Amstel House Hostel Berlin

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Description

The Hostelz.com Review

Amstel House Hostel Berlin is a large, affordable hostel in the Moabit neighborhood of Berlin. Because of its size and wide range of common areas and amenities, the hostel is a great option for all kinds of travelers. With Amstel House as a base camp, families and backpackers alike can explore all that Berlin has to offer.

The Location

Amstel House is located in Moabit, an eclectic neighborhood, from which all of Berlin's best attractions are easily reached. Headed east, it takes about an hour to walk to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Along the way, visitors can pass several museums, the University of Berlin, and wander through the historic Mitte district. Moabit itself is home to lots of markets and affordable Middle Eastern eateries. The hostel is less than ten minutes from the Turmstraße U-Bahn Station and there are signs along the main road from the station directing guests toward the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Amstel House is huge and there are several stories of rooms available inside. The dorm-style rooms in which we stayed were clean and many have a sink and lockers inside. Unfortunately, the rooms are quite hot and those with windows facing the alley could be very loud at night, because noise from the twenty-four-hour hostel bar below echoes off the buildings and into rooms. But, if you prefer to stay up late talking and carousing with other guests, then this is the place for you. There are family rooms offered, however, and these may be away from the noise. The bathrooms are communal and fairly clean, considering the size of the hostel. However, they are a bit small and not big enough for more than one person at a time.

Common Spaces

The hostel provides many spacious, open common areas where guests can relax, play, and interact. On the main floor, there are three computers available for guest use, a small book exchange, a large dining area, a bar, and a kitchen. In the basement is a gaming area with a ping-pong and foosball table. The hostel only offers Wi-Fi in the downstairs common areas, which means that the common areas are always busy with guests. The bar offers cheap happy-hour specials, and it is easy to strike up a conversation with other guests in its friendly and open atmosphere. The hostel is definitely not as wild as a typical party hostel, and there are families in the common areas alongside young backpackers and couples; however, it does provide a fun, jovial atmosphere at night and is a good place to have a drink or two and meet fellow travelers. The kitchen is significantly better than what you find at most hostels. It is large and appears newly renovated. Inside are two of everything from two gas ranges and sinks to two microwaves and two dishwashers. There is also plenty of quality cookware, plates, and dishes. The hostel also provides free, locked luggage storage in the basement.

Summary

While certain rooms themselves can be less than perfect for a quiet night's sleep, Amstel House Hostel exceeds expectations in terms of security, cleanliness, and social atmosphere.
by Erin
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2016-03-28
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Amstel House Hostel
The check-in desk
Common area on the main floor
One-half of the guest kitchen
A ping pong table in the recreaction area
Foosball in the rec room
Don't worry, there is also an elevator!
A hallway with doors to rooms on one of the floors
typical bunk beds in one of the Amstel House dorms
A twin bed private room

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Amstel House Hostel Berlin" at Waldenserstrasse 31.)

Location/Contact

Address
Waldenserstrasse 31, Mitte, Berlin, Berlin State, Germany
Coordinates
52.528303, 13.336710 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.amstelhouse.de
Telephone
+49 (30) 395 40 72
Fax
+49 (30) 395 50 92
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

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.
William Simpson
(United States America)
2008-09-15
 
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.
Irene
(Italy)
2008-05-19
 
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).
Jesse
(USA)
2007-11-17
 
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!
Steve
(USA)
2007-09-11

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