to be there. We felt this was a real shame as it doesn't take much to smile and say hi.

Aside from that, I do recommend JetPak Alternative though, in my opinion, it's more suited to younger travellers or those who are young at heart and enjoy going out as, though the hostel isn't a 'party' hostel as such, it's in a great location for making the most of some of Berlin's best night-life and, as such, we, along with various other travellers we met at the hostel, went out quite a bit.

Room Tip: Should go without saying but take ear plugs if in a mixed dorm!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

I was nervous travelling on my own and also staying in a hostel but honestly, I couldn't have had a better experience! JetPak is perfect for solo female travelling, they are welcoming, friendly and very helpful. The common area is spacious with free wifi. They have free breakfast/tea/coffee every day and the fridge is full of beer and soft drinks for which there is a trust bucket! The staff trust you to pay your 1 eur for the beer or whatever you need, which I think it's awesome!. The rooms are clean and the dorms have a max of 4 beds with an en suite bathroom, which is perfect because you don't need to share the bathroom with more than 3 people. The dorms are mixed though and I was the only girl there for both night, without problems because all the guys are so nice and funny! The place feels very safe and it is in the best part of berlin for night life and bars. Go to Kubi's bike shop and rent your bike for 8eur a day and cycle everywhere, it is the best way to see berlin and places you wouldn't otherwise see. I will most certainly stay here again and recommend it to anyone who travels to Berlin.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Jetpak Alternative Hostel
Address: Goerlitzer Str. 38, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Region: Germany > Berlin > Kreuzberg
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #45 of 344 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
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