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A&O Berlin Friedrichshain is an enormous hostel that can accommodate hundreds of guests in its many dorms. As a result, you will likely share your stay with very large groups of teenagers on school trips. Its size and layout over multiple floors create the feeling of being in a boarding school; the facilities are lacking and stretched. You also have to pay extra for bedsheets. Meeting other travelers will be difficult and its location is quite far from the sights.
This hostel is a five-minute walk from the Ostkreuz subway station. As you exit the station, turn right and walk down to the small park at the end of the road. Then, turn right again and walk past the restaurants on either side until you get to a cross road with a kebab shop on the opposite across the road. Turn left here and walk a hundred meters. You'll see the hostel on your right.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Surprisingly, the standard of the dorms is high. There are large, comfy beds and each dorm is very spacious. There are lockers in each dorm (bring your own lock), reading lights at each bed, and Wi-Fi is present throughout the entire building. Considering how many guests there can be, this is pretty fast. The bathrooms are a big issue here -- there simply aren't enough of them, and sharing with school kids can be frustrating. Each floor has has around six showers and a few toilets, however, each floor may also contain more than a hundred guests. These are, however, kept very clean, as is the rest of the property.
The common spaces are poor, to say the least. There is a bar with a pool and football table where you'll often see people eating and drinking at in the evenings; however, its layout of small, singular tables means that everyone keeps to themselves. There's also a nice courtyard with benches, perfect for chilling with a beer if you're already in a group. On top of this, there is also a volleyball pitch, a small but useful kitchen, and a large school-canteen-like dining hall where breakfast is served for a fee each morning.
Like many other budget options in Berlin, the extra money you'll be asked to pay for bedsheets means that you could have booked a nicer hostel. It's also quite far from the city center, so subway costs will be higher. The standard of the dorms make it the best of a bad bunch for this part of the city, but you may have to put up with not meeting anyone. Security is also much better than other nearby hostels, as all main doors and room doors require a keycard.
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Published on 2017-09-27
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A large hostel with five floors. The rooms are and bathrooms have all the basics, but no extra frills or colorful decoration. There is a kitchen and cafeteria and a TV room. Out front there is a separate little office building where you check-in. The most social area of the hostel is the large lawn with a sand volleyball court, beer garden, and other activities.
Very disappointing. The staff are unhelpful. Everything in this Hostel is about squeezing a little more money out of you. You have to pay (and usually ridiculous prices) for lockers, bed linen, the internet. It is at the east end of Friedrichshain nowhere near Kreuzberg. The prices vary supposedly according to demand. I had to pay a high price due to high demand even though only 40% of the rooms were occupied. I would not only not recommend this hostel I would definitely advise people to look elsewhere!
Mostly unhelpful, unfriendly, apathetic staff, who do not provide you with information unless requested (eg, did not tell me about check-out time, cost of linen, luggage room, safebox until I asked). Paid internet connection is buggy. Breakfast is not worth it (I had the same stuff included in the hostel price in another berlin hostel). Location isn't great, on your ten-minute walk from the train station to the hostel, you'll pass by another hostel which is only two-minute walk from the train station and you'll bang your head for not booking there cause it looks so much better. If I'm not wrong, the only attraction which is nearby is the East Side Gallery. There are no hooks in the female toilet, which was denitely a first in so many of the european hostels I have stayed in. Didn't catch much sleep cause there were a huge group of drunk kids making a hell lot of noise in the courtyard which was just beside my first floor room. The only interesting part about my stay here was seeing two really drunk dudes walking around in the underpants and making a big fool out of themselves.
Sleepless in Berlin
It is a good value. This hostel is near a Metro station and it is not so expensive for Berlin.
A very social hostel, just like all the neighbourhood! I really liked staying here. The beds aren't very comfortable, but the bathrooms and showers are very clean and spacious! I think that Friedrichshain is the best place to stay in Berlin.
The hostel was fine. It was a place to sleep and at night it was pretty social. The bar area is very fun. The bathrooms and showers are clean and it's well-run. It's pretty far, just on the edge of East Berlin, so keep that in mind.
The rooms were clean and the staff was great, only problem there are no shutters just a see-through curtain! Sun at 6 am is not pleasant!
It was not very individual, but the staff was very friendly and helpful. Bedding was ok, the rooms clean and the shower had great pressure. The weather was just better than last week in Italy!