Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee, Berlin

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A fun hostel with a large common area with a pool table, foosball table, and TV. The reception desk also doubles as a bar. It's a social hostel and a fun place to hang out when you're not out on the town. There's also a restaurant downstairs with outdoor tables and decent food for at a decent price. The rooms and bathrooms aren't exceptional but they're clean. The locatiion is in the former East Berlin, within walking distance of many bars and clubs, and a large stretch of the original Berlin Wall (the famous "Eastside Gallery" of wall paintings).
Hostelz Staff Reviewer

Excellent first hostel experience, thanks to GlobetrotterHostelOdyssee

It wasn't my first time in Berlin (actually it was the third) but it was my first experience in an hostel. I was there from the 24th to the 28th of December 2011 and it was simply great. the hostel is really simple, nice and cheap: you pay what you have. you can have duvet, towels and blankets but no hairdryer room service. the position of the hostel is perfect, the real Berlin from the eastern area with the walls covered with graffiti and cool alternative people walking around the "neighborhood": this is Friedrichshain. There are not megastore or big malls, a kebab seller, a supermarket, and lots of clubs or bars or pubs it's enough. you can find next to you (5 min walking) the best clubs in the word, Panorama Bar, Watergate, and so on. the metro stop (warshauer strasse) is just in front of this place, amazing. the hostel is cosy, with cool young people around, clean, shared bathroom and toilet of course (where you can meet interesting people) and locked closet as well. it is not the most luxury place in berlin, it's just cheap (15 euro per night), with a good location, easy-staying, simple but with a nice style (in the main room you can find a pool table, cool sofas, poster, flyer and drawing everywhere) and cool people. 3 euro all you can eat breakfast is perfect. I really recommend this hostel to people that want to travel cheap but in a nice place and moreover to group of friends (like 5-6 people) that want to stay all together in this kind of dormitory-room. I will go there again, for sure!

martina saladino


This was the first hostel I ever stayed at, and it was above my expectations. The bathrooms were cleaned daily, and were as clean as my dorm room in the States. The rooms themselves were nice and themed (a bit oddly themed, but I appreciated the effort). The breakfast was 3 euros and I was happy with Brie, salami, toast, muesli, nutella and fruit--all you can eat. The lobby area makes it VERy easy to meet people and I met a lot of great people at this hostel. Safe neighborhood too, if not in the center of things in Berlin.


This hostel is a little out of town but is fantastic if you want to be treated as person, not a tariff and the meals are fantastic!


This hostel is more of a large suburban house that has been converted into a hostel. Run by a little old couple who will do anything to please, it is 3 stories of dorms and private rooms, a common room with internet, book exchange and drinks for sale. It is very homely, you feel more like you are at your grandparent's house than a hostel and Damian (customer liaison and adorable old man!) will pick you up from the station, drop you into town, do your washing for a very low price and arrange a 3 course traditional Slovenian meal for 6 euro!

The hostel is about 5km out of town but they will pick you up from the station when you arrive and usually do about 2-3 trips into town a day (10am to take you into town and 7pm to pick you up if you arrange a few people he will also do special trips to the mountains, gorge or sporting activities is you are nice!). The hostel is just below the mountains amongst corn fields and churches and a bike ride around town is the perfect way to see a traditional Slovenian village. Although it is a little inconvenient being 15minutes from the lake itself, there is still plenty around to see and is a great location to take in the countryside. To get there, catch a train to Lesce Bled station and Damian will pick you up from there. Sundays not all the trains are running so check the timetable.


The rooms are small, some are underground with little light but some have balconies and are slightly larger. Some rooms have their own bathrooms, and other's don't, it really depends on how many beds in your dorm (more beds, more chance of a shared shower). The rooms are slightly chilly but there are large fluffy quilts and pillows and places to hang your clothes.

The showers are small and slightly falling apart but they're hot and do the job. Don't expect a whole lot of room here to spread your stuff out and if Damian sees your clothes strewn about the room he will comment on your likeness to living like a goat, but all in good humour!


There is not public kitchen but breakfast is included (cereal, tea, coffee, eggs and toast) and a fantastic 3 course dinner is available for 6 euro, well worth it.

There is free internet, it's a bit slow though and perched on top of a shelf that is way too high so surfing for too long will make your neck sore!

The common areas are welcoming and covered in photos from all over the world and thank you letters from the people who have stayed there, an indictment on the hospitality offered.

There are bikes to use free of charge, they will let you use the fridge to chill your wine and will happily arrange any activities for you (horse riding, canyoning, rafting) but it pays to be nice to the old couple as they sometimes get a bit stroppy if you forget your manners treat them like you would your grandparents!


This hostel is a very welcoming place, and reasonably priced (however don't be surprised if they tag on an extra few euro for the lifts). Overall, staying here was a very pleasurable experience, the type of place its very hard to leave!!

