Heart of Gold is a very social hostel. It has a great bar that is open 24/7 with comfortable seating, computers, and a pool table. People can be found her all day long, though often they are here in prearranged groups, not very conducive to meeting new people.
Heart of Gold is centrally located, about a fifteen-minute walk from Brandenburger Tor, Berlins defining landmark. Your best bet for finding it is to first locate Friedrichstadt Palast on Friedrichstrasse; facing the theater, you will see a side street on its left, down which you will find the hostel on your left.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The mixed dorms are huge, clean, and comfortable. There are chairs and a table for socializing, and the beds have nightlights for reading. There is no drinking allowed in the rooms.
The bathrooms are few in number but large and well-equipped with a stool for setting clothes, hand soap, and paper towels. The shower-rooms have toilets, but in case you cant wait for someone to finish washing, there are also some more bathrooms without showers. There is also a bathtub, a rare find in hostels!
This fun hostel comes with some drinking regulations in order to ensure everyones safety and comfort (you will have to read them when you check in), but they are nothing extraordinary or unexpected.
The lounge is the Heart of Golds most popular place, and people are found here laughing, talking, and drinking late into the night. Free Wi-Fi is available here, and a buffet breakfast is offered for a small fee. There are large lockers for bags, and for those visitors with heavy suitcases or who are just tired, there is a functional elevator!
One problem is that there is no kitchen. Instead, those who want to cook are sent to the Helter Skelter Hostel about a block away (turn right out of the hostel; take your first left; enter a courtyard through large, wooden double doors on your left three-fourths of the way down the road; go through the glass door; climb three flights of stairs; and ask Reception for the kitchen).
Heart of Gold is fun and comfortable. If youre interested in bar crawls or walking tours, Reception is ready and willing to hook you up. Though it is not the ideal place for peace and quiet, it is a great place to enjoy yourself.