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Amstel House Hostel Berlin

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Hostelz.com's Review
Amstel House Hostel is a great value -- a very large, very clean building situated in a nice quiet residential area. The hostel offers tours, bike rentals, free linens, and luggage storage and is equipped with a great staff on hand to help you out.

The Location

It's set in a quiet residential area just outside of the "center" of Berlin's main attractions. Not the place to be if you want to be near the action, but there is a decent amount of commerce (pharmacy, supermarket, department store) just two blocks away. Upon exiting the metro, the hostel can be a little tricky to find. Since it is nestled on a back street that runs parallel to the main road (Turmstrasse), it would be best to find detailed directions before venturing out to find it. The metro is not too far from the hostel, about a five-minute walk.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms have a great set-up and the bunk beds are some of the best you'll find -- very sturdy wood with individual personal shelving and a light. (Some rooms have steel bunks which tend to be noisier.) Each room has a sink with mirror and plenty of closet space. The hallways have multiple doors to dampen sound at night -- a very nice feature. The bathrooms are communal and very clean. And as an added bonus for any backpacker, the water is hot and the pressure is excellent!

Common Spaces

The hostel opens up into a very spacious, communal area with three computers situated at the front for paid internet access (Wi-Fi is free). The charge for internet is reasonable. The large common area has many tables and chairs, which makes privacy and space easy to find. However, the first floor seems to be more of a corridor for foot traffic and web surfers rather than a place to mingle. The first floor also has a nice bar area serving a decent selection of beer, bottled water, and soda.

Summary

This hostel is both clean and very welcoming as far as dorms go and creates the feel of a nice hotel setting. The staff are a good mix of people willing to help with any questions you may have. Breakfast is provided for a fee, but is not anything to write home about -- just the standard bread, honey/jelly, cereal, coffee, and juice. Location could be a little better, but it's not a deal breaker. Overall this place is a terrific value, and a good base to experience Berlin.

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September 2008

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Amstel House Hostel Berlin Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Good Amstel hostel is a good hostel to stay in. The interiors are really nice, staff is friendly (but anyway always ask for a receipt when you pay cause i have the impression they tried to cheat, like "oh, there's a problem with the pc -- we are not sure you paid"). I spent there three nights. beds are good, showers too. I could also leave my luggage there after the check-out.  , Italy ()
4   Good 'n Simple! I've stayed at this hostel two times before, and both times turned out to be great! I can't really complain about anything. There isn't anything very special about this hostel (other than it was just renovated within the past couple years) and there isn't much of a "unique" atmosphere, but it is a comfortable & cheap place to stay! There are sinks in the rooms, the shared bathrooms are kept clean. Yes, sometimes there are some student groups that stay here and the kids are sometimes noisy --I think this is something to expect from hostels in Berlin. The meals offered there are filling, but not spectacularly tasting. The location is good as it's only a few minutes walk to the closest U-Bahn station (Tiergarten). During my two stays here I experienced absolutely no problems at all, and it was a nice place to sleep. I would recommend it (especially to people ages 16-30).  , USA ()
1   This place sucks Dudes, don't stay in this hostel if you wanna get some sleep. Too many noisy school kids making party all night long. And they charge ya 2.50 euros for a bottle of beer!  , USA ()

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