Clare Bainbridge

Nice atmosphere, low substance

I got bedbugs from their sheets. The location is scary at night. The directions they give are just plain wrong. The showers don't drain properly. It costs $2.25 for a Snickers bar. Do not stay here! It looks nice but it's actually filthy.


I stayed five nights here in June I won't stay again.

***Rooms very poor lighting, only one power outlet per room. Not good when you're in a group and everyone wants to charge their camera battery/phone etc. Most rooms were colorful, some with rather bizarre designs. Beds ok. Rooms very small.

***Bathrooms not clean!!! The shower didn't drain properly, the floors were fairly dirty, but what was worse someone threw up in the basin and this totally clogged up the pipe. We asked to have these things fixed, but nothing happened. Not enough showers per floor.

***Staff fairly friendly but smoked while talking to guests. Didn't always give the best advice. Didn't really communicate information about reservations among themselves well.

***Atmosphere caters to the pot-smoking, late partying crowd. Smoking is banned in the rooms, but certainly not policed. Very noisy at night. Black paper-mach statues of strange figures in armor adorn the common room.

***Security the rooms can't be locked from the inside. We don't think anyone tried coming in to our rooms at night, but we didn't feel secure about this at all.

***Breakfast all you can eat, but not very good. Rolls were those "back at home" ones sometimes fresh, sometimes left over from the previous day. I've had much better hostel breakfasts for the same price. It's served 8 a.m. until noon. Quite a late start if you have a day of sightseeing planned.

***Location convenient to Ostbahnhof for travel to and from Berlin. Bus 240 runs every 10 minutes for most of the day.

***Facilities Internet access ok. No laundry.


I have been here three years in a row. You will not find a better hostel in Berlin. Very clean. great staff, good bar and good music.


Despite some noise a few guests made when coming back from a club at 3 a.m., this hostel was great. The rooms were clean and the wall paintings are awesome. The bathrooms aren't too fancy, but they were very clean, as were the toilets. Breakfast is definitely worth the few euros. The staff were very friendly and helpful. And the drinks at the bar are cheap. If I ever visit Berlin again, I'll go to this hostel.


I had a good time at the Odyssee. It was a good party, for sure.


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Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee Reviews from the Web

Liked: The location and how it looks  Disliked: The rooms have only a key in common
Customer review

The place is particular, I liked a lot. The staff were too kind and available. I could come back one day.

Fabiola C
Liked: Good location, nice common room, good breakfast and cheap  Disliked: It's really not practical to have to log in 2x a day to have an internet connection (which needs 5min..)... Only half clean
Dimitri Gerber

Great Location! A lot of bars, restaurants and clubs around the hostel!


Single traveler. Music was good. Ton of staff, and everyone was nice and helpful. One of the better Hostels I've been in. Beds were nice, rooms were clean (bathrooms too) Breakfast was all you can eat for a few hours, really good value. Also really great for meeting people, if the people who ended up there while you are will be open enough to talk. Really great experience.

Liked: Breakfast buffet for 3EUR very filling, gives you energy for your day! Liked the paintings in our room too, very relaxed with a high ceiling. Bar had cheap beers.  Disliked: Had to hand your key in each time you went out
Edward Lawrence
Liked: The hostel had a nice atmosphere with its nice paintings and the look itself. Also the bathroom was very good. The staff was pretty helpfull and i was allowed to check in earlier to get rid of my luggage. There also is free and fast wifi. In general its a nice hostel worth staying.  Disliked: Eventhough the staff was helpfull some were rather unfriendly. Also the bed i slept in had some hair in it wich is pretty disgusting.
Vincent Euscher
Liked: location, friendly staff, atmosphere  Disliked: nothing
Customer review
Liked: Really cool location, right by most of the bars and in a very edgy area of East Berlin. The bar at the hostel was pretty cool (though I only went once), and the staff was super friendly.  Disliked: 26 person rooms are a great way to meet people and a great way to spread diseases
Customer review
Liked: We stayed in a private room for two nights. The room was tidy and there were enought toilets and showers to be shared.  Disliked: Noisy travellers.
Customer review
Liked: Really good location, close to lots of cool bars and places to eat! Just a short walk from east side gallery! Bar area is really good, got a pool table and foosball, good kitchen. Rooms where great, comfy beds, clean and wifi in the rooms. Breakfast was good for 3 euro.  Disliked: Nothing that i can think of
Customer review
Liked: thr friendly staff  Disliked: some of the kitchen servive
weiping peng
Liked: A great place to stay in Berlin. Very well connected, warm atmosphere and the breakfast (for only 3euro) is fresh and lovely! The staff is always present and happy to help.

My friend and I enjoyed our stay a 100%! Thank you :)  Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

Customer review
Liked: This hostel is in a cool location in old east Germany. The beds were comfortable and the place was clean and had a well equipped kitchen.  Disliked: The age groups at this hostel can be hit or miss. Our first night the hostel was full of high school children which was a bit odd.
Erik Thordarson
Liked: Breakfast was good for 3 euros however get down earlier rather than later, when i walked past at 11.30 one morning i heard people asking for bread and they said they had run out.  Disliked: Wifi in our room was really bad but was good in the reception area. I think it may have been because we were in the furtherest room from the reception area.

