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“Good value but one fatal flaw.”

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MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
Ranked #62 of 356 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
Reviewed 13 February 2012

When a school history trip to Berlin came around, I guess a hotel was needed.

The school booked us into this cosy quaint hotel. We needed to keep our costs down, so the cost was lower, which seems to create a very good value hotel. The location is very good, as we were directly opposite from a U-Bahn. Internet connection in the rooms costs extra, however, it's free in the lobby. Speaking of the lobby, it is probably too small, especially with the vast majority of guests being, like we were, students on a school trip. The staff seemed OK, though could be seen as rude sometimes.

There were 4 of us to our room, which was less than what could have fitted in the room. The rooms have a TV, and a private bathroom, which was very well kept. The beds themselves were comfy, but could have been less firm if I was to be picky. Pillows were very inadequate though, could barely tell if there was on.

However, the fatal flaw of this hotel was its food services. I don't think terrible does it justice. The food was shoddy quality (near tasteless chicken for example), and the restaurant was far too small, couldn't sit down at breakfast and had to eat in the lobby. Also, the lack of cutlery meant having to butter a bread roll with a spoon, and eat fruit salad out of a glass. My friend even had to eat chicken with just a knife and spoon. Unbelievable. Got to the point where it was beyond funny. I would recommend catching the underground and going to Alexanderplatz to eat.

Overall, good value, but the food lets it down. I guess I could compromise though, as I did have a nice stay here.

Room Tip: All rooms are very simular. First floor rooms are very quiet, despite the main road outside. Corner...
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

I stayed in the Meininger City Hostel this past weekend and had a fantastic time there. It's very good value, very clean, helpful reception staff, free wifi, and slap bang in the middle of everything. It is directly opposite a U-Bahn station (only two stops to Alexanderplatz) and close to all the bars, restaurants and attractions of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. We stayed in one of the superior rooms, which at only a fraction more cost gave us a neat little balcony and a bit of extra space. Overall, I will definitely stay here again and I can't wait for my next trip to Berlin.

Pros: location, staff, the shower pressure (had the most satistfying shower ever!)
Cons: one negative, my one and only pillow was quite flat. Needs one extra or better quality.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank joegriff
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

It doesnt really look like a hostel but like a basic hotel. The location is very good since it is in east Berlin and it faces a metro stop and it's located at walkable distance to Alexander Platz and there are some good shops in the area. Staff is most kind and willing to help you in any issue. Breakfast is not included but for 4 euros you can have a all you can eat buffet with besides milk, cereals and jam also ham, cheese eggs and so on. Free wifi in lobby. Price was excellent ( private 4 beds bathroom ensuite for 15 euros per person per day).Highly Reccommended!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

I picked up this hostel/hotel due to its location and price but did not expect any hotel quality. But ... in fact this is quite a decent small hotel, I must say (if we ignore typical young hostel guests). The room is big, with TV and private bathroom.The internet is not free in the room but available free of charge in the lobby. I will try to find a good deal to stay there again (the price seems to be varied according to the day of the week).

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank anonymous-visitor
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

The hostel in Senefelderplatz Berlin-Prenzlauerberg is good located for a visit to Berlin, it's near the touristic places but at the same time is in a quite street.
The price is very good, specially if you are renting a room to share with your friends and your about 5 or 6.
On the other hand the quality is not as good as in other hostels of the same chain, as the rooms are small and the furniture is not in the best conditions. But if you're a young traveler and it's just for a few days it's worth it!
The only real complain I have about the place is the service. The lady at check in didn't even smile for a second and her level of english was quite limited, but luckily two of us spoke german pretty good. All the other times we went to the reception to ask for something the situation was similar. In my opinion young people working in a young hotel should be more extrovert and helpful.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

This was a reasonably priced hotel room in a combined hostel/hotel. My room was on one of the floors with hotel rooms. It was quiet with the double pane windows closed, otherwise there could be street noise. The room was extremely large, as was the bathrom. The breakfast was acceptable, but strictly cold items only. It also had an active atmosphere, with numerous young people staying there. The lounge in the lobby was typically filled with teenagers, mostly Germans. Young families with children also stayed here.

This was a great location in the former East Berlin, literally <100 feet from a subway exit. If you are comfortable using S-Bahn or U-Bahn, this is an easy location to reach.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Just got back from here with 2 friends.
Great place to stay, tube station right opposite and very easy to get around.
Nice places to eat nearby.
Rooms are basic but just what we needed as we were only in our rooms to sleep and change!!
Staff very helpful, especially Sina.
Would defo go back to stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz

Address: Schoenhauser Allee 19, 10435 Berlin, Germany
Region: Germany > Berlin > Prenzlauer Berg
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 356 Speciality Lodging in Berlin
Price Range: £48 - £111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz 2*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz (formerly "Prenzlauer Berg") is located on Schonhauser Allee by subway station Senefelderplatz. The modern hotel is only one and a half kilometres from Alexanderplatz and not even two to the Museum Island. You will find a great variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants on your doorstep - exactly the right place for fans of the youthful side of Berlin! ... more   less 
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Meininger City Hostel Prenzlauer Berg Hotel Berlin

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