Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin, Berlin

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After reading all the good reviews that this hostel got, I was really looking forward to staying in it, but it turned out to be a quite disappointing experience. I liked the decorations and the theme of the hostel, also it was clean and had a nice garden, but on the other hand, the garden would close at 10 and then there was almost no common space to hang out, there was no kitchen and no fridge, the doors of the dormitories half of the time could not be opened because the mechanism with magnetic cards was not working properly, our stuff got stuck in the locker the first day (they did take care of that quickly, have to say). Also, no privacy in the bathrooms, and no benches/chairs/hooks/anything to leave your stuff while taking a shower. Some of the beds were terribly squeaky. The WiFi is limited to the small area around the reception and the signal was very unstable, they had to restart the router every 15 minutes, basically. All in all, not a bad hostel, but pretty sterile and a lot could be done to improve it.

Age 23 | Serbia

Good stay

Easy to get to, fairly clean, and pretty cool atmosphere. One toilet was broken, but that had possibly only just happened, and there were plenty of other bathrooms on the same floor. Showers are really good, and beds and pillows are not the best, but it was warm, and it's not an expensive hostel, so no complaints.

New Zealand

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.

The Location

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!

Common Spaces

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.

Anna Dourgarian

Look somewhere else

After reading all the amazing reviews about this place, I was sadly disappointed. We got there and were upgraded from the 26 mega room to a 8 person bedroom which was great. The room was big, bed was decent, and pillow was kind of large and flimsy. The bathrooms were horrible, I did not even bother to shower the 3 nights I was there. Dust piles were left in the hallway and paper towels were all over the bathroom, not to mention how the entire bathroom seemed to be wet. Out of the bathrooms on the floor, 2 were closed and only one did not smell horrible. Also the people in the room next to us decided to throw their own rave inside their room, which wouldnt have been terrible had I not been jetlagged and we were in a room with a man who snored louder then a train (these all just seem to be bad timing luck). Overall out of the 5 hostels I stayed at across Europe this was by far the worst. I would look elsewhere, the front desk staff was very friendly and helping and recommend a great German place for lunch.


Don't pass this one up!

The theme alone is a good enough reason to stay here. It's not overdone, it's classic and subtle and so completely wonderful. This hostel is very conveniently located, only a five-minute walk to the main train station (or if you're lazy, a block away from the nearest metro station). The rooms are spotless, or at least the ones we stayed in (we stayed a couple different times). The staff is, well, for the most part friendly. And the breakfast is probably as good as it gets for a hostel: bread, nutella (a european staple), cereal, yogurt, tea, and even pineapple flavored cream cheese! the rooms are large with high ceilings, and extremely giant windows, making it feel very open. I really don't have anything bad to say about this place. Of course everyone's experience is different from next person's, so always take that into consideration. But other than that, I'd say you're crazy if you try anywhere else. Oh! I almost forgot -- if you have a hankering for fries, chips, or whatever you may call them -- on the other side of the parking lot right next to the hostel, and across the street is a fantastic fry place. They even fry them in vegetable oil, not beef fat, so that's a plus for you vegetarians or vegans out there like me.

Lizzy Henry

Great place! I loved it. The price, location, theme, food, staff, cleanliness, you can't beat them. And for walking tour types, a chap from Brewer's Berlin tours come by to pick people up. Great tour too, by the way.


This hostel is great! The bar is a lot of fun, they have a movie night too if you're into it with a big screen TV. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the rooms and bathrooms are very clean with nice big lockers in the rooms. It's in a great location with a pretty happening nightlife close by. I met people at the hostel that weren't even staying there they just came by to party, so if that's what you're looking for it's awesome! For the price too, you can't beat it!

Jen Z

Stayling in Berlin for a while, I thought Id give this place a few days to see how it panned out. Twenty-three days later I reluctantly said goodbye to one of the best hostels Ive stayed in. Everything about the place was top drawer -- the rooms, the bathrooms, the staff, and the atmosphere. The hostel was right on a main S Bahn line, and located around the corner from a major nightlife district. I'd stay here again, if they think I'm going to leave this time.


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The Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin is the Starship of the Berlin Hostels. First and only theme hostel, inspired by “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.

Most centrally located in the heart of Berlin - just one stop from the main central station - Hauptbahnhof. Almost all sights are within walking distance.

Linen & Towels included. Free hot showers. Free wireless. Free Map of Berlin. Free Coffee & Tea. Free Walking Tour (tip-based). 10 min Internet included. No Lockout, no Curfew. 24 hours service. Check-Out 12 o clock. Free Luggage storage. Free Hostel Safe. Friendly international staff.

It is a unique state-of-the-art hostel that looks a bit like the spaceship, but then again it isn't - really and is mostly harmless.

- Bar with Chesterfield sofa in a relaxed atmosphere
- Biergarten
- Keycard access
- Large reception area with panorama windows
- Large video screen

Snacks and drinks at the bar and a breakfast buffet served daily between 8 am and 12 pm for 4 Euros incl. drinks.
Internet Terminals available from 1 Euro per hour.

Location and Contact




Address: Johannisstrasse 11, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin Berlin www.heartofgold-hostel.de
Phone Number: +49 (30) 2900 3300
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller


City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Breakfast (4 Euro)

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup



Wi-Fi in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 16

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 16

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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