Pillows are ridiculously uncomfortable.

Customer review
Liked: Great hostel, all needs catered for.  Disliked: More than once the long dark haired girls on the staff were skimming at the til.
Thomas Mooney
Liked: good location  Disliked: inconsiderate guests
Customer review
Liked: location, safe  Disliked: cleanliness , staff
Liked: I especially liked the beds, I slept in a dorm room with 18 other people, but there still remained a big part of privacy thanks to the wooden screens attached to the beds + a personal light and a wall plug. Also the dorm had enough bathroom facilities which where very clean and the breakfast was great and cheap!  Disliked: Nothing in particular, but it was a bit sad that though the hostel was fully booked, there weren't a lot of people in the common room, so it was a bit harder to get in touch with other people. Though that might just be the weekend I was there :)
Customer review
Liked: Great location, nice kitchen & bathrooms, some guests were pretty cool, cheap bar, cool decorations, common area is pretty nice with foosball and pool. Good maps.  Disliked: Staff wasn't friendly, I don't think I saw them smile once and were not keen on chatting. Feels like a get-in-get-out place. Internet was terrible and insecure, when it did work it was sloooow. Linen is 3 Euro deposit, and I overslept a bit so late checkout and they didn't give the deposit back. Not a great vibe at the place, seems like a lot of groups. Kitchen was well equipped but didn't have cooking oil - like travelers carry around a big bottle of cooking oil with them. Laundry expensive. Rooms basic with crappy (albeit large) lockers. Weird room key system and in the kitchen you have to get a key and give your ID as deposit to use the cookers, microwave, or kettle. I wouldn't recommend this hostel, there are better ones for sure.
Customer review


Welcome Traveller, you reached your Destiny!
We're happy that your private Odyssey finally led you also
to the Odyssee Globetrotter Hostel, one of the first Hostels that openened in Berlin in 1998!
We are proud to have maintained some original East Berlin style and the spirit of that wild 90's for you. In these years we grew from 40 to 100 Beds, we added private rooms with shower, opened the Red Rooster Bar with special deals on food & drinks and a we completed a new floor with a big and full equiped guest kitchen in 2008. But we never aimed at awards & prices - a good social atmosphere and a crowd & staff thats fun to stay with is what we are up for.
The Hostel is situated in "Friedrichshain", a lively students neighbourhood with numerous bars, clubs and cheap eats. The Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery) and the river "Spree" with many beachbars is located in walking distance as well. The former railroad area near Warschauer Strasse Station is our local "Tacheles" and hosts an outdoor freeclimbing spot with beergarden, concert halls and changing music & art venues.
But it is also exciting in the daytime: you can visit a extravagant gallery or you can take a stroll trough numerous small shops and trendy stores with unique ideas. On every sunday there is a flea market near by.
The City Centre ("Mitte"), "Kreuzberg" and "Prenzlauer Berg" are the quarters next to us and the sights and venues there are also to be reached by tram or underground (U-Bahn) within some stops or even walking.
get social & get local
We offer a spacious & friendly common room with an open end bar & 24h reception.
A well sorted all-you-can eat breakfast for 3,-€ is served from 8:00 to friendly 12:00 - it comes with free tea & coffee to get you ready to enjoy that Berlin day ahead. Our newly openend and well eqipped Guest Kitchen is waiting for you to impress that guapa next to you with your favourite noodle recipie, don't cook them too long!
services on board

- free lockers, bedsheets & hot showers
- free WiFi
- free luggage storage
- BookXchange + TV
- Billard & table soccer
- 24/7 reception

Location and Contact


• this is how to get to us:
• by train:
• from HAUPTBAHNHOF and as well OSTBAHNHOF take BUS 240 which goes directly to the Hostel. Get off at GRÜNBERGER STRASSE, we´re in No 23.
• If your train runs through both stations, choose OSTBAHNHOF, it's much closer.
• by plan:
• from SCHOENEFELD AIRPORT: take S-Bahn to WARSCHAUER STR, take the bridge to the right, then the 4th street "GRUENBERGER STRASSE" to the left.
• when you can´t take the S-Bahn, take the RE14 to ALEXANDERPLATZ, from there the U5, get off at "FRANKFURTER TOR", walk into Warschauer Str, first on the right is Gruenberger Strasse, we're in No 23.
• from TEGEL AIRPORT: TXL Express Bus takes you to ALEXANDERPLATZ, from there the U5, get off at "FRANKFURTER TOR", walk into Warschauer Str, first on the right is Gruenberger Strasse, we're in No 23.



Address: Grünberger strasse 23 / HH, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

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Website Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee Berlin
Phone Number: +49 (30) 29000081
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Breakfast (3)


Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup



Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 45

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 12

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 8

Min. Age without Parent: 16

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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