Kangaroo-Stop Backpacker Hostel is a really chill hostel with a decent location, cheap prices, and helpful staff. Unfortunately, Dresden isn't very well known amongst Americans and Canadians and many travelers skip it, opting for the bigger cities like Berlin and Munich. So the travelers you meet here aren't your typical bunch but here is awesome, well traveled, and had great stories to tell.
The hostel is located about a five-minute walk from the Dresden-Neustadt train station, which is about a ten-minute S-bahn train ride from the Dresden Hauptbanhof (main station). It's on a quiet, residential street and they close the outdoor tables at 10 p.m. to keep the noise down and to respect the neighbors. The neighborhood seems pretty safe, but there are no street lights, so it's pitch black at night. There is a parking "lot" on their property, which we assume is free, but we didn't use it because we didn't drive.
The train station nearby also has a supermarket, which is convenient for cooking in the common kitchen. It's about a ten-minute walk to the main square, called Albertplatz, where all the trams meet. It's a little far to walk to the gorgeous Old Town, but you can take tram #8 three stops to get there. The main square is also the beginning of the New Town, littered with bars, nightlife, clubs, kebab shops, and young people.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Three- to ten-bed dorms are offered, as well as single and double rooms and private multiple-person apartments in the building next door. The ten-bed dorm is very clean; it is like a four-bed dorm and a six-bed dorm next to each other but with the door removed. It was nice when the group in the six-bed part stayed up late and we in the four-bed part could turn out our side's lights early. The beds are decent and the funky leopard print sheets are clean, though we do remember that the oversized pillow left something to be desired. There are lockers in-room, though they vary in size; everyone receives a key for the main door, though it is rarely left locked. Sheets and towels are for hire, but are free if you stay at least three nights; no sleeping bags or sleep sheets are allowed.
The women's bathroom is clean and divided into separate rooms for showers, sinks, and toilets. Three or four of the showers have curtains and one has a door; they are the push-button variety and lack soap dishes. There isn't much privacy for changing unless you do it in a toilet stall.
This hostel has a fantastic, well-stocked kitchen with plenty of cups, plates, and cutlery; two fridges; and plenty of long table seating for meeting new people. This hostel offers a buffet breakfast for a small price. The large common room fits with its Australian "kangaroo" theme and offers two (uncomfortable) hammocks, a large (but fake) tree in the middle, and a tree stump for sitting. There are a few other couches and chairs and one tiny TV. There is a shelf in the common room that has games, DVDs, and books. There is also a camp-style wooden table and bench or two outside to grab a smoke if that's your thing and a large garden in the back, but we never saw anybody there. There's a bar but I never saw anyone at it. The desktop in reception is free but there's only one and Wi-Fi is not free, but pretty cheap. There are also washers and dryers. This is not your average party hostel but it definitely is accommodating for creating spaces to sit and chat and meet and greet. Older and younger people alike stay here.
This hostel only accepts cash. Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They also offer a 10% ISIC discount. They also require a pretty steep key deposit but you can submit a document instead of cash to be returned at the end of your stay. We really enjoyed both of our stays at this hostel and were impressed with the staff. On the first stay, one of the receptionists helped us sign up for a Night Walk tour of the New Town. When we told her the next day that the guy never showed up, she called him for me to inquire what happened. The second time we stayed here, we sent an email asking if they had availability and another receptionist recognized me by name! It's a nice place and you can't go wrong with the price!